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Food Is Medicine

If cream was free and you had access to unlimited quantities, what would you make with it?  In what decadent, delicious concoction would you indulge?  My family has two current favorites:  Eggnog and crème brulee.  We can’t get enough.

Cottage Style Creme Brulee

Cottage Style Creme Brulee

What is richer, thicker and creamier than cream itself?  Colostrum.  When a cow gives birth, she produces colostrum for the first several days.  Colostrum, also known as foremilk or beestings, is especially rich in immune factors, or Proline Rich Peptides, which are showing activity against viral infections, Herpes, HIV, AIDS, candida, Hodgkin’s, prostate cancer, allergies, asthma, autoimmune diseases and Alzheimers.

Food is medicine!  Prior to antibiotics, colostrum was used to fight infections.  Now that antibiotic resistant strains of pathogens are developing, more interest is returning to the use of colostrum as a natural healer.

One can find powdered colostrum for sale on the internet.  Athletes use it for quicker recovery times and to build lean mass.  I personally would never touch the powdered stuff.  Not only did it come from some nameless, massive confinement operation, but it just doesn’t treat the colostrum with the level of reverence it deserves.  A calf’s birth is a big deal at the farm.  Drinking a bit of colostrum is a rare indulgence or, to a dear friend who has health issues, an extraordinary gift.

 

Colostrum from a grass fed cow is medicine to me

Colostrum from a grass fed cow is medicine to me

Before you get your knickers in a bunch, I am NOT leaving a calf to go hungry by indulging in a pint of colostrum.  Cows produce an abundance of milk and that holds true for colostrum as well.  What a calf cannot suck down prior to the morning milking would just go to waste.  By the time the calf is hungry again, mama cow will have produced more.  That leaves a bit for us- to indulge in a cup of Nog or crème brulee, or cream filled paczki’s.

 

MyGirls Magnificent Eggnog Recipe

1 pint colostrum or cream (preferably from a local, grass fed source)

1 pint whole milk

6 eggs, separated

1/3 cup maple syrup

Whip egg whites until fluffy but not stiff.  Beat together yolks and maple syrup.  Add to whites and then add colostrum/cream and milk.

Top with fresh grated nutmeg.

Rich, creamy eggnog made with colostrum

Rich, creamy eggnog made with colostrum