How much is a gallon of in your area? How much does your family drink each week? What if you couldn’t get fresh ? How much would you pay for packaged?

Fresh milk is available in India (and I’m not just talking about the cows and goats wandering around everywhere).

You didn’t think I was kidding, did you?

Anyway, packaged fresh milk is sold in plastic bags of 250 milliliters (about 1 cup) and even though it says it’s pasteurized, I am staying away from it. Instead, I buy UHT milk – ultra-heat treated to sterilize it. UHT milk is shelf-stable and sold in the US, usually in cartons near the powdered milk in the baking aisle. Here are the cartons sold here.

I buy it in 500ml bags. Actually, I buy boxes of the bags – 500ml doesn’t last very long with my kids.

So here’s how much a gallon of milk costs in my area.

It’s about 45 rupees to $1 (US). Each 500ml bag costs Rs15, so about 33 cents. About 7 1/2 bags to a gallon. So, a gallon of milk costs me about $2.50.

I was paying about $1.79 in Utah, which has low dairy prices, but according to my unofficial poll, this is much less than the rest of the country.

Of course, I also had to pay $3 for a 1.5 liter plastic pitcher to put the milk in after it’s opened. And I am completely incapable of pouring milk from a bag without spilling some. But it sounds like I’m still paying less than a lot of other people.

So: How much is milk in your area?  Comment here, or add to the message board thread.