Friendly Farms Whole Milk

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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, including whole milk.) 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. Aldi also sells it in gallon and half-gallon sizes.

About Joshua

Joshua is the Editor-in-Chief of Aldi Reviewer. He is also a writer and novelist. You can learn more about him at www.joshuaajohnston.com.

28 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 .

  4. I just bought a half gallon organic whole milk. I needed to bring some to a boil and the minute it boiled it curdled. What gives? I have only seen milk about to spoil do that. There is no contact number on the carton but I’m going to see if I can get an explanation from somebody.

    • I bought the friendly farms organic whole milk for my daughter, and she’s not digesting it well at all! Diarrhea little after she drinks it, and today she had a little hive. Done with that milk!

  5. I forgot to mention, too, that it’s a real pain trying to get the last little bit of milk out of the container, without it spilling out onto the counter! I wish they’d change it back to the “old” style.

  6. I regularly shop at Aldi . Good selection and prices, such as:

    private branded chips, Simply Nature blue chips and black bean tortilla chips

    cereal, shredded wheat!

    dry roasted peanuts

    almondmilk

    produce (choose carefully, some excellent values)

    chicken tenderloins

    1 lb scallops

    organic black beans in can

    Bought milk at Aldi for the first time today at a price one-half of what we usually pay. Instead of being happy, I got chewed out by mother hen when I got home. She is brand loyal and wanted a certain expensive brand at a popular regional grocery chain. She did some research using the code on the label and learned it came from the expensive dairy!

    FYI — The milk I bought in the cold case contains NO carrageenan and is only “pasteurized”, not “ultra pasteurized” as stated by other commenters.

    Aldi can save money without sacrificing quality or taste. Let the picky people pay too much at the fancy markets. (Although I’m seeing more Mercedes, Lexus, and Cadillacs in the parking lot.)

  7. I love my Aldi’s. Been a loyal customer for a while now. They’re getting better all the time. The German brats are really good. We eat them at least once a week. And the buns at the store here in Florida are slot on the top. Makes great sense.

  8. This the comment I was looking for ,my milk best used by date was 5/25/19 ,I drink so I don’t use dairy products as I did when I was younger ,but this morning before work I decided to eat cereal and at first taste it taste like 2% milk with red top ,so I figured that’s why it was 99© but after a 10 hr shift I’m just seeing it’s out dated but not sour ,thanks for insight

  9. Been shopping at Aldi’s for several years. Always bought the milk with no problem. Now starting about six months ago it started going bad before expiration date, sometimes a week earlier. Quit buying at aldis and spent 10 cents more elsewhere, where can often go 3-4 days past date. Wife got in hurry last week and bought aldis milk. Now today(6/26) it is bad, has 7/1 date.

  10. Shop regularly at Aldis.
    However I purchased gallon of whole milk with July 26 expiration date. It is only the 19th and it was sour as I was cooking dinner..threw the milk about 3/4 out plus the part of my dinner I ruined. Very disappointed.

  11. I buy 4 gallons at a time for my family.
    I’ve noticed now more than ever.
    The date means nothing.
    The four gallons I bought all had good dates.
    But the half gallon I made my grandson eat and drink the milk out of the bowl.
    Trusting the year to date .
    I thought my grandson was just playing and didn’t want to eat his food.
    But after I took him to school I realized he was telling the truth about the milk.
    I learned a vailable lesson, dates on things dont mean anything.
    It was spoiled already in the store you buy it from the store trusting in the quality and loyalty of any product you buy.
    Now I have to wonder if standards are being kept up where it’s distributed from.
    Why can’t anyone talk to corporate ever?
    My grandson had a stomach ache from Grandma trusting the date on Aldi’s Milk.
    Not my first either with bad milk.
    I want someone to address the issue on hand by calling me.
    I’m tried of emails.
    I want a real person.
    Feedback.
    For the record they gave me each time just the money back.
    Peroid point blank.
    No sympathy, care or concern.
    Until I asked to spoke to a manager I didn’t even know about getting free milk for my troubles.
    Along with my money back.
    That still doesn’t justify my grandson and me making him drink something that was brought to the store spoiled already.
    At least that’s what I’m being told.
    So if you can contact me through email first and privately give you my number to be reached by.
    Signing off…
    Unresolved issue!

  12. Like your milk and your new jug.Nelson

  13. We do not like your new oversized shopping carts they are to big , they take up too much room in the aisles and are very hard to get out of and back into the rack

  14. Your new gallon milk container is ugly and that high lip by the cap is in the way of twisting open.

  15. I am with a lot of people regarding the new 1/2 gallon milk containers. You can’t get the milk out without spilling it on the counter because you are squeezing the jug. Go back to the old container, new is not always better

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