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Shelf life for raw milk?

post #1 of 30
Thread Starter 
How long will raw milk keep? We just purchased our first milk today.

Thank You

Molly
post #2 of 30
Mine has stayed good up to a week before starting to turn sour. It's still drinkable for a few days after that, but it won't be as sweet. Once it starts to turn you can also clabber it, or make cheese with it.
post #3 of 30
Wow only a week!? Do you get it long after milking? Ours is always good for about 2 weeks. I get it maybe the day after milking, and then about 2 weeks from there.

I've had goats milk for 16 days
post #4 of 30
Thread Starter 
Well ours is uber fresh so hopefully it will last a bit longer than a week.

Any cheese making advice if I decide to go that route?
post #5 of 30
It should last a *good* 10 days in the fridge.
post #6 of 30
Depends.
Thunderstorms make milk turn. Weird
How clean everything is makes a huge difference. I like everything the milk comes in contact with to be sterilized.

We like to drink milk up to a week old, after that it all for cooking. Milk that has turned can make wonderful rice puddings and the such.
post #7 of 30
Ours usually last about 2 weeks. The last day or two it tastes a bit off, but not bad.
post #8 of 30
Well, I keep saying this on here, but no one seems to either notice, or believe me. Not sure which.
My raw milk lasts 4 weeks (or more, because it is always gone by then).

The farmer we get milk from lives about an hour's drive away, so we take a large cooler, buy 4 gallons, put two bags of ice over the top, and drive an hour away. And it stays fresh (and I have no tolerance for yucky stuff) for a month. Maybe more, but I've never kept any around longer than that.

The secret? The farmer says to keep it COLD. Get a thermometer, he told us, and keep the milk in the coldest part of the fridge. Keep the fridge at no warmer than 38 degrees, and colder is better. I keep my fridge just above freezing so my eggs don't freeze.

I could never stand to drink store bought milk after about two days, because my nose is so sensitive, I could tell it was "off" long before anyone else in the family could.

But, I tell ya, if you want to keep your milk fresh, keep it cold.

Also, when you go to pour it, take it out, pour it, put it immediately back in the fridge, and close the door.

He said that every hour the milk spends above 38 degrees takes a full day off the life of it.

Ok, I promise I won't tell that story anymore. Sorry. But I love my raw milk!
post #9 of 30
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Originally Posted by PeggyinNC View Post
Well, I keep saying this on here, but no one seems to either notice, or believe me. Not sure which.
My raw milk lasts 4 weeks (or more, because it is always gone by then).

The farmer we get milk from lives about an hour's drive away, so we take a large cooler, buy 4 gallons, put two bags of ice over the top, and drive an hour away. And it stays fresh (and I have no tolerance for yucky stuff) for a month. Maybe more, but I've never kept any around longer than that.

The secret? The farmer says to keep it COLD. Get a thermometer, he told us, and keep the milk in the coldest part of the fridge. Keep the fridge at no warmer than 38 degrees, and colder is better. I keep my fridge just above freezing so my eggs don't freeze.

I could never stand to drink store bought milk after about two days, because my nose is so sensitive, I could tell it was "off" long before anyone else in the family could.

But, I tell ya, if you want to keep your milk fresh, keep it cold.

Also, when you go to pour it, take it out, pour it, put it immediately back in the fridge, and close the door.

He said that every hour the milk spends above 38 degrees takes a full day off the life of it.

Ok, I promise I won't tell that story anymore. Sorry. But I love my raw milk!
Thanks Peggy! Now I am excited! I took a cooler and put two bags of ice over my milk. The farm I went to is an hour and a half away. I keep my fridge super cold and that is where I am keeping the milk. Maybe it will last a long time that way!
post #10 of 30
well good for you if you can keep milk for 4 weeks! hasn't happened to me, but I have made cheese out of it that old.

I always keep mine cold, with ice in transport.

Now my goat's milk will last a bit over two weeks
post #11 of 30
We can keep milk weeks AS LONG as the jar isnt opened.
post #12 of 30
My raw goat's milk seems to last 2-3 weeks after milking. However, I make all of it into Kefir so I don't know at what point it starts going sour because the kefir is so sour anyways
post #13 of 30
thanks PeggyinNC for your post.

I recently started drinking raw milk and after reading on this forums on various threads I kept 1 gallon in the freezer as soon as I came home. My other 1 gal was in the fridge and I finished drinking with in a week.

Now, I think I made a huge mistake in keeping one gal in the freezer as now I'm thawing and drinking it just taste AWFUL. Well, it doesn't taste anything and top of that there are these little grains types of things...I just hate it.

Does anyone here have the same problem with the raw milk once it's been frozen? I'm just so dissapointed with the frozen one....next time no freezing for me. Now I'm using that gal in cooking and making desert.
post #14 of 30
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Originally Posted by noorjahan View Post
Does anyone here have the same problem with the raw milk once it's been frozen? I'm just so dissapointed with the frozen one....next time no freezing for me. Now I'm using that gal in cooking and making desert.
If you ferment it into kefir using kefir grains it gives it a long shelf life and can actually boost its vitamin content if you ripen it at room temperature. I'd consider doing that with an extra gallon if you want to get as much nutrition out of it as possible.
post #15 of 30
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Originally Posted by noorjahan View Post
thanks PeggyinNC for your post.

I recently started drinking raw milk and after reading on this forums on various threads I kept 1 gallon in the freezer as soon as I came home. My other 1 gal was in the fridge and I finished drinking with in a week.

Now, I think I made a huge mistake in keeping one gal in the freezer as now I'm thawing and drinking it just taste AWFUL. Well, it doesn't taste anything and top of that there are these little grains types of things...I just hate it.

Does anyone here have the same problem with the raw milk once it's been frozen? I'm just so dissapointed with the frozen one....next time no freezing for me. Now I'm using that gal in cooking and making desert.
I think I heard something about you cannot mix the cream back in well after freezing.
post #16 of 30
I froze a half-gallon of raw milk early on, and I hated the texture and the taste. I was told that the fat globules explode when it's frozen, so it becomes sort of separated after it's thawed.

Well, I get my raw milk from OP at the co-op, so it must be a few days old already when I get it. Tomorrow I'm picking up my first gallon of raw goat's milk straight from the farm, so I'll see how long that lasts. I'll turn down the temp in my fridge tonight just to be sure!
post #17 of 30
raw goat milk freezes most excellently. I just leave it on the counter, shake occasionally, and the next day I have delicious milk. I have heard many times that cow's milk doesn't fare so well, though.
post #18 of 30
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Originally Posted by kbchavez View Post
raw goat milk freezes most excellently. I just leave it on the counter, shake occasionally, and the next day I have delicious milk. I have heard many times that cow's milk doesn't fare so well, though.
REALLY? This could totally help me out. So if I bought a bunch I could freeze the latter next weeks worth so I could buy every other week? This could work for me, and my gas tank! Does it still taste good out of the glass?
post #19 of 30
Don't mean to hi-jack this thread but, can you still drink raw milk if you are intolerant of whole milk? I can eat all types of diary without a problem, but whole milk tears me up. Should I skim the cream off the top?
post #20 of 30
I bought 9 gallons of raw goat's milk 3 weeks ago and put lots of those gallons in the freezer. They thaw out beautifully Next time I go I will get a few more gallons. It's a long boring drive out there with 3 kids in the backseat!
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