ABOUT: I have only recently got into Cravendale as my boyfriend uses it for his coffee. Cravendale is british milk and is filtered to make it purer for a fresher taste. As it's filtered it removes more of the unwelcome bacteria that turns other milk sour. This means Cravendale lasts a lot longer than other milk. Cravendale comes in white bottles, which helps to protect the milk from light that can affect if fresheness. Cravendale milk comes in Skimmed, Semi-Skimmed and Whole milk.
PRICE: A 2 litre bottle of Cravendale milk will cost you around £1.90; although prices may vary.
IN USE: I use the milk on my cereal and I have noticed how this milk has a much nicer taste to it and it tastes creamier as well. I have also used to milk to make up my diet shakes as well and it gives a delicious flavour to the shakes. There is no doubt that this milk taste fresher and creamier than the milk that my parents normally purchase. I have also used this milk in baking when making cakes as well as it does make that little bit of difference to the cakes.
I have found that this milk lasts a lot longer than the normal milk that my parents buy and that I used to purchase. This milk lasts 7days and sometimes even longer as well before it goes off; although normally milk doesn't last more than a few days in my house anyway. This milk also tastes great in coffee, tea and makes hot chocolate taste even creamier.
Cravendale claim that there milk can stay fresh up to 7 days they also claim that they use "ceramic filters to remove even more of the bacteria that turns milk sour. This keeps our milk deliciously pure and fresh for twice as long as standard fresh milk without the need for additives or preservatives." Another claim they boast is that it's so good "the cows want it back".
I have milk almost every day, a nice pint of milk in the morning, I don't have cereal so I just have milk by itself, I got this milk because they were out of my regular. This tastes so different to the milk I usually drink and it's amazingly different, I find with milk it can all taste very bland but this tastes very pure and different to the normal milk.
It's very white and the good thing about this one is that it doesn't need to be kept refrigerated. Going back to a earlier point they claim it stays fresh up to 7 days after opening, I haven't tested this because I drink milk quite quickly so for me shelf life isn't an issue anyway.
I believe if you was to try this milk you'd be pleasently surprised at how different it tastes to the other products. It tastes a lot more pure than the other ones, the only issue for me is it has a smell that I can't quite put my finger on, not a particularly nice smell.
Cravendale milk doesn't taste anything like fresh milk and has a thoroughly nasty aftertaste in a cup of tea. I had some on cereal and it was ok, but I still wouldn't buy it again. Very disappointing, although I guess if you weren't going anywhere near somewhere selling milk for three weeks it could come in handy.
It tastes good, but it smells like diluted powdered milk. I wonder whether it is mixed with powder milk?
These where bought more out of necessity than choice, there were also on offer which made them a good deal. My parents were going on holiday for two weeks and having to shop constantly wasn't going to be ideal for me, as I was unwell. So they had to stock up on groceries that wouldn't go past their sell by date. As you know one of the things that never seems to last very long is milk.
This is an area which Cravendale have caught onto and offer these milks which have a much longer shelf life than your average milk. Not as long as long-life milk but I believe it was dated to last 2/3 weeks after purchase. This made it extremely useful in this case as long-life milk just wouldn't be right and regular milk wasn't going to last so it fitted the bill. One thing which they do make clear however is that it will only last about 7 days once the milk has been opened. The long shelf life is only if it remains sealed. The reason that Cravendale states their milk is capable of this is because of the PurFiltre process the milk goes through. From my experience all the milk lasted for the two week period and I never exceeded the 7 days once opened.
Having quickly looked at some other reviews I have seen some people posting about a strange taste to this milk. However, I can only say that from my experience I didn't notice anything extremely different in the taste of this milk. Not anything noticeable enough that put me off drinking it or caused me to throw it away. I'm no expert and I don't think about my milk hard enough to compare tastes between brands but I know when I don't like the taste of something and I never had this scenario. I could only assume any difference in taste would be down to the PurFiltre process making it last longer, but again I didn't notice anything.
The only downfall I had with this milk is the packaging which is white, when most milk bottles are cloudy/see through. Not a major pitfall but it did make it slightly harder to see how much milk remained in the carton.
Served a very good purpose and reduced my need to shop and I would happily buy the product again, only if it was on offer though. As it's no doubt more expensive than regular milk.
