Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Should you pasteurize milk?

I have an article up at Self-Reliant School about whether or not to pasteurize milk.

Hop on over and take a look.


  1. That, Patrice, was an extremely well written article. --ken

  2. I'm sure you've heard the old vulgarism about opinions, so keep that in mind. I tend to believe the fellow who said "pasteurization turns milk into a non-food, while homogenization turns it into a poison."

  3. "...anything in a pinch..." oh, that was bad, bad, bad. But, it made me laugh.
    Loved the article Patrice.


  4. Pretty much what Patrice says. I buy raw milk directly from the farmer who milks the cows.

  5. I can attest to the lactose intolerance claim. I can't drink pasteurized milk without having problems, but drink raw milk daily to my heart's content.

    1. With respect to you, while you drink it to your hearts content, the radio stations in my area have been running a P.S.A. for those having drank raw milk from a particular farm and how they need to call their doctor to be treated for a certain bacteria that can cause lifelong health issues.

      You may have never had issues with raw milk and I'm truly glad for that, but problems do happen. Percentage wise they may be small but when they do they affect a large number of people.

  6. Drinking unpasteurized milk is a crapshoot. But the real problem is not what an adult might choose to knowingly drink but that unpasteurized milk might get into the public food distribution system. That is the reason for regulations/laws to prevent that from happening.

    I ate lunch at a brand new restaurant last week. There was a state employee there from the state health department checking the cleanliness and cooking technique. This was right during their lunch meal. At first I thought "that seems over bearing" But then I realized that no, that is exactly what they should do to protect the public. Not all regulations are excessive or unnecessary. Some save lives.

  7. When I get my milk local (and raw) I do a home pasteurize on it, cause shit happens. But it not only still tastes so much better, it also significantly reduces issues with lactose that we both occasionally have.

  8. If I'm making ice cream or drinking the milk from my goats, I pasteurize it. If I'm making cheese, I don't. Any milk that my grandkids consume is pasteurized.