Milk Types for the Family
History of the milk
Milk was one of the first foods of humanity. When agricultural revolution and livestock started thousands of years ago the dairy producing mammals became important part of people’s lives. The number of Earth inhabitants had grown rapidly and their need for the amount of food increased. In ancient Egypt milk and dairy only belonged to the royal family and priests. Until the 14th century sheep milk was ruling the world, afterwards cow milk gained a huge popularity. The biggest step in the milk production happened in 1862 when Louis Pasteur a French microbiologist invented the pasteurization and made milk safety to drink. Since then the process has been helping the easier distribution and storage of milk. In Hungary milk is an important daily food. In 2020 our country closed a successful year in milk production. The climate and the perfect soil make Hungary great for livestock and agriculture.
The journey of milk from the farm to your table
The lactation period of beef is approximately 300 days. That is the time when a cow is able to produce milk. The volume of milk produced by a cow depends on genetic characteristics and breed. The beef first has to be calved, to give birth. Milk is collected by a milking machine and systems of pipes lead it to a refrigerated stainless steel cooling tank. Upon leaving the cow’s udder, the temperature of the milk is 38 degrees, then it is cooled and kept at a temperature between 1 and 4 degrees. There are strict rules for farmers about storage temperature, hygiene and bacteria level. The milk you drink is standardized. That means the fat level is determined: whole, semi-skimmed, skimmed milk.
We just cannot get enough from milk!
The yearly milk consumption of Earth is approximately 33 litres per person. What is referring to Hungarians the number is higher 67 litres. In the last century milk was highly advertised even commercials were produced to promote milk drinking. What is making milk so popular?
- Milk is full of calcium that is necessary for the healthy growth of bones. It is also rich in D vitamin that enables the work off calcium in to our body.
- Milk is the base for many-many loved dairy products like butter, cheese, yogurts and mascarpone.
- It contains lot of minerals: magnesium, potassium, phosphor, zinc, cobalt, chrome, selenium and sodium.
Have you got your favourite milk based food? We at Eatvo are big fans of the Hungarian / Eastern European dish called tejbegríz / semolina pudding (similar to oatmeal). Its recipe is easy peasy:
0.5 l milk
6 table spoons of semolina
3 table spoons of sugar
Boil the milk, add slowly the sugar then semolina. Cook at medium heat until getting its thick texture. Sprinkle the top with chocolate powder or cinnamon.
Cow milk or plant based versions?
Most of the people like milk however, many dieticians state the adult organism cannot digest the lactose and the high percentage of fat in milk can cause heart-disease, obesity. They also say milk is the food only for babies. Recently, there have been lot of debates around cow milk. Is that healthy? Should we avoid drinking it? Scientists and health organizations still underline the importance of drinking milk. But in the meantime, more and more consumers are questioning the consumption of cow’s milk. Lot of people decide to follow a conscious diet that is protecting not only cows but Planet Earth and our health as well. Vegan life is not only a fashion trend anymore. Livestock increases the carbon-dioxide emission and affects the climate change a lot. Researchers say the future milk is plant based. Vegan diet gives alternatives to those who wants to eat in a healthier way and stand up for Earth, for nature, for our future. The range of healthy vegan milk alternatives for drinking, cooking, and baking is you can also find at Eatvo.
Almond milk. Rich in healthy nutrients but it has less calories and much less protein than cow milk. You can recognize it by its mild and nutty taste. Ideal for eating with cereals.
Cashew milk. Has got a nutty taste and is suitable for cooking and baking. Can be a great choice for people with high cholesterol levels or who need to watch their fat intake as it contains mainly unsaturated fat. Perfect for morning lattes.
Coconut milk. Coconut milk is perfect for wide range of recipes. Gives food a delicious aroma.
Hazelnut milk. Has a creamy texture which makes it a great choice for baked goods. Your coffee will also love hazelnut milk.
Hemp milk. A good source for omega-3 fatty acids. It is low in carbohydrates and high in fat (good news, most of those are unsaturated fats).
Macadamia-nut milk. It is low in calories but also very low in protein and carbohydrates. Mainly suitable for desserts and coffee.
Oat milk. Slightly sweet plant-based milk, its consistency is similar to low-fat milk. It has got high content of dietary fibre, phytochemicals, and antioxidants.
Rice milk. The best choice for people with allergies! The most hypoallergenic milk available and therefore suitable for people with allergies and intolerances.
Soya milk. Still the most popular plant milk, belongs to the legume-based category. It is the only milk alternative that naturally contains the same amount of protein as cow’s milk.
Did you know that milk was also good for removing stains from clothes (like tomato sauce, chocolate stain, coffee stain, ink, juice)? It is also going to help when cleaning fine silver and porcelain.
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