We drink about 4L of milk each week. I’ve try to cut back our milk consumption by using less of it and trying to replace it with alternatives but Hubby is anti-soy milk and anti-any other milk substitutes. Cow’s milk was never a huge deal when I was growing up. Sometimes it was rice milk, other times almond milk or even soy milk. It didn’t really matter as long as we didn’t have to eat our cereal dry.
I’ve resigned myself to buying cow’s milk, but I’ve decided that I want it to be the healthiest cow’s milk we can get. I’ve checked out our local health food store where they sell conventional cow’s milk as well as certified organic cow’s milk. The organic milk is definitely better because it doesn’t contain GMOs, antibiotics, pesticides, hormones, artificial colours or preservatives (but it’s expensive!). I bought a bottle of it yesterday and it tastes good. The organic moo juice has more flavour than the supermarket counterpart and it would go great with a chocolate chip cookie 🙂
Then I came across the idea of real milk. That’s right – raw milk. The non-pasteurized kind that’s illegal to sell in Canada and the US. I’m starting to look into the health and safety issues around raw milk and it is inter-resting! There are many health benefits for raw milk over pasteurized conventional milk and it can be very safe to consume.
Realmilk.com promotes the consumption of “Real (raw) Milk” or “milk that is full-fat, unprocessed, and from pasture-fed cows” They do NOT recommend “consumption of raw milk from conventional confinement dairies or dairies which produce milk intended for pasteurization”.
I’ve always wanted a cow but there’s no room in our city backyard for one. We’ll have to stick to raising meat rabbits for now. However! there is a Raw Milk Herd Share Program that serves our city. It’s completely legal because you use the raw milk that you get from your “share of the herd”. I’ve sent the farm an email to see if there are any shares available… would you drink raw milk?