Camel's milk tastes similar to cow’s milk with a refreshing, sweet, slightly salty, smooth taste.
Camel’s milk has been a traditional food staple among nomadic Bedouin tribes for centuries and praised among them for its health-promoting properties. Herders can sustain themselves solely on the milk when taking the camels on long distances to graze in desert and arid environments.
Camel milk lacks the A1 casein protein and lactoglobulin found in cow’s milk, which may cause intolerance or allergic reaction . Camel’s milk only contains the A2 casein protein which is said to be better for those with allergies. Research shows that camel's milk contains high levels of the infection-fighting enzymes lysozyme and lactoperoxidase, as well as the immune-stimulating immunoglobulin A. These factors are complemented by several anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, and antiviral substances. Therefore, camel milk is a possible alternative for people with dairy allergies.
Female camels are a rarity in the United States there are only about 1200 and only a small percentage of those are used for breeding and milking. Compare that to the 9.3 million dairy cows in the U.S., it’s just difficult to keep up! Our farmer breeds his camels at age four. The camel’s gestation period is around 13 months and the mother needs her baby present to lactate. Camel calves nurse for the first 12 to 18 months, then the female camel will stop producing milk. After the mother gives birth, she won’t get pregnant again for another 2-3 years. Camels produce a little over a gallon of milk every day (compared with a cow’s ability to produce 5 to 10 gallons each day). At the end of the day, camel’s milk is just more expensive to produce. Coupled with the new demand in America, it makes camel milk more expensive to purchase. Even though it’s more expensive, we think you will find it is well worth the price.
Storing your Milk
Camel's milk can stay frozen for up to 6 months. Thaw in the refrigerator for about 24 hours. Best when consumed within approximately 3-5 days for raw and 10 days for pasteurized.
Gluten is the protein found in the grains wheat, rye and barley. Any food or food ingredient derived from these grains also contains gluten. Our farmer feeds the camels a non-gluten diet consisting of alfalfa pellets, oats, flaxseed, sunflower seed and fescue that are free of herbicides, pesticides and fertilizers.
Yes! Camel milk is Halal.
What does this mean? Federal law prohibits dairies from distributing raw milk across state lines if it has been packaged for consumers. This means raw milk can only be distributed between states if it’s going to plants to be pasteurized or used to make aged cheese before being sold to consumers. Raw milk is bottled straight from the camel with no pasteurization process. That is why we only offer Raw milk for purchase to consumers that reside in the state of Missouri where our milk is produced. Our Grade A pasteurized milk is gently heated and during this process destroys potentially harmful bacteria that cause food born illness. All the nutrients and most of the beneficial enzymes remain intact. Be aware of anyone selling raw milk across state lines is breaking federal law.