On average, the UK disposes over 33,000 tonnes of milk a year. So in the rare chance you have some milk to use up if the kids haven’t drank it all yet, we have 5 simple and delicious ways to use up your leftover McQueens Dairies milk.

Soup

Using leftovers from a meal to turn into soup is a great way to save waste and the same applies for your milk. Milk is a great addition to any kind of soup you are making. Whether it’s homemade soup or heating up from a can, adding your McQueens milk to it will give a creamier taste. It’s also a great way of sneaking some milk into your kids diets if they don’t usually drink milk. You can find our creamy Carrot Soup with Milk recipe here.

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Yoghurt

Homemade yoghurt requires very little special equipment and tastes delicious. You can make your yoghurt low fat or full fat by adjusting the type of milk you add to it. It can be a long process to ensure your yoghurt has the perfect taste but we think it’s worth it. Swapping out one or 2 ingredients is usually enough to give you all types of flavours. We have created a great recipe how to make your own.

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Smoothies

Smoothies are a great, healthy and nutritious way of using your McQueens Dairies milk. You can add the McQueens milk to give a creamier taste or the thicken or thin it up and can make a variation of delicious smoothies using our handy recipes. You could even swap out the regular McQueens Dairies milk and try Almond or Oat milk if you have extra left over.

Macaroni Cheese

Nothing says comforting and classic like macaroni cheese. Making the delicious creamy sauce with your McQueens Dairies milk will make for a tasty dish. Boiling the macaroni in boiling milk is a great idea if you want a richer and extra creamy mac and cheese dish. We created a macaroni cheese recipe for you to follow.

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Pancakes

Pancakes aren’t just for Pancake Tuesday. Using your milk to make some light and fluffy pancakes is simple and fun to do. Top them with the classic lemon and caster sugar, or add chocolate sauce or maple syrup for the ultimate treat. Do you have pancakes for breakfast, lunch or dinner?

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Poached eggs taste great. They taste even better when you know the secrets to ensure the perfect shape and the yolk seamlessly slides out the whites. Why not have a go using your McQueens Dairies Free Range Eggs?

Top tips

  1. When it comes to the depth of the water, using a pot with a minimum of 3-4 inches of water is what will give you the perfect round shape to your poached egg. Using a shallow pan with an inch or 2 of water, you will end up with a flat poached egg.
  2. Using fresh eggs that have been delivered or bought the day of you making your poached eggs will result in tighter whites. It will also give more of the spherical shape. Our delicious free range eggs delivered in the morning will be perfect for this.
  3. Cracking your McQueens Dairies eggs into a small sieve and draining out the liquid egg white will help to keep the shape. Transfer the eggs into a smaller dish, this will make it easier to slide into the pot of water.
  4. Adding vinegar to the water will help the egg to maintain the round shape. Adding salt to the water will change the density of the water. This will cause the egg whites to splay. Add a tablespoon of vinegar and stir it in the water at speed, then take your egg and drop it into the middle.
  5. For a firm, white and liquid yolk, set a timer for 3 minutes and then remove from the pot. Gently tap your egg to see if it is to your liking, if not, pop back into the water for a further 30 seconds.

How do you like your McQueens eggs in the morning? We would love to see your perfect poached eggs on our social media channels. Use the hashtag #mcqueensdairies to be featured on our Instagram.

Poached eggs

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Kate Garraway recently left Good Morning Britain viewers in hysterics when she made an accidental innuendo while commending her milkman Mick for delivering her milk throughout the recent coronavirus pandemic.

She indicated that Mick had been leaving notes on her doorstep when delivering, asking her if she would like any extras. She said: ‘Mick, my milkman, who has just been amazing. He has absolutely just kept me going. He’ll leave me a little note saying “do you need anything extra other than the milk?”

After a split second pause, Ben burst out laughing as did presenters Alex Beresford and Richard Arnold. When Kate had quickly realised what she had said, she began to laugh, putting her head in her hands in embarrassment. Co-presenter Ben shepherd teased if Mick had seen Kate in her dressing gown when going to collect the milk to which Kate replied “And a shower cap… Mick, thank you. Shall we move on as I’ve got myself in trouble. Even I didn’t see that one coming” before moving on to the next item on the show.

