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Frequently Asked Questions
What makes your milk different from what we normally buy in the grocery store?
A. It is locally produced exclusively by Hickory Hill Milk and not co-mingled with milk from other dairies.
B. It is low temperature pasteurized.
C. It is non-homogenized.
What is pasteurization?
Pasteurization is heating milk to a certain temperature to kill harmful bacteria.
There are three types of Pasteurization:
- At Hickory Hill Milk, we use long time low temperature pasteurization. We heat our milk to 145 degrees for 30 minutes. This is the lowest temperature that you can heat milk to kill the harmful bacteria while preserving the good bacteria which is naturally occurring in milk.
- Most of the milk in the grocery stores is short time high temperature pasteurized where milk is heated to 175 degrees for 15 seconds. This will kill the harmful bacteria, but also kills a lot of the good bacteria in milk that aids in digestion.
- The third type of pasteurization is ultra-high temperature(UHT) pasteurization in which milk is heated to over 200 degrees for 2 seconds. With this type of pasteurization, all of the good bacteria and enzymes naturally occurring in milk are destroyed.
What is homogenization?
Homogenization is a process in which milk is forced through a very small opening at extremely high pressure which causes all of the cells in milk to be broken down into smaller units. With homogenization, the cream in milk no longer rises to the top because the fat cells are broken down and are evenly distributed throughout the milk.
Can people who are lactose intolerant drink Hickory Hill Milk?
Yes, because the sugar cells have not been broken down because we have non-homogenized milk.
What is the shelf life on your milk?
A. Our whole milk is dated for 22 days. (Generic milk in the grocery store has a shelf life of 2 weeks or less.)
B. Our chocolate milk is dated for 18 days.
C. Our buttermilk is dated for six weeks.
Note: It is crucial that milk stay at temperatures below 40 degrees to preserve the shelf life. Often, our milk will go beyond the shelf life. Often, our milk will go beyond the shelf life date if it is maintained in cool temperatures (especially the whole milk).
What products do you supply?
We supply whole milk, chocolate milk, and buttermilk. The whole and chocolate milk are available in pints, half gallons, and gallons. Our buttermilk is available in pints and half gallons.
What do you feed your cows?
Our cows graze on grass 365 days per year. We also have a nutritionist who comes to our farm once a month to examine our cows to determine what they need in their diet.
Cows are lactating mothers and have to be on a diet that is rich in nutrients. They are fed a diet rich in protein, carbohydrates, and fat. It is all in balance and a healthy ration for our milk-producing cows.
How often do you milk the cows?
Our cows are milked in 12-hour intervals twice a day, 365 days a year. Our cows are milked at 2 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Are your cows given antibiotics?
We treat our cows just like we do our children. If our children get an ear infection, we will give them antibiotics when our doctor prescribes them. I do not want my children to be in pain. We do the same for our cows. If a cow is sick and requires an antibiotic, her milk is segregated from the herd until her system shows no sign of the antibiotic. Milk is the most tested product on the market.