Skip to comments.Grass-Fed Milk: Better Than Organic?
Posted on 08/02/2014 9:45:30 PM PDT by Olog-hai
Move over, organic milk. Health-conscious consumers are increasingly choosing a new bovine beverage: Grass-fed milk.
Derived from cows fed mostly grassnot corn or soythe pricey beverage is capturing a growing market share among consumers, The Wall Street Journal reports. [ ]
Branded Grassmilk, it has cream on top and is lightly pasteurized with heat. A half-gallon sells for close to $6, more than a dollar more than the average price of organic milk and more than double the price of traditional milk.
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I gotta try at least once!
I recently got back from Mongolia, where I had a bunch of fresh dairy products from open-pastured cows.
One night in particular, I was given some warm milk to drink that made me feel just wonderful.
I have gone long periods of time without drinking milk, but since this trip I have been really attracted to it.
That milk from grass-fed cows sounds great. Some of those cows will probably be pent up and fed hay, but others probably get to openly pasture, and have a much healthier and happier life.
My friends from Vermont tell me that happy cows make the best milk.
I realize in the 40s and 50s I was but a lad but did we not drink GRASS fed milk from cows?
(Or are they referring to todays ‘grass’ crop?)
Kind of like Margarine was the answer to expensive butter.
Remember squeezing the ‘ink’ bulb so as to give it some color so you wouldn’t think you were eating raw lard?
Kind of ironic that (at least for awhile) Butter was as cheap as Margarine....
Then again don’t forget the ‘Amazing invention’ Vegetable Oil Spread which has the same characteristics as plastic??
Happy dogs make the best pets.
Think this is great for people who can’t get raw milk. I am able to buy grass fed organic raw milk for $6 1/2 gallon. I make kefir from it. You can buy organic ultra pasteurized grass fed whole milk for about $4 1/2 gallon that will last aboit 2 months before it’s sour. Can that be good?
I would buy this lightly pasteurized product if I saw it
For my cereal etc. I bet it is good stuff.
There are many good things about naïve people spending extra money to buy basic goods. I live in Florida where we have many good restaurants, more than we deserve, due to the influx of snowbirds during “the season.”
” but did we not drink GRASS fed milk from cows?”
That’s what I was thinking too. I remember the milkman delivering, and popping off the cardboard cap, and drinking the cream on top! It was wonderful. As I said, I gotta try it at least once!
A happy wife makes a happy life....
True, but a tough row to hoe (NOT ho’).
Cows that eat what they were meant to eat - that they’ve been eating for thousands of years - what they are designed, with four stomachs to process their food with -
Why should we believe that the milk from grass fed cows would be better?
I am encouraged that more and more people are voting with their shopping choices - and we may be reaching a tipping point - the stores will stock what people buy. And regular super markets are stocking more and more ‘real’ foods...
Organic milk also lasts much longer in the frig - AND make perfect cottage cheese and whey, the latter of which is a perfect protein food for strength and muscles.
Instead of calling it ‘grassmilk’ how about REAL milk?
How long before the fed and their Shock Troops attack these farmers and shores that sell it -
It’s absolutely delicious. It tastes like milk used to taste back when I was a kid.
Pastured Grass-fed, organic, real (not pasteurized) milk is the only way to go.
We sold bulk milk in 10 gallon cans to the local producers creamery but we always held out enough for family use. We were a family of 7 and it took at least a gallon a meal, I cannot ever remember not having milk for a meal. Grass fed in the summertime, in winter hay and at milking time a mixture of ground corn and other grains. Raw milk is delicious right out of the cow or ice cold.
“Some of those cows will probably be pent up and fed hay...”
Hay is grass!
Far as I am concerned, all cows milk is “organic” and so is crude oil.
All cows eat grass when it’s available. Cows eat hay which is dried grass, and that is organic too.
If they ate dirt, they would still be organic.
I also think the planet has lost it’s ever lovin mind!
Can’t believe spell check let that one go by it..lol
If it is not pasteurized it is Real Milk. Grass-Fed is icing on the dairy cake.
I do not doubt this, but how does one determine a cow is happy?
Sure, all those milk cartons show some dopey looking cow with a photoshopped smile, but really? They never seemed overly expressive, just eat and defecate.
In the strictest sense of “organic,” you are correct. But here, “organic” generally means grown without chemical fertilizers and pesticides. What makes milk “not organic” is the cow feed - grass, hay, corn, grain - that may have been grown using chemical fertilizer or pesticides - and cows given growth hormones or antibiotics.
The type of cow and type of forage will have greater influence on the quality of milk than the ratio of grass to commercial feed.
I never remember any change in the fall. It was probably because the transition from grass to feed was not very abrupt.
Every time this subject comes up I get a chuckle, we’ve been raising cows on this ranch for over 100 years, you can’t get anymore organic than what we raise. They eat grass, weeds, prickly pear, mesquite beans, pond moss and anything else they can find. They lick the wellheads for the crude oil, eat the coil wire off my Ajax motors, thread protectors and old belts off of my pumping units.
