I don't pastuerize, this is the whole reason I have a milk cow, if I was going to pastuerize, it would not be worth all the trouble I would just buy it. I would be lactose intolerant as would the rest of my family if I pastuerized. My cow is healthy and safe for us to drink from. I would give my cow's milk to a baby if I had one. We all love our fresh untreated milk!!
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Although I've never used this method with milk, I'm sure it would work fabulously. Freeze water in clean plastic bottles (could use clean 2 liter soda bottles). Float the whole bottle, sealed, in the pot of warm milk. Stir frequently to help with rapid chilling. When thoroughly chilled, remove the soda bottle and place milk into the refrigerator. This is the method used in foodservice for chilling large stockpots of food to prevent foodborne illnesses. You can purchase special plastic devices at restaurant supply stores for this purpose, but it will probably be rather expensive.
I used to know somebody who took a cooler full of ice out when he milked. He'd strain the milk into 1/2 gallon jars, seal 'em and put them in the cooler right there in the barn. After he was done with his chores he'd drag the whole thing into the house and put the jars in the refrigerator. He used to have bags & bags of ice in the freezer that he'd get from a restaurant, I think.
We milk, strain and get them to the house asap where they go in the freezer for 40-60 minutes.
In the summer, or anytime we are milking and it is warmer than 60' outside, we put frozen water bottles in the milk can and milk right onto them. I clean them off and refreeze, using them a few times over. Then we proceed as above---to the house and to the freezer.
I have never (knock on wood) had any go bad or taste off. As long as your technique is good and the cooling comes quickly I think you will be pleased with your milk.
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Hi, We have always milked and strained with a filter right away and then put in fridge straight away. So far we have never had a problem. I tried putting them in the freezer for an hour or so, but after forgetting a couple and losing them I stopped doing that. When we bought our cow, I had every intention of pasturizing the milk. But after research I could not bring myself to do it. That fresh raw milk is sooooo valuable and nutritious. It is wonderful. We have a baby and she was introduced to it at 7months old along with being breast fed. Raw milk is just the best in my book. Good luck on your journey to a family cow!!! Kirsten
well i never have the milk in the frig long enough for it to go sour...seems like i drink a gallon a day ...nothing like a cold glass of milk .....and thats what i milk for the house..well really a gallon for me and wife and cooking it goes fast the rest goes to the dairy calves i raise...john
Hi Sara and welcome ;D I wouldn't dream of pastuerizing this wonderful food either.
If I don't want cream for butter, I just strain the milk into 1 litre glass jugs and pop them into the freezer for about 3 hours. I have a fridge/freezer in the pantry which gives a level bottom for the jugs to sit on. Nice and simple but, I'm a bugger for forgetting to take them out before they freeze so I hang a tea towel on the door as a reminder. Luckily my partner has a better memory than mine when it comes to taking it out
We both love the full bodied taste of wholemilk so I only make enough butter to keep us going, ie rarely have any to give away or freeze.
Storing your milk in glass or stainless steel really keeps the milk tasting as it should do. I tried plastic when I first started milking, yukk!!
Good on you for gathering info at this early stage ;D Good luck on finding a heifer. After you've lived through a couple of months whilst your cow is dry before calving again, you'll find yourself on the hunt for a cow that calves in the opposite season to the first one Just accept it, it happens to us all
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Post by woodprairie on Feb 2, 2006 22:04:23 GMT -5
Here is a reply from the other side (the oh my goodness the schoolbus is coming, I will deal with the milk later side) - we had a cow years before we had a refridgerator, much less ice or a stainless steel coil . Cooling in well water or now in the fridge works fine, and as it is fresh twice a day, I dont really worry how long it keeps. We drink it raw, and we love it warm (me and the girls anyway). We eat our cheese unaged and like my mom said, we eat our peck of dirt. Relax.
It is usually at least 20 minutes between milking and chilling here at Coburn Farm. I store the milk in glass in its own frig. It does not chill as rapidly as in some of the methods described. I do milk very clean and constantly clean the equipment. The milk keeps very well for as much as two weeks. Recently two gallons that traveled to New Sharon with Max, thence to BIddeford where they spent a week in Martin's frig anad didn't get drunk were returned to me on day ten. They were still in perfect condition.
We have Zip-lock bags (gallon size) Frozen in the freezer. When we milk, we strain into 1/2 gallon jars and the jars are closed and put into the sink with 3-4 of the frozen bags. Takes about 30-45 minutes then into the fridge. Thats when the milk is most vulnerable at my house, sometimes it doesnt make it to the fridge! Little hands like to have it ice cold, sometimes big hands too! Wouldnt consider pasteurizing. Doing so kills much of the good stuff that allows our bodies to absorb that wonderful calcium. But if you stay around here long enough you will see that the ladies on this site arent pushy or judgemental. We are all a little different in the way we do things and thats what makes this site so great!!
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