Every month, Canadian farms sell upwards of 800,000 kilolitres of milk. Wholesale milk is used for many different purposes, mostly for personal consumption.
There are many different types of milk, and each has distinct uses. Most people who buy milk are unaware of the differences between the varieties and the advantages they can offer.
Below are the different kinds of milk products we carry and their most common uses. Take a look to see which is most suitable for your cooking needs or just for drinking enjoyment.
Whole Vitamin D Milk
Whole vitamin D milk is cow's milk that has had none of its fat content removed. The total fat of most whole milk is around 3.5%.
Whole milk is much thicker and richer than its reduced-fat alternatives. It does have higher calories, though, at about 150 per glass.
A single serving of milk contains about one-quarter of your daily calcium and 10 percent of your potassium needs. It has 8 grams of protein and is chock full of vitamins A and D.
Besides drinking, whole milk works well in soups and for making smoothies. It is often a staple in desserts--including homemade ice cream--as well as breakfast items, like crepes.
2% and 1% Milk
This type of milk is often referred to as "reduced fat" milk. This means less fat per serving but also fewer calories as well (about 125 per glass for 2% milk and a little over 100 for 1%). However, many people do not realize that reduced-fat milk contains all the vitamins and nutrients of whole milk.
Reduced-fat milk is a great option for pouring over cereal or for smoothies. It is a fantastic way to get a bit of creaminess without the calories or fat content of whole milk.
Skim or "fat-free" milk has had its entire fat content removed. It, too, has all the health benefits of whole milk. However, it may be less desirable for recipes that need a creamier texture.
It is still a great option for recipes where creaminess is not essential. This includes cold and hot cereals, such as porridge or granola. You can use it to make light and airy souffle and muffins. It is the perfect option for the health-conscious consumer or anyone who is looking to lower their fat or calorie intake.
Half and Half
Half and half is on the other end of the wholesale milk spectrum. It gets its name from being a mixture of equal parts whole milk and cream, producing a fat level between 10% and 18%.
For this reason, half and half is ideal for adding an extra creamy texture to beverages or dishes. This might include your morning coffee, pasta sauces, gravies, or desserts.
More people are turning to goat milk as a milk alternative. It contains more protein and can be easier to digest than cow's milk. It also can help increase platelet counts and prevent insulin resistance.
Goat milk is popular for making cheese (and there are almost innumerable recipes that include it), but it is also a great baking ingredient. Try it in bread, muffins, or desserts. It can also bring a unique flavour to scalloped potatoes or similar dishes.
Oat milk--made from mostly oats, water--is a great non-dairy alternative. This means you do not have to worry about lactose or allergies. Oat milk also is gluten-free.
Oak milk is a lot silkier and richer than some of its non-dairy competitors, including almond milk. For this reason, a lot of people enjoy oat milk in their coffee. It is a popular choice for rice pudding and cakes, as well as au gratin dishes.
Order Wholesale Milk Products Today
Now that you understand the different types and uses of wholesale milk products, you can make a more informed decision when purchasing. There is almost certainly a product for every recipe, taste, and preference.
Mr. Dairy has been selling milk products in the Toronto area for more than 50 years. We now deliver more than 1,200 of our items as far as Barrie, Niagara, and Oshawa. Order online, and please feel free to reach out to us with any questions.