I’ve been wanting to try this Sheeder Cloverleaf Dairy milk for about the last 6 months, but for some reason I just couldn’t pull the trigger to buy a bottle. But this last time that I was at the grocery store I needed to pick up a 1/2 gallon of milk (I’ve come to realize that I don’t drink enough milk, to finish a gallon before it expires). After checking the prices and expiration date for the milk on display at the store. A 1/2 gallon of regular milk in the plastic jug was $2.14, while the Sheeder stuff in a 1/2 gallon glass bottle was $2.89. So for $0.75 extra I’m willing to give it a try, and as an added bonus the Sheeder milk didn’t expire for an extra week compared to the milk in the plastic jugs, which gives me more time to finish the bottle.
Well I’ve got to tell you, this milk is pretty damn good and worth the slightly higher price compared to generic milk. But I just can’t put my figure on what makes it taste so good (vat pasteurization, “grass based” feed, hormone-free, glass bottle, etc.) The only way that I can explain it is to say “once it touches your lips”. To me it almost seemed like the Sheeder whole milk has a higher butter fat content, because after I was done drinking the milk and I almost had a lingering milk taste in my mouth which I’ve never experienced before. Plus while I was drinking the milk I was picking up some kind of grassy/grainly flavor. I couldn’t pin down exactly what it was, but it was a nice undertone to the milk.
JRR mentioned to me one time a long time ago that once you try some of that small batch, grass feed milk, you can’t go back. So you better put if off for as long as possible. And you know what, he was right. I’m definitely not going back to drinking generic whole milk.
Here is a link to an article about Sheeder on Market to Market.