Answer Man: Here’s the skinny on milkfat

August 3, 2018

Editor’s Note: This Classic Answer Man was first published on Jan. 6, 2005.

Oh, Mighty One, why is there 4 percent (or whole) milk, 2 percent, 1 percent and skim, but no 3 percent?

Your premise is udderly incorrect. Milk straight from the cow averages 3.6 percent milkfat, but most whole milk in stores is 3.25 to 3.5 percent.

At the Rochester Kemp’s dairy, where they process 120,000 gallons of milk per day, whole milk is 3.25 percent milkfat.

For the record, skim milk can contain up to 0.5 percent milkfat, by federal standards, although by the time the local Kemp’s dairy runs milk through the centrifuge, it’s down to about 0.1 percent milkfat.

Do you recall the name of the drive-in that was on Second Street Southwest near the present Shorewood apartments in Rochester? Our favorite burger there was called a “flying saucer.”

That was the Big Boy Drive-in at 211 20th Ave. S.W.

I remember the flying saucer burgers at the Big Boy in Fargo, N.D., and they were truly out of this world. Even as a precocious child, I thought the perfect junk food to accompany the UFO burger would be Spudniks, Saturn rings, and hot Apollo pie for dessert. What a launch!

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