OK....as I was drinking my raw cow milk yesterday, an "off" taste reminded me of the state fair. So, as I was about to down the very end of my tall glass of raw milk, I noticed all these specks/flecks of brown at the bottom. Manure....right? I'm 35 weeks pregnant and wondering what to do with the rest of this milk....almost a gallon!
Wow... that's a good one...? I'm not sure what that could be. Have you called the farm you get it from to ask? It might just be dirt, but even so--I haven't found that in my milk.
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I would not worry too much about what is already done. Milk is amazing and the good bacteria can combat a LOT of bad. But you should probably not drink any more of it. Is it possible it wasn't strained right or the container wasn't super clean?
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Yes...I'm not going to drink it anymore. I live in a state where raw milk is not legal. I used to get wonderful raw goat milk from a highly reputable source. The goats don't produce much in the winter, so for the past few months I would get cow milk through a collective that would drive one state over, where it is legal, to bring back for a group of folks....also a very reputable source. The only problem is that they only make the trip every two weeks, so I was wanting more. I am nursing a toddler still, so craving the extra protein, I have supplemented with some raw cow milk that a friend referred me to. It is my own fault and I take complete responsibility, but I did not question the farmer and his practices or go visit the farm. I just ordered two gallons from the collective and will just cut down on my milk consumption until the goats start producing more again. I was craving a quart a day, easily....that's why I supplemented with this other farmer's milk. My toddler drank some of the brown specked milk too....he seems to be fine, I'm just more worried about the baby in vitro. I was perusing on the internet and read some horror stories about stillbirths and miscarriages caused by listeria. They say that there may not be any symptoms or very mild flu-like symptoms that may not appear for weeks. I drank raw milk through my first two pregnancies, but really screwed up by not checking out this farmer first.
i've been running a raw milk group for almost a decade. the farmer i get it from now runs a very dirty operation. we never get sick from it though-and i've drunk plenty of spoiled milk. i've been looking for a new farm for 2 years now with no luck! it's frustrating, the last farm i used was perfectly clean and the milk lasted 3 weeks.
the strainer that they strain milk through has a place for a paper filter to be clamped in it...probably the filter slipped. another possibility is iodine crystals....many farmers wash udders with an iodine solution.