Little differences #4, 5 and 6: Food, food, food!
Katy gives us another taste of the differences between the US and Luxembourg, turning her attention to food products.
Little difference #4: Chocolate cereals
Dry cereal is big business in the US – the varieties available seem to be limitless. There is one special area in dry cereal that Luxembourg (maybe Europe too) has the US beat. That is chocolate cereals.
I'd say that over half of all the dry cereals available here contain chocolate in some way. Even the cereals that we think of as healthy – Special K and All Bran – come in a chocolate variety. Other than Cocoa Krispies, I can't think of another chocolate cereal available at home.
Maybe chocolate cereals are the next big thing. If so, remember who told you about them first. Ha!
Little difference #5: UHT milk
I mentioned this type of milk after Bryce and I returned from our preview trip – shelves and towers of milk sold without any type of refrigeration. It was quite different. Had to mention it again as I'm now a total convert and only buy this type of milk. My grocery shopping mentor showed me the organic, non fat UHT milk at Auchan and I haven't bought anything else since. In Luxembourg, UHT milk is sold in one litre plastic bottles, one litre cartons and also ‘juice box’ size. It is not sold in amounts larger than one litre, and neither is fresh milk. UHT milk does not have vitamin D added to it, like most of the milk in the US.
UHT stands for ultra-high-temperature. It is a sterilisation process where the milk is heated to an incredibly high temperature for a few seconds. This kills the spores in the milk and also preserves its nutrients due to the reduced processing time. It has a shelf life of six to nine months. Apparently UHT milk has been very successful in Europe but has not caught on in the US.
We are not big milk drinkers, in fact, I probably consume the most with my morning bowl of fruit and fibre cereal. So milk is not a big thing for our family at all – another reason why it's so nice to just have it sitting in the cupboard in case we need it.
Little difference #6: Buying produce
In the grocery stores here (and all of Europe, I think) you must get your produce items weighed in the produce department before you check out. Many produce items are sold by the unit not the weight so those can be popped right into your grocery cart. But things sold by weight, must be weighed and priced first. There is a little station set up in the produce department with a clerk and a few scales. You just place your bag down on the scale, the clerk types the code, places the UPC sticker on your bag, and then you plop it into your cart and go on your merry way.
Katy likes to do crafty things, bake and write about her projects as well as her experiences living in Luxembourg. Read more about her family of four from Seattle and their Luxembourg adventure – including all those little differences – at Sycamore Stirrings.
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