Clabbered Raw Milk Smoothie

by Sarah Breakfast, Raw Milk at Home, RecipesComments: 30

raw milk smoothie

Did you know that a clabbered raw milk smoothie tastes very similar to one made with drinkable style yogurt?  This is perhaps the best and most economical way to use farm fresh milk that is no longer at its best for drinking!

Back in 2004, I wrote an article for Wise Traditions magazine called Learning to Maximize the Use of Your Real Milk and Cream.  The basic premise of the article is that Real Milk and Real Cream (as in fresh from a grassfed cow), do not go bad, they sour.

Big difference.

Pasteurized milk from the store that goes bad must be thrown out.   It is putrid.   It can make you sick if you consume it.   It is full of pathogenic bacteria.

Real milk fresh from a happy, healthy, pastured cow that has soured has not gone bad.   It has clabbered which means the good bacteria have simply consumed a good portion of the milk sugar (lactose), thereby giving the milk a more yogurt-like smell and taste.

Nevermind that you’ve probably never heard of clabbered milk let alone consumed it.   Fact is, clabbered milk is totally fine and healthy to eat.   Do not throw it out!    There are many uses for such a wonderful food, which that article details.

I’ve gotten a lot of mileage out of that piece over the years and have forwarded it to many people who are using Real Milk for the first time and are unaccustomed to souring as opposed to the putrification of store milk.

The Light Bulb Goes Off

You can imagine my surprise when I discovered yet another use for clabbered milk that wasn’t even mentioned in that article, yet is probably the BEST use of clabbered milk that I have found to date!

How about using clabbered milk for smoothies!!!

Some of you are probably rolling your eyes right about now thinking, “Like, I’ve been doing that for years already!”

I should have been doing this for years, but I am so rarely out of raw kefir or yogurt for my smoothies that it literally never crossed my mind as an idea.

The thought came to me for the first time just a few days ago when we were completely out of milk.   I didn’t have any kefir or raw yogurt either.   The next farm delivery was a couple days away.

Buying a lower quality product from the store to get me through?   Not an option for me.   I’m waaaayyyy too much of a dairy snob for that.

Moreover, I was just dying for a smoothie.

I thought to myself, “Hey, maybe I could use some of that lightly clabbered milk in the fridge, after all it is pretty similar in texture and taste to raw yogurt!”

I have said this before and I’m sure I will say it again, sometimes the most obvious stuff just takes awhile to bubble to the surface!    At least that’s how my brain works.

So, I went ahead and made my favorite smoothie with the clabbered milk and it tasted fantastic, just like I had used kefir or yogurt!

In case you’re wondering, here’s my favorite smoothie of the moment:

smoothieClabbered Milk Smoothie

1 pint raw kefir, raw yogurt, or clabbered Real milk (sources)
2 ripe bananas
Dash of raw honey (sources)
Dash of vanilla (sources)
1/4 cup creamy organic peanut butter (sources)

Weird huh?   But it tastes great.   Kind of like a peanut butter and banana sandwich minus the bread.

Give it a try.   With soured, Real milk!

Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist

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Comments (30)

  • Roger James

    I like the idea of ‘Clabbered Milk’ and am going to try it later today.
    Here’s a recipe which would be good for it.

    Zippy Banana Smoothie

    1/2 cup cornflakes
    1 cup skimmed milk
    6 arugula leaves
    1 stalk of celery
    2 apples
    1 banana
    10 red grapes (seedless)

    Roger James and Cherry Mae

    April 12th, 2014 6:55 am Reply
  • IthacaNancy

    I made this today with a little less peanut butter, but added a tablespoon of Great Lakes hydrolyzed gelatin and a teaspoon of Green Pastures infused coconut oil, and an ounce of raw cocao beans. It was really yummy and I was very happy to use milk that a year ago I would have given to the chickens. I’m so glad to have a good use for milk that didn’t get used when it was fresh. Thanks for the recipe.

    February 17th, 2014 10:45 pm Reply
  • Peter

    Has anybody tried adding the clabbered milk to coconut milk. I was thinking it might be a great way to make a great probiotic coconut yoghurt.

    October 9th, 2013 7:00 pm Reply
  • Yissell

    Sarah – I read somewhere that according to Chinese Medicine bananas produce dampness, phlegm and mucus in throat. What’s your take on this?
    My son (4 y.o.) is prone to nasty colds which sometimes leads to asthma, despite my efforts of providing him with real food (sweets only in the form of raw honey on smoothies, 90-95% of grain free diet and lots of healthy fat and grass fed meat /chicken / eggs). His daily breakfast include this same smoothie above sans vanilla and the peanut butter. He loves bananas, maybe he’s eating too much or too often? Any response would be very much appreciated! Thanks.

    September 21st, 2013 11:28 am Reply
  • PJ

    I have a stupid question but here goes. What exactly is clabbered milk?

