I have but I really don't recall the taste. When I would spend the weekend at my best friend's house I had it there; they raised their own beef as well as had a milk cow. The only things I remember are they used to put cream on their cereal (I didn't like it) and having milk right after the cow has been milked (I didn't like that either)...I think it's because they were too rich (we drank a lot of powdered milk mixed with regular milk when I was growing up). I'd love to try raw milk again
Yes, I have tasted raw milk. My daughter "owned" a portion of a milk cow and got her milk from it. It does taste different and would take some getting use to, but if the day ever comes where we have to go back to self-sufficient living, milk cows will become popular again. ...And then you've got to know how to take care of one, sanitation steps, etc. :)
I have never had fresh cows milk but i have had fresh goats milk and it is so good! The goats milk you cool quickly in a sink full of ice water and it is the sweetest most wonderful milk i have ever drunk! I did try some goats milk from the store and it does taiste aweful! the secret im told is to cool it quickly before refrigeration also goats milk does not have to be pasturized something about the size of the milk globules makes it easer than cows milk for digestion or people and critters which is why almost any mammal babie can be raised on it.
Ohhhh, the cheese is to die for. Definitely. That's interesting about cooling it down quickly. I've never had goat's milk at all. A goat would take up less room than a cow though. And be cheaper to feed I guess. Being smaller. But a cow won't climb on your car or your roof. I'm just in the thinking stages right now.
Glenda, I agree. If I had a milk cow she would be so spoiled rotten. She'd have a nice comfortable barn for bad weather. And some sort of "designer" cow bell. And maybe a hat. I would want a Jersey cow.
We used to buy raw cow's milk when we lived in Washington State where it was legal to sell it. When we moved back east we found a source of it for our son, who had a lot of allergies. They weren't allowed to sell it purposely for human consumption but of course they had no control over what you did with it once it left their premises, and they kept everything clean and sanitary. We also raised dairy goats for a long time. As long as there's no buck around the milk is just fine. I used to make my own cheeses, too. But that was before I was turned onto chèvre, so I'd probably make a softer variety if I were doing it now. Mine were hard little rounds but very good.
You could get a miniature Dexter cow. They have them for beef & milk. They are usually 40 inches or less. They are also very cute. We were discussing them on facebook. You can find info on them by doing an internet search...miniature dexter cow (I don't have the link handy).
Once upon a time we had a goat, then three, and just didn't have quite enough milk. So we bought a Jersey/Guernsey cross, and were flooded with four gallons a day. churning butter, learning to make cheese, selling one gallon every other day to one neighbor. Then we bought a pig to drink all the extra milk. I gained about three pounds every week, no joke.
Then we wanted to go someplace for a whole day, and asked a friend to milk,( every 12 hours, period.) The friend got mixed up about when, and the unmilked milk turned into cheese inside the cow, and it was the vet and hassles and expense, and a pig that was hungry.
The goat's milk was good for about three hours outside the animal. The next day it was beyond gross, smelling and tasting like old dead goat hair. And the goats got loose one day, and ate all the bark off the apple trees, killing the trees.
Loreen, thank you for the link! I will read it right away. ...No, no cow yet. My husband tells me that when he dies, my next husband will love to have a cow. I've got news for him; there will not be another husband (I have a wonderful husband who I'm crazy about; there won't be another one!)...and I WILL have farm animals! ;) LOL ...I'm too old and set in my ways to start training another husband! ;) heehee