Raw milk is a controversial topic with many advocates believing it is a healthy food, and many opponents believing it is dangerous. There are risks to consuming just about any food (whether immediate from contamination with pathogens or long-term from unhealthy processed foods). It is up to everyone to understand the risks and benefits of any particular food and make a decision as to what is best for their family. Even though the Jonas family consumes raw goat milk, we do not believe that raw milk is right for everyone.
When it comes to dairy farms, there are two classifications - Grade A and Manufactured Grade (commonly referred to as Grade B). Grade B means you can legally make and sell cheese and gelato. Grade A means you can legally produce fluid milk products such as milk, chocolate milk, and yogurt in addition to cheese and gelato. We chose to get our Grade A license because, well... we're Goat Milk Stuff. And that means people should be able to legally purchase goat milk from us, right?
Turning our raw goat milk into homemade yogurt is a great way to fill my children with healthy probiotics and boost their immune system. Unless you heat the milk to a very high temperature (to denature the proteins), heat the milk for an extended time period, or add powdered milk, most homemade yogurt will come out fairly runny. While this is great for smoothies, thicker greek-style yogurt is preferred in my family.