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What to do with leftover raw skim milk

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Created February 22, 2013 at 1:47 AM

After making butter out of the cream from my raw milk, what can I do with the leftover skim milk? It's pretty gross by itself without the fat, so I usually end up just letting our cats drink it.

It's too expensive to keep doing this, but I LOVE the taste of the homemade raw butter that I can make from it. I have to pay $6/half gallon to get raw milk as well as drive 2 hours away to get it. So really, I'm paying $6 for less than a full pound of butter.

Is there any nutritional benefit for keeping the skim milk around? Should I continue to get rid of it? I can't imagine even 100 years ago that people threw away perfectly good milk after taking all the cream off.

62fafa8cb15af7c562fa8c270f7b6174

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on February 23, 2013
at 02:53 AM

I am not a very sophisticated gardener, it does pretty well in my 50 gallons of container garden.

34f00c7b4e5738cf04ead1a012a14ed1

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on February 22, 2013
at 07:47 PM

What a fantastic idea! Can it completely replace fertilizer for my vegetable garden?

61f9349ad28e3c42d1cec58ba4825a7d

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on February 22, 2013
at 05:29 PM

Yes! Milk saved my carrots (literally)!

34f00c7b4e5738cf04ead1a012a14ed1

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on February 22, 2013
at 03:58 AM

But I should probably start venturing into yogurt/kefir making! That sounds like an excellent idea.

34f00c7b4e5738cf04ead1a012a14ed1

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on February 22, 2013
at 03:57 AM

I have. It's illegal to sell raw cream in my state since the law considers it "a processed product". Only raw milk is legal. (And raw cheese, as long as it's aged and NOT sold directly from the farmer.)

34f00c7b4e5738cf04ead1a012a14ed1

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on February 22, 2013
at 02:11 AM

Alas. I have no pigs. :( I wonder if the farm I buy from will buy back the skim milk? It's technically illegal in my state to sell raw milk 'products' - ie. cream, butter, cheese (unless aged) but the the milk itself is legal. So dumb.

34f00c7b4e5738cf04ead1a012a14ed1

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on February 22, 2013
at 02:05 AM

I wish we had the space for pigs! The farm we get our milk from is primarily a pork farm, and all of their pork is milkfed. It's the juiciest, most tender pork I've ever eaten.

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62fafa8cb15af7c562fa8c270f7b6174

on February 22, 2013
at 06:00 AM

Dilute it and water your garden, or just put a cup in the water for your house plants.
This is what I did last summer, the plants love it. Internet search for this, you'll find farms that have conducted studies and found it improved their yields.

61f9349ad28e3c42d1cec58ba4825a7d

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on February 22, 2013
at 05:29 PM

Yes! Milk saved my carrots (literally)!

62fafa8cb15af7c562fa8c270f7b6174

(619)

on February 23, 2013
at 02:53 AM

I am not a very sophisticated gardener, it does pretty well in my 50 gallons of container garden.

34f00c7b4e5738cf04ead1a012a14ed1

(996)

on February 22, 2013
at 07:47 PM

What a fantastic idea! Can it completely replace fertilizer for my vegetable garden?

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61844af1187e745e09bb394cbd28cf23

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on February 22, 2013
at 02:03 AM

Throw it in the blender with frozen strawberries or berries and make the occasional smoothie. Add it to potatoes or sweet potatoes when mashing. Add it to soups to make them creamy. Lots of options!

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2e6e673ce3eb647407d260d4d57a731b

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on February 22, 2013
at 05:27 PM

im thinking of making it into yogurt, and add an egg yolk or two for every cup to make up for the lack of fat

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on February 22, 2013
at 03:53 AM

Make it into raw yogurt or kefer and then you can use it that way or drain (and save) the whey. You can make yogurt cheese. I ferment mine and feed it to my chickens. They love it! There is a killer grain free cereal on "the healthy home economist" web site. It is made from almonds, yogurt, honey and coconut flour. The bomb!(....so good in fact that I can't make it) The farm I get my milk from sells just cream. Have you inquired if your farm does that?

34f00c7b4e5738cf04ead1a012a14ed1

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on February 22, 2013
at 03:58 AM

But I should probably start venturing into yogurt/kefir making! That sounds like an excellent idea.

34f00c7b4e5738cf04ead1a012a14ed1

(996)

on February 22, 2013
at 03:57 AM

I have. It's illegal to sell raw cream in my state since the law considers it "a processed product". Only raw milk is legal. (And raw cheese, as long as it's aged and NOT sold directly from the farmer.)

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32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

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on February 22, 2013
at 03:33 AM

Make ricotta, or other simple cheese (add acid and heat). That of course, defeats the 'raw' character of it. If you want 'raw', just drink it.

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4debe57f81d507bcb844f10b2ef38a83

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on February 22, 2013
at 02:08 AM

The buttermilk (the watery portion of the cream) is delicious. Thin, but the buttermilk I have had from raw milk is already slightly cultured and very tasty.

But I think you are asking about the gallons of milk that your cream was in before you skimmed it off? Feeding to pigs is a good idea... and a traditional use. Maybe you can find someone who raises them and would trade you a little pork.

Some of the uses for whey (leftover product of cheesemaking) might work for skim milk as well. http://www.theprairiehomestead.com/2011/06/16-ways-to-use-your-whey.html

34f00c7b4e5738cf04ead1a012a14ed1

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on February 22, 2013
at 02:11 AM

Alas. I have no pigs. :( I wonder if the farm I buy from will buy back the skim milk? It's technically illegal in my state to sell raw milk 'products' - ie. cream, butter, cheese (unless aged) but the the milk itself is legal. So dumb.

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32d059a467e99a4fc83201407a4a238d

on February 22, 2013
at 01:59 AM

Trade your cats in for some pigs. Milkfed pork is delicious. :)

In all seriousness, here's a link to some good ideas: http://naturalliving.livejournal.com/5373517.html

34f00c7b4e5738cf04ead1a012a14ed1

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on February 22, 2013
at 02:05 AM

I wish we had the space for pigs! The farm we get our milk from is primarily a pork farm, and all of their pork is milkfed. It's the juiciest, most tender pork I've ever eaten.

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Ba7d64fa94eefcc8b0dd09627a9ec924

on September 20, 2013
at 10:53 PM

@Cherice Here is a blog post about skim milk leftover use http://www.slavicbeauty.net/619

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