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Well…The answer to the first question you will find it below, but let me start by saying that I’ve been drinking and cooking with real milk my whole life. In fact, real dairy milk has long been at the center of many recipes I prepare.
But What’s in it?
Let me start by saying that it’s important to know that milk and non-dairy alternatives to milk are not created equal. That being said, dairy milk, is a simple and wholesome beverage and just has three ingredients–milk, vitamin A, and vitamin D which makes it naturally nutrient-rich. Now, when you compare the ingredients list on milk to non-dairy milk alternatives, you may be surprised at what you find. Many non-dairy alternatives have 10 or more added ingredients including salt, sugar or thickeners like gums.
Other things to know.
Real milk is not only high in calcium and vitamin D which are necessary nutrients for bone-building, but it is also high in potassium to help regulate the balance of fluids; B vitamins for converting your food into energy; Vitamin A for a healthy immune system, and it is a high-quality protein for lean muscle. Who knew!? When you look at the nutrition label on a gallon of milk, you will find sugar listed. But that sugar is not added, it’s naturally-occurring lactose. For instance, many types of non-dairy milk such as almond or coconut milk may contain added sugars.
Cooking with milk.
Again, real dairy milk has been part of my family forever, and although we have tried other non-dairy milk alternatives we have found out that many of them can not be used in many recipes. In our household we consume whole milk (mainly for cooking) and 2% milk; We also like to have a few bottles of buttermilk in the fridge to make homemade biscuits. We also buy lactose-free milk and we use it in many recipes just like regular milk; And as a matter of fact, the recipe I’m sharing today is made with 2% lactose-free milk!
Dulce de Leche Cortada (Sweet Curdled Milk )
This is a delicious-yet-simple dessert with a touch of lime juice. I grew eating “Dulce de Leche cortada” all the time, and surprisingly I recently found out that besides the Dominican Republic, other countries such as Cuba and Colombia have similar desserts.
The curdled milk is prepare the following way….
Here is the recipe:
- 2 cups of whole milk (Use lactose-free if lactose intolerant)
- 3/4 cup of brown sugar
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
- 1/4 cup of raisins
- About 3 tablespoons of fresh lime juice
- Simmer the milk over low heat with the brown sugar and stir.
- Add the cinnamon and once the milk starts to boil, add the lime juice. Do NOT Stir.
- Add the raisins and let it simmer for a few minutes. Chunks of curdle milk will start to form in syrup.
- Let the syrup reduce half and remove from heat.
- Cool completely before serving.
Real dairy milk is wholesome, simple and affordable. It can be purchased almost everywhere and it is the foundation for many Americans favorites such as creamy macaroni and cheese or a classic Alfredo sauce.
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