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How Do I Pasteurize Raw Milk at Home?

By Tabitha Alterman


Tags: pasteurize, raw milk, cheesemaking, cheese,

How do I pasteurize raw milk at home?

Ashok Ambekar
Mumbai, India

It’s actually very easy to pasteurize your own milk on the stovetop. An added bonus is that your milk won’t need to stand up to long distance shipping and prolonged storage, so you can pasteurize it safely using lower heat and less time than many industrial milk producers use. All you need is a stainless steel pot and a simple kitchen thermometer. Just follow these simple steps for home pasteurization:

NOTE: This information is in accordance with numerous respected cookbooks, including the timeless Joy of Cooking (Simon & Schuster, 2007) and the cheesemaker’s trusty resource, Home Cheese Making (Storey, 2002).

— Tabitha Alterman, senior associate editor