Why We Drink Raw Milk

Dec 2, 2014 | Recipes | 7 comments

Raw milk

A long time blog reader commented on Facebook the other day, “Wait, I thought you didn’t drink milk?”

Touché!

I used to be totally anti-milk.

So, I can admit when I was wrong.  But here is where I was coming from…

As I understand it, the enzyme we need to properly digest milk is gone by the time we are four years old.  (That makes sense).  Because of this dairy ends up creating excess mucus in the body.  This is why I NEVER… EVER switched from the breast to a bottle of milk for my kids.  Some swear by it… I do not.  And I believe this is why I have been able to avoid a childhood full of ear infections and goober coughs for my children.  With five kids and nine and half years of motherhood I have had to deal with two mild ear infections.  Praise the Lord.

Back in the day I was an advocate of soy milk.

Oops… too much estrogen.

Then I switched to rice milk… ooops… too much Carageenan.

Then when I was pregnant this last time I was crazy for milk.  I just enjoyed the taste of it so much but as I learned about Pasteurization and it’s effects on male muscle tissue (learn more here) I became once again discouraged and I began to hunt for a raw, organic milk farmer in the area.  It was a challenge.  It’s something not everyone wants to openly discuss even though it is legal in this state.  “They” watch the farmers like a hawk and rumor has it, it’s only going to get worse.

Vintage French Milk Bottle

BTW… You can find milk bottles like mine and this to-die-for blue and white one here.

I am surrounded by dairy farmers living steps from Wisconsin – couldn’t I just knock on their door and drink any old raw milk?

Not a chance.  For me it would be better to live dairy free than consume traditional dairy sold at the grocery store down the road or even from the conventional farmer across the way.  This milk (and subsequently butters and cheeses made from this milk) comes from cows injected with bovine growth hormones.  rBST or rBGH.  Both encourage the cow’s body to make… LOTS OF MILK and bovine growth hormones are connected to breast and prostate cancers in humans.  If you think we can feed this to our children with no side effects I ask you to think again.  Research the surge in early puberty for example.  (BTW, these hormones are ILLEGAL in over 27 other countries!)  Not to mention these cows are fed genetically modified feed, crammed into barns and forced into heavy milk production which leads to udder infections… like puss in your milk people.  Gross.  I’m serious.  Cow boob infection puss in your milk.

Yes, I know it’s called an udder.

These are the cows that provide us with three gallons of milk a week.  Aren’t they gorgeous?  Someday I will have my own.

Grass fed cows milk

Am I pragmatic?

You bet.

When you eat organically but on a budget pragmatism reigns supreme.

Grass fed cows milk

Raw organic milk

I don’t have the budget to purchase enough milk to make all my own dairy products so here is my list in order of importance when it comes to milk…

#1 Raw, local, organic milk (though USDA certification is not something I am impressed with.  I know my farmer, I’ve seen how she runs things)

#2 If I buy dairy products at the store and I can afford them –  I buy organic.

#3 If I CAN NOT buy organic then I insist on my dairy products being growth hormone free.  (I DON’T shop at Whole Foods… I’m not talking about spending a fortune.  For example, I believe Dean’s dairy farmers do not use growth hormones).

That’s about as complicated as it gets.  I know there are TONS of health reasons for consuming raw milk but it’s pretty simple for me.  As with anything I eat I am interested in consuming milk in it’s purest state and from a source as close to my home as I can find.

Now that we’ve dispensed with that – let’s get to our home dairy course… and no, you don’t need to use raw milk.

Let’s see your milk moustache!

Parisienne Farmgirl

 

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7 Comments

  1. Jennifer Mercier Bone

    Beautifully written Angela! Great information shared here. Thank you for dedicating your “spare” time to educate us all in living better.
    God bless.

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  2. Sharon

    I would love to start over with my life choices!! You are an inspiration to
    begin anew now with healthy eating. My garden is small, but it works.
    Now to find raw milk. It is possible the Amish around here might just have some.

