Dairy Facts

Dairy facts and general information about dairy products.

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Where do Dairy Products Come From:

All dairy products come from milk.
Dairy products include milk, cheese, and yogurt.

Why we Need Dairy Products:

Dairy products provide calcium and this is especially important in women and children.
Why do kids need calcium?
  1. Strengthen bones
  2. Help prevent osteoporosis later in life
  3. Keeps mouths healthy

How much Dairy Products Do We Need:

Kids Daily Calcium needs:
  • Birth to 6 months 210 mg
  • 6-12 months 270 mg
  • 1-3 years old 500 mg (about 1 1/2 glasses a day)
  • 4-8 years old 800 mg (about 2 1/2 glasses a day)
  • 9-18 years old 1,300 mg (about 4 1/2 glasses of milk)
I don't know about your house but I have one child who doesn't like milk or cheese. After reading this information and realizing how much he is lacking I'm going to have to come up with new ways to introduce dairy.

Dairy Facts

What is One Serving of Dairy:

Here are some of the Natural Institutes of Health ideas for one serving:dairy products including cheese, milk carton
  • Fruit or plain yogurt
  • 1 Cup Orange juice with added calcium
  • 1 Cup Ricotta cheese
  • 1/2 Cup Low fat or fat free cheese 2 ounces
  • Milk 1 cup
  • Soybeans 1 Cup
  • Cheddar cheese 1/2 Cup
  • Tofu with added calcium 1/2 Cup
  • Cheese pizza 1 slice
  • Raw broccoli, 1 stalk
  • Cooked broccoli, 1 cup
  • Bok choy, 1 Cup
  • Spinach, cooked 1/2 Cup
  • Frozen yogurt vanilla 1/2 Cup
  • Macaroni and cheese 1 Cup
  • Almonds 1 ounce
  • 1 tortilla corn or flour

Some Things You Can Find Dairy Products in:

  • Ice cream
  • Frozen yogurt
  • Milk based pudding
  • Hard or soft cheeses
  • Cream cheese
  • Cottage cheese
  • Yogurt plain or flavored
  • Yogurt drinks
  • Milk, soy milk, flavored milk
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Dairy Cooking Ideas

How to Make Homemade Butter

You will need:
  • Whipping cream at room temperature
  • Small jar
Pour a Tablespoon of whipping cream that has been warmed to room temperature in a small jar such as a baby food jar.
cream for making homemade butter
Place the lid on and shake continuously. Take turns with other family members or friends.

shaking homemade butter
Keep shaking until the cream forms into a ball. Pour off the excess milk and add a little salt to your homemade butter if desired.

homemade butter
The fat in the cream when you shake the jar comes together forming a ball of butter.

How Do You Make Yogurt?

Yogurt is made by using milk and a store bought plain yogurt (because you need live cultures). Then cooking and incubating the mixture for several hours. Learn how to make homemade yogurt.

How Do You Make Cheese:

Cheese is made from milk. You start the process by heating milk and then adding other ingredients. Then letting it stand 12-18 hours.
Learn how to make homemade cottage cheese.

cottage chesee

Cottage Cheese Breakfast Video

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