Why Raw is Better

Thanks to Karen Radkowsky for this guest post.  Karen is the President of Limmud, NY.


When Alan Glustoff founded 5 Spoke Creamery in 2005, he put his years as a dairy technologist to work. Glustoff set out to make artisanal kosher cheeses that rivaled their non-kosher counterparts, and his success speaks for itself.  Today, 5 Spoke Creamery’s Kof-K certified cheeses are served in the finest non-kosher restaurants (including Per Se), sold in leading specialty food stores (like Zabar’s and Murray’s), and touted in major food publications (from Bon Appétit to Epicurious).

What makes Five Spoke Creamery’s cheeses different is that they are handmade from the raw milk of grass-fed Holstein cows that are free of pesticides and hormones. Because grass-fed cows get to roam, picking and choosing from a variety of grasses, herbs, flowers and weeds, raw milk from a grass-fed cow has a depth of flavor that cannot be duplicated.

In case you are wondering, raw milk cheeses are perfectly safe. They are made from unpastuerized milk and follow state laws requiring a minimum of 60 days for aging which eliminates pathogenic bacteria. In fact, the safety record for raw milk cheeses span many centuries, and over 70% of European cheeses are made from raw milk.

Not only are Five Spoke Creamery’s cheeses creamier and more flavorful than cheeses made from pasteurized milk, also they offer numerous health benefits that are inherent to raw milk, including:

•    Better digestion – Only raw milk keeps the enzyme phosphataze intact, which allows the body to absorb greater amounts of calcium and to digest lactose.
•    Stronger immune system - Raw milk has all the beneficial bacteria and lactic acids, which implant in the intestines and contribute to a stronger immune system.
•    Fighting allergies – Raw milk has a cortisone-like factor present in the cream, which aids in combating allergies.
•    The right fats - Grass fed, raw milk cheeses are one of the few foods that contain a perfect balance of Omega-3 and Omega-6 fats, a ratio ideal for your health.
•    Cancer protection - Grass fed, raw milk cheeses are very high in conjugated linoleic acid (CLA), which is among the most potent cancer fighters found in all foods.

On Sunday afternoon, April 25th, you’ll have an opportunity to learn more about raw milk cheeses and enjoy a sampling of delicious 5 Spoke Creamery cheeses at Say Cheese: An Introduction to Artisanal Kosher Cheeses with Alan Glustoff. The Upper West Side event, which is $72 (tax deductible), is part of Limmud Across NY:  A Day of Learning to Benefit Limmud NY. For further information or to register, go to www.limmudny.org/LimmudAcrossNY.

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One Response to “Why Raw is Better”

  1. Uriel Says:

    Great post! When I saw the title, I thought this was going to be about raw veganism, but was very pleasantly surprised to see it’s about raw dairy. This is a topic that the public is hugely misinformed about and that I am personally passionate about.

    To learn more about raw milk issues and how to be an advocate for raw milk law reformation, check out http://www.realmilk.com

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