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Myth Buster Monday: The great milk container debate




When it comes to milk containers, there is a wide variety out there, but my personal preference is for milk in glass bottles from Lamer’s Dairy because I like the way it looks and tastes, not to mention I love the fact that their bottles are reusable.

But many people want to know: Does milk from glass bottles really taste better than plastic bottles or cartons? The Festival Foods’ Food Safety Team will tell you that it’s all relative. Each option offers great benefits and we’ve got details on them all.


Glass bottles go through a sterilization process prior to being filled, guaranteeing there are no leftover, residual flavors or odors. Glass bottles also are environmentally friendly because they can be completely recycled and re-used. And a random bonus: They’re a great reminder of the good old days when milk was delivered to your doorstep! Yee-haw!


Plastic milk bottles are actually the most ideal way to store milk because of a little vitamin called riboflavin. Riboflavin is light sensitive and the opaque color of the bottle keeps these vitamins from breaking down more quickly. Plastic bottles are also a lot cheaper to produce and easier to ship, which is why you see so many in the milk aisle. Nearly 30% of plastic bottles end up being recycled, but the rest may spend years in the landfill.


Milk cartons are made from paperboard, which comes from trees, a renewable resource. On average, they are an ounce heavier than plastic bottles so it’s more costly from a shipping perspective. Cartons also protect that riboflavin vitamin from ultraviolet light that would otherwise cause it to degrade.

While we didn’t really tell you which milk container is “the best” because each has their own benefits, we hopefully provided you with some information to help you make an informed choice that suits your lifestyle and your needs.

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