I go through a lot of milk. It is delicious. Unfortunately, I seem to go through it too quickly here in Sweden. Not because I have increased my milk consumption. If anything it has probably decreased, which is a shame. Because milk is pretty good. But I digress.
I go through milk seemingly so quickly because it comes in small packages. The largest I have yet to find at any of the normal grocery stores is 1.5 liters. That’s less than half a gallon for those of you scoring at home. That doesn’t last long with as much milk as I put on my cereal every morning.
I just want a big jug of milk that will last a while. But I can’t have it. And it makes me wonder. How do large families survive? I have two brothers. We dominated gallons of milk in our prime. My poor mom would buy enough gallons to fill a small bathtub full of milk. What if we had stayed in Sweden? Surely we would have brittle bones, skinny shoulders, and little muscle mass. Much like most Swedish men actually. I kid, I kid. Kind of. Swedish men are skinny.
Anyway, the logical solution would be to buy two at a time. Maybe three. But they don’t last as long. I don’t know if the pasteurization process is different or what the deal is, but they just don’t last. And for all the deliciousness of milk there’s not much worse than a sour liter of milk. And so I make numerous trips to the grocery store.
This is obviously a conspiracy. Because I am unable to just buy a gallon of milk. There are just so many delicious things in grocery stores. And who am I to pass up a deal? I blame my mother for this by the way. Bargains have no chance against a woman with three boys, two fridges, and two freezers. Damn you NBC, damn you.
But in all seriousness, this is something I have really struggled to get used to. The large grocery trips are just not as common. There is more planning involved. More quick trips for just a couple of items. And I don’t think I really like it. I much prefer the one fell swoop approach to grocery shopping. But so it goes.
Welcome to Sweden. And Swedish grocery stores.