Caution: People of the Male Gender MIGHT find this post to be disturbing and possibly too much information, and people of the Female Gender might have Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome Flashbacks. Proceed With Caution. You have been fairly warned.
It’s been a couple of years since I’ve personally been through it, but I can still WAY TOO CLEARLY remember my days of nursing Ali.
And especially The Pump. (No that is not mine, no that is not Ali in the picture, and no I never put a picture of Ali in the picture pocket. I personally found that more than a little strange.)
The time investment, the pain, the high maintenance of nursing, pumping and bottle feeding, and 56 items that had to be washed every three hours, the constant whirring of the motor, the hilariously grotesque visual…fun times.
Worth it? Totally. Painful? Extremely.
But after Ali was finished nursing and I was too lazy to thaw those last few bags of breast milk and give them to her, I will admit that they sat in the freezer for quite some time.
(Maybe a year.)
But I assure you that they are definitely gone now.
(Liquid Gold. It’s hard to throw out.)
But I finally did, and I moved on.
And then I saw this the other day.
A chef. A real, live, very talented chef….
decided to use his wife’s extra breast milk to make….CHEESE.
I already felt like a Dairy Farm during those days, but if Chris had made cheese out of my milk?
It brings a whole new meaning to the term “Locally Produced”, doesn’t it?
He has very detailed and step-by-step directions, if any of you just couldn’t bear to part with your liquid gold and would like to transform it into a new and tasty product.
But if you try it, be sure and let me know how it turns out…so I remember to stay away from the cheese ball at your next party.
29 thoughts on “Turning Liquid Gold Into Cheese.”
That's actually very endearing, in a cannibalistic, I'm glad he's not my husband or living in my city or state kind of way.
You know, I'm not sure which is worse, the idea of this, or that one of the commenters on his blog says: "I have a freezer full of breast milk (my neighbor's)." Why oh why would you have your neighbor's breast milk in your freezer?!
**I'd like to add…I can see making cheese w/breast milk for your toddler to eat. I can not however see making cheese with breast milk to serve to friends or dinner guests.**
Wow, I don't know what to think. I can sort of see making it for a your toddler like Tina said, but even that idea seems a litte to out there.
I certainly would not serve it to other people if I was brave enough to try it.
Thats it. All I have for you. Thats gross.
I nursed, I pumped, it was rewarding because my son had those chubby little cheeks.
But stuff like this makes me think back to the Jerry Springer days, and that woman who lactated as a stripper, or something equally horrific.
BTW, you are not alone in not wanting to throw out the liquid gold. We had some in our freezer LONG after Xander stopped nursing. It IS hard to throw out. I worked for that stuff! lol
Jonathan opened the freezer the other day and a small flattened bag of chopped onions fell out. He and I both thought it was a "shingle" as he used to call the small bags of frozen milk because it was the same size and color. I thought surely I hadn't hung on to one of those this long. HA!
Breast Milk Cheese?? Wow..just wow! People are friggin' crazy!! Oh and thanks for the reminder of the pumping fun that I have to look forward to. I was doing a good job of blocking out that part.
Yeah, John showed me that article. I think he found it on Drudge or something. I don't know why anyone would want to consume anyone's breast milk. Of course now my husband, the cheese fanatic, says he is curious. I told him he'd have to see if he can lactate because I hate the pump.
You are so right, I think I am having post-stress disorder at this very moment. That is more gross than poo.
Maybe I'm crazy but I think I may try this. My daughter is 6 months old & REFUSES the bottle…she used to take it so I pumped and got about 250+ oz frozen. I had no idea what to do with it but I may make cheese just for her to eat…I do find it crazy for anyone to serve that to guests! Yuck! I won't even taste my own milk why would I want others to?! LOL
Ewwwwww. I saw this on the news last night. Jason was so grossed out.
I got to thinking about how what you eat transfers into the milk…so if you ate a lot of garlic and onions, well, I guess the cheese would be flavored that way. Mexican cheese, Chocolate cheese…
Where are my deadhead friends? The dead scene was way ahead of the times. You used to be able to buy other people's breastmilk after the show in the parking lot!
Oh my goodness!! I heard about that too!! For all the grossness!!! I DRAW the line at BOOB CHEESE!! Aaaaggghhhh!
True story. A girl at work put her freshly pumped breast milk in our fridge in a regular ol' household container. Everyone knew what it was, well except one of our doctors who put it in his coffee!!!
Well, that's odd. I had so much extra milk, but making cheese? Uhm, NOPITY NOPITY NOPE.
Oh wow… That's just icky. I wonder if the cheese has the same nutritional benefit of the milk or if the curdling process changes it? Just curious.
And the pump… (shudder. gag.). I hate it, too. I think I might beat it with a baseball bat (kinda like the scene with the printer in Office Space) when I'm done with it for good.
I'm just wondering, after thinking this through a bit more. Does anyone realize where regular cheese comes from???
I mean, have you ever seen a cows teats? And do you know how much pus is in the milk we drink on a daily basis because of infection? Did you know there is an allowance for a certain amount of pus in milk?
Just thinking about cow's milk now is making me a bit nauseated…maybe I'll start drinking my own. Maybe not.
Wooooow…umm, just wow.
wow great post. I tend to only read the blogs that I find interesting .
Keep posting stuff like this i really like it.
thanks for posting
this is so very interesting. i had a problem nursing… so i ended pumping for 8 months straight, 6-8 times/day. i finished last october. so that pump picture scared me for a moment… i wasn't ready to start thinking about those not-so-fond memories of me and my pump! ha!
Wait a minute… there's a pocket on the breast pump for a photo? TOO weird.
That's just gross. I may never eat cheese again. Oh wait, this is me talking. Cheese is my friend – just not breast milk cheese.
That is just not ok. And I gagged quite a few times while reading this.
But of course those PETA freaks love the idea. They already said they want Ben&Jerry's to start making their ice cream out of human breast milk.
no words just..ewwwwwww
I just threw up in my mouth a little. And had a very disturbing flashback of the movie Borat.
Love the new blog design!
When you told us about this last Thursday I could NOT believe that some one would do that, and who in the world is eating that cheese!
By the way, I didn't even know that the clear pocket was for a picture of your baby, I definitely didn't use it for that!
There was an episode of Providence where they mistakenly used breast milk to make clam chowder and it was the magical ingredient.
I had the same pump and yes I did put pics of both my kids in them. Somehow it did work for me, fastest letdown that way.
I hear ya. I have excess lipase in my milk, so Lydia and Abigail wouldn't drink it unless it was less than 12 hours since it had been pumped. My husband threw about gallons of pumped milk when I nursed Abigail. I couldn't bear to throw it out.