Breast Milk Cheese in the Media
Breast milk cheese is a rare and unusual product that has garnered interest from a niche group of chefs and culinary artists. While making cheese using breast milk is possible, it is not a widely accepted or commonly attempted culinary creation. In 2010, chef Daniel Angerer made headlines when he posted a recipe for breast milk cheese on his blog, but due to health regulations, he was unable to offer it at his New York City restaurant.
Breast milk may carry viruses like HIV, hepatitis B, and hepatitis C, which is why it must be screened and tested before being distributed. While the risk of contracting a serious disease from breast milk cheese is low, it is still a concern for regulatory institutions in the United States.
Most cheese connoisseurs are not interested in using breast milk in their cooking, but a few foodie fanatics and strict vegans may appreciate the unique and animal-friendly ingredient. Breast milk can also be used in other ways in the kitchen, such as in mac and cheese or as the liquid component in cereals or smoothies. It can also be used to make beauty products like soap or moisturizers.
Breast Milk Cheese Recipe
- 2 quarts of fresh or thawed breast milk
- 1/4 cup of buttermilk or yogurt
- Heat the breast milk in a pot over medium heat until it reaches 86°F.
- Stir in the buttermilk or yogurt, and then add a small amount of rennet, following the instructions on the rennet packaging.
- Allow the mixture to sit undisturbed for 30-45 minutes or until the curd has formed.
- Cut the curd using a long knife, and then stir it for a few minutes to release more whey.
- Heat the curd over low heat for an additional 20-30 minutes or until it reaches the desired consistency.
- Drain the curd using a cheesecloth and press it to remove any remaining whey.
- Salt the cheese to taste.
- Allow it to age for at least 2 days at 50-55°F.
Other Interesting Uses of Breast Milk
- Breast milk can be used to heal wounds and assist in recovery after surgeries and organ transplants, as it contains immunological agents and other compounds that take action against viruses and parasites.
- Breast milk can be used to make lollies and ice creams.
- Breast milk can be used to treat pink eye, eye puffiness, stuffy nose, sore throats, mouth sores, eczema, and other skin rashes, cradle cap, dry skin, diaper rashes, insect bites, chickenpox, warts, sore nipples, and to boost the immune system.
- Breast milk can be used as a natural makeup remover, skin cleanser, and contact lens solution.
- Breast milk can also be used as a lube.