Tag Archive: dairy

Learning to Make Milk Kefir

Ready to stick in the cupboards overnight.

KEEF-uhr. Keh-FEER! Keff–ur? Urr… Whatever you want to call it, this is a must-make staple of a Real Foods diet. Delicious dairy cultured with these curious little clusters of “grains” I kept hearing about — I had been dying to get my hands on some for quite a while. I’d mastered my first weird homemade…

What to Do When You Can’t Get Raw Milk

Choose wisely!

I am relatively certain that I live in the most difficult area in the entire world to gain access to raw (read: REAL) milk. Not only is it completely, totally illegal to sell in my state (via retail OR farm sales, for humans or pets), but alternative legal loopholes such as herd shares are virtually…

Meet Our Very First Dairy Sheep, Dorothy!

Well, that didn’t take long, now did it? The last time (just last week!) we covered our quest to raise our own dairy animals for fresh, raw milk, we had but one dwarf goat — a sweet, shy little thing who really had no chance of providing milk for us as she’s not pregnant, and…

Meet Our Little Dairy Dwarf, Goatie

This post is so overdue! But, I wanted to write up my stance on REAL milk (versus that nasty crap you find in the store), and the reason we need a dairy animal in the first place before I introduced everyone to sweet little Goatie. Isn’t she precious? This is our Nigerian dwarf goat we…

What’s In My Milk? Part Three: War

Given the striking differences between commercial milk you’ll find in the grocery store, and real, fresh milk which comes from a farm, the healthy choice between the two is obvious. We want to avoid processed dairy, which is filled with pus, antibiotics, and other chemicals — and instead choose raw milk teeming with all those…

What’s In My Milk? Part Two: Real (Raw) Milk

Last week we discussed how real dairy doesn’t come from abused cows in CAFO’s, with repulsively giant, drugged-up udders, seeping pus and antibiotics into the milk. So, where does real milk come from, then? Responsible farmers know that the cow is an herbivore, designed to live on grass. A real dairy farmer would never feed…

What’s In My Milk? Part One: Industrialized Dairy

Got $23 million dollars a year to spend on celebrity endorsements and a national ad campaign? The dairy industry does! Commercial dairy farmers Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations are surely, and not-so-slowly, monopolizing the world of milk. Straight from the cow’s mouth: There were 65,000 milk cow operations in 2009 compared to 97,460 in 2001, a…

I Think I Just Made Yogurt…

  Yesterday, I dug a little deeper into the world of real, homemade food. Somewhere I honestly would have never thought to go before. I’m pretty sure I made… yogurt. I mean, yogurt is kind of one of those things that you just assume you need to buy from the store. But from the various…