May 3, 2004


I just took my milk out of the fridge here to put some in my coffee. I ht ink I bought it on Thursday or Friday. In any case, that mils was “sell by May 6.”

After I opened it, I got a whiff of the milk. It wasn’t sour. It was… rank. I couldn’t describe it at first. I’ve never smelled milk that bad before. It smelled almost moldy. I thought perhaps the milk had gone bad, which is ironic because of certain earlier posts.

You see, I had already eaten a whole bowl of this milk for breakfast on my cereal. I thought the cereal was what tasted funny, because I’m used to the taste of milk going bad. But this was nothing like that. The smell was familiar. It really bothered me, so I went back to the bottle I dumped out to smell it again. Then I recalled the scent. Penicillin! Yes, that’s exactly what it smelled like!

So, what might be in milk that smells like penicillin? Antibiotics, I would imagine. It happens.

I think I just got a dose of bovine antibiotics. Wonderful. It wouldn’t bother me, except that I’m allergic to amoxycillin and people have been known to have adverse reactions to antibiotic-contaminated milk. So I’m looking forward to my rash, fever and/or diarrhea. I guess that’s my value added bonus to go along with rising dairy prices.

Thanks, Dean Foods-owned Garelick Farms!

Posted by James at May 3, 2004 3:45 PM
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I stick with Hood or the store brand. I think (I have always thought) Garelick Farms milk tastes funky. I've never actually had it go bad on me, I just don't like the way it usually tastes.

That probably has nothing to do with antibiotics. I'm just saying I'm not in danger of drinking that particular brand.

Have you contacted Garelick yet to thank them for that little bonus?

Posted by: julie at May 3, 2004 4:31 PM

A Garelick man here, unless the Stop&Shop brand is cheaper.

As the nephew of a dairy farmer I have to say that 'raw milk' is superior but it's a pain in the neck to drive 20 miles to my aunt's house to pick up a gallon.

Posted by: Steve at May 3, 2004 4:38 PM

We buy milk from an organic milk collective from VT and I've never had spoiled milk from them. They're in Shaw's, but for the life of me, I can't remember the name. Not the Organic Cow, the other one that's in the store. RR!! It's yummy and the only fight we have is what kind to get. I prefer whole milk, and Bob wants 1% (ick!), so we usually end up with 2%.

Now that the warmer weather is here and the organic farm up the street is open, we can get milk in glass bottles from the dairy two towns over. Yum!!

Posted by: Patti M. at May 3, 2004 4:43 PM

Oh yeah, and I hope you don't die, James.

Posted by: Steve at May 3, 2004 5:01 PM


I doubt very much you are tasting antibiotics. What you are likely tasting is mold or bacteria byproducts (which of course COULD be antibiotics (that's where penecillin comes from after all) but weren't put there by garelick. They were likely introduced when the milk was opened or possibly the container was defective.

I can't remeber the name of the milk we buy either bu I know they carry it at Shaw's. I always used to go with Garelick prior to switching to this brand and never had a problem.

Posted by: Bob at May 3, 2004 5:16 PM

Oh yes, don't drink the rest of the milk. Most people I wouldn't bother warning but you seem not to have very good judgement about what you can and cannot consume safely.

Posted by: Bob at May 3, 2004 5:17 PM

Again, I ask--do we need to host an intervention?

Posted by: Patti M. at May 3, 2004 5:27 PM

Maybe the red dye was what made it taste bad.

Posted by: julie at May 3, 2004 6:08 PM

ewwww. um, james? milk ain't supposed to be solid. ;)

Posted by: beth at May 3, 2004 6:10 PM

Oh, you bet I threw it out.

I suppose it could have been mold. So far, no ill effects.

After this experience, I have expanded my definition of what "bad milk" is. And adjusted my nose accordingly.

Posted by: James at May 3, 2004 7:59 PM

What is it with you, anyway? Are you trying to surpass Steve of "Steve Don't Eat It!"?

Posted by: Chuck S. at May 3, 2004 7:59 PM

I just remembered the name of the milk I buy: Vermont Family Farms.

Posted by: Patti M. at May 4, 2004 5:22 PM

it would appear that we bought some of the same milk. Little Small complained that 'dinner tasted bad' when he took a swig of milk the other night. unfortunately for him, that's often his ploy to stop eating and get dessert, so i made him drink another swig. when he gagged a bit, i finally tasted the milk myself... eeeuuuuuwwww.

Posted by: beth at May 11, 2004 11:52 PM

I really, really hope it was different.

Happy to say, though -- it didn't make me sick.

Posted by: James at May 12, 2004 1:49 AM

I think Garelick Farms has some bad milk on their hands. I am trying to contact them because I have just purchased my third milk product from them within the past month and it went bad before the sell by date. Considering the hike in mlk prices this is a little outrages. I purchased a 1 gallon whole milk on one occasion and 2% gallon on another. Both of these went bad way before the sell by date. I notified the store mgr here in Framingham and he said he would notify Garelick. I purchased a 1/2 gallon of whole milk at a convient store with a sell by date of 6/13 and it went bad today 6/8. I found this out by dunking my oreo in the milk and getting a very unpleasant surprise.

I am not going to be buying garelick anytime soon.

Posted by: Rebecca at June 8, 2004 6:26 PM

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