Milkman Delivery

Mick the milkman was soon trending at the number 1 position on Twitter with viewers tweeting of their appreciation of key workers like Mick throughout the Covid-19 pandemic. Later on in the show, Kate joked “Oh God I hope his family weren’t watching. He’s going to get back from his round and they’ll say “what the heck has been going on?”‘ One user responded on Twitter with “Very funny, but joking aside this milkman should be recognised for his caring nature”. Another wrote “It’s people like Mick who have kept the country going in the last year. We should show more appreciation to the overlooked key workers like milkmen and postmen”. It was said that Mick seen the funny side to Kate’s slip-up and joined in on the hilarity. He is reported to still be delivering to her and her family.

Milk Delivery

The Coronavirus pandemic has seen a significant surge in the demand for a milk delivery in the UK. McQueens Dairies are pleased to have increased the number of milkmen significantly in our 9 depots across Scotland and England. More residents are choosing to have their milk delivered rather than venturing out to the shops. The lockdowns that the country has faced since March last year has had an impact on consumers’ habits. Our existing customers are telling us they like the convenience of safe and reliable milk delivery. Our customers make our business the success it is, and we look forward to continuing to serve them. We now employ 700 staff nationwide in our new multi-million-pound dairy and network of distribution depots. We appreciate all our key workers that have helped to get us through this pandemic.

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Everybody loves macaroni cheese. It’s a classic and makes for the ultimate comfort food. We are sure you will love this tasty and easy to make macaroni cheese recipe, made with your McQueens Dairies milk.

This is a perfect dish for all the family and any leftovers will keep for up to 1 week and can be reheated in the microwave. The dish isn’t going to win any prizes in the nutrition department, but you can balance it with a salad if you like. 

Easy, creamy macaroni cheese

Servings 4 People

Ingredients
  

  • 12 ounces Macaroni
  • 3 tbsp Unsalted butter
  • 3 tbsp Flour
  • 500ml ml McQueens Dairies milk
  • 1/2 tsp Garlic powder
  • 500 g Cheddar cheese
  • Salt and pepper

Instructions
 

  • Add your macaroni to a pot of boiling salted water, boil until soft and ready. Then drain the macaroni and set aside.
  • In a large pan or bowl, melt butter over a medium to high heat. Stir in the flour and very gradually whisk in your McQueens Dairies milk until smooth and creamy. Then you will add in the garlic powder.
  • Stir in cheese until completely melted and fully incorporated into the mix. Add a little more milk if needed to thin the sauce if it is too thick for your liking. Season with salt and pepper.
  • Stir in the boiled macaroni and then enjoy your creamy macaroni and cheese dish.

 

Hints and tips for making the perfect creamy Macaroni Cheese

  1. Adding some salt into your water will help to ensure it’s well seasoned so we recommend doing this. 
  2. Include a dash of cream to your pasta. This will give your macaroni cheese a richer taste that is just as silky as it is creamy.  
  3. Don’t go easy on the cheese. It’s better to have more than to have less so add more than you would usually to make for a real cheesy dish. 
  4. Use your McQueens Dairies milk to your advantage. You can use the milk to adjust the thickness of the sauce. The more milk you add, the less thick it will become and vice versa. If you have made extra and want to keep for another day, when you go to heat it back up, add some milk to help cream it all together. We recommend using whole milk but you can also use semi skimmed or skimmed.
Macaroni Cheese recipe

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Making homemade yoghurt isn’t as difficult or complex as you may think. It does take some time and the key is to ensure good temperature control but after you taste the finished product we think the effort is worth it. The best part is, all you need is 2 simple ingredients.

