What comes to your mind when I say raw milk? Crunchy Mamas who practice attachment parenting? Multi-generational farming families from the middle of nowhere? Or how about someone sitting on the bathroom floor suffering from a stomach bug? Those are a few stereotypes associated with raw dairy, but how about you and I get the REAL story, starting at Organic Pastures Dairy.
Organic Pastures treats their cows with the upmost ethics and respect, using only natural methods of husbandry, and keeping them on a diet of only grass. Because of the fear surrounding pathogens in raw milk, Organic Pastures takes bovine cleanliness very seriously. In addition to practices intended to prevent pathogens in their dairy products, the farmers go through an intense testing and retesting process to ensure no pathogens are present in the dairy being sold to the public. Organic Pastures is fourth generation family operated, and they wouldn’t have it any other way.
Thank you to Kaleigh Lutz and everyone at Organic Pastures for sending me this plethora of goodies.
So, why raw dairy? Let’s take a look at a comparison of raw and conventional (pasteurized) dairy, taken from the Organic Pastures website.
Raw milk in its natural state (raw) has many important nutrients,
such as enzymes, protein, heart healthy fats, carbohydrates,
vitamins, minerals, and beneficial bacteria that help build our immune system.
It remains unprocessed, complete, and whole from its original form
to benefit those who consume it for its health benefits.
Pasteurized milk is milk that has been heat-treated to a temperature
that destroys the living bacteria found in milk. This heating process kills,
damages, or denatures most all of the other nutrients found in raw milk.
The dead, altered, or damaged cells remain in the milk as a byproduct of the heat-killing process. These dead cells can be highly allergenic to some people.
Crazy, isn’t it? That raw milk, which isn’t allowed to be distributed in several states and frowned upon by the FDA, is actually jam packed with benefits that far exceed those of pasteurized milk. In fact, as seen above, pasteurized dairy can be detrimental to overall health. Hmmm…I wonder what else the FDA is covering up. But that’s a story for another day!
You may recall reading in a previous post that I’m extremely lactose intolerant. Just yesterday, in fact, I naïvely forgot to ask what type of milk was being used in my boba milk tea, and ended up being sick all evening!!!! I had heard from other lactose intolerant folks online that they seemed to have no issue with raw dairy. I was eager to give it a try for myself, and grateful when the opportunity presented itself. Well, I’ve tried it, and I can say that I had no issues consuming any of the raw dairy products sent to me.
So, we’ve touched on the health benefits of switching to raw dairy, but how’s the taste? Let me just say….it’s pretty freaking fantastic. Everything I received was creamy and rich and nothing short of wonderful. It tasted like dairy on steroids. The milk was almost like cream, and, boy, was it tasty on my cereal. The cheese was the sharpest, most robust cheddar I’ve come across, but it was the butter that stole the show. I still have dreams of the raw grass fed butter in the beautiful blue tub. It was silky. It was smooth. It was slightly grassy. It was sweet. It was umami….It was perfect. I used it on toast, on pancakes, in baking, to cook with. I tried it in just about every fashion, and it didn’t fail me once.
If you’re in California, you can get any of these wonderful products SHIPPED TO YOUR DOOR. In fact, they’re even available in specific retailors. If you’re outside of California, you can still get any of Organic Pastures’ cheeses sent fresh to your home.
To learn more about the raw milk difference, the Organic Pastures Farm, and how YOU can get your hands on these amazing products, go to: http://www.organicpastures.com
Have you wanted to dip your toes into the world of raw dairy? Connect with me on Instagram & Twitter @girlgonecrunchy or comment below!
Much love my little crunchies 🙂