Raw Milk, Allergies and Health


Posted by Annie in Organic on January 22, 2010

Apparently, my little column created a minor stir last week, when Nature’s Whole Food Depot actually sold out of Organic Pastures Raw Milk. I know this, because I sent my husband on a special errand down the hill to pick up some raw milk. 

Get it straight from the cow.

When he arrived they told him they don’t understand why, but they ran out, which rarely happens. I was very disappointed. So, today my husband stopped to pick some up for me, I was glad they still had some on the shelves. I’m guessing I wasn’t the only person in the area who was missing their raw milk. 

You can image how happy I am to report that their price is actually less than Save Mart was selling it for – a lot less. It’s affordable now – if you aren’t huge milk drinkers. 

I used to buy raw milk exclusively but it just got too expensive for us. We don’t drink a lot of milk here. A half a gallon lasts us for about two weeks. I’m the person seen practically climbing into the refrigerator at the market digging for the latest possible date on the milk. I refuse to drink milk past the expiration date. I don’t care if it’s still okay. Trust me; we dump a lot of milk. 

Raw milk is only fresh four or five days after it’s opened. Well, I would be so excited to finally have some in the house that I would open it up right away. Then it would sit in the refrigerator until it started to turn. 

The milk is still perfectly useable even after it begins to turn. I can’t drink it then but I made the boys a pseudo version of kefir and they really liked it. I like to use it for pancakes, battered fish, onion rings and other recipes that call for buttermilk. Unfortunately, I’m not always that organized to plan ahead like that. We normally ended up dumping a great deal of it. 

What can I do with warm or soured raw milk?
Soured raw milk is still a vitally nutritious product and should be cultured for optimal flavor and taste. If you find yourself with a container of souring milk, just put in some live culture (some yogurt or store bought kefir starter, then set the product out for 24 hours at 80-85 degrees. The resulting food is wonderful, delicious, digestible, and highly nutritious. In most countries this is how people drink their milk. Our great grandparents called it Clabbered milk. Other raw milk and raw dairy recipes are available by calling OPDC at 1-877-RAW MILK.

I realized we were just pouring good money down the drain. So, we went back to drinking dead milk, only because it has such an extended shelf-life. It was so nice when it was available at the Twain Harte Market. We were real disappointed when they stopped carrying it. I’d be happy if I could buy it a quart or pint at a time, instead of having to purchase an entire half gallon. 

On a brighter note, as my son was getting ready to leave Nature’s Whole Food Depot, he happened to notice they are not carrying raw chocolate milk. I can hardly wait to try it. I’m so excited. 

I happened to notice awhile back that Organic Pastures carries raw cream in the pint size. Maybe I can talk them into making it available in that size. Then I could buy two at a time, but only open one, making it last longer.  It’s worth a try.

Let me take this opportunity to encourage you to drink raw milk. If you haven’t tried it, you are really missing out on a good thing. The health benefits are worth the drive and the expense. For those who love raw milk, don’t get lazy and buy homogenized, pasteurized, dead milk – especially if you are an allergy sufferer – just because it’s handy. 

“Raw dairy is a super health food and should never be kept back from the public access.”  ~Shawn Dady

Writing this made me thirsty, so I ran into the kitchen for a nice cold glass of milk. There is nothing like fresh organic raw milk. I still have trouble calling this raw milk. When I grew up, the only milk we had was raw, fresh and delicious. It would have never occurred to us to label our milk “raw”. 

Good to the last drop!

Speaking of allergies – perhaps you’ve heard that the new Sonora Allergy Center is holding its Grand Opening on Ground Hog’s Day, February 2,2010.  This is exciting news for Tuolumne County residents; Dr. Andrew K. Hall has purchased the counties first allergy therapy laser. The good news is that this laser doesn’t treat your symptoms or attempt to cover them up, it totally eliminates them. 

According to some experts drinking raw milk can actually cure some allergies too. Wouldn’t it be terrific to simply drink a glass of milk, instead of enduring weekly or month shots and over-the-counter meds, searching for relief from your symptoms? Honestly, it just sounds too good to be true to me, but it wouldn’t totally surprise me. I notice a huge difference in my own body’s response to drinking raw milk. 

Let’s make sure Nature’s Whole Food Depot has to double their raw milk section. They receive their milk shipment on Tuesday late afternoon. So, be sure to get there before they are sold out. I know we’ll be stopping in on Tuesdays. I just wish they received their shipment at 2 p.m. instead of after 4 p.m. but I’ll deal with it. 

See you there.

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Making of America Seminar


Posted by Annie in Activities, Tuolumne County on January 19, 2010

I just received the following notice by e-mail. This is all the information I have, so please contact The Sonora Glenn Beck Meetup Group for additional details.

“I am affiliated with Cornerstone Family School here in Tuolumne County, and I am the coordinator for the Making of America seminar, which will be held on February 27th, 2010.

Common Sense

I am writing to give you more information about the seminar. The tickets are $15/person and $40/ family. The price includes lunch, and a 135 page workbook. The family price includes one workbook, but additional workbooks will be available for sale at the seminar for $5/each.

The seminar is all day 8:30 a.m. unti 4:30 p.m. and will be held on the Sierra Bible Church campus.

At this time we are just beginning to get tickets out to various groups in the area. I would be happy to assist you in reserving a place. I am eager, also, to find groups where we could make the tickets available, or for help getting the word out. You can reach me at (209) 533-1320 or e-mail Anne Jimenez at ajimenez1@mindspring.com, for further details.

In Liberty,
Denise Healy”

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It’s Raining Cats & Dogs!


Posted by Annie in Outdoors on January 19, 2010

Ok, you’ve got me! It’s not actually raining cats and dogs, but last night it sure sounded like it. We had so much hail come down, so fast and so heavy, that the ground was covered.

We got hammered hard last night. The hail was still blanketing the ground this morning. It looked like it had snowed here. We had about half an inch of hail covering our deck this morning. They were good size hail balls too.

Today, it snowed hard for a couple of hours but nothing stuck. The snow stopped but the rain has continued to fall at regular intervals. I expect we’ll get some snow accumulation tonight but it won’t be that big of a deal. (Let’s see if I’m right.) 

No, I’m not a weather man, I’m not married to one and I don’t play one on television. We’ve just lived here in Twain Harte long enough that you get a feel for the weather this time of year. 🙂

The hubby says they are predicting a foot of snow fall tonight, with accumulations of up to 3 feet of snow at 5,000 feet. It could happen I suppose.

While, I’ve read that some Motherlode residents have lost power during the storm last night, fortunately, we haven’t experienced any outages at this time. We can normally expect to lose our electric power at least twice during the winter season. My Motherlode reports… 

PG&E Spokesperson Nicole Liebelt says crews have restored a majority of the 4,400 customers that went without power this morning in the Angels Camp, Murphys and Glencoe areas.

Meanwhile, 150 customers in the Jamestown/Rawhide Road area are in the dark due to a downed power line and full restoration is not expected until approximately 6:30pm.

If you are planning to make the drive to Twain Harte, drive safely, there have been quite a few weather-related accidents. So, slow down, take your time. Remember to carry chains — just in case we do get snow that decides to hang around.

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