At the Florida Sea Base, we issue “parmalat®” to the sailing vessels to supplement their milk supply. As I’ve discussed before, refrigeration is a LUXURY aboard sailboats because it requires so much power. Some of the captains and participants have complained about parmalat so I decided to check it out.
So what is parmalat? According to the label, it is 100% real cows milk that is Ultra Pasteurized (UHT) and specially packaged so it doesn’t have to be refrigerated until opened. It has a shelf life of several months. 100% anything doesn’t seem to be 100% anymore so I looked a little closer. The ingredients lists “Grade A UHT Fat Free Milk, Vitamin A Parmitate and Vitamin D3″. I know I’m being picky, but if vitamin A and D are added, is it 100% milk? It’s really beside the point, just a pet-peeve of mine that products are labeled 100% and then include a list of additives. I guess 100% means something different to the FDA than it does to me.
Having never used it, I bought three boxes to supplement the two gallons of milk I had on board for our Bahamas trip back in April. (We drink a lot of milk.) As it turned out, we were only gone two weeks and the two gallons sufficed so we never opened the parmalat. So last week I opened one box and used it to make pancakes. I couldn’t tell any difference. I refrigerated the leftovers per the directions. I like my milk as cold as possible so I let the parmalat sit for about two days to get thoroughly chilled. I poured some in a glass and drank it. I will admit I could tell a tiny bit of difference. I would describe it as a little more watery than regular milk – but lust barely. But it was still good and I enjoyed it. Once opened you have to use it within seven days. It comes in one quart boxes and I usually go through a quart a day so there was no issue. I used it to make chocolate milk, used it in some recipes and drank it straight. Based on my personal experience, I would recommend it. It’s great for boats, traveling, camping, and is now included in my hurricane supplies.
I know what you’re thinking (if you’ve even read this far), you’re wondering why I’m not writing about something more important. Well, it’s kind of quiet right now. The weather is typical for this time of year, there are no scary storms in today’s forecast, the staff members are doing an excellent job, the participants are happy and everyone in Admin is off so they’re not giving me any grief today. My brain is into the 2011 budget, selling used scuba gear in September and the 2010 Divemaster Academy. Therefore, parmalat is the topic of the day.
There was a storm cell that came through the base from the south at about 23:00 last night. I don’t have an official wind report, but I peaked out at the flags and my guess is 25 – 30 knots or more. I didn’t get on deck quick enough to check the dock before the rain started. So I stayed up until the cell passed and did a walk about at 23:15 The cell was just wide enough that it probably caught all of our Coral Reef Sailing vessels. ”High Adventure”. Getting jolted awake with gale force winds, stinging rain and lightening while sleeping on deck definitely qualifies as “high adventure”. It only lasted 15 minutes or so, but it certainly gets your attention. Everything looked fine on the dock. Capt. Rich ha a son visiting and I saw the lights on on Sienna Belle. The companionway was open on S/V Lady Nell so Capt. Luke may have gotten a little rain in the salon.
Invest 95 is not well organized and chances are slim that it will become a named storm.
Invest 95 - Weather Underground
There is a new kid in town, Invest 96. It will not threaten the Florida Sea Base.
Invest 96 - Weather Underground
There is also talk of a system forming in the Atlantic off the South Carolina coast tomorrow or Tuesday but it has not even reached “invest” status yet.
I appreciate you reading this blog. Some days it is tough (like today) to find something to write about. Next week I’ll be on the water most days from 09:00 until 15:30 and then working in the office trying to make up what for what I didn’t get done during the day. But I’ll continue to try to post SOMETHING every day. Maybe I can get some decent photos of “fender rodeo” and other happenings on the dive boats. Hopefully the tropics will remain quiet, but I suspect something will pop up before next weekend.
I spent my day off in exile on my boat. I slept, watched “The Fellowship of the Ring” on DVD and spent some time on-line looking at boats and other things I can’t afford. I took a few minutes (with my son’s help via telephone) to renew this domain for five years and messed with the starboard side fresh water tank some.
Aboard S/V Escape