When we moved here the first time in 2000 we were totally stumped by the fact that we could not find fresh milk. Anywhere. The only milk we could find was what is known as long-life or UHT (ultra-pasteurized) milk.
Then one day I got home from work to find a bottle of milk in the fridge. Don’t drink that, said the man. It’s BAD.
But it was meant to be ‘bad’, it was buttermilk. Then we realized that if they sold buttermilk they had to also sell, fresh milk. And they do. You can find fresh milk in the fridges of any of the big supermarkets, but you have to go early, or else it will get sold out. Which explained why we could never find it? Plus the fact that the milk bottles didn’t look at all like we were used to/expected.
Now, 10 years later (we moved back to South Africa for 3 years) we have gotten used to the long life milk, well sort of. I never drink plain milk but I’m happy to use it tea and coffee or over some cereal. The kids are also happy to drink it if mixed with nesquick. And it is really handy that you can buy milk in bulk and not have to worry about it going bad.
That said, since our first year in Belgium things have ‘improved’ in so much that there seems to be more fresh milk being sold in the supermarkets and even some of the smaller ‘night shops’ will now stock it.
|an example of our fresh milk ... image via google images|
I have also heard of some people who buys their fresh milk directly from the dairy farms, and as nice as that sounds I really just don’t have the time to do that.