Honestly, the milk in this country tastes like crap compared to what I've been able to drink abroad. What the heck happened to flavor?!? Down "South" of the equator, off the shelf, warm milk in a bag, good for 90 days tastes like fresh creamery milk and a gallon from the nearest supermarket here tastes closer to water by comparison.
Maybe the grass IS greener elsewhere...
(Divide prices by 1850)
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Wait till you get some milk from a cow that has gotten into a patch of wild onions! NASTY!
Milk just doesn't taste as good as it used to!
I grew up on a dairy farm. Not hard to tell when a cow is unhappy, neutral or happy—also fairly easy to discern what conditions make them feel those ways.They produce more milk when they aren’t stressed.
And naive spelled backwards is Evian, who got everyone to quit drinking tap water.
I grew up on a four generation family farm - built by my great grandfather in 1848.
Grampa would milk twice a day - we had twin Jerseys, high in butterfat.
Grampa would bring the milk pails up the house - where the day’s household milk was poured off and the rest went into the separator that sat in a corner of the ‘cook room.’
This ‘separated’ the cream from the milk. Some cream was kept out for things like coffee and making whipped cream for hot gingerbread.
The rest went into the cellarway for Friday’ butter churning. (I I had been ‘good’ and had done my ‘chores’, I got to help churn! ;)...)
The blueish, watery stuff left after the cream was separated out was put in the swill bucket for the pigs. (Now it’s sold as ‘low fat’ milk.)
Grammie would occasionally hold out some whole milk for making cottage cheese - which resulted in a separation of the milk fats from the whole milk, resulting in ‘curds and whey.’
Remember,, Little Miss Muffett ate BOTH her ‘curds and whey’. Grammie used the whey in soups, bread, etc.
today, athletes use whey for bulking up - and it works. it helps build/keep muscles - and strength. NOT just for athletes, but for anyone - as we lose 1% of muscle mass per year after 30, according to reports.
I’m a great-grandma - and just started making my own ‘curds & whey’ - takes about 5-7 minutes to cook down. I do 3 qts of whole milk at at time, which gives my a weeks worth of cottage cheese and whey. I mostly use the whey in one third to 2 thirds with V8 juice - and drink following exercise. I expected maybe to see some effect in a few weeks - I was floored to find a MARKED difference in just 24 hours. I can get up off chairs etc, and up stairs, MUCH easier! 2 weeks later, I find I can even RUN - something I haven’t been able to do for some years! - I won’t be doing any marathons anytime soon, but what a great feeling. Maybe I’ll even be able to take tub baths again - and be able to get OUT of the tub? (It was getting to a point where I was afraid my living alone & independence was coming to a close.)
I use Organic whole milk - and it DOES taste so good - can’t abide the ‘fat free’ stuff - nor ‘low fat’ cottage cheese. (It also doesn’t go sour in a few days! It will stay good for weeks. Like fresh organic eggs and vegetables fresh out of the garden.
Can I make butter from organic grass fed milk? Just wondering
So....it’s a good thing to drink milk from a potentially sick cow....OK....got it.
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within feet of the river. Have been sitting here watching the border
patrol patrolling in their riverboats all night and all morning..."
The cause of this has nothing to do with some magical properties of organic milk. Organic milk doesn't sell as fast as non-organic milk, and must be transported longer distances, so they have to increase its shelf life.
I love it when the anti-pasteurization crowd sings hosannas to organic milk because of its extended shelf life. The organic industry knows how to separate people from their money.
You like your steak with no marbling? If the beef doesn't have any fat (marbling) there is no place for the flavor to go when it is cooked, and it is lost. Lean beef is pretty flavorless, but people can, and will, convince themselves of just about anything.
Organic means NO fertilizer or pesticides? I don't think so. You should also be aware that many of the "natural" pesticides used by organic farmers are more toxic than the synthetic ones they avoid. All fertilizers are made from chemicals.
...and cows given growth hormones or antibiotics.
Since BGH doesn't survive the digestion process in humans, and the fact that bovine growth hormones can't dock with human growth hormone receptors, what is the problem with growth hormones? Also, do you think an organic farmer won't use antibiotics to treat a sick animal?
I agree. I grew up on raw whole milk from Suzie the cow. Delicious!
Interesting. I get raw Jersey milk now. Make kefir and occasionally kefir cheese and whey from it. Have also made paneer from regular milk.
you say - “but how does one determine a cow is happy? “
cows have feelings too ;)
Thanks...and also for your informative post above...I was raised on powdered milk...no wonder I didn’t like milk!
” I remember the milkman delivering, and popping off the cardboard cap, and drinking the cream on top!”
The milkman drank the cream off the milk he delivered to your home? Weird milkman; hopefully he was fired.
arrrgh - powdered milk is VILE
However, I used to sometimes get the ‘powdered milk’ that bakers use - now it’s available from places like Bob’s Red Mill - that is totally different. It needs to be mixed with a beater - then, after a few hours in the fridge, you cannot tell the difference from ‘real’ milk. (It can also be mixed with real milk.)
It’s a perfect storage item! and you can ‘dry can’ it - which would give it a shelf life of 20+ years. One bag will provide several quarts -