Even if it smells spoiled, it doesn't mean it is.

Is Your Milk Really Sour?

You all know that awful moment when you stand at the refrigerator, about to add some milk to your morning coffee and lo and behold – the familiar whiff of sour milk reaches your nostrils. Wait! You might be smelling wrong…

You all know that awful moment when you stand at the refrigerator, about to add some milk to your morning coffee and lo and behold – the familiar whiff of sour milk reaches your nostrils. So you take the bottle you just brought yesterday, with an expiration date of more than a week ahead of now, and you pour it down the nearest sink or toilet and send your bottle to the recycling bin.

The first time you poured some milk out of the bottle, a couple of drops stayed around the top of the container, which may have been left outside the refrigerator for 20 minutes too long and for 4-5 drops these 20 minutes can be fatal, but the rest of the milk in there is fresh and delicious.

Sounds familiar to you? To me too.

But before you make that hasty decision to discard the 2.5 dollar bottle, try this trick a good friend told me a while back:

Pour some of the ‘sour’ milk into a clean cup and bring it close to your nose; Ah! Fresh and tasty milk fit for your so much needed AM hour’s coffee that fuels your day, or for anything else.
Don’t feel bad for the gallons you poured out, the past is past. But it’s a good trick to know before you pour out many more gallons of innocent milk.

What’s the rationale behind this strange phenomenon?

Here is how it works: the first time you poured some milk out of the bottle, a couple of drops stayed around the top of the container, which may have been left outside the refrigerator for 20 minutes too long and for 4-5 drops these 20 minutes can be fatal, but the rest of the milk in there is fresh and delicious.

This happened to me lately, and yes, for an entire week I used a bottle of fresh milk with a smelly nozzle, but it got me thinking.

We are a very strong nation, but our power is only useful if we stick around together and show our support to one another. This is true in any circle of influence, starting from our personal life – if our emotions and thoughts are in sync we live a better, healthier life. It’s clearly visible in a close family and it works for an extended family as well.

Communities too can only benefit from unity and solidarity. As history has shown and shows, when Jews from all walks of life rally around subjects of which we share a common interest, we are significantly more successful. There is a special brachah given to achdus – “Barchenu Avinu kulanu ke’echad.”

And even when we see ourselves as part of humanity, we can attest to the simple truth that united we stand, divided we spoil…

We don’t have to give up our uniqueness and our special fields of interest. Unity doesn’t equal uniformity; to the contrary, a healthy milk consists of protein, fat, water and a variety of minerals and vitamins, all of which add to the nutritious value of the milk.

What about the spoiled drops on the top? Do they have hope?

Well, they say that cheese comes from spoiled milk…

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