On my morning walks – when I walked unencumbered by bags or cans – I was always subjected to looks of contempt and pity.
Since I was a mom it was unacceptable that one of my primary concerns in the morning was not – the procurement of milk.
Every other mom was going somewhere to get milk. The more dedicated diligent ones had cans in their hands and were making the trip to a distant dairy to fetch ‘fresh milk’. The ones who couldn’t do that – were going to the local booth to pick up their packets – ‘freshly’ unloaded from the delivering truck.
And the moms – who for some reason or the other couldn’t step out of the house – were compensating by waiting for the doodhwala with bated breath.
I was the only one speeding about in my sneakers - empty handed and unconcerned.
“Do you know? She buys the whole month’s supply at one go in the supermarket” was the whisper that did the rounds about me – and it was true.
I had shifted to milk packaged by Tetra Pak.
I bought milk in cartons – and I bought enough cartons to last me for a month at once.
My daughter found the milk tastier, I didn’t have to boil it, the cartons could be stored without refrigeration until I opened them and the opened cartons fitted easily in the fridge door – unlike pans full of milk – that used to block a lot of shelf space. Also – I didn’t have to stress over the procurement of milk every day – I could sort out that kitchen need – once a month in one trip to the grocery store.
But everyone else seemed to disapprove.
But I believed in Carton milk and when I visited the Tetra Pak factory this year as their Safe Food Ambassador – all my beliefs were strengthened. I now know how the milk in cartons is procured and packaged – and why it remains unspoilt.
I am now ready to counter all arguments against milk in Tetra Pak cartons – I am prepared to dispel all myths
1. Myth 1 – Milk that remains unspoilt for so long must be full of preservatives
No – Milk packaged in Tetra Pak cartons is preservative free – whether it is plain milk or flavoured milk. The milk that is packaged is sterilised by a special technique called UHT sterilisation – that ensures that there are absolutely no organisms left in the milk - and then packed by a special technique such that no organisms are able to come into contact with the sterile milk as it gets sealed into its pack. Since there are no organisms in the milk – there is no chance of it getting spoilt even when it is kept at room temperature for 6 months. The long shelf life therefore comes without the disadvantage of the milk being preservative laden.
2. Myth 2 – There is no difference between ordinary milk and Tetra Pak milk
There is a lot of difference between the milk packaged in cartons and ordinary milk. Only the best milk - from the best breed of cows – collected in the most hygienic ways – goes in Tetra Pak cartons. This milk is healthier because it is sterilised by a special technique called UHT sterilisation where the exposure to heat is for a much shorter time – and the vitamins present in milk are thus not destroyed. Because of the minimal exposure to heat – it is also tastier. Flavours and other nutritionally beneficial substances such as Haldi can be added to this packaged milk without compromising the safety of the drink by using state of the art technology while packaging - which makes for a healthier drink without the dangers of contamination and adulteration.
3. Myth 3 – Fresh milk is ‘Pure and Fresh’ – Tetra Pak milk is stale
Milk becomes stale when it is exposed to air and when bacteria are transferred to it by contact with hands of the person milking the cow or from the cow udders. This is how milk gets spoilt and which is why milk needs to be boiled soon after it is collected. In case of carton milk – the milk coming out of the udders of the cow – has no contact with air and remains untouched by the human hand – because milking is done by a machine and the milk collected moves directly into sealed tubes – and is then sterilised by UHT sterilisation while it is in the tubes and goes on to be packaged in the cartons – without ever being exposed to air or bacteria. In effect – carton milk when it reaches your kitchen is actually udder fresh and sterile. Not something that can be said about the milk from local dairies – even when you see the milking happening – right in front of your eyes.
4. Myth 4 – Carton milk is synthetic milk
No - carton milk is not synthetic milk. Carton milk is collected from the udder of cows – just like the milk collected in local dairies. It tastes different or better than locally collected milk for several reasons. First the cows from which the milk is collected are fed with the best quality fodder and kept disease free by close monitoring – they thus produce better milk. Second the milk retains its original molecular structure because it is not spoilt by exposure to air or bacteria. Third – the milk is consumed without boiling – straight from the carton – and so its taste is not marred by open heating.
