Buy Milk in Bags

So if there’s one piece of advice I would pass on to any soul coming to Canada, it would be the title of this little blog.


Trust me.  For 8 months I bought cartons of milk and thought ‘wow, what a funny idea, milk in bags?  Never, milk has no place in a bag, it belongs in a carton.  A POURABLE carton.’


This would be the voice of a very unwise Scot.  As it turns out, everyone else had caught on to this rather brilliant scheme long before myself.  You see, the benefits of milk in bags are quite immeasurable.  Here’s a wee taster of the milk-purchasing experience in Canada:

First, you get 3 WHOLE BAGS in one big bag.  > Quantifiably Efficient.

Second, you’ll find that (you’ll never believe this) it is the EXACT same price as one cardboard carton, which holds 1 bag worth of milk…(pathetic, I know) …(although they’re still bigger than the milk cartons back home – but that’s understandable, EVERYTHING’s bigger in North America – cars, cookies, milk bags, movie theatres, maple syrup cans, CAKES…) Anyway.  > Financially Practical.

Third, how do you use a milk bag you say?  Imagining pouring it into your cereal bowl to find your already scruffy student clothes only made worse by the addition of unwanted splashed milk decoration?  WRONG AGAIN.  Canada has solved that problem.  You must buy a wee plastic milk-pouring jug (alright, not ‘wee’, everything here’s big, as established) which you just pop the milk bag in to find it fits like a glove.  > Sensible Packaging.

Fourth, ah yes.  The predicament of opening said milk-bag.  This part’s tricky.  I’m still working on the whole ‘opening’ thing – usually ending up requesting my Canadian housemate who must’ve been born opining milk-bags to use his skill for me to prevent the usual disaster which ensues.  However, a solution for this is the purchasing of a specific little baby knife which cleverly slots into a hole on the milk-jug for safe-keeping.  However, if you’re like me and still struggle with this nifty wee trick, simply get a knife and make a wee slit in BOTH top corners – (my Canadian housemate watched me for a whole 5 minutes while I attempted to pour some milk with only one slit before he felt the need to intervene).

> Potential Hazard.  BUT, when done right, Highly Effective.

Fifth, when you’re done, simply remove the bag, rinse it out, pop it in the recycling box, retrieve another of your 2 left over bags, and start the cycle all over again; comforted in the knowledge that if anything happened to make you housebound like sickness, or a nuclear disaster, you have made a wise, cost-effective choice and your fridge shall be well stocked with Canadian milk for…well… a very long time.


2 Responses

  1. I took your advice and bought a bag. It cost $6.51 for 4 litres, not bad at all!

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