How much is a gallon of milk in your area? How much does your family drink each week? What if you couldn’t get fresh milk? How much would you pay for packaged?

Fresh milk is available in India (and I’m not just talking about the cows and goats wandering around everywhere).

You didn’t think I was kidding, did you?

Anyway, packaged fresh milk is sold in plastic bags of 250 milliliters (about 1 cup) and even though it says it’s pasteurized, I am staying away from it. Instead, I buy UHT milk – ultra-heat treated to sterilize it. UHT milk is shelf-stable and sold in the US, usually in cartons near the powdered milk in the baking aisle. Here are the cartons sold here.

I buy it in 500ml bags. Actually, I buy boxes of the bags – 500ml doesn’t last very long with my kids.

So here’s how much a gallon of milk costs in my area.

It’s about 45 rupees to $1 (US). Each 500ml bag costs Rs15, so about 33 cents. About 7 1/2 bags to a gallon. So, a gallon of milk costs me about $2.50.

I was paying about $1.79 in Utah, which has low dairy prices, but according to my unofficial poll, this is much less than the rest of the country.

Of course, I also had to pay $3 for a 1.5 liter plastic pitcher to put the milk in after it’s opened. And I am completely incapable of pouring milk from a bag without spilling some. But it sounds like I’m still paying less than a lot of other people.

So: How much is milk in your area?  Comment here, or add to the message board thread.