Take milk or cream and allow a mother culture — beneficial organisms — to proliferate, spreading their probiotic goodness throughout the milk or cream. That is cultured dairy at its most basic level.
The many variations on the basic culturing process determine whether you end up with sour cream, butter, buttermilk, cheddar cheese, cottage cheese, or any other cultured dairy foods. The history of the world is closely tied to dairy and cultured dairy; most cultures have a traditional cultured dairy food.
“And I am come down to deliver them out of the hand of the Egyptians, and to bring them up out of that land unto a good land and a large, unto a land flowing with milk and honey.” –Exodus 3:8
By the way, don’t think that the usual dairy products in the grocery store are healthful cultured dairy. They may taste good (thanks to fake flavorings), but in their tasty, colorful packages, you’re likely to find additives, colorants, thickeners, and/or sugar. Not a beneficial organism to be found (exception: yogurt with active cultures).
Why Eat Cultured Dairy and Cheese?
Beyond the culturing process being simply amazing and awe-inspiring, thanks to the Lord’s design, why eat cultured dairy? At the risk of sounding like a broken record, I’d like to again quote Dr. Tom Cowan, who explains that beneficial organisms (aka probiotics or cultures) are essential for a healthy gut, and a healthy gut is essential for a strong immune and digestive system. You can’t truly be healthy without feeding your gut. Cultured dairy foods do that.
“Think of your intestines as soil and grass: the villi are like the soil, and the layer of good bacteria is like the grass covering the soil. If you go to a meadow or a perennial grass field and you overgraze or do something to strip the grass, the soil will become eroded. If this condition continues, you get further erosion of soil, you get cracks in the soil, and surface material starts seeping into the ground water. That is exactly the same process that happens in the human gut. People “strip their grass” with antibiotics, with vaccines, with processed foods, with not getting the right flora via the birth canal due either to a C-section or gut dysbiosis in the mother. Lastly, “civilized” people today are no longer eating probiotic foods. All these factors create an unhealthy gut ecology, a flattening of the villi, and actual holes in the gut wall.” –Wise Traditions article by Tom Cowan, MD
As Dr. Cowan pointed out that “civilized” people today do not eat probiotic foods, I challenge you to be less civilized. And I’m more than happy to facilitate your undoing in my upcoming Cultured Dairy and Basic Cheese eCourse. We will cover so much — sour cream, buttermilk, butter, kefir, yogurt, soft cheese, cottage cheese, cheddar cheese, Middle Eastern fresh cheese, feta cheese, queso fresco cheese, mozarella cheese, and more!
We begin on February 1, 2011. Consider yourself invited! Any membership at the eCourse gives access to this brand-new class and all its lessons; membership plans start out as little as $13 per month. You can actually start any time as we don’t close the doors, but might I suggest it will be more fun to start at the beginning with everyone else?
In the coming days on the blog, I’ll be diving into cultured dairy, which will be helpful whether or not you’re taking the class. I’ll also help you get ready if you are taking the class.
Coming later this week: the top 6 reasons to eat cultured dairy. One reason is in this post (probiotics), and the rest are new. One of them might surprise you. Well… maybe, maybe not.
So, who wants to join me and my family in being less civilized?