It's Easy Being Green: Raw Milk- An Update

Over a month ago I decided it was time to take the plunge and start drinking raw milk.  We are so blessed to have the resources to do so- that is, several milk producing cows, and several milk harvesting boys.  In fact we have so much milk that we literally feed a good portion of that to our pigs because the families up here can't use it before it starts to go bad.  We are also blessed to own a cream separator which means instead of drinking whole milk, I can drink my water skim milk.  I was fully prepared to not like it, to have to force myself to drink milk every day out of fear of crumbling bones in my old age.

And yet, it was delicious.

Color me shocked.

As a child I remember the milk tasting funny, but our milk from our current cows is sweet, fresh, and absolutely addicting.  Even Paul, who previously refused to even try it, is now team Ranch Milk.  Granted, he's one of those freaky whole milk drinkers, but still.

But the best part came after I drank the milk- and there were no stomach issues.

That's right folks, I've been drinking two to three heaping glasses of milk a day without the need to rush to the bathroom after, or even needing to crack a window.  I no longer claim lactose intolerant, because it wasn't the lactose I was intolerant to.  It's no secret that store bought milks are full of additives and hormones; and with heaps of people reacting badly to this milk, I can't help but wonder if it's the actual milky goodness, or the stuff they put in it that we're reacting to.  Plus it's pasturized- which, while good in theory to get rid of the bad bacteria, it also gets rid of the good.  That's not a problem if you're drinking raw.

My advice:
Try it, one sip won't hurt you.  Find a source that you trust, and give it a shot.  If you decide you don't like it, or that it makes you too nervous with all the scary "If you drink this you're going to die!" interwebz posts out there, at least you can say you gave it a shot!  I'm definitely glad I did.

Linked: Pistachio Project, The Healthy Home Economist, Homestead Barn Hop, Tasty Traditions


  1. I was told that I was lactose intolerant by a doctor once, though I don't feel particularly bothered by milk products. So, I am not sure that I am 100% down with his "diagnosis." It was one of those "10 minute and rush you out" jobs. Regardless, this might be something good for me to try.


  2. What brand of separator do you have? We recently moved to a dairy farm, I dislike whole milk straight from the tank but it seems silly to buy milk at the store. Thanks!

    1. I'm not sure, actually. Let me find out and get back to you! As a temporary fix you can skim the cream off when it's cool!

  3. We haven't purchased milk in years. I am fortnuate enough that my father-in-law has had milk cows since right before we got married, and now he has a dairy, so we always have fresh milk. I hate the taste of store-bought milk now! Most people are very squeamish about the raw milk, but honestly, if the person milking is doing it safely and cleanly, and you consume the milk quickly (the shelf-life is not as long as store milk, obviously), its not a problem. And its pretty easy to tell when the milk is bad! I like mine whole, but I do have to shake it up when I want some. I was recently diagnosed with a milk allergy, so I've avoided milk for a while now, but I'm still havin issues, so I'm thinkin I'll start drinkin milk again. I miss it! (:

  4. New fan here via the Barn Hop. I would love for you to come share at my Farm Girl Blog Fest:
    And enter to win an Egg Skelter while you're visiting!
    Fresh Eggs Daily

  5. We have our own family milk cow and what a blessing - with 7 of 10 children still at home, we go through the milk!
    I would love to have you share this on Thursday at Tasty Traditions at

    1. Our three cows provide milk for eight families! We love it!
      I'll definitely be sharing, thanks for stopping by!

  6. what about tuberculosis? I am afraid to give raw milk to my family due to that