Saturday, August 05, 2006

Ask Swedish Sloth - How To Make Fil Milk?

Dear Swedish Sloth,

Can you please tell me what the measurements are for making your own filmjolk. I have a 1 litre carton and would love to make it last.



Dear Magnus,

Thanks for asking Swedish Sloth!

Normally to make more fil milk, you would just put a little of the old fil milk in a bowl, add fresh milk to it, put a towel over it to keep out light (and flies), and then let it sit overnight. Poof alla kazaam! You have a fresh batch of fil milk the next morning for your meusli.

This recipe has worked for our cute little Swedish friends for countless millennia. However a couple hundred years ago some French bastard named Louis invented pasteurization. And nowadays for safety reasons it's hard to get un-pasteurized milk. And this little recipe works best with un-pasteurized milk. But despair not young filmjolk Padawan, for despair leads to fear... and fear leads to anger.

You simply add a little Lactococcus and Leuconostoc bacteria. Make sure you don't add the wrong kind of bacteria though, or you will probably die. May the force be with you.

For more information see the Wikipedia article

- Swedish Sloth

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