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    Question Heating Raw Milk

    I like to drink my milk warm and i was wondering if heating raw milk is bad.
    Does it destroy the whole purpose of drinking raw milk.
    If i can heat it what would be the optimal temperature to which i can heat it to?

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    That's a good question. I wonder the same thing!

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    Some people consider the bacteria in raw milk an important part of the health benefits. If you aren't worried about that, many cultures actually boil their milk before consumption. This breaks the proteins down into more easily digestible peptides and eliminates any dangers from contamination (which are probably pretty low in most cases). It will not have the same negative effect as homogenization and UHT pasteurization.

    You won't be able to make yogurt out of boiled milk, but it's still superior to conventional milk. Just boil it and then cool it to whatever temperature you like. As long as it's not pressurized, you won't be able to get the temperature over 100 C.
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    Remember the body temp of a cow should be 38-39 degrees C (101 F) so anything up to that point shouldn't have any real effect in terms of properties of the milk.

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    Also an excellent point. Most bacteria will proliferate rapidly at this temperature, so I wouldn't hold it there for too long, but the milk itself should be unaffected.
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    mmm that makes so much sense, so I'm going to happily warm my milk and enjoy it now. Thanks Guys

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