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If you are concerned about the fat levels in full cream milk, the most cost effective solution is to dilute whole homogenized milk 50/50 with water, rather than buying semi-skimmed. This means that you get twice the amount of milk for the same money.
You can buy a big container and dilute half of it, saving the rest for children, who need the full fat version. If you prefer, you could also buy from Fairtrade sources which share more of their profits with farmers. The initial purchase will cost more, but you will still save money once you do your dilution.
1) Save the empty bottle from your most recent milk supply.
2) Sterilize it by pouring in boiling water to 1-2 cm depth, screw on bottle cap firmly, invert bottle once, turn right way up, unscrew cap and pour out hot water.
3) Cool by rinsing with cold tap water (or if you want to keep it as sterile as possible, put empty bottle in fridge for 30 minutes)
4) Half-fill bottle with full-fat milk and add cold water to top.
5) Refrigerate and use as normal.
With the cost of milk so high, you can save a little by using evaporated milk for cereal and cooking and saving jug milk for drinking. Also once the can is opened you can keep the rest fresh and ready by pouring into an ice tray and freezing into cubes. One or two cubes tossed in a bowl in the fridge overnight will be melted and ready for your breakfast cereal by the morning.
When buying dairy, always buy the largest container possible. Check the expiration date and make sure you will be able to use it before it expires, especially with items like milk and eggs that are difficult to freeze.
Don't pay extra for shredded cheese. You can buy a large block of cheese, grate the the block, and freeze any that you don't think you will use quickly. Don't buy small yogurt containers when you can buy a large one for much cheaper.
When buying dairy at the grocery store, be sure to check the "use by" or "sell buy" date on the packaging. If the date is not to your liking, grab a carton of milk from the back of shelf.
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