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The contents of the new you-beaut ring-pull cans of Carnation Evaporated Milk seemed to me to be a bit runnier than in the old types, so I had a look on the side of the can. to see if they'd changed the concentration. Well, no indication as to whether they had or they hadn't, but what I did see was 'MADE IN MEXICO". Had a bit of a fossick around on the web to see if I could find evaporated milk made in Australia, but all I could find was stuff made in Lithuania. Surely we can do better than that? It horrifies me to see that this milk travels halfway round the globe when we have (or is that had??) a perfectly good dairy industry here.

Has anyone been able to find evaporated milk 'Made in Australia'? There is some indication that Woolies used to carry some in 375ml tins, but their current product is the 385ml tin from Lithuania.

Looks like I'll be making my own evaporated milk from now on!

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Comment by Dianne Caswell on June 16, 2021 at 7:19

I agree wholeheartedly, BUY AUSTRALIA FIRST. You can even get some fabulous Cheeses and Deli items that used to be imported being made in Australia. If you don't make your own Sauces & Other Condiments, Jams, Biscuits etc. but like to have something daily or others a little more specialized we now have many Producers in Queensland and all over Australia. It is a little trickier when you want some Asian Groceries but look around you may fine a few products being made here.

Since the Big Fires, Bad Droughts & Floods not to mention Covid 19, there have been many new Online People selling everything from Cheese to Meat. So no excuse get out there and BUY AUSTRALIA FIRST.  

Comment by Andrew Cumberland on June 15, 2021 at 23:54

The simple fact is that tariffs and the like just serve to increase costs world wide.  I like the Barb plan - if you value Australian product (and let's face it, it's pretty good produce) then put you money where your mouth is and buy Australian.  Unless... you are genuinely poor.  In which case feel free to buy the cheaper stuff.  While most of us will never be rich, we really aren't truly poor and ought to support Australian industries. We also really need to stop selling our primary industries to overseas countries (all and any).  I'm no saint - I rarely buy organic even though I know I should. It's expensive.  (Admittedly, I do try to grow my own that way.)  I'm lucky, I don't buy eggs but even before that I went to free range.   On the other side of the coin, the EU argue that we are dirty producers who use chemicals that we shouldn't.  To be fair, there is some truth in that as well.  If it was a simple argument, then we would have solved it years ago.  

Comment by Barbara Tealby on June 15, 2021 at 20:51

Happy to pay more for Australian product. If we want decent wages and our own industries, we need to support the ones we've got.

Comment by Jeff Kiehne on June 15, 2021 at 18:37

Netherlands i think  but have used last tin  and powdered milk  is Australian but went up $2 a kilo in the last month.

Comment by Barbara Tealby on June 15, 2021 at 18:12

Where does Aldi's evaporated milk come from, Jeff?

Comment by Jeff Kiehne on June 15, 2021 at 18:05

Aldi is a lot cheaper to buy then Carnation.

Comment by Barbara Tealby on June 15, 2021 at 16:04

Well, there is the traditional way of making evaporated milk - heating a pan of milk with care until one-third evaporates, and there is the easy-peasy method, where you add 1 cup of full cream powdered milk to one and a half cups of warm water. I did the easy-peasy method to start with. Seems OK, but maybe when this lot runs out I'll try the traditional way....or maybe not??

Comment by Dianne Caswell on June 14, 2021 at 20:41

It will be interesting to see what our exalted Prime Minister has to say about Trade & Tariffs etc., when he returns. 

Comment by Barbara Tealby on June 14, 2021 at 10:17

Well, I'll let you know when I've tried it, Dianne. The recipe on the internet says to heat it up and keep it hot till one third of the milk has evaporated (talking about evaporated milk, not sweetened condensed milk). Surely that shouldn't be beyond an industry that pastuerises, homogenises, skims and dilutes milk, not to mention making cheese, yoghurt and butter. I'll get some full cream milk when I go shopping tomorrow and give it a go.

What you said about the cost of making it may well be right, as we can't compete with subsidised produce from the EU thanks to our successive governments removing any help in the way of tariffs or subsidies to our primary industries. I'd better not get started on that, or I'll be here all morning!!

Comment by Dianne Caswell on June 14, 2021 at 9:13

This is indeed a sad situation, Graham has told me the process to make it is quite intense and costly so this may be why it is not done here any more. 

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