Bad Dairy


I was looking through my ancient scanned photos last night for a particular photo and instead found some slides from a 1972 trip to the Grand Canyon. I thought I could clean it up a little better but ran out of time and patience. Photo credit: Dad

I’ve read those articles that say no one knows what “sell by” or “use by” dates mean. (example)

But there still has to be some vague rhyme or reason, right? I am a big worrier about bad dairy. My Aunt told me I have “intense fear of sour milk” a condition that runs in the family. I don’t drink a lot of milk, especially in the summer. But in winter I like hot chocolate on the weekends.

I usually buy milk in half-gallon cartons which go off on me fairly regularly seeing how little milk I drink. But the date on the carton is always far in the future. I recently picked up a quart of milk because I was at a different market and that carton is dated last week and the milk is still perfectly fine. It’s a mystery.

We have a bag of lemons that some family brought from California. I have company coming this weekend and I wanted to bake something. I found a lemon buttermilk bundt cake that looked good. I did my usual quick skim of the recipe and saw it called for 3 lemons.

When I started making it and looked more closely it said:

3 TB of zest and 3 TB lemon juice (3 lemons)

What kind of lemons are they talking about? I only used 1 lemon for the zest and half of that for the juice. The cake just came out of the oven and smells amazing.