Yesterday, I sold a Wensleydale with sage for half price, however the discount was for a great reason. It was for 7 litres of raw milk, all the way from Sophie the Jersey Cow who lives in Cygnet, Tasmania! How many people in the suburbs actually know the name of the cow that their milk comes from? Not many I bet.
My good friend Kate from Vegetable Vagabond dropped by on her way to Adelaide, and we haggled the deal in advance. The milk tastes absolutely delicious and definitely worth the discount that I gave her. Just a note, I pasteurized the milk before I made the cheese, as it still keeps the cream and milk separate, and I have never sold any raw milk cheese to friends and family!
Just look at all that wonderful cream floating on the top. Kate froze the milk before transportation, as it is no problem when defrosted. I am making Romano out of all this milk, which I am filming for another cheese making tutorial that will be ready over the weekend some time.
Anyway, even if raw milk has to come from Tassie, then so be it. It is difficult to come by at the best of times. What a treat!
Here are my thoughts on the raw milk issue that I wrote on The Greening of Gavin back in February this year.
Raw Milk Madness
So what is wrong with raw milk if the entire process is treated with respect? Probably nothing in my experience, however I don’t have a science degree in biology to be 100% authoritative on the subject so take my opinion with a grain of salt if that kind of attestation is required by you.
Raw milk is used in many countries throughout the world for cheese making including the large cheese producing countries of France, Italy, Greece, and Spain, and is considered safe to use in the USA if the cheese is matured for greater than 60 days. However this is not so in Australia. Talk about a nanny state or what!
I for one would use raw milk in cheese making at the drop of a had, only if I could get my hands on a fresh supply in my immediate area. Let the people choose for themselves. If they want to buy it, then let them. It certainly cannot be any worse than alcohol or tobacco which are legally sold.
Health authorities should get a little perspective. More people probably die from road accidents in a single hour in this country than get sick from drinking raw milk, yet they still let people drive. Grow up governments, and let people choose!
After all, it is very difficult to taint fresh raw milk with melamine now isn’t it? Just ask the Chinese.