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Doorstep Milk delivery
« on: December 06, 2019, 09:21:18 pm »
Some years ago we gave up on the bottle delivery and went plastic like the other 99+% of the 2000s population. In recent years we've had an arrangement with our local organic shop to deliver milk a couple of time a week as we were on the route of their veg delivery round. Unfortunately the new owners of the business have turned it vegan so we're back on lugging milk from Sainsbury's local.

So I'm toying with trying milkperson delivery again. Glass bottles appeal too,  rather than adding to the plastic mountain.

Anyone else gone back to bottles and think it's worth it?

LittleWheelsandBig

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Re: Doorstep Milk delivery
« Reply #1 on: December 06, 2019, 09:27:07 pm »
Milk bottles delivered/ collected for over a decade here.
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Re: Doorstep Milk delivery
« Reply #2 on: December 06, 2019, 09:36:24 pm »
Being 4 floors up & behind 3 locked doors it's not really practical.   Think the parents still get deliveries but cartons rather than bottles.

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Re: Doorstep Milk delivery
« Reply #3 on: December 06, 2019, 09:47:49 pm »
We are just getting deliveries back here in our small Wye Valley village.  We are pretty much unanimously supporting it, including, as it does, locally sourced bread, butter,q cheese and bacon.  I am not unhappy about this! :)

Re: Doorstep Milk delivery
« Reply #4 on: December 06, 2019, 10:04:08 pm »
Never stopped here in North Yorkshire. Been getting milk deliver to the doorstep for all of the 23 years we have lived in this tiny village. Milkman gets here even when the postie and delivery drivers say they cant make it due to snow etc.
I think you'll find it's a bit more complicated than that.

Re: Doorstep Milk delivery
« Reply #5 on: December 06, 2019, 10:05:41 pm »
I have noticed that bluetits have forgotten how to peck through the foil caps and get at the milk though. When I was a kid they were always doing it now it never happens.
I think you'll find it's a bit more complicated than that.

hellymedic

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Re: Doorstep Milk delivery
« Reply #6 on: December 06, 2019, 10:06:33 pm »
My milk is delivered by milkandmore.co.uk, now part of Müller, three times per week.

A pint of semi-skimmed in a glass bottle is slightly more than a 2 pint plastic Sainsbury's bottle.

My milkman delivers 7 pints per week, compost for the garden and occasional 'distress' purchases, which is handy for a car-free household with a housebound inmate.

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Re: Doorstep Milk delivery
« Reply #7 on: December 06, 2019, 10:32:50 pm »
I have noticed that bluetits have forgotten how to peck through the foil caps and get at the milk though. When I was a kid they were always doing it now it never happens.
Once the blue tits had opened it our dog used to drink the top third of the bottle.

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hellymedic

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Re: Doorstep Milk delivery
« Reply #8 on: December 06, 2019, 11:02:04 pm »
Most milk is homogenised and many now take semi-skimmed, so the tits get scant cream should they peck the tops.

Milk firms sell cool bags and milk minders which keep the tits out...

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Re: Doorstep Milk delivery
« Reply #9 on: December 06, 2019, 11:27:23 pm »
We do have a bottled milk delivery here in Llandismal, but our milk consumption is so random that we can't really commit.
Luckily they supply the local (not very) supermarket so we are able to buy bottles there as and when. 
Bit of a pain having to take the empties back.  Particularly when I've forgotten several times and have to lug a large bag full.
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JennyB

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Re: Doorstep Milk delivery
« Reply #10 on: December 07, 2019, 10:50:36 am »
I have noticed that bluetits have forgotten how to peck through the foil caps and get at the milk though. When I was a kid they were always doing it now it never happens.


Morphic resonance at work? Helly's answer seems plausible, but I remember when bluetits were able to distinguish between full cream and buttermilk by the colour of the tops.
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Re: Doorstep Milk delivery
« Reply #11 on: December 07, 2019, 10:52:10 am »
We don’t. We could I think, our neighbour does, and he’s an early bird, around 4:30. We buy 2l containers and freeze them.  Recently the thickness of the (Tesco) plastic bottles has got thinner still (no bad thing, the farm shop ones are at least double the thickness) so one or two split ones due to expansion. However milk containers are one of the most recycled of plastics, the tops being coloured recycled container plastic.
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hellymedic

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Re: Doorstep Milk delivery
« Reply #12 on: December 07, 2019, 11:11:09 am »
I have noticed that bluetits have forgotten how to peck through the foil caps and get at the milk though. When I was a kid they were always doing it now it never happens.