I remembered buying Cravendale milk for the first time. I had just discovered mold in my freshly opened bottle of Tesco Milk and swore never to buy supermarket milk again! So I popped into my local Tesco's and started to find something new - and Cravendale was what I found, and since then I've always drank Cravendale.
There are two main sizes for Cravendale milk - you can either get the bigger 2 L containers, or the 1 cartons (I believe they have replaced the cartons with a plastic bottle recently though, the last I popped into a supermarket). I usually buy the larger ones unless there's an offer on the cartons (which can make the smaller cartons actually cheaper - so make sure you do some calculations before you buy!).
CRAVENDALE MILK ITSELF
The milk comes in three types: full fat, semi-skimmed and skimmed and each is noted by the colours blue, green and red respectively. For the sake of 'health' I typically drink the skimmed, which can taste a bit like water - but still better than skimmed supermarket milk, thankfully. As you rise up the milkfat-ladder, it typically tastes more and more like milk - so it's really your personal preference. I drink the skimmed milk with cereal, so honestly I can't really feel much of a difference, but I think, if you drink milk by itself on the side with bread or with crackers/fruits, you would certainly feel like the skimmed version is (very) lacking in taste. ALTHOUGH, nutritionally-wise, for 100 ml of milk, there is 0.3 g of fat in skimmed vs 3.6 g in whole milk, which can be quite a difference if you're trying to lose weight. Each 100 ml serving of milk provides you with about 125 mg of calcium which is about 15-16% of your recommended daily allowance, which means that a cup of 250 ml will probably provide you with close to 40% of your RDA - the remaining can be topped up by consuming cheese, or certain vegetables like broccoli!
Cravendale sells itself on being pure filtered, that means that the milk is filtered through ceramic filters that remove more of the bacteria that turns sour. Therefore, they claim that you can keep the milk for up to 8 days after opening -- which I have to say, IS true. This is especially useful if you are the only one who drinks milk, so you can buy a larger (and cheaper) carton of milk without having to waste some just because the milk has gone bad! I have also yet to experience mold growing in my milk - unlike with Tesco's own brand.
Cravendale tends to be slightly more expensive than supermarket milk, at about 1.88 pounds for 2L. There are regularly offers though which brings the price down to about 1.5 pounds per bottle if you buy two or something, which makes it almost comparable to supermarket milk.
This is one basic product that I would certainly recommend that you have simply because it's pretty tasty for its price!
I've just poured my first bottle of Cravendale milk down the sink. It smells and tastes strange - kind of fishy; a bit like longlife milk but different. Actually I wondered if it was already off when I bought it, but having Googled lots of other people report the same strange taste.Also, I'm very suspicious of the large number of 5-star reviews for it on here which seem to be rather carefully written in marketing speak. You can draw your own conclusions.
I used to think that milk was just milk and that they all tasted the same, that is until my dear other half decided to buy Cravendale milk. She loves those cat adverts they do on the telly. We tend to buy the semi skimmed variety of milk in our house and this Cravendale milk was beside our usual Tesco milk last time we did a big shop and my dear other half chose to buy this instead. I think the main reason was that because we both noticed at exactly the same time that it has an exceptionally long shelf life - especially compared to the ordinary milk we usually buy from the supermarket. This one was two weeks - impressive, eh?
We bought a two-litre carton of this milk and it cost £1.88. Obviously this is more expensive than our usual brand but once you have tasted it you won't go back to your usual brand - I can guarantee you that! It is great when poured over cereals or used for hot milky drinks such as hot chocolate, cocoa, or my personal favourite, Horlicks. It is so much thicker than our usual milk and very creamy indeed - I wasn't expecting this and it really knocked my socks off! No wonder the cats love it!
The nutritional value in 200ml of this milk are as follows:
Calories - 98
Protein - 7.2g
Carbohydrates - 9.7g
of which sugars - 9.7g
Fat - 3.4g
of which saturates - 2.0g
Fibre - nil
Sodium - 0.09g
Salt equivalent - 0.2g
Calcium - 247mg
The little lad has also said he prefers this milk over our usual brand and he says (and I have to agree) it looks 'whiter'. It's exceptionally moreish and thick and creamy and it is a great tasting milk which is unique and totally different. I reckon we will continue to keep buying Cravendale, eve though it is more expensive than our usual brand because the taste is worth it.
