Keeping a family milk cow (or dairy goats) is a wonderful way to increase the sustainability of your homestead and the quality of food your family consumes. However, you can quickly become overrun with excess milk if you don’t know how to utilize the milk that you are not able to drink fresh. In this post, you will see a curated list of recipes that you can make with raw milk.

12 Raw Milk Recipes to Use Excess Milk

Even if you do not have your own dairy cow, you can use raw milk from a local producer- or even pasteurized milk from the store if it is your only option- to make these recipes. 

1. Raw Milk Butter 

Homemade butter is always my first choice when I have extra whole milk. To make butter, add heavy cream to a stand mixer (or a blender), mix it until it separates, and then remove the butter from the buttermilk. Fresh butter can be stored in the fridge for about a week or in the freezer for months. Get step-by-step instructions for making butter here

Homemade Butter in a stand mixer | Raw Milk Recipes

2. Cultured Butter 

Cultured butter is essentially butter made with fermented cream. To make cultured butter, add a mesophilic culture of beneficial bacteria to your cream before churning or simply allow raw cream to sit for a bit  (24-48 hours) until it begins to sour. This type of butter is great for gut health as it is packed with probiotics. Cultured butter also has more tang than regular sweet cream butter which adds depth of flavor.

3. Buttermilk 

When you make fresh butter, you will have buttermilk leftover. You can use this to make Ranch dressing, buttermilk cornbread & biscuits, pancakes, and more. Fresh buttermilk can also be enjoyed like a glass of milk- only a bit tangier.

Homemade buttermilk in a jelly jar and butter on a plate

4. Homemade Cheese

Fresh milk can be turned into your favorite type of cheese. Experiment with different flavors, cultures, aging, and add-ins until you find what your family loves. 

Cheddar Cheese Recipe 

This step-by-step cloth-bound cheddar cheese recipe has the traditional flavor you know and love. Unlike many other cheddar cheese recipes, the paste for this cheese is still smooth and moist; it’s perfect for slicing, sandwiches, grating for your favorite recipes, or even just snacking with apples and crackers!

Cheddar cheese wheel on table

Butter Cheese 

Butter cheese is a washed-curd, pressed cheese that uses rennet to coagulate the curds. It is a semi-firm cheese with a smooth supple paste with a sweet and mild flavor.

Cream Cheese

On your journey toward becoming a cheesemaker, homemade cream cheese is definitely a recipe to try. The good news is cream cheese is easy, takes very little active time, has a high yield, and is amazingly delicious! 

Whether you love cream cheese for homemade cheesecake, spread on bagels, crackers, or toast, for cream cheese frosting, whatever your favorite way to enjoy cream cheese, it is so much better and satisfying when you make it yourself!

Cream cheese in a bowl with knife covered in cheese to the side

Ricotta Cheese

Ricotta cheese is one of the easiest homemade cheese recipes you can make! And it doesn’t even need special ingredients, like rennet or starter cultures, so it’s one everyone can make today.

Amish Cup Cheese (Schmeirkase) & Cottage Cheese

Amish Cup Cheese is also known as Schmeirkase. In this video, RuthAnn Zimmerman explains how she makes these cheeses with clabbered milk and how her family enjoys them. 

5. Whipped Cream 

Homemade whipped cream is extremely easy to make. All you need to do is skim off excess cream from your raw milk and whip it (along with a little vanilla and powdered sugar) in a stand mixer until it reaches the consistency that you want. There isn’t a great way to store whipped cream long-term, but it can keep in the fridge in an airtight container for about a week. 

Whipped cream in a coffee mug | Raw Milk Recipes

6. Yogurt 

A great option for using up a larger amount of excess raw milk (a gallon of milk per batch) is to make homemade yogurt. Raw milk yogurt can be made in a crockpot, dehydrator, yogurt maker, on the stove, or in the oven. 

Read the full instructions for stovetop probiotic yogurt here.

7. Ice Cream 

Of course, we can’t forget about homemade ice cream! Raw milk & cream can be made into endless flavors of this sweet treat. Ice cream can be made with eggs, without eggs, with a machine, without a machine, cooked, or with a no-cook method. Seriously, the options just keep going.

Here are a few of our favorite homemade ice cream recipes:

8. Hot Chocolate 

Make a batch of hot chocolate for the family to use up a bit of excess raw milk. Top with whipped cream for some added sweet dairy goodness. 

Herbal Hot Chocolate | The Fewell Homestead

This homemade herbal hot chocolate is not only delicious, but it can help with sore throats and respiratory illnesses. 

9. Coffee Creamer 

Use extra raw milk to make homemade coffee creamer! The cream can be added straight to your coffee or you can add sweeteners and flavors. Here are a couple of good recipes to check out:

10. Sour Cream 

To make homemade sour cream, you let the cream sour. It is pretty much as easy as that. You will need to add a starter culture of good bacteria, but that is about it. Add culture to warm cream, allow it to sit, and enjoy!

11. Ghee 

Ghee is made when butter is heated to separate and cook the milk solids. This is just one step further than clarified butter which stops at having the milk solids separated. If you continue the heating process a little bit longer to cook those solids, then you end up with Ghee! 

Homemade Ghee

12. Other Staple Dairy Products

If you are in need of any other dairy products like evaporated milk, powdered milk, or sweetened condensed milk, you could make those with your excess raw milk as well.

13. Livestock Feed

If you just have more milk than you can work with in your kitchen, no worries! Your homestead animals will love it! Raw milk is an excellent addition to livestock feed- especially for the pigs.


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