The Milkman Is Back to Making Dairy Deliveries

Thanks to a pandemic, milk delivery is on the rise.
Thanks to a pandemic, milk delivery is on the rise.
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Depending on your age, your memories of the milkman—a delivery person in a crisp white uniform dropping off dairy essentials like glass-bottled milk and cream along with eggs—might come from old sitcoms. As a result of shelter-in-home orders due to COVID-19, however, the seemingly antiquated task is making a comeback.

According to CBS New York, services like Westchester Milk and Mitch the Milkman have picked up steam in recent weeks in the tri-state area as people have been more reluctant to venture to stores for home essentials. The businesses, which usually rely on large orders from schools and daycares, are now seeing a shift to residential accounts. Mitch the Milkman, located on Long Island, has seen a 600 percent increase in business.

Ed Seabridge, who owns Suncrest Farms in Totowa, New Jersey, told NJ.com that his service is now fielding 90 to 100 calls every day. Udderly Delicious, based in Old Bridge, New Jersey, has seen their business double.

Aside from convenience, milk delivery also often offers other essentials like butter, orange juice, and cheese. And many people consider bottled milk and its farm-to-table expedited delivery some of the best they’ve had.

Milk delivery waned in the latter half of the 20th century as supermarkets with vast inventories began to take hold. While the services endured, home delivery accounted for less than 1 percent of dairy sales. If people continue to be wary of venturing to stores even after social distancing recommendations are relaxed, milkmen might be here to stay—with one crucial difference. Unlike their 1950s counterparts, today's milkmen offer almond milk and Lactaid.

[h/t CBS New York]

Looking to Downsize? You Can Buy a 5-Room DIY Cabin on Amazon for Less Than $33,000

Five rooms of one's own.
Five rooms of one's own.
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If you’ve already mastered DIY houses for birds and dogs, maybe it’s time you built one for yourself.

As Simplemost reports, there are a number of house kits that you can order on Amazon, and the Allwood Avalon Cabin Kit is one of the quaintest—and, at $32,990, most affordable—options. The 540-square-foot structure has enough space for a kitchen, a bathroom, a bedroom, and a sitting room—and there’s an additional 218-square-foot loft with the potential to be the coziest reading nook of all time.

You can opt for three larger rooms if you're willing to skip the kitchen and bathroom.Allwood/Amazon

The construction process might not be a great idea for someone who’s never picked up a hammer, but you don’t need an architectural degree to tackle it. Step-by-step instructions and all materials are included, so it’s a little like a high-level IKEA project. According to the Amazon listing, it takes two adults about a week to complete. Since the Nordic wood walls are reinforced with steel rods, the house can withstand winds up to 120 mph, and you can pay an extra $1000 to upgrade from double-glass windows and doors to triple-glass for added fortification.

Sadly, the cool ceiling lamp is not included.Allwood/Amazon

Though everything you need for the shell of the house comes in the kit, you will need to purchase whatever goes inside it: toilet, shower, sink, stove, insulation, and all other furnishings. You can also customize the blueprint to fit your own plans for the space; maybe, for example, you’re going to use the house as a small event venue, and you’d rather have two or three large, airy rooms and no kitchen or bedroom.

Intrigued? Find out more here.

[h/t Simplemost]

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More Than 38,000 Pounds of Ground Beef Has Been Recalled

Beef-ware.
Beef-ware.
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Your lettuce-based summer salads are safe for the moment, but there are other products you should be careful about using these days: Certain brands of hand sanitizer, for example, have been recalled for containing methanol. And as Real Simple reports, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety Inspection Service (FSIS) recently recalled 38,406 pounds of ground beef.

When JBS Food Canada ULC shipped the beef over the border from its plant in Alberta, Canada, it somehow skirted the import reinspection process, so FSIS never verified that it met U.S. food safety standards. In other words, we don’t know if there’s anything wrong with it—and no reports of illness have been tied to it so far—but eating unapproved beef is simply not worth the risk.

The beef entered the country on July 13 as raw, frozen, boneless head meat products, and Balter Meat Company processed it into 80-pound boxes of ground beef. It was sent to holding locations in Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, and South Carolina before heading to retailers that may not be specific to those four states. According to a press release, FSIS will post the list of retailers on its website after it confirms them.

In the meantime, it’s up to consumers to toss any ground beef with labels that match those here [PDF]. Keep an eye out for lot codes 2020A and 2030A, establishment number 11126, and use-or-freeze-by dates August 9 and August 10.

[h/t Real Simple]