I always used to buy Tesco's own brand milk, but since I don't use milk often (only for cereal occasionally and for hot drinks) I end up having to throw some of the milk away because it goes off within a few days. I suppose I could have bought smaller cartons, but I always like to know that it is there if I need it. Plus, I find the smaller bottles too small most of the time.
I was doing my regular shop a few years ago, when I noticed Cravendale milk alongside the Tesco milk. I picked it up and had a look, and one thing that I noticed was that it lasted over 2 weeks before its expiry date. I thought that buying this would be a great idea, and that way, I wouldn't be throwing away any milk that has gone off. I buy the semi skinned milk, so this is what I will base my review on.
To give the milk a try, I poured out a small glass and gave it a go. I was really surprised when I tasted it, because it tasted quite creamy and thicker than Tesco milk. I never really liked the taste of milk much before, but I have definitely been drinking milk more often, bearing in mind that I hardly ever drank it before. I like to have hot chocolate every now and again, and I would always make it with hot water and put in a small amount of milk. But with this milk, I often heat it up in a pan and make the hot chocolate with warm milk. It makes it taste quite creamy and it is really enjoyable!
The only downside to this milk is the price. A 4 pint bottle of Tesco milk is £1.18, whereas a 2 litre bottle of Cravendale milk is £1.88. Also, 4 pints is roughly 2.2 litres, so you get more in the Tesco milk anyway. However, if you are like me, it does pay off because I can use up all of the Cravendale milk before it gets anywhere near its expiration date. But I end up having to chuck away some of the Tesco milk because it has gone off.
The design of the bottle is quite nice and more modern than the Tesco milk bottle design. I find the Tesco one quite ugly, not like it makes much of a difference though when it is in your fridge. The label around the Cravendale bottle has a picture of milk being poured, and the word Cravendale in a blue oval above. It also has a streak of either green, blue or red at the top of the label, depending on what kind of milk you buy. It also gives you the expiration date, nutritional information, and the other standard things you will find on a label.
200ml of Cravendale has:
Calories - 98
Protein - 7.2g
Carbohydrates - 9.7g
of which sugars - 9.7g
Fat - 3.4g
of which saturates - 2.0g
Fibre - nil
Sodium - 0.09g
Salt equivalent - 0.2g
Calcium - 247mg
200ml of Tesco milk has:
Calories - 100
Protein - 7.2g
Carbohydrates - 9.6g
of which sugars - 9.6g
Fat - 3.6g
of which saturates - 2.2g
Fibre - 0g
Sodium - 0.1g
Salt equivalent - 0.2g
Calcium - 248mg
As you can see, the two milks are almost identical in their nutritional information. So, even though the Cravendale milk is much more creamy and thick, there is actually less fat in it then the Tesco milk.
Overall, I would definitely recommend this milk because it tastes much more creamy and lasts a lot longer. It is more expensive, but I think it is worth it.
Take my advice, next time you go to the shop to buy your milk, instead of picking your normal variety, pick up a carton of Cravendale. Honestly, I havent tasted milk like it. So much better than regular milk, you wont be disappointed. Cravendale Milk will be in the same place, in a white bottle, with a green or red label. It is some much more pure and healthier for you. I have heard some people say that all milk tastes the same, but it doesnt, the taste of Cravendale is of such a higher quality, I dont know whether its because of the way it is processed or if they added something during production, but it doesnt matter, its better and that is all there is too.
I drink a lot of coffee, and even in a drink containing other ingredients you can taste the difference. The best way to enjoy the Cravendale is straight out of the fridge, ice cold, this way I could drink it glass after glass. So much so that I go through a least 3 bottles a week.
I suspect that you normally pay about £1 for your milk, so it may discourage to buy Cravendale when I tell you that it is priced closer to £2 for a bottle. Although it is more costly, almost double, you should try it at least once, as a bottle can be kept for more than the normal couple of days, a week in fact once it has been opened.
Cravendale is definitely worth paying the extra price, and I definitely recommend it, even my kids notice the difference and that is saying something, normally milk is just milk to them. Thanks for reading.
We started to buy Cravendale with the idea that we could bulk buy it with our supermarket online grocery order which would be easier than having to buy milk every day and sometimes running out. We get 10 of these at a time, and some skimmed Cravendale too but this one is better for the children as they are young. I have never had any of the Cravendale milks going off even though we stock up the fridge with them and keep them unopened sometimes for up to 2 weeks.
