Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Non-Homogenized Milk

About every week I buy raw milk and non-homogenized milk. Milk is so processed these days. Have you seen the new ultra-pasteurized milk on the shelves? Maybe we shouldn't be drinking milk from companies that need to sterilize their milk that much. Pasteurization actually prevents calcium absorption rather being a good source of calcium. With all my foods, I try to air on the side of the least processed as possible.

Raw milk is the best because it's straight from the cow. My three-year old has been drinking raw milk since he was off the breast and I am presently 31 weeks pregnant and still healthfully drinking raw milk. Raw milk is pricey so we drink it more like medicine and use pasteurized, non-homogenized milk for baking.

If you buy low-fat, homogenized, pasteurized milk, an easy way to start drinking better milk is to chose whole, non-homogenized, pasteurized milk. A non-profit milk educational site describes the process of homogenization:

When milk is homogenized, it passes through a fine filter at pressures equal to 4,000 pounds per square inch, and in so doing, the fat globules (liposomes) are made smaller (micronized) by a factor of ten times or more. These fat molecules become evenly dispersed within the liquid milk.

Milk fat naturally comes to the top of a carton of milk. Homogenization breaks it up so we don't have the inconvenience of scooping out the milk fat. I like to buy products that have had the least tampering. I don't buy nonfat milk, lowfat milk or milk with added vitamins. I just try to find milk that resembles the original product, cow's milk.

Non-homogenized milk is second best to raw milk because it's less processed than homogenized milk. I always buy whole milk because that's where I am going to get the benefits of drinking milk in the first place and again it has not been filtered through a machine to take out the fat. I am not going to gain weight from drinking a couple cups of whole milk during the day; I am going to get fat and sick from eating processed foods.

There isn't any harm in eating the fat at the top of a non-homogenized milk jar. It is pure and free whipping cream. I often whip it up and eat it over strawberries. When I filter the milk fat out of the milk jar, I use a colander. Then, I pour out all of the milk through a colander and into a bowl. Next, I wash out the milk jar and pour the milk back into the jar using the funnel that you see in the picture.

Here's another post by me that focuses on milk.
Here's an article in Harper's magazine about raw milk.

1 Comment:

Nancy said...

I just bought some non-homogenized milk today, can't wait to try it!

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