Milk…It does a body

I have one more potato recipe to give out, which I’ll probably get out later tonight and post tomorrow morning.

I do want to move on to the next subject on my list of foods to write about (also known as the Food Timeline): Milk.

The oldest record showing use of milk is a series of cave paintings found in the Libyan Sahara dated at around 5000 BCE. However, it’s likely that milk was used much earlier than that, probably around the time that herding animals were domesticated.

It’s important to understand that cows were not the only, or even primary source of milk, depending upon where you lived in the world. At any given time in the history of this planet, people have have suplemented their diets with the milk from sheep, goats, horses, donkeys, camels, yaks, water buffalos, reindeers, zebras and even moose.

It’s pretty clear that various cultures knew how important milk can be in a persons diet, as it’s mentioned in various religious books and edicts. However, milk was probably not too popular, as unless a person worked on a dairy or farm, or were wealthy enough to be able to store milk, fresh milk was likely difficult to come by. It goes bad fairly quickly even with refrigeration, let alone without. The way most people got their dairy fix? With cheese of course.

In fact, the economics in getting fresh milk affects many cultures today. China used milk rarely, as did Southeast Asia. The Americas didn’t drink milk until the Europeans brought it over in the 16th century. A result of that is that decedants of these cultures are higher at risk at being lactose intolerant than those to whom milk was a regular part of the diet.

There’s much to talk about with milk, and I promise to cover as much as possible. Science plays heavily into the history of Milk which I want to touch upon, as well as various recipes.

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