The reason they last so long is because of the milk being filtered but when I tried supermarket own brand filtered milk, the effect was not quite so good and I did have to throw some of the milk away as it went off, which was disappointing so I immediately switched back to Cravendale.
The taste of the milk is nice, I like it myself and not had any complaints from the children. This one is full fat so quite creamy tasting. Although I normally try to use the red skimmed one, this one is a bit nicer if you put it in coffee or porridge, as it comes out creamier and with a better taste.
At the moment there is a promotion on to collect Kermit backpacks from the Muppets movie so that has been a good extra with buying Cravendale, but I don't think I would go back to another brand anyway as buying the supermarket branded filtered milk may be cheaper but as it does not last as well and may end up being wasted then it is a false economy, whereas I feel like I can rely on Cravendale to be a long lasting product and I am confident to stock up my fridge with it and know it will not go off.
I would recommend it, especially to families like mine who do not have a car but get through a lot of milk, if you order as many as you will need for 2 weeks with your online shopping order then you will always be well stocked and don't have to worry about getting more milk all the time, and saves you the job of keep going to the shops and carrying back the milk.
I discovered Cravendale milk quite a few years ago now, and it's now the only milk that I buy.
We go through milk at vastly different rates in our house, one week we might get through a litre a day, the following week a litre might be double what we need for the whole week. Consequently I can never judge how much milk to buy or to have in at any given time, it's always random.
Before I discovered Cravendale milk we used to throw an awful lot of milk away, it had just gone off before we got around to drinking it. Or at the other end of the scale I would find myself driving to the corner shop in my pyjamas to buy some overpriced milk to satisfy somebodys late night milk craving.
I couldn't have UHT milk in as a standby option because I alsolutely hate the taste, it actually makes me sick. Cravendale milk has now solved all of these problems!
''What makes Cravendale taste so pure and fresh?
We don't just pasteurised our milk, we also use ceramic filters to remove even more of the bacteria that turns milk sour. This keeps our milk deliciously pure and fresh for twice as long as standard fresh milk without the need for additives or preservatives. It's that simple.''
The packaging states that unopened Cravendale milk will stay fresh for 21 days, and then once opened the milk stays fresh for 7 days, obviously though make sure that you finish it before the 'use by' date on the side of the milk.
I have to admit that I have found that the milk does stay fresh for longer than 7 days once opened, I actually find that it stays fresh right through to the 'use by' date. I've never had any problems using Cravendale milk even after it's been open for 2 weeks or so.
This is absolutely perfect for our sporadic milk drinking habits, buying Cravendale milk I know that I will always have fresh milk in the fridge now, and I hardly ever throw any milk away any more.
I also find that we both actually prefer the taste of Cravendale milk, it has a cleaner, fresher taste. It doesn't seem to taste as creamy, and for me that's a good thing.
I don't buy whole milk at all, so I can't comment on this, but I normally buy one each of skimmed and semi skimmed Cravendale each time I buy milk. I find that the skimmed Cravendale doesn't taste as watery as normal skimmed milk, it still has a pleasant milky taste. And I find that the semi skimmed Cravendale is much tastier, but not as creamy as normal semi skimmed milk.
Cravendale milk is more expensive than regular fresh milk, but you can normally find it on offer at one of the main supermarkets. It is currently on offer in Sainsburys, 2 x 2 litre bottles for £3.00, instead of £1.88 each. Although it does cost more I find that for me it effectively does cost less, as it lasts much longer and so we will use it all, rather than ending up throwing away milk that has gone off.
Cravendale milk is available in the three standard fat contents; whole milk, semi skimmed milk, and skimmed milk. And it is available in two sizes; a 2 litre plastic bottle, and a 1 litre cardboard carton.
Milk is one of those things that is in almost everyone's weekly shop, and with quite a few different brands out there, it's one of those products where many people tend to pick up the cheapest. Nothing wrong with that in my opinion - but in my house we never know how much milk we are going to get through!
My other half has breakfast cereal almost every day of the week. I try to, but more often than not it doesn't happen. And then there's all the milk for cups of tea, etc, and of course the odd cup of hot chocolate here and there (which in my opinion tastes much better with milk than with water!) So with the uncertainty of how much milk we will use - normally my fault with my phases of eating cereal every day to other weeks where I don't have it at all - we never know how much milk to buy. We have settled into buying a 4 pint of Cravendale most weeks.
