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  1. 1. Do you buy Shetland milk?

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when the new packaging plant was installed there were a few problems with leaks etc, but to be honest these have been sorted. The shelf life issues have been sorted also.

If you buy your milk fae sooth then there will be less money to invest in solutions to any problems faced by the dairy in future then there will be no dairy, so bye bye all the dairy cows in Shetland because without a dairy it would be impossible for these to carry on, that will take a lot of money out of rural Shetland and help cause a total collapse in the local economy.

 

local tatties are sold by the sack also paulb and for less than sooth tatties by the sack so I don't understand that comment.

 

Just what the heck is it with you folks that you can't get a grip on the idea that a small place like Shetland needs us all to muck in together and support each other, it may cost a little more for some things but in the end unless you want to live on CT subsidies which quite plainly some folks that move here seem to want to do, (and some that have been here all their days).

bet you put your spare eggs out to the gate for folks to buy paulb, or any other excess you produce for that matter, how would it be if those around decide that it is cheaper at the co op or tesco than to buy your stuff.

 

 

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"I try butchers meat when i can."

As none of the local butchers have come out of the closet maybe that is something you shouldn't post on here :lol: :lol:

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when the new packaging plant was installed there were a few problems with leaks etc, but to be honest these have been sorted. The shelf life issues have been sorted also.

so those leaking problems have been sorted since I last bought a milk fae the checkout on Sunday?

The shelf life problems have more to do with stock rotation, deliveries and storage (dairy, grocer & customer) A pint of milk if stored correctly should last up to 1 week after opening. but if you buy Shetland milk from the coop it's often got the next day's date on it. I've known places discover they've received short-dated products in error, but this being Shetland not complained.

I am glad that we don't have to have that double pasteurised stuff any more, and shetland milk works okay in a mug o tea but I wouldna choose to have it as a glass of milk

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ibve never seen shetland potatos selling for 8 quid 25kg. as said we mainly buy shetland ones.

we bought a 10kg sack of shetland carrots last year very expensive but nice.

its not alway possible to buy local. however if you look at say the meat market they stock local meat at simular prices to imported and a heck of a lot cheaper than tesco.

we bought a quater cow last year to fill the freezer if you can do it saves a lot. same with pigs.

we need more local veg, the odd carrot and turnip is nor enough. not a fan of the cabbages

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when the new packaging plant was installed there were a few problems with leaks etc, but to be honest these have been sorted. The shelf life issues have been sorted also.

so those leaking problems have been sorted since I last bought a milk fae the checkout on Sunday?

The shelf life problems have more to do with stock rotation, deliveries and storage (dairy, grocer & customer) A pint of milk if stored correctly should last up to 1 week after opening. but if you buy Shetland milk from the coop it's often got the next day's date on it. I've known places discover they've received short-dated products in error, but this being Shetland not complained.

I am glad that we don't have to have that double pasteurised stuff any more, and shetland milk works okay in a mug o tea but I wouldna choose to have it as a glass of milk

 

The missus reckons it could be some folks sour faces that is turning the milk, she may be right

 

needless to say you will get the occasional leak but having handled more milk than most folks I stand by the statement, If the shop checks the cartons on delivery as they should then any problems will be discovered before the customer gets anywhere near the milk, as for short dates that too is down to poor stock rotation by the retailer not the dairies fault, take the milk back to the shop where purchased and let them know they will by law replace any product that is not up to standard. It is criminal that local milk gets poured over the field as fertiliser when milk gets imported fae sooth

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ibve never seen shetland potatos selling for 8 quid 25kg. as said we mainly buy shetland ones.

we bought a 10kg sack of shetland carrots last year very expensive but nice.

its not alway possible to buy local. however if you look at say the meat market they stock local meat at simular prices to imported and a heck of a lot cheaper than tesco.

we bought a quater cow last year to fill the freezer if you can do it saves a lot. same with pigs.

we need more local veg, the odd carrot and turnip is nor enough. not a fan of the cabbages

 

I got Shetland records for £7 last year.

