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    The deal with un-homogenised milk ?

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    Hey all,

    I've been experimenting with different milks in lattes and wondering why and how people get on with un-homogenised milk.

    To my mind this seems problematic. In a culture of looking for consistency and repeat-ability having a milk with the fat sitting on the top seems likes a bad idea. what's the point of 4% fat full cream milk if 3% of it is floating on the top. And you can't just shake it to remix it.

    I have friends that use it, and read plenty on the forums using it too, so what's the story ?

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    Unhomogenised milk was all that was available for ages until more recent times. Some will remember the morning milk deliveries of glass bottles clanking. Homogenised milk largely came about for longer shelf life I think.

    https://www.spoiltbynature.com.au/homogenised-milk-vs-non-homogenised/


    Never had any issues with unhomogenised milk for steaming. Shake bottle/carton before pouring. Any lumps that make it into the jug are soon incorporated with no sign of them in the final pour.

    When using milk we go for Pauls full cream unhomogenised in a 50/50 ratio to low fat either Pauls or Physical. Homogenised not so much an issue with low-fat milk we decided.
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    Hi Cafelotta,

    Thanks for your reply.

    Yes I realise homogenised milk is a relatively new concept, just wondering how people got on getting consistent microfoam. I thought it could be hit and miss due to the "floating" fat on top.

    Good to hear it mixes/dissolves when steaming though. I'll try some.

    Currently using Pura, and whilst it steams nicely I'm not super fond of the flavour.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CafeLotta View Post
    Unhomogenised milk was all that was available for ages until more recent times. Some will remember the morning milk deliveries of glass bottles clanking. Homogenised milk largely came about for longer shelf life I think.

    https://www.spoiltbynature.com.au/homogenised-milk-vs-non-homogenised/

    That article is very misleading: it says that homogenisation reduces the size of the fat molecules which is absolutely not the case.

    What homogenisation does is reduce the size of the fat globules in the milk which gives them a much greater surface area to volume ratio and thus keeps them in suspension. The fat molecules themselves are unchanged.

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    The deal with un-homogenised milk ?

    I use unhomogenized milk as much as possible. Iíve found that not all milks are created equal, even here in NZ where even our average milk is fairly high quality. Some brands just arenít as easy to steam and arenít as nice.
    The milk Iím using mostly at the moment is absolutely outstanding. Unhomogenized, pure, unprocessed milk in a glass bottle. Itís delicious and steams beautifully. I can also get farm gate milk not too far from here which is beautiful as well. I suggest to anyone wanting to try whole milk that they try as many brands that are available to them to find one you like.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wilsonj View Post
    Currently using Pura, and whilst it steams nicely I'm not super fond of the flavour.
    There's a few varities that aren't real flash. Can't remember the brand but I think it's labelled as high protein, added vitamin D (?) which I find absolutely gross. To me it tastes like a skim milk power based flavor. Just work your way through what's readily available. Physical low fat has a sweeter taste if that's what your after and works well in the 50/50 blend mentioned earlier.

    Also found at certain times of the year the ability to get good microfoam changes with the same milk variety. I think it was during summer from memory.

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    Those of us in Perth can get non-homogenised Bannister Downs full cream (i.e. very lightly processed Frisian) in glass bottles - rare but some place have it.

    On my to do list is to contact teh farm and see if I can recycle the (very heavy) 745ml bottles through them rather than the local recycling bin.

    Nothing like good "direct from the Jersey or Guensey cow" but then Frisian never is at that level.

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    Love my non homogenised milk but whatever people choice of milk is , remember if you can buy local support your local dairy farmer . You will not buy better milk than local milk , it is far superior. Stuff the big supermarkets their greed knows no boundary.
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