17 May 2012

Tuck flimsy milk cartons into snug-fitting pitchers for easier handling

Amazon: Bormioli Rocco Frigoverre Jug with Hermetic LidPeanuts found a great solution to the age-old Parenthacker question of how to make a milk carton handle:

When I searched online, most suggestions involved removing the milk from its sterilized carton. The transfer into an unsterilized container would make the milk or cream spoil faster.

For $1.29, I bought a clear plastic pitcher that snugly holds a quart-size milk carton. Now I use it whenever I get a quart of cream in a flimsy carton.

In fact, the pitcher doesn't even need to hold the entire carton -- as long as the top is exposed for pouring, all you need is a handle and a snug fit. Any pitcher with a narrow enough opening will work.

Keeping the milk or cream in the original container also means no contact with the plastic of the pitcher.

Any other tips for making milk cartons easier for little kids to pour?

Related: Garage sale creamers make good pour-it-yourself milk pitchers

More: Milk hacks!

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We have an acrylic pitcher (about quart size) with an easy-to-spin lid for pouring, just for milk. We got it from ikea years ago, and I really wish they still had them!

When I searched online, most suggestions involved removing the milk from its sterilized carton. The transfer into an unsterilized container would make the milk or cream spoil faster.

I read a hack yeeeears ago (pre-pre-pre kids) about putting a tiny pitcher or creamer with just one serving of milk for little ones- just enough to fill their 8 oz cup or cover their cereal if they are getting to the age where they can do that alone in the AM. You just fill that container each night as part of the prepping-for-tomorrow routine.

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