Friday, July 26, 2013

Very Israeli! Is it "Only in Israel?"

What other countries in the world have this?



Not long after Israel stopped using glass milk bottles, the milk industry went to the other extreme and began marketing milk in plastic bags.  So we got these plastic containers for the bags.  You have to cut the corner of the bag to get the milk out.  I've seen people use scissors a knife and even their teeth.

Nowadays you have a choice in milk "containers."  Most stores still sell bagged milk; though our local store doesn't.  There are waxed cardboard containers and plastic "jugs" of milk, too.  Only the plastic is used for the lager quantities.  The reason our grocer (supermarket owner,) who also owns a couple of other large stores, hates the mess the bags make.  A percentage of bags always rip, making the storage area in refrigerator wet and smelly.

4 comments:

Miriam said...

Batya, we only use cartons. We had too many accidents with other foods getting spoiled because a plastic bag had a pin hole and dripped all over the fridge...

Miriam

Batya said...

Miriam, yes, we too most of the time. But the other day a fellow worker picked up the 1 liter of milk I had asked for and brought me the bag. Luckily we still have the plastic holders. Actually, we buy a 2 liter plastic jug each week, but sometimes it's not enough.

Ruti Mizrachi said...

We recycled a glass bottle from a tomato juice company that uses bottles quaintly shaped like old-fashioned milk bottles. We buy the bag stuff still -- and transfer it to the milk bottle. (Yes, ladies, it's always washed out in flesh-searing hot water in between.) Doesn't solve the occasional leakage problems. But we like it better for serving, as the boys cannot seem to remember to deal properly with that last tablespoon of milk at the end of the bag.

Batya said...

Ruti, we don't drink all that much milk so I don't like transferring it. But then again our makolet won't sell the bags.