Over the weekend, we purchased some raw milk to try to aid in our cheese making endeavors. In addition to making cheese, we found several other creative uses for our raw milk purchase. (FYI, we bought raw cow’s milk.) Who new it could be so versatile?!
We don’t normally drink cow’s milk; typically we use almond milk, but have also tried soy and rice milk. I’ll admit, we were a little leery to try raw milk. Is it too thick? Does it taste horrible? Does it have chunks in it? We threw caution to the wind, took a big swig, and surprisingly, we loved the taste and the texture. It was nice and cold (according to the seller we need to keep it at 40 degrees) and tasted like regular ol’ milk only better!! Dee-lish!
2. MAKE CHEESE.
This is obviously one of the most fun things to do with fresh milk (note BIG smile on Mr. F’s face!) In order to make cheese, you will need several additional ingredients. We purchased a cheese making kit several months ago which provides everything you need.
3. USE THE NATURALLY OCCURRING CREAM.
Fresh raw milk will separate, with the cream rising to the top. This is easily remedied by simply shaking the container to mix it up. We decided, however, to reserve a little of this luscious cream. We can use it in our coffee or tea, or make things like butter or whipped cream (keep reading…)
5. MAKE BUTTERMILK.
Making homemade butter sort of lends itself to creating buttermilk.
This is not the tangy buttermilk your grandmother used to drink; rather it is the milk that is produced when cream separates creating butter and buttermilk after being whipped or shaken like crazy. We used this buttermilk later in the evening in our mashed potatoes and in our meatloaf.
Mr. F is the KING of homemade whipped cream!! So, yeah, I know the picture above doesn’t look like his usual whipped fluffy fluffiness, but it sure tasted amazing as usual! (He thinks that even though he strained off the cream, it still contained quite a bit of milk which left it a little flatter than we are used to.)
This is what we did with our raw milk in just one day! The possibilities are endless. We’ve had so much fun experimenting!