Recently, I wanted to try drinking fresh milk. I found a milk man who would deliver milk to our door. He asked if I would rather a morning or evening delivery and I opted for morning, thinking there were better odds that we’d be home. I seriously doubted anyone would ever come as usually you have to ask a few times for anything to happen here. But, to our surprise, the door bell rang at 7 am the following morning. I so didn’t expect the milk man to actually come and believe me, no one is up at 7 am around here, so we had no idea who could be at the door! We were all shocked to see the milk man standing there with a jug of still warm-from-the-cow milk! It was sold by the kilo. 5 kilos was 8 lira (4 dollars)! Crazy.
I had no idea how to pasteurize the milk as I hadn’t really planned for it to arrive so I started reading on the internet to find out what to do. First, I held the milk at a certain temperature for 30 minutes, stirring constantly. This was also the ‘read out loud’ portion of home school that day. The impromptu milk pasteurizing ordeal kind of threw the whole home school routine for the morning but hey, the kids learned how to pasteurize milk!
Next, I put the pot in an ice bath to quickly cool the milk back down before bacteria could grow.
The pouring didn’t go so well but it didn’t seem to bother my helper. Lastly, we froze the containers.
The plan was that when we wanted milk, we would thaw one container at a time. But, so far, it hasn’t worked as I’d expected. The containers don’t fully thaw in the refrigerator and not everyone is a fan of slushy milk. I’ll try to streamline the process by doing it a few more times but the jury is still out as to whether or not we will switch. Even if we revert back to radiated milk in a box, it was a fun learning process!