We agree, breast is best when it comes to feeding your baby, but now a growing number of moms and chefs are cooking with breast milk for other, older members of the family. Sure, you hate to see excess breast milk go to waste, and yes, using your oversupply of breast milk in place of cow's milk or soy milk might be a waste-free and green practice, but would you do it? And if you did, would anyone else want to sink their teeth into a meal made with your milk? In some countries, chefs are even pushing breast milk menu items as foodie fare. Restaurants in Switzerland and China have reportedly served controversial dishes featuring mom's special secret ingredient to create sauces and soups. For now, we put aside the debates about gross out factor versus sustainable cookery genius, and give you 10 breast milk foods to ponder from milkshakes to risotto.
Strawberry Surprise Milkshake
You betcha there’s a surprise in this milkshake! If you dare, use your own milk for a shake — we suggest chilling it in advance. Mix 1 cup breast milk, 8 ounces frozen strawberries, 3 ounces orange juice concentrate, 1 cut up frozen banana, and 1 cup pineapple chunks in a blender until smooth. Serve, sip, and see what it’s like to drink human milk. You can also check out this video recipe for Rosie’s Breast Milk Smoothie.
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Mommy’s Milk Cheese
When we first told you about Daniel Angerer’s breast milk cheese, the New York City chef and dad was at the forefront of the breast milk cooking craze. He added cheese made from his wife’s breast milk to his menu, stirring up plenty of controversy and curiosity. Try his recipe and read our previous post to learn more about why he chose this possibly-too-close-for-comfort, locavore ingredient.
Breast Milk Chai Latte Cupcakes
With the cupcake craze still going strong it’s no surprise that many brave mommy bakers have dabbled with using their breast milk for quirky cupcake creations. Jasmine Marsh, a birth and postpartum doula, modified a vegan recipe to create her Breast Milk Chai Latte Cupcake recipe, which you can find on her blog Doula Right Thing. We also found a recipe for Vanilla Breast Milk Cupcakes with Strawberry Frosting.
Abi Blake, the self-proclaimed “Nigella Lawson of breast milk cookery” has become a bit of a legend when it comes to cooking with human milk. In defense of her favorite ingredient, she says, “Although the idea of eating something made out of someone else’s breast milk may make some people’s stomachs turn, it is full of vitamins that can never be found in cow’s milk.” Okay. But lasagna, really? Blake sells her comfort food including lasagna, cheesecake, tarts and smoothies at festivals with much fanfare. She hasn’t revealed her personal recipes, but the strategy remains the same — when a recipe calls for milk or cheese, replace it with breast milk or breast milk cheese and wallah you have breast milk lasagna.
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Breast Milk Butter
Who knew you could turn your own breast milk into butter? All you have to do is put an ounce or two of breast milk in a sterile jar, screw the lid on tightly and shake, shake, shake until you have butter.
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Breast Milk & Mushroom Risotto
If you love undeniably creamy and comforting risotto, why not add the comforting extra ingredient of mom’s breast milk? Psychologist Dr. Wendy Walsh tried it and shared her story on Momlogic. She “accidentally” used breast milk instead of cream in her rich mushroom risotto that she was preparing for dinner guests. Surprisingly, her mom-made meal didn’t scare away the party.
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Using breast milk to create Popsicles isn’t so much a shock as it is an awe-inspiring idea for teething babies. Try Mother-2-Mother’s instructions for creating plain breast milk pops, or add fruit or fruit juice for added flavor and fun.
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French Toast Strata With Caramel Sauce & Breast Milk
This recipe calls for your breakfast to soak in breast milk overnight. Start by lightly coating a shallow 2-quart baking dish with vegetable spray. Arrange 5 slices of bread inside. Combine 1 1/2 cups breast milk, 2 large eggs, plus 4 large egg whites, 1/3 cup firmly packed brown sugar, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, and 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon, mixing with a wire whisk. Pour half over the bread. Layer 5 more slices on top, and cover with the rest of the egg and breast milk mixture. Refrigerate overnight. Bake 30 to 35 minutes at 350 degrees. Optional: Drizzle caramel sauce and fruit over top before serving.
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Your Milk Yogurt
If you’ve ever made yogurt before, you know the process can be time consuming. When using your own breast milk, the process remains the same, plus add a few extra minutes for pumping. We found a yogurt recipe from a reader on Food.com that calls for breast milk that’s worth a try. The creator of this recipe intended the result to be fed to babies, but you of course, can decide if you dare to indulge.
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Breast Milk Bread Starter
What can you do with 2.5 cups of warm breast milk? StorkNet suggests making a bread starter, which you can later use to bake delicious dinner rolls or a loaf of fresh bread. You’ll also need 1 package of active dry yeast, 2 cups all-purpose flour and 1 tablespoon sugar.