Homemade Yoghurt

Ingredients
  

  • 2 Litres McQueens Dairies Milk
  • 64 g Plain Yoghurt

Instructions
 

  • The first step is to heat up your McQueens Dairies milk. Pour the milk into a large pot on a medium-high heat and warm to just under boiling level. Stir gently to ensure the milk does not stick to the bottom of the pot.
  • Once your milk has been brought to just below boiling point, reduce the heat and allow it cool until it is warm to the touch.
  • Gently add the yoghurt to the pot of milk and whisk until the yoghurt is combined with the milk. Once this is done, remove from the heat.
  • Allow the yoghurt to set for around 4 hours. The longer it sets, the thicker it will be.
  • Once it has set for a minimum of 4 hours you can transfer to the fridge before enjoying.
  • Transfering the yoghurt into storage containers will keep your homemade yoghurt fresh for around 2 weeks.

Hints and tips for making homemade yoghurt

  1. Make sure the milk you use for this recipe is whole milk as this will give a richer taste. If you want to make low fat yoghurt, use skimmed milk and opt for a low fat yoghurt when buying.
  2. Getting your milk to the right temperature is important as this will affect the temperature. You can use a thermometer to ensure it reaches 180°F.
  3. Using air-tight jars are the best ways to store your yoghurt to maintain its freshness and keep your yoghurt for longer.
  4. To make different variations of flavours, you can simply blend any fruit of your choice and add this to the milk and yoghurt mix.
Homemade Yoghurt

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Demand for a doorstep milk delivery in Sheffield Grows

McQueens Dairies are proud to announce the official opening of our new distribution depot in Sheffield.

The new depot in Atlas North Industrial Estate will initially employ 15 milk delivery staff to serve customers living in Sheffield and across South Yorkshire. That number is expected to double during 2021.

Russell Chalkley, logistics site manager at McQueens Dairies said:

“Our new Sheffield distribution centre is our seventh in the north of England. It will join our busy depots in Mansfield, Huddersfield, Warrington, Preston and Stockton on Tees, which we recently opened to meet demand in the north east of England.

“We have already created 15 new jobs at this new depot and we are looking to double that in the next twelve months to accommodate the growth we expect in this year. As well as delivering in Sheffield we’ll also be delivering across South Yorkshire including Barnsley, Doncaster, Worksop and across to Gainsborough as well as south to Chesterfield.”.

In addition to a milk delivery in Sheffield we also deliver alternative milk, orange juice, apple juice and free-range eggs. You can order using the website. As a customer, you have direct control of your orders, are able to book holidays and pay directly.

Ruairidh McQueen added: “Customers have always been at the heart of our business and who have made it the success it is. We still deliver milk to people who have been customers since we started the company 25 years ago. McQueens Dairies remain committed to giving every customer, old and new, the very best service and product in the market. We hope people enjoy having their milk deliveries in Sheffield again”

Our business was founded in 1995 by company chairman Mick McQueen and wife Meg. We now operate eleven distribution depots in Scotland and north of England, employing over 600 members of staff . The couple’s five children now hold senior positions within the business.

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McQueens Dairies are pleased to introduce Oato oat milk in glass bottles to our range of alternative milk. Delivered along with your milk, juice and eggs, our oat milk makes a perfect addition to your tea, coffee or cereal.

What is Oato oat milk?

Oato is a creamy ‘non-dairy’ plant based milk alternative which is lactose, nut, sugar and soy free. It is made with the freshest British ingredients. It contains no animal products so it is safe to consume if you follow a vegan or plant based diet.

Having your oat milk delivered in glass bottles means you are helping to bring back a tradition of the milkman delivery whilst moving forward with the times and doing your bit for the environment. Each bottle is used on average 25 times and then is recycled into new glass. We are dedicated to helping customers make small changes that have a huge impact on our environment through our glass reusable milk bottles.

It’s important to know what goes into your delicious plant based oat milk.

Full Ingredients List

Water, oats, rapeseed oil, calcium carbonate, dipotassium phosphate (acidity regulator), salt and vitamins (D3, B2, B12, and potassium iodide).

Allergen Info

Our oats contain gluten due to the way that they are processed and our bottling facility also processes milk products.

Nutritional Information Per 100ml

Fat 3.0g of which saturated 0.3g,
Carbohydrates 6.5g of which sugars 4.0g,
Fibre 0.9g,
Protein 1.0g,
Salt 0.10g
Calcium 120mg (15% recommended daily intake)

*Oato oat milk is now fortified with the additional vitamins – B12, B2, D3 (vegan sourced) and Iodine.

