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Month: December, 2012

Raw Milk – My 2 Cents (or $10 bucks…)

I have previously been skeptical in regards to the amazing benefits of raw milk consumption.  I know that pasteurization kills milk and basically makes it pointless to drink but all the other hype didn’t really catch my eye.  In the spirit of trying new things and attempting a more healthful lifestyle, I began to consume raw milk about 6 months ago.  At $10 per gallon at my local co-op I still wasn’t completely convinced it was worth it, after all we don’t really need to consume dairy products and the paleo purists would be tisk-tisking me for certain.

My son has eczema, asthma and autism – the trifecta of medical conditions that frequently occur simultaneously.   I recently read about the benefits of raw milk in asthmatics as well as people who have frequent eczema outbreaks.  I thought that fall would be a great time to try him out on it.  I introduced it slowly, starting with raw cream in his grass-fed, local pasteurized milk.  Over a period of several months I moved him over to raw whole milk.  Wow! What a change, his eczema is nearly gone and he had these little warty-looking skin tags that are going away as well.  And the asthma? Haven’t used a rescue inhaler or meds in over a month.  Is it a coincidence?  I really don’t know, it’s way too early to tell but I am hopeful.  Additionally, he was visiting at a family member’s house a few days ago and consumed CAFO dairy and voila, an eczema outbreak.  I know, I know; correlation does not equal causation but it does give one pause to think.  I’ll keep you posted.   By the way, if you are curious as to where we get our milk, it’s Jackie’s Jersey Milk and we buy it through our local co-op.  Happy hunter-gathering paleoish peeps!

 

Cheers!

Carmen

Cheese and More Cheese

Well, today I went to the library and picked up the Idiots Guide to Cheese Making.  I have wanted to make my own cheese out of raw milk for quite a while but quite honestly the task seems fairly daunting.  My hope is that reading up on the subject will put some anxiety at ease and let me enjoy the whole process.  Hoping I will have a “my first cheese” post by the end of the month.  Speaking of cheese:

As a Paleo-ish gal, I am a huge fan of Kerrygold Dubliner cheese.  Its grass fed Irish goodness!  Tonight I made a super happy discovery.  I have been thinking of a way to get some sort of crispy “crust for various things.  I found that you can fan fry slices of Dubliner and it crisps into a nice little chewy cheesy “crust”.  Super awesome sauce for sure, actually, now I suppose I must come up with some sort of paleo-friendly awesome sauce.  But, that’s for another day.

Happy hunter-gathering Paleo-ish peeps.

Cheers!

Carmen

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