Friday, March 28, 2008

My pudding's cooked!

It seemed like a risk to use UHT milk for the banana pudding I made yesterday. While I don't have the shelf complex that other Americans do, I just could never adjust to its taste. (And believe me, I forced down many a glass while living in Spain.) Don't they always say never to cook with a wine you wouldn't drink? I know someone influential said that because I feel guilty every time I buy cheap wine for cooking. Anyway, I felt brave as I poured out two cups into the mixing bowl, no tasting.

Now, UHT milk ("shelf milk") has a lot of things going for it. It is cheap, long-lasting, and packaged in Tetra Pak (thereby both stackable and absurdly appealing to me). I had been eyeing it on the shelf there, wishing I didn't think it tasted so weird, for a long time. In the end, it was the good old dollar that worked its magic on my hard heart and convinced me to give it another try.

The moment of truth came even before the pudding was cooked, as there was just enough leftover milk left for a taste. And – I am trying desperately to think of a way to make this more dramatic but am coming up empty – it tasted good. I liked it. Whether it was the result of maturing tastebuds or advanced processing or the Swiss milk or simple necessity I suppose I will never know. What I do know is that milk now costs less than gas.

So the lesson (since I can't seem to help forming a formal conclusion for you) is: eat some things you don't like every once in a while and you might be pleasantly surprised.

7 comments:

fi said...

We have a rule in our house (due to the presence of small children)- You have to taste a food item at least nine times (different occasions) before you are allowed to declare that you don't enjoy it. Unless of course it's brussel sprouts... they are not alllowed on the premises. I don't drink milk unless it is disguised in a shake form or flavoured with Milo, so I can't tell the difference. My husband would rather go without than drink UHT.

Lee said...

Milk in a box? Totally never heard of it before...

Yeah. Apparently, I need to get out more.

Newman Family said...

Too true! Thanks for the reflections. Came across your site from the How About Orange site. Have a good one!

Swiss Ms. said...

I like how the rule is that after nine times you get to say you don't like it, not that you get to stop eating it! I also agree that brussel sprouts are off the charts.

Lee, I see that Hershey's makes some "shelf milk" you could try out if you're interested (assuming you're in the US). But maybe take Fi's advice and start with the disguised chocolate version first, just in case....

Thanks for dropping by, Newman Family!

jenicrob said...

I remember the adjustment to UHT when I lived in France (though unfamiliar with the acronym, I certainly know what it is). Drinking room-temperature milk on my cereal was definitely weird, not just at first but for the duration, and yes, it tastes different. (My host family never refrigerated the milk, not even after opening. Apparently it lasts just fine for a couple days, and we ran through the milk quick enough that I never experienced spoiling.)

Swiss Ms. said...

Oh yes, refrigerating definitely increases potability....

We are now drinking .1% UHT! Who would have thought....

Swiss Ms. said...

Oh yes, refrigerating definitely increases potability....

We are now drinking .1% UHT! Who would have thought....