slice of organic life :: raw milk

milk straight from the cow.  you mean...?  yup. i mean straight from the cow and into your glass...well maybe to the fridge first..  i recently started reading about the benefits of raw milk and finally took my first sip this past week!  i'll admit, i was a bit worried- i'm not much of a milk drinker to begin with.  but, with an open mind i gently poured my first glass of raw milk, gave it a sniff, and then took a gulp.  and, guess what?  it was delicious!  it taste just like milk- but so much better!  ‘wow’, i thought, 'this is what i've been missing out on all these years?'


think about it- we were really intended to drink milk raw.  since mankind began, we’ve been drinking raw milk!  in fact, raw milk is such a whole food, that you could literally live on it alone for the rest of your life. someone in the 1930's figured out that if they pasteurized milk, it would increase it’s shelf life- and therefore increase their profits.

pasteurization destroys healthy enzymes, diminishes vitamin content, denatures fragile milk proteins, destroys vitamins C, B12 and B6, kills beneficial bacteria, promotes pathogens and is associated with allergies, osteoporosis, heart disease and more.

most commercial milk comes from cows living in unsanitary conditions being fed special food with antibiotics in it to keep her healthy and hormones in it to push her to her ultimate limits of milk production.  and, guess what? all that stuff ends up in your glass of milk and right into your system.


ready to try it? start asking around- you most likely have a healthy dairy farm near you.  you can also check out real milk’s website for more info on how to find it.  all raw milk is not the same- so ask questions.  the cows should be grass fed (not grain) and have no hormones or antibiotics added to their food source.  the more organic, the better! for more great info visit raw-milk-facts.  now get to searching and find some real milk- and then, let us know about it!


here's a delicious raw milk smoothie recipe!
-2 cups raw milk
-1 tsp organic vanilla
-3 tbls raw honey
-your choice of fruit: strawberries, rasberries, blueberries, blackberries
blend until smooth and enjoy!



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  • Our family of 5 has been drinking raw milk from a local farmer in Berks County, Pa for 12 years & we LOVE IT. It is a privilege to have access to this wonderful, natural, sustainable product. Getting raw milk directly from the farm is the ultimate in buying local & I encourage everyone to call their local Ag Dept to find organic dairies who will sell to them. Great post!!!

  • I’ve been reading about nourishing traditional foods for about a year & just started drinking raw milk in June this year. It IS good! I’ve never been a milk drinker so I’m really changing . It just makes so much sense to me – eat REAL food as close to nature’s way as you can. AND milk sours but it doesn’t ‘putrify’ so you can learn to use the soured milk & be very economical too.

  • YES! I am a huge raw dairy proponent, I’ve been drinking raw milk for about 6 months consistently now (I’ve switched almost entirely to raw goat’s milk…yum!) and have never looked back. To echo what was said before me, Nourishing Traditions by Sally Falon is a great resource for all things raw and natural AND definitely keep your soured milk for buttermilk biscuits and pancakes! I make them about every other week and my room mates can’t get enough.
    There are tons of resources out there to find farm suppliers that provide safe, local, and delicious raw products. Mine even has meats, cheeses, eggs, baked goods, coffee…I hardly go to the store anymore :)
    Great post Bonnie….miss you!!

  • We started with raw milk about 3 years ago, ever since I found out I was pregnant. It has been great and I have all of my brothers and their family hooked on it as well. We have been making butter, ice cream, yogurt and anything else you can think of. You guys have to try it out and experience the difference yourself. We LOVE IT :)