You might be surprised to know, like the egg, Costa Rica does not refrigerate their milk. It’s just a difference in processing, which to the milk connoisseur, might have an effect on the taste, but since we only use it for coffee and cooking, we don’t notice a difference. Plus, the bonus is that we don’t have to run to the store every few days for fresh milk. Don’t worry though! You can get good old fashion American style processed milk, and it actually will cost you a little less!
The cost for 1 liter (33 oz) runs c910, which equates to roughly $1.64. I have found it as low as c760, or $1.36, but that was in Palma Norte, which is about 25 minutes south of us. So, unless you happen to be passing through, I don’t think the savings is worth the fuel.
For the American process, you will have a shorter shelf life, but you will pay roughly c580 for 1 liter, which is about $1.02.
I pay a little more, because we live farther up the mountain, and because I have not completely lost my American upbringing of overabundance, so I keep about 4 on hand. My version of my Costco cupboard.
For info on process differences, check out the link below: