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Is Organic Pastures raw milk really raw?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created June 17, 2013 at 4:53 PM

I've gotten Organic Pastures brand raw milk twice, and it looks and tastes just like conventional milk. No cream at the top, nuthin. Whereas the other day at Bristol Farms I saw another brand of raw milk and there was a thick layer of cream on top. Could I have been sold a scam?

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on December 12, 2013
at 03:10 AM

I had the same experience--looks white, not cream colored, no cream on top after 24 hours in fridge. No particular flavor or aroma--maybe not grass fed in December? Supposedly Not homogenized, Not Pasturized so why is it exactly like conventional whole milk? Thought maybe they sent me skim milk by accident...

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on October 02, 2013
at 03:42 AM

but it said on the bottle non-homogenized

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

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on July 29, 2013
at 02:30 AM

Obviously not a dairy farmer, probably never seen a cow in person either. ;)

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on June 17, 2013
at 08:59 PM

Indeed, to clarify, homogenization and pasteurization are completely different processes.

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on June 17, 2013
at 08:24 PM

and I have been to the farm and seen how fantastic the whole operation is, no way is it pasteurized or homogenized.

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32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

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on June 17, 2013
at 05:38 PM

Probably homogenized. Fluid milk also typically has the cream separated and then it is added back to the desired concentration.

72cf727474b8bf815fdc505e58cadfea

on June 17, 2013
at 08:59 PM

Indeed, to clarify, homogenization and pasteurization are completely different processes.

A048b66e08306d405986b6c04bf5e8e4

on October 02, 2013
at 03:42 AM

but it said on the bottle non-homogenized

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on June 17, 2013
at 06:09 PM

Mark McAfee (owner of Organic Pastures) is probably the highest profile advocate of raw (and unhomogenized) milk in the US. No, he is not selling pasteurized milk. That said, there are probably higher quality sources of milk in California, look around for a smaller farm. As for the creamline, depending on what the cows were eating (pasture health), what time of year, how recently the bottles were jostled, etc., the cream at the top will be more or less evident.

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on January 08, 2014
at 06:45 PM

Thanks for warning me about this. Wow! & Organic pastures sells their milk for $15/gallon or $9 for 1/2 gallon at Sprouts Farmer's Market. I feel dumb now, because I just bought a gallon 2 days ago from there.

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on November 25, 2013
at 05:12 PM

I had their raw butter recently and it was very pale yellow, instead of a deep orange. I checked their site, and yes indeed they do feed their cows 5 lbs of organic corn daily. Thankfully, it's organic, and RAW, not pasteurized or homogenized, which is why I buy their dairy products in the first place!

 During the colder months of December through 
February the grass does not grow as rapidly as it does in warmer months,
 which limits the amount of pasture for the cows to graze. During this 
natural seasonal dormant period, the cows are supplemented more with 
baled organic alfalfa. As an additional supplement feed, OPDC cows are given about 5 pounds per day of organic corn or oats.

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on June 17, 2013
at 08:23 PM

I buy Raw milk from organic pastures quite often and if you let it sit in your fridge for a few hours the cream does rise to the top, just takes a while after the bottle has been shaken up.

Ab85d55b1897b03dc4020a9958ec6452

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on June 17, 2013
at 08:24 PM

and I have been to the farm and seen how fantastic the whole operation is, no way is it pasteurized or homogenized.

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on July 28, 2013
at 08:09 PM

Organic pastures used to be the largest distributor of clean wholesome, 100% grass fed raw milk. THEY HAVE RECENTLY CHANGED THIS FACT. Without their customers knowledge or approval, they started feeding their cows CORN! They're also using so called "organic mineral supplement". As most health advocates know, corn is horribly unhealthy and will in turn make the milk an unhealthy source of sugar (weight gain). This company has turned against it's customers and is hoping that the customers won't notice. Check out their website for verification that this product is now poisoned with CORN and artificial supplements. Their products are no longer clean, their cows are no longer 100% grass fed. Please post something warning their customers that Organic Pastures has gone to the dark side. Thank you.

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

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on July 29, 2013
at 02:30 AM

Obviously not a dairy farmer, probably never seen a cow in person either. ;)

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