“ Brand: Broker / Type: milk „
Review of Drinks Brokers Long Life Sterilised Milk **The Product** I must start by saying that I am not a particular fan of long life milk, indeed I do not really drink milk at all as I take my coffee black and other than in cooking, I only consume milk with breakfast cereals. I keep a carton or bottle of long life milk in the cupboard at home for emergency use, however when we are travelling in our motor home, we tend to rely on long life milk rather more. Drinks Brokers Long-life Sterilized milk is available in three types, Skimmed, Semi-skimmed and full fat milk. The price in Asda supermarkets is currently 72p for a 1 litre bottle. Drinks Brokers Long Life milk appealed to me as it is presented in a screw-top plastic bottle as opposed to a Tetra Pak type container. I generally have difficulty opening Tetra Paks and often spill the contents in my ham fisted efforts at opening them! The sturdy double skinned bottle is easy to open and to reseal. On opening a new Drinks Brokers milk bottle you find that the milk is protected by a foil inner seal, which once removed allows the milk to be poured. Once the foil has been removed, the milk needs to be treated and stored as for fresh milk. So far so good! On to taste! **Taste, Nutritional Values and Warnings** Being a sterilised milk, this product has been treated to ultra-high temperature treatment, commonly known as UHT. During this process, the milk is heated to a higher temperature for a shorter amount of time than in other pasteurisation methods. This process extends the milk's shelf life and allows it to be stored unrefrigerated because of the longer lasting sterilisation effect, of course, once opened the milk needs to be stored as for fresh milk, as mentioned above. Whilst this all sounds very good, unfortunately, in my opinion, the sterilisation treatment is somewhat detrimental to the taste of the product. Drink Brokers sterilised milks have a distinctly processed taste to them. It is rather difficult to actually describe this taste, I find it a slightly rancid taste, a kind of semi-sweet almost 'meaty' flavour. Rather weird in fact! As I don't take milk in hot drinks, obviously I cannot pass judgement on the results of using this product in tea or coffee first hand, although my partner tells me that it is OK in coffee, but ghastly in tea. I'll take his word for that! On breakfast cereals, I have to say that this long life milk is pretty grim, certainly not an experience I'd care to repeat any time soon! The odd flavour of the milk seems to overpower whichever cereal I have used it with. On the plus side, it is perfectly acceptable in cooking though, and I have found that it makes a good custard or cheese sauce. As everyone will be aware, milk is a calcium rich food. Calcium is vital for strong bones and teeth and milk is a good source of protein for all age groups. Based on Drinks Brokers Skimmed milk, 100ml provides 33 Calories, 3.3g Protein, 4.7g Carbohydrate and 0.1g Fat. Naturally these values would be different for the semi-skimmed and full fat milks. Drinks Brokers Long Life Sterilised milks do not contain any artificial preservatives, they are suitable for vegetarians. Lactose/dairy intolerant consumers would, of course, do well to avoid this product! **My Thoughts and Conclusion** I was tempted to wind up this review with just one sentence ' Do not bother with this product', but in all fairness my personal tastes will not be the same as everyone else's. The convenience of long life milk is all very well and I am happy to accept a slight difference in the taste when compared to fresh milk, but to be honest, I would rather do without milk than buy this again! Of course, it may well be simply that the product is not to my taste, but in my opinion, Drinks Brokers Long Life Sterilised milk is in no way comparable to fresh milk and I do not feel that I can recommend it to others. Thank you for reading. brittle1906 July 2011 N.B. My reviews may be found on other sites under the same user name.