*So why Cravendale?*
With the uncertainty of how much milk we are going to use we sometimes end up with milk left over at the end of the week. No one likes the taste of milk when it begins to go off! Cravendale claims to last for 7 days once opened - a definite plus point in our house. It lives up to those claims. This means that whether I'm going through a 'cereal' phase or not we never end up throwing the milk away. It lasts long enough just by my fiance using it, but by buying the larger bottles of milk we never have the problem of running out during the week either. So everyone is happy.
*How does it last?*
As far as I am aware, Cravendale 'works' as it is filtered as well as being pasteurised, and this is what enables it to keep it's freshness for that bit longer.
We buy semi-skimmed milk, and it tastes lovely. Nothing like a nice cold glass of milk when it takes your fancy, and this milk lives up to expectations. The semi-skimmed stuff has a nice degree of creaminess to it. Just right it my opinion - it's neither too watery or too thick.
So overall, in our house, this is the milk of choice. Depending on how much milk you use though you may be just as good with buying 'normal' milk. For us though it's worth spending a few extra pence as it ensures we're not going to end up throwing milk away.
Tesco now also do their own version of this - they also now have milk that claims to last 7 days. It is a little bit cheaper than Cravendale, and appears to be pretty similar, but seeing as Asda is our closest supermarket we often end up in there for the weekly shop - but something to consider if it's Tesco you shop at.
When shopping for milk, I usually go for the Creamfields product as it tends to be a lot cheaper - we do our shopping either in Tesco or Co-Op usually, and they both have the range of products. However, they don't always have them in stock, in fact the Co-Op seems to run out of products without restocking them quite regularly so if there's none of the milk we usually get I'm not surprised. On one such occasion, we were forced to choose the Cravendale.
I'd seen the ads with the cats with opposable thumbs and thought it very clever, and was kind of looking for an excuse to try some of it to see what the fuss was all about. The price wasn't much more expensive than other varieties of milk, and with the added promise of the milk lasting for longer I was convinced that I was at least getting quality for my money.
We didn't notice any difference when using the milk for hot drinks such as tea and coffee, nor was there much of a difference with cereal. I tend to have porridge, so the milk ends up getting heated anyway. Visually, it does look a bit creamier and even whiter, if that's at all possible, than ordinary milk. The taste does differ when you have a glass of milk, although whether this is because you're thinking it's purer because of the filtration process or not I don't know.
Cravendale milk is treated differently to other milk in that it has a more rigorous filtration process before the pasteurisation takes place. This apparently removes more bacteria than pasteurisation alone and ensures a longer shelf life for the milk as well as continued freshness for longer once it has been opened. They boast this can last for 7 days once opened, and although we didn't test this as it didn't last for long, it certainly lasted for the few days we had it open for, maintaining its freshness.
Would I consider this a good way to spend the extra pennies you may or may not have? Well, the price difference is just that, a matter of pence, but when you're doing your weekly shop it all adds up. We use a lot of milk and so aren't really bothered by the length of freshness. The calcium content is good, a 100ml glass offering you 15% of your RDA for calcium, and overall it is a very good product. However, we'll still continue with the cheaper milk we use. It's still good for you and has calcium, plus it tastes ncie and lasts as long as we need it to. If Cravendale were there again and wasn't too much more expensive, we may still go for it again, but only if our usual milk wasn't available.
Cravendale is so good the cows want it back! And drinking this I can see why!
This milk is very pure and clean tasting. It comes in an opaque white bottle or carton and does stand out amongst other bottles.
This milk is processed in a way differently to your normal run of the mill milk and I can actually taste the difference.
I don't really choose milk as my regualr choice of drink if I'm honest and will only have a glass really if I am suffereing from heart burn but when this white stuff is ice cold out of the fridge it really is delicious.
It is bright white in colour and it seems really clean and pure to drink, I use it in tea, coffee and on cereals and the kids seem to notice the difference also as my eldest won't drink any other milk but will happily gulp down a glass of this!
Cravendale lasts longer than other milks and has a linger shelf life, once opened it has to be used within a week but regualr milks are 3 days, it does need to be kept refriderated.
It is produced by Arla Foods and is accredited by the British Dental Health Foundation.
It is priced a little more than normal milk but this is not by very much, expect to pay around £1.80 for a 2 litre bottle.
It is worth paying the extra as it lasts longer than regular milk.