|Jack at Our Dairyman's Farm|
1. If I will heat it, I use pasteurized.
I buy raw cream for ice cream but use regular pasteurized for cream sauces. I use raw apple cider vinegar in dressings and condiments but pour pasteurized into my Crock-pot when I make stock. I buy raw milk for drinking but my heated yogurt is made from pasteurized as is any baked good with milk in it. I buy raw honey for mixing with coconut oil to add to tea to treat asthma but if I am baking with it, I use the cheap $3 a quart stuff from Costco. Although not exactly the same, I reserve the farm eggs for raw applications like ice cream, mayo, and Cesar dressing as well as straight applications like fried, scrambled and omelets but never waste their prize flavor in baked goods.
2. If I will culture it, I use pasteurized.
I buy raw cream for whipping but I culture pasteurized for sour cream. I buy raw milk for drinking but my viili (almost always) is made with pasteurized though sometimes we just want it raw. I use pasteurized milk for cheese making and make sure to never heat it once it is made to preserve the cultures. I use nutritional yeast, Parmesan and store bought pasteurized cheeses in soups and other very hot dishes. I can get high quality cheeses at Costco for around $5/lb whereas raw cheese is $8 a pound. Making raw cheese myself allows me to achieve some affordable raw cheese (soft cheeses) but does not deny us all the cheese we need because I do buy pasteurized ones.
My two-fold criteria allows me to save precious pennies for other food purchases but still permits us to have the benefits of raw products. I know my budget can't absorb raw products in the quantity that of family of twelve needs so I have to find a way to economize. It is not a zero-sum game, but rather a way to get as many raw products in our diet as possible in the most beneficial ways. This means we do get some raw products, rather than none at all. In a perfect world, we would have no budget restrictions and could buy plentiful raw milk and cream, ACV, honey and cheese as well as only farm eggs. But this isn't a perfect world. I have to do the best I can with what I have and this is how I do it. I refuse to beat myself up over things I can't have and instead empower myself by focusing on the things I can have.
If you want another peek into my WAPF diet on a Costco budget see my post HERE. If you have great tips of your own, I would love to learn from you!