Looking for Glass Milk Bottles near PDX
August 5, 2008 10:35 AM   Subscribe

Where can I find some glass milk bottles?

I'd like to store my milk in glass milk bottles but can't seem to find any place that still sells them. I live near Portland, OR and have tried calling several local dairies as well as searching online, and I can't seem to find anyone who still uses them.

There's always the option of going to an antique store, but then I run the risk of paying a lot more and not being able to find a cap for the bottle.

I think it'd be neat if I could find bottles that have a dairy label on them, such as this:


Rather than this:


Any help would be much appreciated.

posted by charlesroper to Shopping (21 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
How about this from wal-mart?
posted by GlowWyrm at 10:42 AM on August 5, 2008

I've seen milk sold in glass bottles at some natural and organic grocery stores.
posted by All.star at 10:46 AM on August 5, 2008

Oops. Didn't add it as a link. Wal-mart dairy bottles.
posted by GlowWyrm at 10:46 AM on August 5, 2008

These look pretty nice:

posted by Perplexity at 10:49 AM on August 5, 2008

Whole Foods (at least the one I shop at) has some brand of milk it sells in quart-sized glass milk bottles. I'm not sure about if it comes with caps or not. (And as a bonus, you get to drink the milk.)
posted by leahwrenn at 10:50 AM on August 5, 2008

Swapmeets, flea markets, antique and collectible stores are a great source for genuine milk bottles and they can still be found for 2-3 dollars each if you look around.
posted by buggzzee23 at 10:50 AM on August 5, 2008

I had seen the bottles from the Amish farm before, but I decided to keep looking due to the fact that they're in PA and I'm in OR, which would make shipping exceed the price of the bottles.

I did check my local Whole Foods, but I couldn't find any glass bottles - checked a few other grocery stores as well.

Thanks for the link to the Wal-Mart set - it looks nice but might get kinda pricey by the time I buy 4 or 5 bottles.
posted by charlesroper at 10:58 AM on August 5, 2008

Lehman's sells rubber gasket metal clamp sealing milk bottles for eight bucks each. The catalog says they are embossed with a raised picture of a cow and "Absolutely Pure Milk" lettering. It looks like the the same product as that Wal-mart link, but without the bundled drinking glasses. Not sure what shipping would be.
posted by ChrisHartley at 11:04 AM on August 5, 2008

Contact Organic Pastures in Fresno, California. 1-877-RAW-MILK. they've gone over to plastic and need to move their glass bottles. They've got lots of them. Tell them Maurice referred you.
posted by goalyeehah at 11:06 AM on August 5, 2008

You can't find dairy bottles in Oregon? Odd. Easy to find in So Cal (Broguiere's). I'm not sure that bottles will necessarily come with caps, as caps can be disposable.

These guys in Eugene apparently use glass bottles.
posted by jabberjaw at 11:08 AM on August 5, 2008

It doesn't have a logo, but if you like the bottle from Wal-Mart, IKEA sells a similar bottle for $1.99.
posted by thejanna at 11:15 AM on August 5, 2008

Promise Land milk is in glass bottles. You have to email them to find out if there's a supplier near you. The new bottles don't have the logo on them - but you can get the old ones on ebay. The lids on the new ones fit the old ones.

If you're crafty it could be a fun project to make your own personalized milk bottle labels for new bottles with proper lids.
posted by dog food sugar at 11:24 AM on August 5, 2008

Wow, so many great responses. Thank you everyone.

I've contacted Organic Pastures - waiting for them to get back to me. Seems like this would be the best option at this point because I can get branded bottles for reduced prices (hopefully!)

If anyone else knows of any dairies close to Portland that use glass, please chime in.

Noris Dairy in Eugene appears to be closed - I've been trying to call them for weeks with no response.

The IKEA bottles may be a good last resort if I can't find anything else - thanks for finding that! Looks like it's in-stock in Portland.
posted by charlesroper at 11:33 AM on August 5, 2008

Straus Creamery sells at many places in Portland.
posted by rhizome at 11:42 AM on August 5, 2008

I have some glass bottles from Smiling Hill Farm w/ logo. if you send me mefimail, and are absurdly patient, I'll see if I can get them to you.
posted by theora55 at 11:45 AM on August 5, 2008

Whole Foods sells milk in the old fashioned glass bottles.
posted by Zambrano at 11:52 AM on August 5, 2008

Noris is still in business, there were some bottles at EZ Orchards in Salem a week ago. They don't have the label on them any more however, just regular glass bottles. I think they switched sometime earlier this year.

You might check Whole Foods in Portland, that's the last place I remember seeing them in Portland.
posted by asterisk at 12:46 PM on August 5, 2008

Ok, Organic Pastures is selling bottles for $2 ea.

I'll check Whole Foods again and if I don't have any luck, I'll go ahead and order from Organic Pastures.

Thanks for all your help everyone - I've been searching for a couple weeks now and am glad to finally be able to buy some!
posted by charlesroper at 2:58 PM on August 5, 2008

Market of Choice and New Seasons also sell milk in glass bottles here in Oregon and I'm sure if you check Food Front and the People's Food Co-op that you can find that. Norris Dairy also makes the rounds of the farmer's markets. I'm sure if you called them up you could probably buy some bottles off of them. A friend of mine brought some whole milk to our last cheesemaking event which came in this nifty glass bottle. We're in Portland and I'm pretty sure she got that from New Season's or People's. I think you haven't looked hard enough yet. :)
posted by amanda at 4:03 PM on August 5, 2008

Okay, I got confirmation that she got it from New Season's.
posted by amanda at 4:15 PM on August 5, 2008

I just wasn't really sure where to look other than searching Google. I'm actually about 20 miles south of Portland, so before I spent the day driving around looking for the bottles, I thought I'd ask for some advice. Now I know to check out some of those places - thanks!
posted by charlesroper at 4:35 PM on August 5, 2008

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