I never drank much milk growing up, only in the occasional bowl of cold cereal. Even when eating cereal, milk was only a medium to help advance raisin bran down the trap. Milk didn't seem to be a big part of life... or food. I remember drinking milk out of the cardboard containers at school, but as soon as they had apple juice as a choice, milk lost. My intake was probably around a cup a day or less. I bet Mom would know. If a cup a day is accurate, then it took 16 days to drink one gallon.
Raw Milk Begins
As soon as I came to Polyface, raw milk was on the radar. I had never learned about the difference between raw and pasteurized until I moved out here. I don't even think I knew that people drank raw milk. (one more example of how far my generation has disconnected from our food and its sources.) Anyway, Matt was very informative of the "Real Milk" movement with the Weston A. Price Foundation. I was able to get my hands on some (not telling how... sorry crazy food police bureaucrats) and began to drink it everyday. The taste was incredible and I started craving milk. I have NEVER craved milk.
Closer to Addiction?
Now I drink at least a quart of grass-fed raw milk a day. Usually I drink it with breakfast, but here lately I have been drinking a glass before bed. So, now that I love milk (because its raw) and I drink a quart a day, it only takes four days to go through a gallon. On Sunday mornings I make homemade pancakes so all-in-all I go through about 2 gallons a week... all by myself. I have almost stopped drinking Mountain Dew (now only 12 ounces, once a week) and I only crave it when I'm in town and see a convenient store. I never crave it on the farm and I think the raw milk plays a big role in curbing of soda addiction.
I mentioned pancakes above... here is my recipe. The cakes are dense and filling. They stick with you longer than most pancakes and go great with natural maple syrup.
3 cups grass-fed raw milk (I bet normal milk will do but...)
2 cups whole flour (don't use bleached or enriched... not good)
2 large eggs (from pastured hens if possible)
1 teaspoon baking powder (Not Soda... Powder)
1 table spoons lard (self rendered from hog fat)
1. Mix milk and whole flour.
2. Beat in eggs and stir in baking powder and let set.
3. Heat skillet to medium and add lard to coat pan.
4. Pour 1/2 cup of batter into skillet and cook till bubbles raise in pancake.
6. Finish cooking... add butter... add maple syrup...
7. Add fork in hand and smile on face.
Makes enough for 2 hungry apprentices.