Sunday, September 02, 2007

Half & Half

For the last couple of weeks I've been hovering in front of the milk refrigerator in the supermarket, scratching my head and pursing my lips in indecision. Well, today, I finally gave in and bought my first pint of the evil U.S. extravagance, half & half "milk". It's so called because it's basically a mixture of half milk, half cream. Ever since I tried it for the first time at work about a month ago, I've become, er, quite partial to the stuff. Most people over here use it to cream up their coffee - this certainly ain't something you'd pour yourself a glass of just before bedtime. Given the hit-and-miss quality of the coffee here, it's virtually necessary to have this stuff, should you end up with a coffee that's either too watery or too strong.


For that matter, if like me, you don't like your coffee to be too bitter, the addition of the cream component in the milk is kinda nice to cut through that bitterness. I just downed a mug of my percolator coffee (all the way from Coffea in Vic Market - yum!) with the half-half added, and it was delish. Although I have to admit that it's more than a bit disconcerting to see the obvious difference in consistency from regular milk as you pour the stuff.


Needless to say, I'd better be careful not to imbibe too much of this, or else I'll come back looking like a beach ball...

8 comments:

  1. ... the label says "fat free" - how does *that* work when it's half cream, I wonder?

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  2. yeah, i was also trying to figure that one out as well...

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  3. mmm, fat.... have you tried this with your weetbix?

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  4. I was also going to say, how can this be fat free? It's cream, unless its some awful artificial cream thing. Ekkk.

    I love cream too and when I have some in the fridge, I pour it into a lot of things. I wonder if it would be useful to have this instead? Does it lasts very long in the fridge once you open it?

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  5. hehehe...nope jfox, haven't tried it with my weet-bix yet! tomorrow morning maybe??

    thanh, i think the marketers are trying to pull the wool over consumers' eyes when they call this fat free. judging from the consistency of the stuff, i reckon it's the real deal. also, you can't freeze it nor can you get any of this stuff in UHT packages - i've checked! the use by date is about one month after purchase. if you think this is gross, you should try the powdered coffee "creamer" that you add to milk to fluff it up - haven't tried it, but i'm not sure i like the idea of it floating around in my coffee! only in america...

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  6. hey i remember half & half! the manufacturers' fat free proclamation is bizarre to say the least. Maybe its a diet version of the product where thickening agents have been added to give it the same consistency as half & half, sort of like the coconut flavoured evaporated milk you can get in the supermarkets these days as a substitute for regular coconut milk?

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  7. serenity - wha????? a substitute for coconut milk? please...say it ain't so!

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  8. Tis true m'afraid. i believe carnation sell a version of this in supermarkets. I say why tinker with something mother nature can make on her own just fine thanks? Meh!

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