Milk never sits around long enough in our refrigerator to go bad, but it would be nice if I could get a notification that my sons have consumed half a gallon of it when I’m out at night and have the opportunity to pick up more on my way home. Realizing there’s no milk for the morning coffee can make for a bad morning.


GE and Quirky held a contest to solve this dilemma, and the winner is Milkmaid, a high-tech milk container that measures the PH balance in milk to see if it’s starting to go bad. Indicator lights on the container let milk drinkers know the situation. It will also send a message to your iPhone to let you know if it’s beginning to spoil or if the amount is low and you need to buy more.



I don’t anticipate running out to buy a Milkmaid if they become available to the public. My family can text me that we’re out of milk, and I won’t have an additional glass container to wash or to break. Plus, it doesn’t look like it holds a whole gallon of milk, so if the machine texted to say the volume was low, chances are there would still be milk in the refrigerator waiting to be poured into it. But, it’s a neat concept — especially if your household doesn’t go through a gallon of milk every two days.


What are your initial thoughts on the Milkmaid?

Robin Shreeves ( @rshreeves ) focuses on food from a family perspective from her home base in New Jersey.

Get a text from inside your fridge when you need more milk
Milkmaid is the smart milk jug that lets you know when your milk is going bad and sends a text message telling you to pick up more milk.