We live on 5 acres. We do not have a Cow and honestly do not know if a Cow is in our near future. I still wanted to be able to get milk from our local dairy farmer to support him!
Some of the main criteria I had when searching for a Dairy Farmer:
A lot of local farmers will sell you raw milk. You have to be careful as in some states this can be illegal. Where I live it is not. Now Raw Milk has many benefits and some risks. This post is not a debate on what type is better or what you should drink, there is plenty of research that you can find so you can make the best informed decision.
I wanted to make this post for those that want to support a local dairy farmer but want to pasteurize the milk vice drinking it raw. It is a very easy process that you can do at home if you are worried about raw milk. You can usually get a gallon of grass fed raw milk from a farmer at a much cheaper price than the grocery store. I pay $3 a gallon vice grocery store prices where organic and grass fed milk by the gallon would cost me over $5.
Okay so you have raw milk on hand, now you want to pasteurize it. Here is what you need:
The first thing you want to do is to make sure all your equipment is sanitized. You can boil the equipment or run it thru the dishwasher at high heat (this is what I do).
Place the stock pot on the stove pot and pour the milk in. Raise temperature to medium. You want to continually stir and don’t raise the temperature past medium as you can burn the milk.
The goal is to have the milk reach 165 Degrees F for 15 seconds. If the temperature dips below 165 Degrees F during those 15 seconds you have to restart the count again once the temperature is back at 165 Degrees F. Some people do low and slow method and have the milk reach 145 Degrees F for 30 minutes. I like the quicker process instead. (Make sure your thermometer is not touching the bottom or sides of the pot get an accurate reading by holding the thermometer in the middle of the milk to get an accurate reading).
Once the milk reaches 165 Degrees and you have counted 15 seconds remove your stock pot and place it in the sink filled with ice and water (don’t let any of the ice or water get into the stock pot). Keep styiring the milk while the pot is in the ice bath and cool it to 65 Degrees F. Once it is cooled pour it into your milk jugs (I like to use a stainless steel funnel for no spills). Then place in your refrigerator so it can cool further! That is it!
It is such an easy process and worth a small amount of extra time to be able to support a grass fed cow farmer, save money on quality milk, and reduce waste by reusing glass milk jugs when going to get milk! I hope these tips were helpful and encourage you to scope out your local dairy farmers and support them!