Over the past year, more and more brands of dairy product — and some other products containing milk as an ingredient — have suddenly begun tasting odd to me. I can't quite describe the flavor; it's unlike anything I have tasted before. It's vaguely "green," not chemical-y, but quite gross and ruins the flavor of many things that used to be delicious. The things most affected are sour cream, yogurt, cottage cheese; mozzarella, Monterey jack, cream and Neufchatel cheeses and, oddly, ranch dressing. Milk, cream, hard and aged cheeses taste totally normal. Not all brands have this odd taste, but the list is growing.
I first noticed it in the Walmart store brand products about 8 or 9 months ago. Hiland, Daisy, Philadephia, Yoplait, Chobani, etc. were unaffected. I thought the cheap brands must be adding some new ingredient, but there's nothing new. In the past 2 or 3 months, Hiland cottage cheese and Philadelphia cream cheese have also begun to have this odd, unpalatable taste, as has Daisy sour cream. What on earth is going on?
And before anyone puts it down to just my taste changing — I reiterate that not all brands have this strange taste, even though the ingredients may be the same. And it's not something that's changed with the milk itself, I don't think, because milk, half-and-half, and whipping cream don't taste this way, nor do cheddar, Swiss, parmesan, etc. Whatever is going on, it tastes revolting.