5. Myth 5 – Milk in cartons has lower nutritive value than milk obtained from milking cows
Milk in cartons is much higher in nutritive value than ordinary milk since it is UHT sterilised - which ensures that it is not exposed to heat for a long time. Vitamins that are destroyed by heating are thus preserved and this milk is thus healthier. Taste and health are just a snip of the scissors away when milk comes packaged in cartons because packaged milk comes in various flavours and in many cases with traditionally revered substances like Haldi added to it to increase its nutritional value
Moms have a lot to do – and ensuring that our families remain healthy is one of our key tasks. As dedicated conscientious moms we do what it takes to ensure that.
It is a lot of hard work – but fortunately for us technology is making our lives easier every day.
Let us embrace technology – let’s reach our health destination the easy way.
There are a range of interesting milk shakes that MooShake has come out with. They are packaged in Tetra Pak cartons and their flavours are sure to be big hits with your kids!
Check out their range at various departmental stores in Bangalore.
It is 5 am – and I am awake before my alarm.
I feel jittery and my hands are freezing.
Why do I feel like this? I wonder.
And then as the haze of sleep begins to clear – it hits me. It is my daughter’s first day of school!
I wish I could say – oh – everyone has jitters when they first send their kids to school.
A statement like that would be really convincing if my daughter was a toddler or a pre-schooler – just entering school. My daughter however is eight years old and is beginning class four.
After six years of sending my little one to school – I am still just as anxious as I was six years ago – because once more – she is going to a new school.
Thanks to having a Dad in the Armed Forces – in the eight years of her life – my daughter is now going to her fifth school.
I have always been enthusiastic about my husband’s moves.
Change – I firmly believe – always brings in something better.
But changing schools is something I still dread.
As I watch my little baby (she will always be a little baby to me) – determinedly square her shoulders, obstinately tilt her head, wave a smart smiling goodbye and get swallowed up in a crowd of strangers – my heart really and truly aches.
How I wish I knew some kids in her class.
If this was preschool – I would have made the effort to pick up and drop her to school for a month just so that – as I waited outside the gate I could make friends with some fellow moms with kids in the same class. With that I would be able to push my daughter into a circle more easily and have a network of parents to fall back on when my daughter missed school or when I wanted some information.
But as kids grow older most parents don’t accompany them – so an effort like that would be futile in my case.
Oh what oh what do I do?
I look down at my phone –my extended self and my chief confidant. If only there was a magical solution to this problem I think…………………
Are you a parent who moves a lot?
You must be. Everyone moves nowadays – who doesn’t? The world beckons to you with new opportunities and experiences – all out there – waiting for you – and you have only one life to do all that your heart desires. How can you not move?
But do moves shake you up? They certainly do.
It is certainly easier to move now than it ever was in the past. Almost all material possessions and amenities are now available everywhere – all you need to do is go online.
Don’t you wish that was true of human connections?
Wouldn’t it be great if you could just go online and find friends?
Well you can. You can get on to professional networks – that is quite easy. You can join networks based on shared interests. Actually you can form a network of just any kind over just about anything.
So is there a way to network with the parents of the children in your child’s class.
Phone in hand – I set out to find out.
And I discovered Talkative Parents – a fabulous new app. Check out their Facebook Page and Twitter account
The app can be downloaded free. All you need is an android ios or windows smart phone.
The app allows you to connect with parents of other children in your class.
Unlike other group apps which require you to have the contact details of other parents to enable you to join a chat group – here you can join just by entering the school, class and section of your child.
This is a real boon for new parents like me for whom it may take a while to actually get the contact details of other parents and join closed groups.
I don’t need to tell you how useful connecting with other parents can be – but let me still tell you how I think I will benefit. As I chat on the group – I am sure to find people I want to personally connect with – and that will help me make friends faster. Once I know people I can find my way into carpools, hobby classes and most importantly – BIRTHDAY PARTIES.
If you are a parent – I am sure you will know how important it is for kids nowadays to be invited to birthday parties and to have friends to invite to their birthday parties. It may sound frivolous to you and me – but I have discovered that being invited to birthday parties is really vital for survival.
Also – I would be able to get schoolwork when my daughter misses school and get inputs on projects, submissions, tests etc. - things that end up causing me a lot of stress sometimes.
So – I am going to get the app.
Maybe you would like to get it too.