My brother just asked me an interesting question to which I did not know the answer. A perfect PaleoHacks opp!
He is in Seattle and doesn't really have access to raw milk. So he got the next best thing... Non homogenized VAT pasteurized organic whole milk with a cream top from a local dairy farm.
Here's what he said to me:
Hey that milk comes in a glass bottle with a snap cap and the cream top is pretty thick. Some of the cream top sorta 'sticks' to the cap. When I shake it up it doesn't mix in that well and there's some little 'fat pieces' in the milk. Plus I don't want my kids to have to shake a slippery glass container like that. If I put it in a blender and mix it up and then pour it out, will that make it smooth and creamy or is that just like homogenization and therefore just as bad?
I'm really proud of my brother caring enough to make changes like this (he was buying 2% UltraPast Homogenized for his whole family) and I thought that was pretty cool of him to call and ask me that question. But I honestly didn't know what to tell him.
Anybody ever drink cream top VAT pasteurized whole milk? Does the cream top mix into the milk well? Should he open and immediately pour into his own milk container with a better lid? Should he blend it up?
Thanks in advance!
How does he not have access to raw milk in Seattle? It's everywhere around here. (ETA: Does he need suggestions on where to find some? Is he in the city? Surrounding area? Eastside?)
In my experience, if you mix up the milk, it just separates again. We just shake it before we pour, but I could see why he doesn't want small kids to do it.
Adding valuable comment:
If he works in Seattle, have him stop by Central Co-Op (aka Madison Market). The last time I was there they had 2 or 3 types of raw cows milk, at least one type of raw goats milk, and a bunch of different raw cheeses - cow, goat and sheep. The milk I bought from them was organic, raw, grass fed cows milk from Pride & Joy dairy. It's cream on top, but after shaking it this morning for BF's coffee, its still mixed and its been at least an hour. It'll separate again, but it should work for what he's looking for. http://madisonmarket.com
It'll separate again, but it might stay mixed up for several hours, so maybe he could do that in the morning and it'd get the kids through the day. Another option, if the opening of the jar is wide enough, would be to let the kids stir it with a wooden spoon instead of shaking it. That may leave some "fat pieces" in it, but you get used to those. The main thing is to stir it enough that you're not drinking cream today and skim milk tomorrow.
Homogenization is done by forcing the milk/cream through a tiny hole with high pressure, which forces the fat globules to break into smaller pieces to get through. I don't think a blender will do that (and you wouldn't want to if it could).
Maybe your brother could try decanting the milk into a more kid-friendly container?
Even if they do end up eating the cream separately from the milk, the milk itself still has plenty of good fat and is nowhere near equivalent to skimmed "milk" (try a taste test). Just think of the cream as an extra treat to enjoy - to my tastebuds it's not like regular cream, as it tastes sweeter, more milky.