It doesn’t happen all too often, but every few months life gets the best of us, and we let a gallon or two of raw milk go past it’s through date.
Yesterday morning, I pulled open the fridge and reassured myself that I had several gallons left to last this week with the kids. Until…. I realized that all but one gallon had expired – like 7 or 8 days ago.
When I pick up milk at the farm, I always tell the kids to use the oldest date first.. but something tells me that they don’t always listen to my advice. Hence the reason we have a few gallons that are a week past their date.
My husband enjoys drinking raw milk just as much as we do, and he starts to panic when he sees a past date on his milk – but unlike pasteurized milk, there really isn’t any room for worry.
These two gallons of sour raw milk (milk that has gone past it’s use by date) are still usable and perfect to use in the kitchen. Unlike pasteurized milk, that goes putrid and must be thrown out, raw milk is still incredibly useful. Incorporate it in your baking, cheese or yogurt-making and you’ll find that it’s almost impossible “not” to use up these gallons.
Why such a huge difference?
Pasteurized milk is dead food – it has been heated to a point that the enzymes and probiotics have been killed, and thus is a huge food borne illness in terms of consumption, and must be thrown when it reaches it’s “use by” date.
Raw milk, on the other hand, is full of beneficial bacteria, enzymes and probiotics – when it goes past it’s through date, it means that the probiotics have started the use up the lactose – as a result, the milk will no longer taste quite as sweet.
But… it is still quite usable in the kitchen. Or garden. Or if you have pets. 😉
Those enzymes and probiotics are so good for your gut – and can actually help your body in many ways.
This sour milk (milk past it’s due date) is still safe to drink, and is even better for you because it now has even more beneficial bacteria (probiotics) – those probiotics have initiated a fermentation.
So what do you do with this milk? There are SO many ways to use it… here are a few that we have used in our home.
Use it to make kefir
Use it to make homemade yogurt (in your Instant Pot)
Use it to make a Raw Milk Kefir Smoothie
Make this easy 2-ingredient sourdough french bread
Use the cream off the top to make homemade butter
Use it to make banana bread
Use it in place of buttermilk in recipes you have for muffins and breads
Raw Milk makes amazing sour cream
Use it to feed your pets (they love raw milk!)
Make this easy 2-ingredient strawberry smoothie
Use it to make Grain-Free Kefir Brownies
Grab popsicle molds and use it to make Raw Milk Popsicles
Use it in place of sour cream to make Blueberry Muffins
Use up in this easy Milk and Honey Cornbread
Use it to make this homemade milk soap without lye (substitute breast milk for raw milk)
Raw milk makes excellent Kefir, which can be used for Sourdough Bread
This list could go on and on – do you have any more I can add?