It seems that everywhere you turn, you can find a new healthy idea.
There is a constant desire to find the next product that will be the greatest thing you have ever used.
Camel milk may be the newest thing, even though it’s probably one of the oldest.
As a whole food, camel milk has been providing sustenance and health benefits to nomadic cultures for a very long time.
However, people outside of the traditional tribal cultures are becoming increasingly interested.
Very similar to human breast milk, high in nutrients and minerals, with healing properties as well, it may be the new “superfood.”
So, what do you think when I say “camel milk?” Are you interested? Are you turned off?
Are you a bit curious? I was!
Meghan Stalzer of Mudita Camel Dairy in Moffat, Colorado hooked me up with a pint of camel milk to try.
Meghan and her husband Matt began their dairy out of a desire to create a healthy, sustainable lifestyle for themselves and help others to do the same.
While researching, they came across an article about how camel milk can help people in Grit, and their research became their passion.
Thus, Mudita Camel Dairy was born.
We’re now seeing that camel milk is highly nutritious with high concentrations of vitamin C, iron and calcium, lower fat, and none of the problems associated with lactose intolerance.
It is usually consumed raw and unpasteurized to preserve the health benefits.
There are reports of camel milk being beneficial in cases of diabetes and autism.
In fact, Stalzer works closely with families dealing with autism linking camel milk to better mobility, weight gain, cognizance and focus.
Stalzer believes the camel milk kefir, with its antiviral properties, has even healed her of a longtime struggle with warts.
In my research, the taste has been described as salty, with a hint of vanilla, and similar to grass-fed cow milk.
As with cows, the camel’s diet greatly affects the taste of their milk.
Taste tests run in Green, Oregon, drew many responses.
The thinner milk has a very earthy, grassy taste, in my opinion. It is not close to the creaminess of cow milk, which I enjoyed since I am not a fan of cow milk.
A number of the tasters did not care for it.
Personally, I question if they were able to get past the mental block of trying something new. (I’m speaking of my own family who were not very willing participants!)
The aftertaste threw some for a loop.
Still, there were some who now request it daily from their mothers. The picky palate of 4-year-old Audrey Arnold loved the camel milk and her mother was completely honest with telling her what she was drinking.
Overall, most everyone could taste the saltiness and grass.
I believe the positive effects of consumption would probably outweigh everything else for those truly interested.
Camel milk can easily replace cow milk in most recipes. Smoothies and ice cream have had good results.
However, with its lower fat content, it would not work for making cheeses.
Stalzer is experimenting with chocolate recipes and has plans to start an organic soap line.
You won’t find Mudita Camel Dairy milk at the grocery store. They are a Private Membership Association, protected under the 1st and 14th Amendments.
Matt and Meghan, as trustees, work hard to provide a raw, unpasteurized product, free of antibiotics and hormones.
Being a private association, they are not regulated by federal and state agencies and authorities and must hold themselves accountable.
You can become a member by contacting them through email or by phone.
The Mudita dairy is home to three camels right now: Big Mama and her baby, Niam, and Dora, who is currently expecting in August.
Camels will only “let down” their milk when their baby is present.
The goal is to have a dairy with four milking moms and four expecting moms.
Each camel can produce 1-2 gallons of milk a day.
With pints ranging between $10 and $18 each, depending on the dairy you choose, it may seem steep.
It exceeds cow milk and goat milk, which run about $3-$4 and $7-$8 per gallon in our area, respectively.
But, with only 3,000-5,000 dairy camels in the United States, as compared to an estimated 18,000 dairy cows, that is to be expected.
And the investment could be worth it for the health benefits you might experience.
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