Cliff and I are really enjoying our raw, unpasturized Bonnie milk.
Even with the cream skimmed off, it's still rich. Let's face it, skim (no-fat) milk from the grocery store tastes like it's been diluted with water by about half.
We're not really drinking more milk than we ever did, although Cliff would love to have a glass of raw milk with every meal; when he was young, that's how he drank it... from a quart jar. But we know we need to use moderation when it comes to dairy products.
Our cereal tastes so much better these days, though.
I know that city folks think it's gross to drink raw milk. After all, it came from a cow's udder, right? I hate to tell you folks, but that's where pasteurized, homogenized milk came from, too. It's just been watered down and monkeyed with.
Bonnie was vaccinated for brucellosis at the proper age, so we don't have to worry about catching Undulant Fever. If we wanted to, we could have her tested for TB by the vet yearly, but we're just not that worried about it. Our family drank raw milk from 1968 on through the '90's.
The food and drug administration declares "that raw milk in any form "should not be consumed by anyone, at any time, for any reason." You can read an article about the pros and cons of raw milk HERE. Some of the diseases associated with raw milk are "salmonella, listeria, campylobacter, yersinia, E. coli, and staphylococcus."
That information came from this article.
Of course, I still can my tomatoes without adding lemon juice. I wouldn't be afraid to cold pack my green beans, although I do use the pressure canner, because it's so much faster. The one precaution I take against botulism is to make sure I boil home-canned green beans and tomatoes for at least ten minutes when I'm preparing them for the table.
So yes, I live dangerously; remember, my husband and I ride a motorcycle, too. We all know the statistics on that subject.
My daughter has access to this blog (that's why she's listed as an author on my sidebar), so if I croak in the next day or two from drinking raw milk or going off my meds, she'll be here to let you know. Oh, and if I do happen to die an untimely death, just remember I surely did have a good time while I was here.