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  1. Andrew @alongdustyroads.com
    October 22, 2014
    I don't know about you guys but I feel like a big glass of milk now! Travelling in Latin America has made me get used to using the UHT stuff in tea and milk but fresh milk will always be #1

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  2. Karen Warren
    October 3, 2014
    We put our eggs in the fridge in the UK. And hardly anyone here likes UHT milk. You can't buy unpasteurised milk either (the only time you get it is if you're staying on a farm). Personally I'm not keen on milk at all, unless it's made into cheese in which case I can't get enough of it!

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  3. adrianstraveltales
    October 1, 2014
    I first encountered unrefrigerated milk when I was in Asia and I just went for it, I didn't even really think about it. Once I got to Europe and did some searching around, I realized that was the norm. It was really confusing the first time I was in the store looking for a gallon of milk though. Oops, no space even if I would of found it and no cold milk anyways!

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  4. Claudia
    September 30, 2014
    You made me laugh real hard. So - as a EU citizen who has travelled widely and lived in the US, I can possibly provide a bit of an explanation. Warm milk to us Europeans would mean "warmed up milk" - what you call warm milk is, to put it simply, long life milk. Keep in mind that fresh milk as you know it in the US here would be considered long life as well. Our fresh milk is REALLY fresh and only lasts for 3 or 4 days. A few years ago the EU allowed countries to also produce a longer life fresh milk so now if we want we can buy "fresh" milk that lasts for up to 7 days from the fridge counter. I am not sure anybody buys it really. I certainly don't. I love milk but I am lactose intolerant. Back in the days I could still drink it, I could even taste the difference from country to country. The best milk in Europe? SWISS. Simply delicious. The one we have here in Sardinia is pretty good too. Worst? I think the one in the UK. It is a matter of what the cows eat I guess....

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  5. foodessen
    September 23, 2014
    Great post, I will share this with everyone that asks me. I keep my eggs in the fridge too and I think everyone I know does this once they get them home. But I have to say I love the eggs here, maybe it's just in my head but I think they're better! As for milk, my biggest issue was/is that I am a skim milk drinker and most stores in our area don't carry the 0,1 milk but I manage to keep a good stock so I don't run out. :)

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  6. MissForest
    September 8, 2014
    Here's the address to the closest "Milchtankstelle" in our region, where you can get raw fresh milk: http://www.milchtankstellen.com/front_content.php?idart=11&id=7 Enjoy! :-)

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    • BasketsLife
      September 9, 2014
      Wow that is great ~ thank you so much! I will be going for sure!

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  7. Dana
    September 3, 2014
    hahaha :) This cracked me up because I too was totally shocked to see the milk in the middle of the store! At first I thought someone had simply FORGOTTEN to put it away, or they were in the process of doing so, but then I realized, they'd simply left it out on purpose! Same with the eggs.

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  8. The Bohemian Diaries
    August 29, 2014
    This post was utterly hilarious and informative at the same time! I am still sitting here giggling about your initial thoughts and reactions to warm milk in a box! Here in Bolivia we have milk in bags that seems like it can go either way, refrigerated or not, because I see it sold both ways but always buy it cold. I will have to read more carefully what kind of milk it actually is regarding your information. I know a lot of people who can't drink milk from the U.S. but don't have any problem with European milk, I suppose this is why. Thanks!

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  9. Margherita @The Crowded Planet
    August 29, 2014
    Oh I totally get what you mean - that warm milk is odd! Give me fresh milk any day.

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  10. Bianca Malata (@ItsAllBee)
    August 29, 2014
    I live in London and thats a weird one for me too. Warm milk, so you actually buy the carton warm? How very random. Well to each, their own.

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  11. Brianna
    August 29, 2014
    Whoa back up, fresh milk machines? We totally need that in the US!

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  12. She Dreams of Travel
    August 28, 2014
    I absolutely loved this! I definitely had the same weird feelings when I moved to Spain and had to drink the warm box milk. It wasn't so much the temperature that bothered me but I thought it was going to kill me! Haha not really, but I definitely had some trust issues at first. I had the same issues with the eggs as well. Eventually I just accepted it for what it was… things are different when you move to another country. It's nice to have an actual explanation for the differences now. I will certainly pass on the info to all my other expat friends. Thanks! :)

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  13. Bronwyn Joy @ Journeys Of The Fabulist
    August 28, 2014
    The UHT milk has come a long way. I remember when we were kids it used to have a burnt taste but now it tastes fine to me (Æ still won't drink it due to his childhood scars so he often ends up running to the servo for cold stuff).

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  14. Beverley | Pack Your Passport
    August 28, 2014
    I don't know about the rest of Europe but here in England we definitely have milk that you buy straight from the refrigerated section in the supermarket too! For example; you can still by 'cartoned milk' (what you refer to as 'warm milk') but it's not as popular as milk you buy that's already chilled. Also, we put our eggs in the fridge here in England too :)

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    • BasketsLife
      August 28, 2014
      Yes Beverley I think you are the only country in Europe that has a lot of cold milk ~ however even though you put your eggs in the fridge they are not washed and sanitized they are farm to table with the protective coating. So technically they don't need refrigeration. Thanks for reading.

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  15. revatidifferentdoors
    August 27, 2014
    I totally get your post! Considering I come from a country where people are still hesitant to buy milk cartons (the milk guy delivers fresh packets every morning) I love strolling through supermarkets and trying to pick up something new to taste each time!

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  16. SJ @ Chasing the Donkey
    August 26, 2014
    Fascinating!!!! I always wondered what the difference was. We had the warm milk in Australia, I used it as a back up in case I forget the 'real' milk. But now we only get the warm one.. and I was puzzled. Now I know!! Thanks for linking up with us for #sundaytraveler again - fascinating read.

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    • BasketsLife
      August 27, 2014
      Well there you have it, seems like such a small difference doensn't it :) thank you for reading :)

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  17. Lauren @ Sweet Home Australia
    August 26, 2014
    Love this post! I'm American but have totally converted to boxed milk in Australia. I first drank warm milk in Spain and thought it was a bit strange, but I figured if everyone drank it there and still maintained a healthy Mediterranean diet, than it must be OK. Glad you confirmed my suspicions!

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  18. Bente Vold Klausen
    August 26, 2014
    This was really interesting! Milk has always been a big issue in our family as well and we all hate warm milk. I remember as a youngster hitch hiking through Europe that well tasting milk was so hard to get. But that was a long time ago! In Scandinavia we all drink the milk cold from the fridge.

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  19. Christina
    August 26, 2014
    I don´t know about the rest of Europe but here in Austria we put our eggs into the fridge too. So I guess you wouldn´t be a rebel here. It´s interesting how you think about the milk. :D As a child I even drank warm unpasteurized milk right after my granny brought it in from the stable and I am really healthy. So I guess there is no risk by buying any sort of milk at a store. ;)

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    • BasketsLife
      August 26, 2014
      That is interesting - because the many times I have been to Austria I have never seen eggs sold in the cold refridgerator section? What stores do you buy your eggs in that sell them cold? In the USA eggs and milk are only sold cold in the grocery and have a much shorter shelf life - Why do you put your eggs in the fridge for bacteria or for shelf life ?

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  20. Marissa Sutera
    August 25, 2014
    This is great. I haven't had milk from the EU, but I am not opposed to drinking it. However, I think I would still put mine in the fridge like you did so I could drink it cold. Interesting read!

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