I think we have a milk-product addiction.

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Grown up yogurts, full of seeds and such, sugar-free kids ones and sugar-packed fromage frais. Baby yogurts, a big tub of natural yogurt for everyone, a big tub of Greek yogurt because why not?

Some kids yogurt tube things, frozen for a pretend-it’s-an-ice-pop treat. (Never mind the Ben & Jerry’s, and mini Lidl magnum knock-offs)

Creme fraiche and sour cream – are they even that different?

Butter, salted & unsalted – waiting to become cake.

Dairygold spread- for weekend toast.

Milk, ‘pink’ and half or full-fat, to fulfill gender stereotypes

Mozzarella, 2 packs which might go to live on a pizza. Emmenthal & cheddar for sandwiches and the rest. Parmesan for cooking. Cream cheese for crackers for everyone. Feta for muffins & spanokopita. Cashel Blue for grown up treats. Halloumi for griddling with lemon juice & chilli…Sweet cheeses, that’s a lot!

Oh, there’s a lonely mini Baby-bel, bought in a net of its friends, on offer and mostly only played with.

This isn’t a list of things we buy over time – this is a list of what’s in our fridge right now. There’s another whole plethora of potential milk-based goodness that might be in there any other week (cream, ricotta, marscapone, the very occasional novelty cheese-string)

My sons are 3.5 and very nearly 1. The younger only has daily yogurt and some cheese in meals, he isn’t even drinking cows milk yet and yet still, this is what we get through as a family.

I dread to think of their teenage years, the pair of them hanging out of a fridge door downing milk straight from the carton. Actually I’m going to have to start looking for those massive American containers I’ve only ever seen on TV aren’t I? (What is a quart anyway?) I’m going to need a 3rd job, as if bringing up two boys and working full-time outside the home wasn’t enough. I’ll need to get my salary lodged straight to a dairy farmer.

We display no obvious allergies or sensitivities to any of the above but I can’t help thinking you can have too much of a good thing. Our diet is generally balanced (‘5-a-day’ is a minimum under my roof) and I quite like alternative milks to cows’ in my coffee – like rice, or almond or soya. So at home I wonder should I replace some of that lot with these? Or would it just be a homeopathic dose – a drop of almond milk in a bath of the cows kind?

Having written this post, I saw the Dairy Free Kids blog latest post this morning,  it’s inspired me to make some changes.  Have you or your family cut down on dairy and found tasty alternatives? I’d love to hear.

Jill

14 thoughts on “I think we have a milk-product addiction.

  1. Our diet completely dairy overload too…I know we’d be so better off without it…it’s hard. I’m with you on the blue cheese. Having just avoided it for pregnancy, I ate a whole (small-ish) block a few nights ago!!!!
    Love the blog post 🙂
    x

  2. Laughing at what you said about having to get your salary paid to a dairy farmer…..But you could be doing worse than consuming a lot of dairy. (PS: I think you might make some money if you offered product placement slots on your blog to certain yoghurt producers!)

    1. It’s true Joanna, ‘hem ‘hem. We would sell ourselves out for an appropriate product placement I’d say! I hoor myself around between Glenisk & Glenilen & Aldi mostly for yogurts, then it’s Avonmore for butter, milk, sour cream, cream etc.

    1. That’s exactly the problem. I considered going vegan for a few years ago. I read a book about making the transition. Then I realised how much I flippin love cheese, yogurt, milk etc.

        1. I made cheddar cheese ‘straws’ and spinach & feta muffins just this evening for kid’s lunchboxes. Frankly they’ll be lucky to get them tomorrow I’ll have eaten the rest by the next day…

  3. Thanks for the nod to my blog Jill, happy to have inspired someone. Your post has made me reconsider how I think about this dairy free issue, I’m usually trying to find alternatives for things I consume myself to give my kids, with the given that dairy is necessary, I must replace it. How necessary is it really though, and if I look at what I buy for my husband and I my fridge isn’t far off containing a similar amount of dairy to yours. There are four milks on our table in the mornings goats, soya, skim and low fat. Three types of yogurt products goats, soya, dairy not to mention different brands and guises of each of these three. That’s before we even get to butters, cheeses, ice-cream and dairy containing foods. My husband grew up on a dairy farm, he says there’s nothing wrong with dairy. He turns up his nose at the substitutes the kids get. I think we just come from a culture where dairy is consumed in huge amounts. Let me know how you get on reducing dairy and how your family react.

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