Doorstep Delivery Means You Can Always Have Fun with Raw Milk at Home
April 9, 2020
Raw milk in the rawest form, as in straight out of the jug, is one of the best, most enjoyable experiences one can have. If you’ve tried it, you understand. The flavor is richer. The texture is so satisfying. The body simply feels great upon consuming such a nutrient dense beverage.
Additioanlly, when you choose to purchase real food like raw milk from your local farmer and have it on hand as a regular staple, that means any other recipe that requires that ingredient (milk) will also become richer, healthier, and more delightful - coffee, mac-n-cheese, you name it. This is especially comforting while families across the world hunker down and spend more time in their kitchens as a result of COVID-19.
Once you're hooked on enjoying raw milk in its natural state and as a critical ingredient in some of your favorite home-cooked meals, you may even begin replacing other unnatural dairy products in your household by using the raw milk as a staple ingredient. Of course, you can also consider shopping for those types of real food products, like cream, yogurt, and butter, in our store as well, but in case you’re looking for a way to create fun memories for your family while creating nutritious REAL FOOD, these simple DIY recipes are the way to go.
DIY Raw Milk Cream
- Pour your raw milk into a clear jar if it's not already.
- Keep it in the fridge, as you normally would.
- Do not disturb it for at least 24 hours.
- Look at the side of your glass jar and identify the cream line - a section at the top should be darker in color.
- Gently dip a ladle into that top cream layer and allow it to fill.
- Make sure you aren’t dipping too deeply and getting into the milk.
- Empty the ladle of cream into a separate jar, and repeat until the majority of the cream layer is gone.
- Use the resulting milk for drinking/cooking, and use the cream for a variety of healthy DIY recipes (read on for some!).
DIY Raw Milk Butter
- Use the recipe above to make raw milk cream.
- Add that cream to a small mason jar with a pinch of salt (optional).
- Shake said mason jar until the cream thickens to a butter.
- Stays fresh 3-5 days.
- Make in small, on demand batches and enjoy often.
DIY Raw Milk Ricotta
- Pour 1/2 gallon raw milk into a 4-quart pot and let it warm gradually to 200°F.
- Remove from heat and pour in 1/3 cup lemon juice or vinegar (or 1/2 tsp citric acid) and 1 tsp salt, then stir to combine.
- Let the pot sit undisturbed for 10 minutes. It should separate into clumps of milky white curds and thin, yellow-colored whey. If you still see a lot of un-separated milk, add another tablespoon of lemon juice or vinegar and wait a few more minutes.
- Set a strainer over a bowl and line the strainer with cheese cloth. Scoop the big curds out of the pot with a slotted spoon and transfer them to the strainer. Pour the rest through the strainer.
- Let the ricotta drain for at least 10 minutes (longer for drier ricotta).
- Store in the fridge and enjoy!
DIY Raw Milk Yogurt
- Heat 1 qt raw milk in a saucepan over a medium-low flame until it reaches about 110 F.
- Remove from heat and whisk in a yogurt starter (find at your local health food store or order online).
- You need to culture the yogurt by keeping it at a slightly elevated temperature of about 110 F for 8 hours. Some use yogurt makers or an Instant Pot but you can get by with a thermos or by storing it in your oven with the pilot light on.
- Pour the fresh milk and starter into your preferred culture vessel and wait.
- Check back 8 hours later and enjoy!