    September 21st, 2013 12:07 am Reply
  • fran

    I love raw milk, however I don’t have access to it where I live. What I have access is to a wonderful farmer’s market, where I can get low temperature pasteurized milk from pastured cows. Can I let this milk clabber, or does it have to be 100% raw? I would like to make the cold cereal with the milk instead of Yogurt.



    August 11th, 2013 10:10 am Reply
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  • Jeannette

    Hi Sarah,
    We make a smoothie that is very similar except we add raw pastured eggs and coconut oil too. It increases the protein and also makes the smoothie richer with a more frothy texture. We sometimes use raw milk if we don’t have yogurt on hand. This what we have for a quick breakfast on most weekdays. We all love it and it keeps us satiated until lunch and then some. Since there are quite a few of us we have 3 blenders going in the morning and use half a banana or so and an egg per person. It is quick and easy to make and clean up and I feel good about it nutritionally so I don’t feel that I had to compromise that to expedite our morning routine. I really love your blog and all of the info that you pass along! Thanks!

    August 30th, 2012 6:24 pm Reply
  • Dipti

    Sarah, Thank you so much for sharing your ideas on making raw yogurt. I have made yogurt that way but now its been more than a week, it is in the refridgerator and turned sour. Is it safe to eat this yogurt now? if not, are there any ways of using soured raw yogurt?
    Many thanks for sharing wonderful videos and informative articles here. They are a huge help!


    July 24th, 2012 1:14 pm Reply
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  • jean finch

    I have been making my own yogurt for a few months. I am wondering if even though I used Fage
    a commercial yogurt for my starter, if by now the yogurt is better than commercial yogurt I started with? It is really fun and empowering to make it! Am I just having fun or is it better for us?

    September 28th, 2011 12:13 pm Reply
  • Elizabeth

    Ooops – meant to leave those comments on the “How much milk…” post!

    September 6th, 2011 6:45 pm Reply
  • Elizabeth

    Oh, and Kelsey, in my area at least, there is a big price difference. Goat milk costs at least $2 to $4 more per gallon than cow milk and I have to drive over 20 miles to buy it!

    September 6th, 2011 6:44 pm Reply
  • Elizabeth

    I pick up a half-gallon once a week at the health food store. I usually run out a day or two before my re-stocking day. They get milk in fresh once a week from Dungeness Valley Creamer. If I buy a gallon, I usually have too much and it goes sour. I DO drink soured raw milk, or find a way to cook with it, but I don’t particularly enjoy the taste when it has soured slowly in the frig. I have done smoothies too!

    I DO clabber, when clabber is made from fresh milk that is set out right away to clabber….I think it gets a different-tasting colony of bacteria going.

    If I am planning to clabber milk, make kefir or cheese, or cook a lot with recipes that take milk, I as much as I think I will need.

    It’s just me drinking it. My son doesn’t like the taste and won’t touch it.

    When I have to, either because the health food store sold out or I am out of milk money, I buy Umpquaa brand pasteurized (NOT ultrapasteurized) milk. I think they are the only brand left in my town that isn’t ultrapasteurized.

    September 6th, 2011 6:43 pm Reply
    • kari

      elizabeth, maybe you would consider buying two half gallons and feezing one so you never run out of fresh raw milk. i believe the enzymes and probiotics remain intact, correct me if i’m wrong sarah. i refuse to run out of raw milk!!

      August 27th, 2012 2:11 pm Reply
  • Roseann

    Not sure, but I believe the answer to your question is the enzymes in raw milk kill off the bad bacteria so that the good bacteria can flourish.
    Pasteurization kills those enzymes, which allow the bad bacteria to prevail.

    March 30th, 2011 3:25 pm Reply
  • Sara

    How do you know that the bacteria in soured milk are good bacteria. I know in the old days it was whatever happened to get in there. But for cultured dairy we add specific bacteria. Isn’t it possible that without the competition from good introduced bacteria, the bacteria souring the milk could be bad bacteria?

    March 27th, 2011 5:26 pm Reply
  • Sarah, the Healthy Home Economist

    Hi Kelsy, yes you can make yogurt with soured milk. It will just taste stronger than usual.

    September 22nd, 2010 1:11 pm Reply
  • Sarah, the Healthy Home Economist

    Hi Erika,

    Yes, clabbered milk is like kefir just does not have the same beneficial strains of bacteria.

    The cream will continue to culture in your fridge so if you wait a while to make butter with it, you will end up with cultured butter instead of plain butter.

    You can leave the buttermilk on the counter for a day or two to culture it, then you can use it for soaking your flour for pancakes, waffles, and the like. If you make the butter with cultured cream (cream that has naturally soured in the fridge is also cultured cream) then the buttermilk is already cultured and you can put it straight in the fridge to use later for soaking without leaving on the counter for a couple days. Hope this helps!

