SAFE HANDLING OF RAW MILK
As a consumer you need to know how to keep your milk the freshest and safest possible. Below is a summary and tips for safely handling of your raw milk.
Containers – Glass or seamless steel containers are the best. They are the easiest to clean and keep milk colder than plastic. Plastic containers can be difficult to clean properly and they tend to hold onto off-smells and tastes.
Cleaning containers – Milk jars should be VERY clean to prevent contamination. Milk dries almost clear, so even with glass you might miss a spot. As soon as your container is empty, rinse with cold or lukewarm water, never hot. Hot water will “set” the milk proteins, gradually forming a film that can cause odours and souring of your milk. After rinsing, wash your bottle in hot soapy water or you can put them in the dishwasher. If washing by hand, be sure to use a brush that reaches the bottom of the jar. Rinse afterwards. Make sure bottles are completely dry before putting the lids back on.
Transporting Fresh Raw Milk - “Your milk will stay fresher for longer if you never break the cold chain.”
Milk is stored inside the dispenser at 5 degrees Celcius. The ideal goal is to keep your milk at this temperature at all times. It is therefore recommended that you bring a chilly bin or cooler bag to keep your milk cool as you travel home in the car. Put the milk in the fridge as soon as you get home.