On Sunday on radio Northampton on Kevin’s Kitchen Garden show we talked about milk.
Mainly raw milk as Vanessa had been to a farm in the South, which produces it.
Milk is a really useful item in the diet as it is a source of calcium and protein and milk comes as full cream, skimmed and semi-skimmed. Nowadays the most popular milk is the semi-skimmed type. Also most milk is pasteurised or UHT milk, which means that it is heated to destroy harmful bacteria.
The raw milk discussed was full cream and there were a number of callers with adverse tales about it, which was really interesting. Obviously raw milk can contain harmful bacteria.
While raw milk is banned in Scotland while in England it can be sold from the farm or at on site farm shops. If it is sold in farmers markets then it should be by the farmer.
The Food Standards Agency has excellent information on raw milk. It is not recommended for pregnant women, nursing mothers, elderly people, young children or anyone with a compromised immune system.