    September 20th, 2010 1:35 am Reply
  • Erika

    Sarah, thank you! That is really helpful to know. Couple more questions …

    1. When the milk is clabbered, you'd use that LIKE kefir, even though technically it's not because it doesn't have the kefir grains in it … is that right? Would it taste similar? I'm assuming that it just wouldn't have as many strains of beneficial bacteria. Is that really the main difference?

    2. Also, I'm really wanting to use my cream from the raw milk to make butter…but I don't like to take all of the cream away from the milk! :) Right now, I have a separate jar that I am keeping some of the cream in, but is there a point when the cream might be too sour to use for butter?

    and…one more — for now! :)

    3. Do you have some suggestions for different ways to use the buttermilk left after making butter? (Because this would be different than the liquid whey, right?)

    Some of these questions probably seem so simple, but this is all so new to me! Thanks so much for your help. I so appreciate your guidance!

    September 19th, 2010 8:17 pm Reply
  • Kelsey

    Hi Sarah – another question, sorry! I was just curious – can you use slightly soured milk to make yogurt with or should it be fresh? I've got some raw milk in the fridge that smells a little sour (is almost a week old) and I haven't had a chance to make yogurt out of it yet. Should I wait to get fresh milk or use this? Thanks!

    September 19th, 2010 7:03 am Reply
  • Sarah, the Healthy Home Economist

    Hi Erika, so glad you are finding the blog and video classes helpful! Raw milk that has clabbered can be used for up to six months in the fridge. If you ever get mold on it, then it should be tossed, but otherwise, it just gets stronger in flavor and chunkier over time. You may find it gets so chunky that it is no longer so good for cooking, but is still good for smoothies as it has a yogurt like texture.
    Real milk can always be clabbered but depending on the freshness of it, it may take more or less time sitting on the counter.

    August 28th, 2010 12:45 am Reply
  • Erika

    Uhoh! I think my comment just got deleted when my safari quit! I apologize if I post twice!

    Hi Sarah, first of all, thank you so much for your blog! I have found your posts to be so helpful, especially your videos. We have only recently been making healthier changes in the kitchen, and your videos honestly make it seem LESS overwhelming. You SHOW how easy it can be to make "homemade." …and I so, so appreciate that! I am learning so much from you!

    Our family just purchased our first gallon of real milk about a week or so ago, and we love it! I am so excited to use our milk for more than just drinking!!! I do have a couple of questions, though:

    1. Is there ever a point when the milk is too sour and actually spoils? If so, what do you look for, smell for, etc.?

    2. When you first get your milk, is it too fresh to clabber, or do you just leave it out like you did in the ketchup/whey video?

    Thanks so much for your advice!

    August 27th, 2010 2:16 pm Reply
  • Erika

    Hi Sarah, first of all, let me just say how much I am enjoying your blog, esp. the videos where you SHOW how easy it is to make "homemade." Our family is slowly but surely making healthier changes, and honestly, you make it feel less overwhelming and really do show how easy it can be. THANK YOU!

    We finally bought our first gallon of REAL milk about a week or so ago. We love it, and I am so excited to use our milk for many different things! I never thought I'd look forward to milk souring! 😉

    Just a couple of quick questions —
    1. Is there a point when the milk is too soured (when it actually does go bad)? If so, what do you look for, smell for, etc.?

    2. When you first get the milk, is it too fresh for it to clabber to use for other purposes, or should you just leave it out like you did in the ketchup/whey video?

    Again, thank you so much for your posts. They have really been helpful to me!

    August 27th, 2010 2:05 pm Reply
  • Sarah, the Healthy Home Economist

    Hi Kelsey, some folks do better on goat milk than cow. But, not everyone finds goat milk to be more digestible by any means. Cow milk tastes better to most people which is why it is more popular, I think.

    August 18th, 2010 2:36 am Reply
    • Roseann

      We have goats and I make goat’s cheese out of the milk. I don’t like the taste of goat’s milk by itself, but the cheese is great.

      March 30th, 2011 4:17 pm Reply
  • Kelsey

    Hi Sarah, I just had a question. I notice that nobody ever talks about goat's milk as opposed to cow's milk on all the blogs I've been reading. Is there a reason for that? I'm just curious because I can't have cow dairy, but can have goat milk and am looking into a goat share. I've always heard that goat's milk is even healthier than cow's milk since it is more digestible – are there any benefits of cow's milk over goat's milk, or is it just that cow's milk is more popular?

    August 17th, 2010 8:40 pm Reply
  • Jenny

    This is the exact smoothie we had for breakfast this morning, except I added a little organic cocoa powder and a few drops of chocolate flavored stevia. A delicious weekend treat!

    August 14th, 2010 5:36 pm Reply
  • Ginny

    Unfortunately, I do not have access to raw milk. The closest I get is lightly pasteurized, non-homogenized. But, this smoothie looks like a good way to use up that milk kefir I've been making! I'm sure the kids would love it. Thanks!

    August 14th, 2010 4:55 pm Reply

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