Shetland carrots cheaper than sooth carrots, and like you said tasty.

As a small holder/crofter try growing some different veggies yourself, see how you get on, in a good summer everything will be fine but in a bad summer well. If you need to make a living from what you grow, tried and trusted crops is the only way.

get a hold of some old pipe from salmon cages some round fence posts and some polythene and make yourself a polly tunnel, dont apply for a grant get on with it and then let aabody know how you get on

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the polytunnel is in the pipelines. our veg patch is rubbish the only thing it grows well is docks. its had a few tons of pony/chicken muck put on this year so hoping for better results. were did you get those potatoes from if i can get them at that price they would have our permenant custom.

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I am all in favour of supporting local business, but my own experiences with the local milk have not improved either. If the tops are not secure and leakproof it is no wonder the milk goes off in double quick time...

 

I do not see why we should be asked to support local if the service/ goods we receive are below expectations? Most of us live a fair distance from the nearest shop (we only go shopping once a week/ every 10 days), so to find you need to make another trip to the shop for yet another pint of milk that's gone off costs extra in fuel. And don't bother suggesting freezing milk - it's vile defrosted.

 

as for local veg:

we still eat carrots, tatties, leeks, cabbages and onions from last years crop, without the use of a polytunnel I hasten to add. Growing your own veg really IS easy. We produce enough to feed ourselves and the bit surplus is used for barter with neighbours for meat/ fish. In fact what prompted us to grow our own was the poor quality of the local tatties at the end of the winter that was available to buy. (this is some years back.)

 

another example of how to save yourself a lot of money and eat much healthier is bread. I invested a bit of money in an electric grain mill years ago and we buy the organic wheat in 20kg sacks and mill and bake our own. I costed it out after the last wheat delivery and including postage we bake our own bread for half the price of shop bought bread.

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As I've said before we get a veg box fae sandness (heavily oversubscribed else I give details) The have the advantage of being on a limebelt and slightly less exposed to sea winds. But their prices compare well to the supermarkets or famers markets sooth. Nothing quite like the taste of fresh local veg.

 

And Dratsy, I may have more experience with Wisemans (2 cages a day, 7days a week for nearly 3years) and a small independent organic dairy (that delivers it's milk in pails by electric milkfloat, surplus picked up by Wisemans 7days a week) but from my limited experience (1 1/2years) of receiving Shetland Dairy products delivered daily (sometimes with a few phonecalls to remind) I wasn't always impressed. But as the Boss pointed out, it was delivered (eventually) and local.

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@as

 

the flour is it "nuttier" if you mill it yourself? I must admit I sometimes find it frustrating paying extra for specialist flour to find it smelling "old"

I also find that it's easier in some ways to just buy bread, because it doesn't disappear as quickly. Isn't that weird admitting to buying an inferior product just because it doesn't get consumed so quickly.

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MJ, the flour is "nuttier", yes. If one finds the wholegrain flour too heavy, one could always sift some of the bran to make a lighter loaf. (one of my neighbours preferred it lighter and we used the bran for other purposes).

The problem with shop bought specialist flours is that the flour will have lost the majority of its vitamin content as it has been packed for so long. Freshly milled is always better, because the vitamins are destroyed within a few hours after milling when they come into contact with the air. So it is a matter of mill and bake within a few hours to make use of the vitamins.

We also mill rye grain for the same reason. Rye flour is expensive to buy and buying the loose grain works out much cheaper.

 

If you are interested in trying freshly milled flour, just send me a pm. (We are not far from you.)

 

Incidentally, prices for bread/ cakes/ pasta will continue to go through the roof as the harvests have been bad. Last year rye grain was very difficult to get hold of. Somebody on the continent told me last week that after the cold spell the wheat harvest will be non existant. There was no snow to protect the young crop in that part of Germany and farmers are now ploughing over the fields (it is a write off) as the crop did not survive the temperatures....this will also have a knock- on effect on meat prices as there will be a shortage of animal feed.

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