At the coffee store I work at, we make our own whipped cream by pouring whipping cream (aka heavy cream) into a special bottle and charging it with compressed gas. Lately, my store has been throwing out a lot of cartons of the cream because they smell bad, despite being nowhere near the expiration date. The smell was strongest just after the carton was opened, then faded a bit.
An official memo was sent out about this – apparently the smell is “normal” in spring and summer, as a result of the cows eating fresh grass or something. It sounded like a line of bull (no pun intended) to me, but then again I know absolutely nothing about dairy farming.
So tell me, bovine-savvy Dopers – is icky-smelling cream really normal in certain seasons, or is there some major ripping-off in progress?