    Can’t wait for your cookbook.
    hugs

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  3. Kristi

    Love this post (and your new format!) I want to learn to make yogurt! Do I need a yogurt maker? 🙂
    Kristi

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    • Parisienne Farmgirl

      NO YOGURT maker required! That’s what held me back for years! I thought the same thing. Get yourself a gallon of milk and a little tiny tub of greek yogurt so you’re ready!

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  4. Gaylin

    Hi Angela. Growing up with a father who was a doctor(in the late 70′) my father did not encourage milk in our house unless it was goat from the health food store(that we drove 45min to)
    My father compared cow milk with arsenic! My childern also did not get cows milk and suffered far less ear infections then my friends childeren and grew healthy and strong just fine! I was critized often that I didn’t MAKE my childern drink their milk!
    We” got”no milk here!

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  5. Melissa

    Love it! We found a great source for our raw milk before investing in dairy goats and now dairy cows. Wouldn’t change a thing.

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  6. Doré @BurlapLuxe

    Hi Angela,
    Thank you dearly for taking the time to post important messages like these. Being very health conscience as to what we feed our bodies and minds is a difficult task with all the unwanted information about our foods being good for us….even once eggs that were bad for us now GOOD, and the labeling is so diceetful. Eggs can be labeled cage free organic if fed a certain amount of organic grains and cage free if let out of confinement for at least 15 minutes a day…same on the industry. As for farmers grown organic, I get it that it’s harder, less crops to cultivate, more rag weed overgrowth, and the surplus of food would not be enough to go around if all our growers went organic, but if we all looked at the big healthier picture here we would not need all the junk in the world to nourish ourselves with if we got back to eating good basic farm grown foods.
    Yes my mother a Minnesota farm girl, and us kids raised on whole milk was a much healthier choice as well as making home made Ice cream with zero additives was a treat… All that cream coating that spoon was delight. Even with whole milk from straight from the cow it’s still okay to lessen our consumptions after being weened our bodies really were not designed to have a need for it.
    All the hormone for faster farming growth and pesticide keeping our planting seeds in control of rag weeds and growth, and over far raising of our hatcheries of fish our river, lakes and streams are now contaminated with traces of GMO’s that are found in everything. Everything is “Genectically modified organisms” and it’s starting with everything we eat. Altering our foods that don’t occurs naturally.
    Monsantos corns are one of the biggest altered seeds with pesticides added to keep down the weed growth when farmed hurting our health and inviroment….don’t get me started Angela, I am so on your side here

    You know the GMO in our growth of farming contaminates organic farms when the winds blow there contaminants down wind to our organic farms and the dusts sets on our growth, this is why organic farms try to be miles enough away from directions of farms and wind patterns.
    I love that you and your family is so aware of good and pure farming. 80% of our store bought processes foods have GMO’s this is where we should place our biggest concerns on. And the hidden GMO that even get I to our cows milk because of what the cows eat in there grains.

    Keep up your beautiful work here….

    Thank you dearly for taking notice of organic, I recycle my furnishings as much as I can, and have been building bird houses, doll houses, and theatres for years and years now, I so encourage you to get a simple wood box, or standing cabinet and trim it out with old mirror frame work and legs of chairs and such to then have the outcome of a grand French theatre of French Opera and play, your kids will love the productions you can create in them seasonally, and holidays. They will love making there own paperdolls to play on there stage with.
    I hope you share yours with me when you show some progress, if you need any help on it just email me, I will encourage tips of inspirational uses of certain salvaging of pieces. I made my own wire chandelier and wire ladder.

    Thank you dear for showing your strengths in what you are so strong in and what you know to be the truth of it all.

    Just remember monsantos seeds one of the 3 largest farming seed source for our farming are feeding us pestasides that are getting into our foods. These giant seed companies feed all our dairy animals, and our food growth and it’s what’s getting into our foods. And dairy products that’s the GMO that’s getting into our foods. So to drink unpasteurized whole milks is great, but what is that cow, or goat fed that’s not a contaminated food source of grains that’s not putting GMO’s in our whole fresh natural milks, and foods?

    Thank you beautiful Angela for your voice of truth.

    See you soon.

    Xx
    Bisous

    Doré

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