Remembering milk deliveries

Living in the Chicago area in the late 40’s and early 50’s, the area dairy company would deliver quart bottles of milk in wire baskets. The baskets held six bottles, with a handle in the middle.

Refrigerators were new on the market and the quart bottles fit best in them. Also, with the narrow neck they were easy for the women to handle. Most bottles had a cardboard cap but very few had a foil cap.

The bottles setting on the porches long before dawn would freeze most of the way through. This action would force the thick cream up the neck of the bottles pushing the caps off and up 2 to 3 inches.

Many times the women would save this good-tasting cream and use it in different recipes. The milk sure did taste good back then, even with some of the cream removed, not like the “white water” of today.

Well, maybe some of you heard about or remember those good old days.

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