Inuvik inundated with free buttermilk
Asking the question 'got milk?' in jest may grow sour quickly among residents in Inuvik, N.W.T., as they figure out what to do with more than a thousand extra litres of buttermilk.
The western Arctic town's NorthMart store, which usually sells six to 12 litres of buttermilk in a given week, received 1,200 litres by mistake last week. That shipment is more buttermilk than what the store sells in three years.
"I said, 'what are we going to do with all this buttermilk, right?'" grocery manager Joe Guy told CBC News on Wednesday. "You know, we only sell a few buttermilk a week, so it would last us forever."
As a result of the supplier's blunder, a sign currently outside the store reads: "Free buttermilk. No limits."
Residents in the town of about 3,500, who are used to paying almost $4 for one litre of buttermilk, have packed their refrigerators with multiple cartons — and are now scrambling to find all sorts of uses for the thick, sour dairy product before it expires on Oct. 24.
"I've been drinking, I think, probably about a litre and a half to two litres a day," Inuvik resident Martin Landry said. "It's a treat, so I might as well not let it go to waste."