Frequently Asked Questions

We’ve collected a list of our most commonly asked questions. 
Have a new one for us? Well, just ask!

About Guida's Dairy
Do you offer tours of your manufacturing plants or offices?

In order to ensure top-quality food safety, public tours are not offered at our Guida’s Dairy facility.

How can I get coupons for Guida's Dairy products?

We appreciate your interest in obtaining coupons, however, we do not maintain mailing lists or other means of distributing coupons.

Your mascot, Supercow, is awesome! How can I submit a request for an appearance?

Supercow is available for Connecticut events.  Please submit your request 60 days in advance by emailing us via our Contact Us form.  Please include organization name, event, event date/time and any other information you may have in the Additional Comments section.

Food Safety
Which Guida's products are gluten-free?

Guida’s Dairy milk, cream and flavored milks are gluten-free.

In The Kitchen
Can dairy products be frozen?

When frozen and thawed, most dairy products will separate and become watery and discolored.

How much Vitamin D is in Guida's Dairy milk?

There are 2.5 micrograms of Vitamin D in Guida’s Skim, 1%, 2% and whole milk which represents 12.5% of the daily value based on a 2,000 calorie diet.  Per FDA nutrition rounding statutes, we round our label value down to 10% as to not over declare the % DV.

What would you suggest to eat or drink that is a good source of calcium?

Milk! It’s a great source of calcium and vitamin D, which the body needs to absorb calcium. If you don’t care to drink milk, there are many ways to incorporate milk or other dairy products into your diet. Whipping up a smoothie with milk, bananas and ice, or a large decaffeinated café latte (which is made with a lot of milk) are easy ways to get your three servings of dairy every day. Your body needs at least 1,000 milligrams of calcium per day, which is about the amount found in three serving of dairy products.

How many milligrams of calcium are in Guida's Dairy milk?

The amount of calcium in each type of milk varies slightly.  Eight fluid ounces of whole milk, 2% reduced fat, reduced fat and 1% lowfat milk each contain 300 milligrams of calcium, 25% RDI. Skim milk contains 310 milligrams of calcium, 25% RDI.

Why is milk good for you?

Milk is an excellent source of calcium and vitamin D. It’s also a good source of nutrients, such as protein and phosphorus that are necessary for strong bones and good health.

How do I know if my milk is spoiled?

Spoiled milk will curdle, smell or taste sour. Dairy products become bitter or have an off-taste when sour.

At what temperature should I store milk to ensure its freshness?

Dairy products must be refrigerated between 33 degrees F and 40 degrees F. It is important to note that for every 2 degrees F rise in temperature, milk’s shelf life is reduced by 50%. Pour out only the amount of milk you will use and return the container to the refrigerator immediately, resealing to prevent absorption of other flavors. Do not pour milk that has been standing at room temperature back into the container. Store it separately in a covered container.

What does ‘Homogenization’ mean?

Homogenization is the process of breaking up milk fat into smaller globules, dispensing them permanently in a fine emulsion throughout the milk. This is done in a homogenizer where milk is forced under high pressure through very tiny openings.

What causes an ‘off’ flavor in milk?

Oxidation causes an off-taste and vitamin (riboflavin) loss. The off-taste is usually described as bitter, stale, chemical or “like cardboard or plastic.” Oxidation is caused by overexposure to light, usually fluorescent light in the store. It is more likely to happen with milk packaged in plastic cartons, because light can penetrate the package.

Milk also easily absorbs odors in the refrigerator. Some culprits: cantaloupe, onions and other produce. Always remember to reseal your container before returning it to the refrigerator.

What does ‘Pasteurization’ mean?

Pasteurization is the process of heating raw milk to at least 145 degrees F and holding continuously for at least 30 minutes, or to at least 161 degrees F and holding for at least 15 seconds, in approved and properly operated equipment. The milk is then cooled promptly to 45 degrees F or lower. This process is done to ensure high quality and safe milk.

What is RDI or DV reference on label?

Reference Daily Intake (RDI) is the daily intake level of a nutrient that is considered to be sufficient to meet the requirements of 97-98% of healthy individuals in the United States.  The RDI is used to determine the Daily Value (DV) of foods, which is printed on nutrition facts labels (as % DV). For example, if the RDI for Vitamin D is 20 mcg.  On the nutrition facts panel you will see that milk has 2.5 mcg, which is 10% DV or 10% of the RDI.

Does Guida's Dairy milk contain antibiotics?

Every tanker load of raw milk received by Guida’s Dairy is screened for the presence of antibiotics before unloading.  The milk from one antibiotic-positive cow is enough to trigger a detectable positive test result and cause the load of raw milk to be discarded.

Is Guida's Dairy milk Kosher certified?

All milk items manufactured in our New Britain, CT facility are certified Kosher by the Orthodox Union and carry the circle U D symbol. The D signifies that the product contains dairy ingredients which are important to the orthodox population since milk and meat products are not to be handled or eaten using the same dishes or utensils.