If the milk smells like a cow, then there are many reasons for this. This is rarely seen when buying a store item. That's because the raw material passes through the stages of high-quality factory processing. The smell is especially pronounced when this product is purchased from private individuals. And once the purchase can be successful, and on the other - with a distinct smell. The causes of this symptom can be very diverse. Let's try to understand them, and also to understand whether it is possible to get rid of trouble.
Causes of smell in milk
The composition of cow's milk directly depends on what the animal eats, what mode of feeding he has, the content and, of course, on the state of health. The slightest changes in any parameter instantly reduce the percentage of milk fat, as well as milk yield. Accordingly, an unpleasant odor can be added. For example, if the cow was fed with silage unilaterally, then any dairy products received, be it cheese, condensed milk, butter or kefir, will be with a weakened aroma and taste. Also, the smell of silage can be felt even when inhaled by animals. It will help only if it is completely removed from the diet.
Milk stinks for other reasons:
- if a cow prepares for the birth of a calf, then the smell and taste of milk changes;
- an animal accidentally ate unsuitable plants, such as wormwood, chamomile, garlic, radish;
- if, before milking, the cow, the udder was poorly washed, then the smell can be transmitted to milk;
- a cow can get sick and get medicines;
- poor pet care;
- during milking something could fall from the cow into a bucket (for example, dirt from the tail);
- badly washed container;
- substandard feed additives.
Any of these causes can lead to an undesirable flavor emanating from cow's milk. But beyond that, you can feel the stench of acetone in it. This is due to a violation of metabolic processes in the body, when concentrates are ingested. Still there is such a thing as beet smell. This means that the cow has eaten silage beet fodder or molasses.
The spirit of decay is sometimes manifested in milk. In this case, there are actively breeding putrefactive microbes. Substandard product can be identified by the sedimentation of dirt on the bottom of the bottle, if it is tilted. Naturally, such an acquisition must be abandoned
It so happens that lovers of dairy products are so accustomed to the factory processing of raw materials, that the smell of fresh milk produced by milk simply cannot stand, although it is natural.
Getting rid of the smell of a cow in milk
Having understood why milk can smell like a cow, you can proceed to the question of how to remove this unpleasant odor or prevent its appearance. Getting rid of the smell is quite difficult. But still there are some useful methods, one of which is boiling.
There is a chance that the milk, after heat treatment, will be able to return its pleasant aroma. After this procedure, many useful qualities will disappear. You can also try such popular methods as adding a pinch of salt to the dishes with milk or covering it with a newspaper soaked in a drop of vinegar. Of course, these options do not guarantee a good result. However, if such a fetid product is recyclable, then the methods will not be superfluous. What happens?
It is worth noting that the smell of the cow, if it is very persistent, will most likely be felt in the products obtained from such milk. The opinion that various refineries will help get rid of it is erroneous. Sometimes it happens that the smell disappears by itself after the product ceases to be paired. This happens 15-20 minutes after milking.
It is difficult to remove the existing smell, but to prevent its appearance is quite realistic. Need to follow a few tips:
- full udder care, which includes mandatory washing with warm water before milking, rubbing with a clean towel, timely cutting of wool at the base of the nipples;
- at the beginning of the milking, the first streams of milk are best to mix into another container, since it is in them that the bacteria concentration is the most abundant;
- container should be thoroughly cleaned;
- After milking, the milk must be drained and cooled to 5–8 degrees; a pasteurization process can be carried out to completely destroy the germs.
Of course, you need to follow the fact that the cow eats. From the diet should always remove all feed that is bad for the quality of products. Balanced feeding will help achieve the desired result. In the diet should be present juicy and coarse herbs, as well as feed.
You should also do everything possible to timely diagnose diseases that can contribute to the smell and taste of milk.
Any irregularities in keeping a cow, in its nutrition and in health status lead to such sad consequences as an unpleasant smell of milk, bitter taste, non-standard color. All this can be avoided - it is only necessary to pay due attention to animals, the process of obtaining, storing and processing milk.
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