One of the advantages of living in a rural setting is that one of the local farmers sells milk direct -straight from cow to you.
The system is that you leave your bottle on the windowledge at the farmhouse and pick it up after the evening milking. Once a week I leave the money (3 euros 50 for 7 litres) on the windowledge with the empty bottle.
The only problem is that milking times can vary and in the recent hot weather I try to collect the milk as soon as possible. The day before yesterday they were running late so I had to go to the farm (a bit further down the road) where I found Monsieur J. just about to fill the bottles.
Yesterday I left it a bit later only to find that the milk must have been sitting there for some time as it was considerably warmer than ‘cow temperature’.
We normally use the milk raw but I felt it wise to boil it this time.
As for butter, we can buy it from a farm in the next village. The difference in taste is remarkable and at 4 euros for 500 grams it compares favourably with supermarket brands.
If only I could get my act together and grow my own veg!