Since developing allergies to beans and milk, I've been searching for workarounds and alternatives. So far, I've found that speckled butter beans and limas are safe for me to eat, as are cultured milk products, such as butter, cheese, cottage cheese, cream cheese, sour cream... you name it. A glass of milk, though, or a bowl of cereal in milk, has been impossible.
I've tried Almond Milk (too sweet, and I shouldn't eat almonds anyway), soy milk (allergic), rice milk (like drinking liquid plastic), and coconut milk (thick, and tasted weird). I gave up for a while.
I tried a bowl of cereal with milk a month or two ago, because I was desperate and Jeff was having Frosted Flakes and dammit I wanted a bowl, too. Sure enough, my gums and lips started to itch.
A couple of weekends ago, my parents picked up a bottle of slow-pasteurized, non-homogenized milk for me at ValueMarket. The cream on top was delicious, but again, partway through a bowl of raisin bran, the itchy mouth and sharp pain in my throat hit.
Alright. Last resort? Raw Milk. Raw milk, of course, cannot be sold in Kentucky, because the nanny staters want to be sure I don't put something in my mouth that they haven't previously approved. BUT! If I own a cow, I can drink its milk all I want. Enter the CowShare program and Double O Farms
. Theirs is quite a story, and I suggest you may enjoy reading up on them.
Anyway, Gary and Dawn are fabulous to talk with, and Gary sent me a gallon of raw milk to try.
*cue choirs of angels*
I CAN DRINK IT!
This morning, for the first time in more than 6 months, I had a big, tall cup of milk for breakfast. And it was GOOD. And there was no itching, no allergic response whatever.
Now I have to figure out how to pay to buy in to the program. That's a bit of an issue.
But I CAN DRINK MILK!
Three cheers for raw milk!