About two years I became aware of 'raw' milk. My husband was indeed the wise one (again) who informed me of the difference between the two forms of milk, he, his ten other siblings and both their parents had drank fresh raw cows milk everyday during his childhood and into adulthood. I replied "Yes that might have been fine back then...but there must be so many germs and diseases within the milk...thanks but no thanks I'll have my milk from a store!"
The Cream Of The Crop!
It amazes me how ridiculously silly I am at times! My beloved then went on to tell me that the milk that we buy in stores has been processed so much that it is very difficult for us to process and that raw milk was much more easily assimilated by our bodies. So I began my investigations! Wow I was so amazed at the facts I turned up! Almost immediately I ran back to Hubby begging him to allow us to buy raw milk...and that was as far as I got.
Starting To Come Together...
Why? Because the Irish government has, since 1997, made it illegal for farmers to sell raw unpasteurized milk! Read this pamphlet produced by Teagasc. Among many of the farmers we know it has long been thought that much scare-mongering has gone on from the governmental Department of Agriculture, to scare the general public from consuming non-pasteurized milk...simply to line their own pockets!
TaDa! Homemade Butter!
I was aghast! To stumble on this wonderful source of God given nutrients and then to be told that I can't access it! I actually was quite cross about this, as I felt that it was my Husbands decision; to make an informed decision for our family, whether or not we would consume raw milk...not the governments! Also just for your information the government has also made killing your own livestock, on your own farm illegal (it must be sent to an abattoir) as is selling or giving your meat to any third parties...though at this stage they are still allowing it to be consumed (once back from the abbatior) on your own premises by ones own direct family.
Fast forward to several weeks ago...we were able to acquire raw milk! I am so thrilled! However my Husband does not wish for me to consume it throughout this pregnancy simply due to the fact that I have not yet built up a tolerance to any natural bacterias that will be present within the milk, this was seconded by one or two dairy farmers that we know. So I must wait until the baby is born to begin enjoying small amounts to build up my tolerance. My Mother-in-law consumed raw milk throughout her whole childhood and through her subsequent eleven pregnancies and she was never affected by any illness due to raw milk. Our children thoroughly enjoyed drinking their 'farm' milk, our son went to collect it with my Husband so he is a little more excited by it, he even states that it tasted like cows!
We haven't gotten any for a few weeks but hope to organise our collection and storage of it better to enable us to purchase the bulk of our milk this way. I also made raw butter (see photographs) from the cream we collected from our raw milk (I followed the tutorial given by Jackie at Homestead Wannabes - Thanks Jackie!) and also with the last of the milk I made a sour soft cheese...which I was told tasted quite like blue cheese mixed with goats cheese but it was very pleasant!
I know that raw milk is very 'old hat' to you guys in America but I am so thrilled to be able to finally get my hands on some that I just had to share about it! Though Irish readers please understand that I cannot reveal from whom we are buying our milk...sorry!