Milk: history and use
Milk is a very important drink for our health. We have been accustomed from childhood to drink it and even as adults we continue to drink it or eat it in underneath different forms. With milk you can create an unimaginable amount of yummy food, but let's go with order.
- Saturday, 22 August 2015
In Greeks and Romans time, milk was an indispensable food for daily feeding but also Cleopatra used to use she-asses milk to do her daily bath to preserve the whiteness and softness of her skin, as well as Poppea, wife of the Roman Emperor Nerone.
But how does the milk born?
The gestation period of a dairy cow is more or less about 10 months. When a calf is born, the cow's brain hormones are set in motion to turn the udder in a producing milk gland. Considering that a cow gives birth every 12 months or so, from then on it will produce milk for the rest of its life.
Its bright white color comes from milk proteins it contains and the presence of lipids that instead of absorbing light, they reflecting it.
The cows are milked twice a day, helped by special electronic equipment, replacing the manual milking, much slower and tiring for men. From here, the milk is then treated according to the products they want it to be transformed: yogurt, cream, butter, cheese, milk etc.
Not many may know that some expired milk-based foods mustn't be thrown, in fact they can be reused in many ways: with expired yogurt for example it is possible to clean brass flatware: simply wipe the surface and let it act for about 10 minutes. Once rinsed, your cutlery will be brand new. With an expired stick of butter you can instead soften stains on your clothes before washing them. Simply put the butter in the freezer and rub it on the stain before you put it into the washing machine.
Milk can also be a valuable help in case someone is assuming some toxic substances, but just some of them, because in some cases milk would help to facilitate their absorption by our organism.
Hydrochloric acid, sulphuric acid, hydrochloric acid, bleach, detergents and disinfectants: the effect of these substances can be mitigated by drinking milk, but of course you must then go for adequate medical care as quickly as possible.
A final curiosity: it seems that milk also helps to repair small cracks on ceramic cups or saucers: dip small dishes or cups to be repaired in a large pot covered with milk on slow heath for about an hour. Turn off the heat, let it cool, and if all goes well, your cups, thanks to milk proteins and heat, won't have any cracks anymore.