To confirm nutritional information we are doing laboratory tests but our target per 100ml of Oato is as follows: B2 0.21 mg (15% RDA), Vitamin B12 0,38 μg (15% RDA), Vitamin D 1.50 μg (30% RDA), Iodine, 22.5 μg (15% RDA).

Oat Milk Delivery

Why not add Oato oat milk in glass bottles to your regular McQueens Dairies milk delivery to try? The traditional bottle is also amazing to drink from and looks beautiful perched on your kitchen table or on your doorstep. Sign up to our milk delivery service and enjoy milk delivered in glass bottles to your doorstep before 7am. Delivery is free and you can choose one or two deliveries per week at checkout. Simply leave out your empty glass bottles on your doorstep for our milkmen to replace with your new ones.

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Increase as demand for doorstep milk deliveries grows

The number of milkmen employed by McQueens Dairies and making doorstep deliveries to our customers in Edinburgh has grown by almost 50% in the last twelve months.

Our Edinburgh depot has recruited 14 new milkmen. We now employ 45 delivering to our growing number of doorstep delivery customers.

Across the country, we have recruited over 250 new employees in the last twelve months. The bulk of this being milk delivery staff. 

We now employ 700 staff in our new multi-million pound dairy and network of distribution depots. This is across central and southern Scotland and the north of England, including the couple’s five children who hold senior positions within the business.

Mick McQueen, chairman of McQueens Dairies said: “Just twelve months ago our Edinburgh depot employed 31 milkmen but having experienced a significant increase in demand for our doorstep delivery service we’ve had to increase that to 45, and it is likely we’ll be looking to recruit further this year.”

As well as its busy depot in Edinburgh, McQueens also operates distributions depots in Glasgow, East Kilbride, Kirkcaldy, Galashiels, Mansfield, Bradford, Warrington, Preston, Stockton on Tees and Carlisle.

Safe and reliable milk delivery service

Mick McQueen added:

“More customers tell us that they really like opening their doors in the morning to a delivery of fresh milk. That is being reflected in the number of milkmen we employ.  The lockdowns that we have all had to face up to since March has had an impact on consumers’ habits. Customers are also telling us that they like the convenience of the reliable milk delivery service our milkmen provide them. 

“Across the whole business in the last twelve months we’ve recruited more than 200 new staff. This includes some from sectors that have been hit particularly badly during the pandemic.  We have also opened new distribution depots and a new multi-million pound dairy as well as invested in a new, customer focused website that gives customers direct control of their orders and celebrated our 25th year in business.  Our customers make our business the success it is and we look forward to continuing to serve them.”

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If you are looking for a breakfast that is quick and easy to make, then look no further. This smoked mackerel scrambled eggs dish makes a perfect brunch or lunch.

Smoked mackerel scrambled eggs

Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 5 mins

Ingredients
  

  • 6 Large McQueens Dairies Free Range Eggs
  • 60 ml McQueens Dairies milk
  • 25 g Butter
  • 4 Slices of bread, toasted
  • 2 peppered smoked mackerel fillets, skinned and flaked

Instructions
 

  • First, get a large bowl and beat the eggs, milk and seasoning together in it. Melt the butter in a pan and then add the eggs. Cook over a low heat for 2-3 mins, stirring occasionally until the eggs have begun to scramble.
  • Next, stir in the mackerel and continue to cook until the eggs are creamy and the mackerel has warmed through.
  • Grab your toasted bagels on plates and divide the scrambled egg mixture between them.
  • Serve immediately and enjoy.

You can add some smashed avocado on top for a fuller breakfast meal. Will you be trying this? Make sure to tag us in your photos on social media using the hashtag #mcqueensdairies

Smoked mackerel scrambled eggs

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McQueens Dairies are pleased to have increased the number of milkmen in Warrington and its surrounding areas by 20 per cent, with demand for a milk delivery in Warrington on the up.

