It's not often that I review things as basic and a half-gallon of milk. Normally, I wouldn't. But this product jumped out to me on a few different levels. First, it's organic and grass-fed (all buzzwords right now) AND for the price. Second, this half-gallon set me back nearly $5 and that is a premium beyond the price of a regular half gallon and even the organic half gallon.
Types of milk
Now just to be clear, here is how milkfat correlates with how it is labeled in the US. In order for it to be:
- Heavy Cream-it must be 36% fat
- Light Cream- it must be 30% fat
- Half and Half- it must be between 10.5% and 18% fat
- Whole Milk- it must be 3.25% fat
- Reduced Fat Milk- it must be 2% fat
- Low Fat Milk- it must be 1% fat
- Skim Milk- can be between 0% and .5% fat (and still be labeled as fat free)
Now, this is just north of the whole milk fat level, but not out of range. It's actually closer to the UK's definition of Whole milk as they allow is 3.6% fat.
Well regardless, this is some creamy milk. The quality is all there.
So what would justify the price tag? According to American Dairy Association, Grass Fed Cows produce more of a fatty acid which in turn could protect you from certain cancers. Plus there are more Omega-3s. However, research in this area is emerging in this area plus to see a benefit, many people aren't consuming it in the amounts needed to perhaps make a difference. So while the research isn't conclusive, it is something to consider.
So the choice remains with the end consumer as to how to spend your dollars.
For the amount of milk my household consumes I'm willing to pay the premium. I found this milk to be creamy and delicious. And the fact that this seems to be a substantially healthier product makes me wiling to shell out the extra dough.
The fact that this is ultra-pasteurized makes storing an extra half gallon even easier as the expiration date is much further away than most conventional milk options.
For $4.99 if you can stomach the price, then this is a great buy as it's delicious and super creamy, plus the expiration date allows for more flexibility.
The price is lower than many competitors and this has become a regular purchase in our household
Did you try it? Let me know what you think in the comments section!
The container of Trader Joe's Organic Milk from Grass Fed Cows:
Calories and ingredients
How Trader Joe's describes this product:
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Trader Joe's Organic Milk from Grass Fed Cows
Product Name: Trader Joe's Organic Milk from Grass Fed Cows
Product Description: Trader Joe's Organic Milk from Grass Fed Cows is higher fat milk from cows who only eat grass.
Trader Joe's Organic Milk from Grass Fed Cows is premium milk at a premium price
- Rich, creamy taste
- Ultra pasteurized so it will be able to sit in the refrigerator a bit longer
- A healthier milk in general according to the research.
- Price. While not out of line with most organic from grass fed cow milk competitors this is sold at a premium price.