Friendly Farms Whole Milk

In the 1980s, the dairy industry launched a campaign to convince America that milk does a body good. In recent years, milk has become a flashpoint for debate, both in terms of its health benefits and the conditions in which America’s dairy cattle are raised.

Although there is disagreement on the topic, much of the current evidence suggests that, while there are some drawbacks to milk, it is on balance a source of more nutrients than many other foods. What’s more, whole milk, which for decades was seen as less healthy than skim or 2%, has now seen a comeback thanks to a series of studies that have shown that whole milk may, in fact, be healthier than lower-fat milk … including, astonishingly, evidence that full-fat dairy may reduce the risk of diabetes and obesity. (Right now, most schools still carry 2% or skim milk.)

Aldi, like virtually all grocers, carries milk, including whole milk.

Friendly Farms Whole Milk, a staple Regular Buy, comes in the familiar one-gallon jug. (Our local Aldi stores also sell half-gallon containers of milk, although we’ve only spotted them in the 2% category.) The price of milk at Aldi varies, and while it’s usually cheaper than generic milk at other stores, that’s not always the case, so you might want to do a bit of price comparison.

Aldi’s whole milk carries a “no artificial growth hormones pledge,” although there isn’t much detail on where Aldi’s milk is sourced. The ingredients are just two: milk and Mitamin D3.

Friendly Farms Milk

Friendly Farms Milk nutrition information. Click to enlarge.

The nutrition information is more or less what you’d see on any other whole milk gallon. On its face, whole milk has a fair amount of calories and fat, although, as I noted earlier, there are studies that indicate that this may not be as much of a concern as we once thought it to be.

In terms of how Aldi milk compares to other milk: as far as I can tell, it’s all about the same. Aldi milk, whole or skim, tastes just like any other whole milk I’ve purchased, be it store brand or a regional name like the Illinois-based Prairie Farms. The milk seems, on balance, to last about as long as other milks I’ve purchased … which is to say it’s unpredictable. I never know from jug to jug whether the milk inside will go bad a few days before the expiration date or days afterward. This has been true of Aldi just as it’s been true of milk I’ve bought from other stores. I can say, though, that Aldi milk tends to be on par, and that the milk I find at Aldi usually has expiration dates as far into the future as other stores I’ve been to.

The Verdict:

As it does with other staples, like bread and eggs, Aldi delivers milk that looks and tastes just like its competitors, and usually (although not always) for a better price. Right now we can’t get whole milk in half gallons at Aldi like we can 2%, but other than that we don’t have a lot of complaints.

About Joshua

Joshua writes about a variety of topics, including video games, parenting, and, of course, Aldi. He's also a science fiction novelist. You can learn more about him at www.joshuaajohnston.com.

6 Comments

  1. Milk at Aldi’s is pretty much like anywhere else…. It comes from local daries. There is a website http://www.whereismymilkfrom.com/ where you can check to see where the milk came from by entering the code on the bottle. In most areas you will find it coming from a name brand dairy. There really is no reason to ever buy high priced brand name milk.

  2. Dear Joshua
    Aldi has changed the style of their milk gallon. which now sucks.
    its a little bigger so it doesn’t fit in the door of some of the fridges now like it use too. ALSO it has a seal on it now that wont come off. I’m an adult an 98% of them i can’t open. this is unsafe an what makes it even worse is my 7rold grand-daughter was using a knife to open it. she was trying to get herself some cereal before we got out there.. this is a very unsafe product an needs to be removed from their shelves.

  3. For all buying milk at Aldi’s from Farm Friendly . They “ultra” pasteurize their milk which is no good , it kills the good as well as the bad bacteria . Many Co. are practicing this method to save money because it greatly increases shelf life from like the regular 10 days to 2 weeks to a month or longer .
    You are wasting your money buying ultra pasteurized milk .

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