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Old 06-26-2012, 09:28 PM   #1
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Default Raw Milk vs. Mass produced Grocery store milk.

Curious what you folks think?

We bought some raw milk for the first time today after reading up and it sounds like its much better for you, your digestive system etc. Yet the FDA and milk pushers say its russian roulette to the point we had to sign a waiver to even buy the stuff saying if it killed us we wouldnt sue.

The people selling the milk have their own free range cattle, no antibotics, no hormones, or any other $hit they pump into commercial cows. These are free range cattle on grass. They had tests from the state showing all milk free from any bugs of any kind. We are both healthy folks with no immune systen problems anyway.

Any of you folks experts on the stuff? Good for the body or we will be dead by sunset ?


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Old 06-26-2012, 09:34 PM   #2
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I don't have much experience with raw cow's milk- but we got raw goat's milk for years. The problem with unpasteurized milk is that if it's contaminated, you'll get sick.

We trusted our source, and she brought the temperature of the milk from 102 degrees (the temperature out of the goat) to fridge temp (40 degrees) in something like 30 minutes. She also used only sanitized/sterile equipment and handled the goat's teats in a sanitary manner also.

I often used the milk unpasteurized, but sometimes I would pasteurize it if I had a reason to expect a guest with a compromised immune system might ingest some of my soft cheese. (Hard cheese is different- it's aged so no problem with unpasteurized milk).

In many states, it's illegal to buy/sell raw milk.


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The people you bought it from probably drink it everyday, so Im sure it is fine.
It might even help your immune system
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Old 06-26-2012, 10:10 PM   #4
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We drink raw milk but not often because gold is cheaper.

You should go to a farm where they do raw milking and bottling, it's insane the procedures they have to abide by to get and keep their license. Put semiconductor labs to shame.
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In many states, it's illegal to buy/sell raw milk.
Im my state (UT) it is legal and we bought it at their "outlet" store. She said their cows are very healthy, looked after, free range and get tested all the time.

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We drink raw milk but not often because gold is cheaper.
Yeah, a gallon of milk was 6.79. We also bought some free range chicken eggs that were 5.99. Thinking of getting our own hens tho since the city now says we can have them.
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I wouldn't have any problem drinking it, but it's so friggin expensive! I'd rather drink pasteurized milk that has had no steroids. Honestly, it only takes one mistake to make you VERY sick. The pasteurization process is the end-point safety feature.

If I had my OWN cow (or other animal) I'd have zero problem with it. But even with all of the regulations in place to prevent bad things from happening, people do make mistakes and some people have been known to bend the rules (gasp!)

That said, the danger is VERY small if you trust the source, and of course raw milk makes the best cheese and other products if you are into that. You might get sick from it, but nobody had died from drinking raw milk in the past 12 years, according to the CDC. (deaths from raw milk were attributed to products produced from the milk, not the milk itself).
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You shouldn't be drinking milk at all. I don't for MANY reasons but here all of them...

http://www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandsty...ddrink.weekend
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My mom grew up putting warm milk on her cereal in the morning right from the cow after grandpa milked it. She always said it was amazing. I'm not sure if I could swing that far kinda grossed me out, but hell people have been drinking raw milk for thousands of years.
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Sounds simplistic, but I prefer almost any food from a small scale, sanitary, local source over something that involves a zillion acres or animals combined into a giant vat.
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Yeah, the FDA. You can trust the US Government...just ask any Native American...


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