It's Easy Being Green: Raw Milk

Earlier (as in two hours ago) I mentioned my desire to drink raw milk. I am in luck, as the other young ladies on the Ranch have started the cream separator up and running and are taking turns separating and cleaning the milk buckets for the boys who do the milking. I am alternating Mondays, and tonight I went up to learn. The process is relatively simple- out together the separator and pour the milk in. The result is beautiful, pure, raw milk.


I'm waiting for it to cool before I actually drink it.  (I guess that's a side effect of taking it straight from the cow.)  I'm actually ridiculously excited about it.  I've been fighting a losing battle with dairy for awhile.  It has terrible repercussions for bathroom visits and I'm sure all those around me suffer.

I've done a lot of reading on raw milk.  There is a lot of chatter on the internet both for and against raw milk. For some people, the risk is too great.  The FDA makes it's sale nearly impossible.  Raw milk can be a danger if you don't know it's source, and according to the FDA's website it can even kill you.  I found this a little unsettling; I mean, who wouldn't?  But if you think about it, people have been drinking raw milk for thousands of years.  I have never seen a tombstone that read "death by milk," nor have I read anything in history books, or seen anything on the news.  Yes, raw milk contains bacteria.  But some of that bacteria is good.  Pasteurization kills the good with the bad, and the potential benefits out way the risks for me.  I know where my milk comes from.  I know what that cow has been fed.  I know who is milking.  This is safe milk, this is natural milk.

I also thought about my own milk.  As a breastfeeding mother, seven months and counting, I would never dream of pasteurizing my milk for my child.  I have enough anxiety about running bags of my pumped milk under warm water to defrost for Anthony.  Why would I want anything different for myself?  

Here goes everything.




10 comments:

  1. I am still hesitant to try raw milk. It's actually really easy to get around where I live, lots of farming and Amish. You can find it all over at the farmer's market. Raw milk cheese and ice cream too! I have to do more research for myself before I make a decision. But we've switched to almond milk for now and have been very happy with that.

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  2. I'd like to try it as well, it's just too expensive since we don't have our own cows. I'd definitely drink it though if I had cows or knew someone who did and they gave it to me. julieann r

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  3. I'd love to try raw milk but I can't find a source here! My husband says NO WAY, but why not? As you mentioned it's been consumed raw always until "recently". I'm going to do some more digging again to find someone near me.

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  4. Really, it is the large factory farm complex that makes raw milk dangerous, so if you get it from a small farm fresh, the risk is tiny. Just like salmonella.
    The givernment arrested a bunch of farmers here for direct, private selling of raw dairy so it is hard to get now.

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    1. It's absolute terrible that small farmers are being over regulated to prevent them from selling a product that people want.

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  5. I would think that using raw milk from a local, reliable source would actually be a lot safer and healthier than drinking the milk from a cow on a factory farm where they are force-fed and shot up with antibiotics.

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  6. I love, love, love raw milk. I've always loved milk, but since drinking raw I just can't imagine drinking the other stuff. I feel really fortunate that I have access to clean raw milk (and that it's legal where I live.) I know not everyone can get it.

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  7. I've never given it a go. It's tough to find here in South Jersey. Thanks for linking up to Tuesday Greens on www.craftygardenmama.com!

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  8. How did your experiment go? Did you like it? Did it like you?

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    1. I've been meaning to post an update! (And I will soon!) I love my raw milk! And surprisingly, it loves me! I haven't had any stomach issues! I've been drinking around 8 oz a day at least, and I actually feel better than I have in a long time. It might be a little of the placebo effect, but it's nice to be able to drink milk (and homemade butter, cream, cream cheese, etc) without it being a punishment to myself and those around me! :)

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