Raw Milk- Part 3Posted: July 16, 2013
There are so many questions and concerns people have in regards to drinking raw milk. Most of those questions can be answered here!
Properly produced and handled raw milk is an extremely low-risk food. You are more likely to become sick from contaminated produce or packaged foods in the grocery store than from local organic raw milk. I can think of several instances within the last year or so that items like spinach, peanut butter, and frozen berries had to be taken off shelves in grocery stores for e.coli contamination. These articles cover many aspects of raw milk safety, as well as the relatively higher risk of many other foods.
One thing that I find interesting is the fact that the FDA claims “Raw milk is inherently dangerous and should not be consumed.” However, you won’t see the FDA claiming deli meats, seafood, produce, and chicken as being dangerous and warning against consumption… even though more food borne illnesses occur from outbreaks in these food categories than raw and pasteurized milk! Pretty ridiculous!
Another thing to consider when purchasing milk is the breed of cow and if the cream is separated from the milk or not. Each breed of cow produces a different amount of butterfat. Jersey cows produce more butterfat than Holstein. Also, some dairies will skim off the butterfat in order to sell containers of cream, so their milk is lacking all of that great creamy rich butterfat that should separate at the top of the carton. If your carton of milk doesn’t have a thick layer of cream at the top, you’re missing out!
Ok, where do you get raw milk!? Fortunately, it’s legal to at least buy raw milk in the state of Texas. Unfortunately, you can’t just head out to the store to pick up a gallon (like you can in 6 U.S. states), you have to buy raw milk directly from the farm. Here is a list of sources for real milk in Texas. There are also many co-op groups if you are interested in starting to buy raw milk but don’t want to make the drive out to a farm every other week or so. Group members rotate turns in picking up the milk and have a pick up time for members to get their milk. You can also ask the farmer if they have regular customers who live in your area and they may be willing to get you in touch with others so that you could set up your own group.
If you live in the North Dallas/Denton area and would like to try the most delicious and nutritious milk you have ever tasted, let me know and I will be happy to get you more information on a few groups in the area.