Morphic resonance at work? Helly's answer seems plausible, but I remember when bluetits were able to distinguish between full cream and buttermilk by the colour of the tops.

I suspect birds aren't too stupid. If one top is YUM and another is f*cking close to water they'll both learn by association and quite possibly pass this knowledge onto their young.
Milk deliveries were daily back then and delivered milk might have been warmer. The milkman of my childhood was still on his rounds at 4pm, after being out all day and an extended 'coffee' break with Mrs ? at #** on our street.

Our milk is now delivered between 2-3am three times per week.

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Re: Doorstep Milk delivery
« Reply #13 on: December 07, 2019, 09:12:08 pm »
One of the neighbours used to. I think it was Milk & More and therefore presumably, as Helly says, plastic bottles. I can't ask the neighbour because she died last winter.  :(

There is a shop nearby that's recently installed a machine to fill your own milk bottles. You can bring your own bottle or buy a glass 1-litre bottle for £1. The milk is unhomogenised, so nice and creamy.  :) They've installed this at the request of the dairy, which is in Bruton (Somerset) but maybe there's something of that kind near you?
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hellymedic

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Re: Doorstep Milk delivery
« Reply #14 on: December 07, 2019, 09:50:46 pm »
I have GLASS bottles from Milk and More and plastic from Sainsbury's.
(I have just checked what I posted upthread.)

FifeingEejit

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Re: Doorstep Milk delivery
« Reply #15 on: December 07, 2019, 09:51:47 pm »
Are McQueens in your area?

They seem to have expanded significantly recently well away from their St Andrews / Glasgow bases and into England.



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LittleWheelsandBig

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Re: Doorstep Milk delivery
« Reply #16 on: December 07, 2019, 09:52:20 pm »
Ditto, glass from M&M here too.
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Cudzoziemiec

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Re: Doorstep Milk delivery
« Reply #17 on: December 07, 2019, 10:12:31 pm »
I have GLASS bottles from Milk and More and plastic from Sainsbury's.
(I have just checked what I posted upthread.)
So you do. Sorry. Memory cells fading.  :hand:
(In fact, I thought I remembered clinking glass sounds when I occasionally used to hear the Milk & More van – only very occasionally cos it used to be around 4 a.m. – but was sure you'd mentioned plastic, so...  :facepalm:)
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Re: Doorstep Milk delivery
« Reply #18 on: December 07, 2019, 10:34:58 pm »
The thing about the old milk floats is that they sound like a startup

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Re: Doorstep Milk delivery
« Reply #19 on: December 08, 2019, 09:02:44 am »
Curious system around here: folk would hang a bucket on their fence with clothes-pegs clipped on the rim to indicate the number of litres they wanted. The milk came in 1L plastic sachets rather than poured into the bucket, though.

Haven't seen that for a year or so, I guess the supermarkets have clobbered it, as with everything else.
I've dusted all those old bottles and set them up straight.

LittleWheelsandBig

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Re: Doorstep Milk delivery
« Reply #20 on: December 08, 2019, 10:06:42 am »
I recall milk in plastic bags in Oz when I was small, along with delivery bottles. I think it is mostly supermarket plastic there now.
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JennyB

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Re: Doorstep Milk delivery
« Reply #21 on: December 08, 2019, 11:04:02 am »
I recall milk in plastic bags in Oz when I was small, along with delivery bottles. I think it is mostly supermarket plastic there now.


When cartons first became a thing, I remember an old man saying, "Strange people, the English. They have milk in paper bags."
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hellymedic

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Re: Doorstep Milk delivery
« Reply #22 on: December 08, 2019, 12:32:30 pm »
Plastic sachets and a 'jug-it' jug for them were a Thing around 2010.

Discontinued after I'd bought a few jugs...

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Re: Doorstep Milk delivery
« Reply #23 on: December 08, 2019, 01:01:07 pm »
I pass a Milk & More depot on my travels through the steppes of South Croydon, so I guess it's a thing even in the Big Smoke. That said, not seen anything more local. Milk delivery was a big thing when I was growing up, of course, mostly to support the 'he looks like you he does' meme used when defaming someone's parentage.

I'm not sure, to be honest, who needs so much milk. I'm sure we used to get several pints a day back then. We get a box of UHT semi-skimmed and it lasts for ages. Perhaps they bathed, like a cheaper version of Cleopatra, in gold top.
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Re: Doorstep Milk delivery
« Reply #24 on: December 08, 2019, 01:04:18 pm »
I'm not sure, to be honest, who needs so much milk.

It's to make the cornflakes more sexy.
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