See What Raw Milk Tastes Like

Ever thought about what raw milk would taste like if you drank it? Well, you’re about to find out.

Raw milk is pure milk that has not gone through the pasteurization process to kill and remove bacteria.

You will be surprised to find out that while some people run away from raw milk, some other people wouldn’t mind a glass directly from the farm or a retail store.

If you’re about to get a chance to drink a glass of raw milk, you should know about its taste profile before you get at it.

What does raw milk taste like?

Raw milk tastes natural, creamy, and sweet with grassy notes. It has a thick consistency and smells fresh and malt-like. Also, the smell of raw milk depends on the animal it’s gotten from.

Additionally, the taste of raw milk changes with time. Over time, it goes from sweet to sour and could taste unappetizing afterward.

This is because, time and temperature changes make milk curdle, ferment, and become rancid. Therefore, you should always store raw milk properly.

What does raw cow milk taste like?

Raw cow milk is sweet and creamy. Some people say that raw cow milk tastes like melted vanilla ice cream.

What does raw goat milk taste like?

Raw goat milk tastes grassy, creamy, and earthy.

If you have had goat cheese before, you’ll find that it has a similar taste profile to goat milk. The creamy taste of fresh goat milk is due to the short- and medium-chain fatty acids it contains.

In addition, goat milk has a similar taste to cow’s milk but with a milder sweetness. The taste profile of goat milk makes it great for soups, curries, yogurt, puddings, and mousses.

What does raw milk cheese taste like?

Raw milk cheese doesn’t taste like cheese made from pasteurized milk. Raw milk cheese has a complex delicious taste and will taste like the source it is from.

Cheese made from raw milk is creamy, tender, oozy, and crumbly. Some examples of raw milk cheeses are brie, camembert, Roquefort, cheddar, and goat cheese.

What does bad raw milk taste like?

When raw milk has stayed too long, it begins to taste sour. However, you can make it into yogurt because it contains more probiotics. These bacteria trigger a fermentation process that turns it into yogurt.

But the further the milk stays, it tastes sourer and more acidic. Other signs of spoilage of raw milk include a rancid odor and a slimy texture.

How long does raw milk last?

Raw milk can last 7 to 10 days after collection from the dairy cattle.

However, do not expect the milk to taste fresh. The best way to keep raw milk tasting fresh for days is to store it in a refrigerator.

Does raw milk taste like pasteurized milk?

No, it does not.

Raw milk is creamier and sweeter than pasteurized milk. Because of the series of processes pasteurized milk goes through, lovers of raw milk may find it watery and almost tasteless.

Is it safe to drink raw milk?

Raw milk is safe to drink if you drink it in moderation.

Raw milk is milk that has not gone through pasteurization to kill and remove bacteria. It still contains dangerous bacteria like salmonella, E. coli, and listeria which are present in even healthy and robust cows.

Consuming too much raw milk can cause diarrhea, headache, fever, and abdominal pain because of these bacteria. In severe cases, it could lead to typhoid fever, listeriosis, tuberculosis, and brucellosis.

Therefore, you must ensure that you drink raw milk from a hygienic source. Also, avoid drinking too much or giving it to people with weak immune systems.

Is raw milk more nutritious than pasteurized milk?

Although some people believe that raw milk is more nutritious than pasteurized milk, it is not.

Both types of milk contain their fair share of nutrients, probiotics, and beneficial enzymes. These enzymes and probiotics help the body fight and resist allergies, infections, and asthma.

However, drinking raw milk comes with the risk of bacterial infection because bacteria like E.coli and listeria are actively present in it.

Can you cook with raw milk?

Yes, you can. Cooking with raw milk can help kill and remove the harmful bacteria in it and make it safe for consumption.

How to use raw milk

  • A substitute for sour cream and buttermilk
  • Allow the milk to ferment and make yogurt
  • Use fermented or fresh raw milk to make kefir
  • Make cheese or butter
  • Make raw milk cheese
  • Switch the raw milk into cooked cream, “panna cotta”
  • Clabber raw milk and add it to your next chocolate cake
  • Add the milk to waffles, pancakes, bread, and muffins
  • Use raw milk for smoothies
  • Add raw milk to casseroles and soups
  • Make chocolate milk with fresh raw milk  

How to pasteurize raw milk

What you need

  • Raw milk
  • A milk strainer
  • A double boiler or a stainless steel pot
  • A bowl of ice

What to do

  • Start with straining the milk through a milk strainer to remove any dirt, grass, or hay
  • Afterward, pour the milk into the pot or double boiler. A double boiler is a better option for pasteurization to keep the milk from getting burned
  • You can create a double boiler alternative with the stainless steel pot. Pour the milk into the stainless steel pot and put the pot into a larger pot that is almost half filled with water
  • Then, set the stove to 145°F (medium heat) and slowly heat the milk, stirring at intervals (almost continuously)
  • Continue heating for about 30 minutes
  • Thereafter, transfer the hot pot of milk into a  bowl of ice and leave it there until the temperature drops to somewhere around 40°F
  • Have a milk thermometer at hand to help you read the temperature of the milk
  • Store pasteurized milk in clean and sterilized containers and keep them in the refrigerator


Can babies drink raw milk?

Raw milk is not safe for babies because it is unpasteurized and contains bacteria that can result in illness or death. Additionally, raw milk is not safe for pregnant women and children.

What does raw milk look like?

Raw milk looks clean and white. It may also be thick or slightly runny depending on the animal it was gotten from.

What does fresh milk taste like?

Fresh milk has a neutral and slightly sweet taste. Also, its taste depends on whether it is fresh and raw or fresh and processed.

Is raw milk illegal?

Selling raw milk is legal in all 50 states in the US. However, there are restrictions on its availability in public places.

Only 11 states allow the sale of raw milk in retail shops. 11 states frown at the sale of raw milk in retail stores but let people buy it fresh from the farms. 8 states allow people to get raw milk through a cow share system.


Raw milk may not sound special but it is for some people, especially those who love adventure. People who love to drink raw milk boast about its pure richness and creaminess with a grassy flavor.

However, it is not seen in this light by some people. What some people see is a glass of milk with bacteria.

In summary, you can drink a glass of raw milk once in a while to enjoy the natural taste. But be aware that it is not completely healthy because the harmful bacteria have not yet been removed.

Thanks for reading.

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