We have recruited seven new milkmen in our Warrington depot over the past year. This brings the delivery total to 42. This demand is being attributed to the coronavirus lockdowns. More residents are choosing to have their favourite dairy product delivered rather than venturing out to the shops.

Chairman and founder Mick McQueen said:

“Just 12 months ago, our Warrington depot employed 35 milkmen. Having experienced a significant increase in demand for our doorstep delivery service, we have had to increase that to 42, and it is likely we will be looking to recruit further staff this year.

More customers tell us that they really like opening their doors in the morning to a delivery of fresh milk, and that is being reflected in the number of milkmen we employ.

The lockdowns that we have all had to face up to since March has had an impact on consumers’ habits. Customers are telling us they like the convenience of safe and reliable milk delivery. Our customers make our business the success it is, and we look forward to continuing to serve them

The bulk of this number is milk delivery staff, including people from sectors that have been hit particularly badly during the pandemic. We now employ 700 staff nationwide in our new multi-million-pound dairy and network of distribution depots.

To mark our 25th birthday, we also invested in the creation of a new, customer-focussed website. This gives our customers direct control of their orders.

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Warm up your winter with this creamy carrot soup with milk. Perfect for those cold winter days and it’s one of your 5 a day.

Creamy Carrot Soup with Milk

Ingredients
  

  • 1 kg Carrots
  • 2 tbsp Butter
  • 1.2 Litres Vegetable broth
  • 250 ml McQueens Dairies Milk
  • Hint of salt and pepper
  • 2 tbsp Plain flour

Instructions
 

  • First, peel and chop the carrots. Melt 1 tablespoon of butter and cook the carrots in the butter for 5 minutes.
  • Next, add the vegetable broth then cover with a lid and bring to the boil, then cook on a medium heat for 15-20 minutes or until the carrots are soft.
  • Strain the soup and keep the liquid. Puree the carrots with a hand-blender. Melt the rest of the butter in the pot.
  • Then, sprinkle the flour on top and slowly start adding the vegetable broth whilst mixing continuously.
  • Add your McQueens milk and the carrots to the pot, mix well and allow it to bubble for a few minutes.
  • Add some salt & pepper (optional) or add more milk, depending on how you like the consistency of your soup. Serve and enjoy.

We think you will love our version of creamy carrot soup with milk. You can use any milk from whole milk to organic to add to your soup. Will you be trying this winter warmer? Use the hashtag #mcqueensdairies on social media and let us see your versions!

Creamy carrot soup with milk

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Learn how to make pancakes for Pancake Tuesday with this easy, 7 step recipe. Top them with the classic lemon and caster sugar, or add chocolate sauce or maple syrup for the ultimate treat.

Pancake Recipe

Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Servings 4 People

Ingredients
  

  • 100 g Plain, sifted flour
  • 2 Large McQueens Dairies Free Range Eggs
  • 200 ml McQueens Dairies milk, mixed with 75ml of water
  • 25 g Butter, melted
  • Oil
  • Pinch of salt

Instructions
 

  • First, sieve the flour into a large bowl. Make a well in the middle of the bowl and break the 2 McQueens Dairies eggs into the middle. Then start whisking the eggs slowly with the flour until combined.
  • Now, gradually add the milk and water mix, mixing as you go. ​The mixture may look lumpy but this will eventually smoothen out.
  • Once you have added all the liquid, give the mixture another whisk. It should have the consistency of thin cream. Just before you start making the pancakes add the melted butter to your pan.
  • Add the butter and oil to a pan and wait for it to heat up.
  • Now, get a ladle full of the pancake batter into the pan. Pick up the pan and tilt it to spread out the batter. Return to the heat. The first side should be cooked in about 1-2 minutes.
  • Check the first side is ready before flipping and waiting a further 1-2 minutes until full cooked. Repeat until all your batter has been used.
  • Stack the finished pancakes on a plate to keep them warm and serve with toppings of your choice.

What are your favourite toppings to add to your pancakes? Make sure to tag us in your Pancake Tuesday photos using the hashtag #mcqueensdairies.

Pancake Tuesday Recipe

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