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Essential Guide To Raw Milk (Plus 115 Recipes)

Protein, vitamins, minerals, and fatty acids are all present in milk, making it a wholesome food. Before the early to mid-1900s, when pasteurization was first used, all milk was drank raw and basically unprocessed. Raw milk consumption rises as it grows popular being categorized as healthier than processed ones.

As they say, you haven’t had real milk til you’ve had one raw! Learn why you should drink it and get 115 recipes to try in this Essential Guide to Raw Milk!

Raw milk poured into a stainless bucket

Maybe it’s just me, but even though it excites me afresh each and every time a fruit or vegetable comes into season, by the time the season is over, I can’t help but be secretly glad. Yes, even fresh tomatoes. By the time they’re done, I’m ready to move on. It’s horrible, isn’t it? But it’s true. I easily get bored and I love trying new recipes, and flavor combinations, and I’m always eager for the next thing to come into the season.

Never Tired of Raw Milk

Don’t you dare try to get between it and me? I take it straight, 3 times a day (at least), and I never, and I mean never, EVER tire of it. As much as I love water, you try drinking it with your oatmeal in the morning. Nee-asty!

Give me my fresh, full-fat, Jersey milk from milk maidens. I mean the ones milked by hand, but no post-pasteurization dead bacteria floaties, please. I’ll take mine raw and alive & healthy and teeming full of beneficial bacteria! After all, I KNOW our milk was handled, start to finish, especially for raw consumption and so it’s safe and clean.

If you’ve no clue as to why you should be drinking your milk(besides the fact that it tastes amazing), let me direct you to some articles and resources that will have you ready to see what the big deal is all about. Check out the Real Milk website as your first step in the search. There are so many ways to use the extra milk left in your harvest. You can actually make cultured buttermilk out of it.

Of course, once you’ve found a local source of clean, you’re going to want to play around with it a bit. And I highly recommend that you do, even if your milk source offers other dairy products such as yogurt & cheese, I promise you, they will taste better if you make them yourself. That’s why I choose to DIY. So, if I may, I’d like to suggest trying one of the recipes here.

Essential Guide To Raw Milk

Be sure to head over and check out our Homesteader’s Shopping Guide to find the best tools and resources for managing all that milky goodness in your home dairy!

Why is it the Best Milk?

Raw Milk Recipes From Reformation Acres

Raw milk butter ready to be strained.


Cheese slices


Soured Raw Milk in a Jar

Cream, Soured & Otherwise

Chocolate Ice Cream in a glass cup

Ice Cream, Drinks, & Desserts

Cube Goat's Milk

Goat’s Milk

Milk Kefir on a plate

Milk Kefir

Yogurt with purple raspberry fruits



Now, what’s your favorite way to take your raw milk?

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  2. I buy/drink raw milk, but I can’t find someone in my area who does not take the calves away from the cows. Not happy w/that one πŸ™

    1. I understand that entirely! We’ve had a lot of discussion this year about how we can try to do proceed with our herdshare without doing that and haven’t come up with a solution, but will try to find one that works for us. So I get it from both sides. I’m just glad that we don’t make our livelihood from our herdshare and have the flexibility to be able to share milk with the little one it belongs to. πŸ™‚

  3. This was a beautiful tribute to raw milk amd all the glorious things it can become!! I buy raw milk from a co-op right now, but a milk cow will be one of the first thibgs we invest in once we own land! πŸ˜€ already learned how to make a lot of those things!! Nothing like eating colby cheese on potatoes or pizza that you made yourself!! Love love love!!! Im in love with my future Jersey girl and I dont even know her name yet! Ha! πŸ˜€

    1. Oh my Emily! You will LOVE having your own cow! Best part of homesteading in my opinion! It is amazing at how much nutrition they can contribute to the your supply. And of course it tastes amazing, but forget all that, they are such a blessing to work with! I love all my girls dearly! May your Jersey girl be closer in your future than you hope! πŸ™‚

  4. Great read! As I sit here reading and enjoying a bowl of homemade raw cottage cheese and a big glass of raw milk from my beautiful loving Jersey cow. πŸ™‚

  5. While I respect anyone’s desire to drink raw milk if that’s what they want, it’s not for me. A close friend developed fatal liver cancer, as it turned out 6 other people did who participated in the same raw milk share. I’m not saying that the milk caused the cancer; it’s just too sore of an emotional subject for me.