Raw Milk Fresh from the Farm

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    This is our raw milk I just picked up at the farm today, it was in a cow yesterday - AWESOME! Can you spot the cream line?

    Buying raw milk is illegal in Ohio, so we actually bought part of a cow and we pay the farmers to take care of it for us. It's legal to drink raw milk from your own cow. It's called a Herd Share program.

    This is how we get our milk in half gallon mason jars, we have 3 shares for 3 gallons. I skim some cream to make butter, we drink it in coffee every day, I also make yogurt & cheese with it. Generally pressed lemon cheese, ricotta or mozzarella. I've made one batch of aged cheese (Monterrey jack). You really can't beat the taste of raw milk, once you start you'll never be able to drink pasteurized milk again!

    Here's my lemon cheese - super quick & easy!


    L. Z., B. Nice Creams, and 8 other people added this photo to their favorites.

    1. linz bobinz 64 months ago | reply

      ahhh forbidden food. my favorite!

    2. L. Z. 64 months ago | reply

      Yeeeeeeeesssss!!! They look like those in our fridge. I love RAW milk... We get as much cream as you do. GREAT, GREAT thing!
      Are these 2 Quart jars? Do you get your milk once a week?

    3. Chiot's Run 64 months ago | reply

      Yes, they are half gallon jars. We pick up milk once a week, we get 3 gallons. We use it to make cheese and butter and for drinking. We also pick up eggs each week at the farm. They also raise pastured beef, chickens & turkeys, which we also buy.

    4. L. Z. 64 months ago | reply

      We got 3 cow shares (3 gallons) and 2 goat shares (2 Quarts) a week. We also make butter www.flickr.com/photos/luizazlatovic/4070871737/ , cheese www.flickr.com/photos/luizazlatovic/3723068500/ and we also skim some cream for using in a coffee / tea...

      We get 1 cow and 1 goat share on Mon, 1 cow share on Wed and 1 cow and 1 goat share on Fridays.

      I make great tasting goat kefir from some of our goat milk.
      I make raw cheese without any rennet or acid.

    5. Chiot's Run 64 months ago | reply

      I'd love your recipe for cheese without acid or rennet. I sometimes use organic lemon juice or homemade apple cider vinegar. I have a recipe for making homemade cheese starter with raw milk, haven't tried it yet, perhaps this weekend. I don't always use rennet, depends on what kind of cheese I'm making.

    6. homesteadinginmaine 64 months ago | reply

      Nice that you are able to get raw milk. We are lucky here in Maine, it is still easy to get in health food stores and at farms.

      I would love to hear how you do with making the cheese starter. Been wanting to start making cheese, but haven't done it yet.

    7. L. Z. 64 months ago | reply

      If you have RAW milk the only thing needed to make cheese is TIME.
      Just set the open jar on the counter for a few days. Cover the top with a cheese cloth to keep dust / any bugs away.
      The milk will separate by itself when raw, no starter needed. In the summer it will happen in one or two days. In the winter 3-4.
      After it fully separates you just need to drain out whey as you would do with any other cheese making… I add a pinch or two of unrefined sea salt at the very end, after the cheese is already formed, and it gets absorbs quite fast.

    8. redsmith.wordpress.com 64 months ago | reply

      you people are so cool, I want to grow up and be like you, making my own ciders and cheeses. That is awesome.

    9. etenwinkel 62 months ago | reply

      As a proper dutch boy I worked in a cheese factory and I know how thick the cream on the milk can be. Great

      Don't understand though. First you say it is legal to get raw milk from your own cow but than later on you say 'it is illegal in ohio as well'.
      Did I miss something, is getting it in gallons illegal even when from your own cow?

    10. Chiot's Run 62 months ago | reply

      You can't legally buy raw milk. It's illegal unless it's from your own cow. We "technically" purchased a cow and we pay a farmer to take care of it for us. That's how it has to be done to be legally in Ohio.

    11. L. Z. 62 months ago | reply

      ...and entire Canada!

    12. J u d y i n C a l 62 months ago | reply

      very interesting!

    13. gemmah 61 months ago | reply

      I think this is all great, the raw milk bans are total madness. Here in the UK it is legal to buy it, but only directly from the dairy/farmer so I travel 20 miles each week to get mine.

      Would love to make cheese and butter from it, apparently it is illegal to sell unpasteurised butter in the UK so I would have to make it myself.

    14. etenwinkel 61 months ago | reply

      Well that is a good way to beat the law ;-)
      Last time I checked it was legal again in the EC for farmers to sell raw milk to passers by, but yes, I think Gemmah is right, farmers are not allowed to bring it to your house and middle men are not allowed to sell it.

      Taste difference between raw milk and pasteurized or sterilized milk is as if it is a completely different product. Processed milk here tastes like it is water with a white color

    15. Chiot's Run 61 months ago | reply

      I agree Etenwinkel, I think milk/butter/cream from the store tastes "boiled" or cooking since it's pasteurized. Raw is so much better!

    16. L. Z. 61 months ago | reply

      Yuk, store bought milk..., We run out of REAL milk yesterday and were not able to pick it up the new jars so had to go and buy organic pasteurised milk for this kids last night... eywwww I am so disgusted even looking at it knowing that it is so altered and not even close to the REAL thing.

    17. vernacula 54 months ago | reply

      The good stuff that State of Pennsylvania wants to basically ban in Harrisburg this Thursday

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