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New York Chef Daniel Angerer Makes Breast Milk Cheese

New York Chef Serves Up Breast Milk Cheese

When it comes to homemade cheese, is breast best? That's what Daniel Angerer thinks. The chef, who owns Klee Brasserie with wife Lori Mason, has garnered attention for, among other things, squaring off against Bobby Flay in Iron Chef America. But lately, he's been making headlines for a different reason: serving cheese made from his wife's breast milk.

It all began when Angerer noticed his wife producing breast milk faster than daughter Arabella Caroline could handle. "To throw it out would be like wasting gold," he wrote. So he used the surplus to make what he called My Spouse's Mommy Milk Cheese, even posting the recipe on his blog. "The phone was ringing off the hook," Angerer told the New York Post, who first broke the story. "So I prepared a little canape of breast milk cheese with figs and Hungarian pepper."

After some calls from the health department, the chef, who claims he served the cheese only to friends and family, won't be putting it on the menu. Still, he describes it as "like cow's-milk cheese, kind of sweet." Even though I'm sure he's right, I'm completely rankled by the idea. Would you try breast milk cheese?


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GummiBears GummiBears 7 years
Hmmm...I rather let the baby have it. She needs it more than I do.
GregS GregS 7 years
You're right. Tofu is a good source of calcium - when fortified or prepared with calcium sulfate, and to a lesser extent without. Point taken and not disputed as I mentioned above. My bad on the leafy greens - forgot about them, and it's interesting that they didn't show in the USDA search. Again, though, my issue was with the comments being that breast milk is gross, etc. It isn't. It's the thought of you (plural you) as adults consuming a food derived from a source normally ment for babies. That's personal tastes (personally, I'd sort of agree). But I'm open minded enough to think about it without the knee jerk reaction to it. The differences between breast milk and cow milk are small, according to NIH. Since you can make cheese from multiple sources of milk, why not? Maybe not my cup of tea or yours, but... ? Peace! I'm off this thread. :D
girlA girlA 7 years
"best FOR infants" that is! :OOPS:
girlA girlA 7 years
I didn't say milk doesn't have calcium. The USDA isn't exactly impartial, too. I have nothing against breast milk--it's the best of infants. I was just responding to your comment regarding osteoporosis and milk products. I know not to eat chocolate and I don't...thanks for the tip though.
lilkimbo lilkimbo 7 years
Actually, here's a document from the USDA website that lists "spinach, broccoli, and other green leafy vegetables" as good sources of calcium: I actually enjoy dairy and recognize that it is also a good source of calcium, it just bugs me when people try to tell other adults what they should or should not eat.
lilkimbo lilkimbo 7 years
The USDA list is not meant to be all-inclusive. If you know what individual things to look up on the USDA site, you'll see that they also list several types of beans and tofu as high in calcium, so, no the USDA doesn't disagree with girlA. And, even your own description of breast milk specifies "for infants."
GregS GregS 7 years
USDA tends to disagree with you. On their website when you search for calcium you see milk and milk byproducts (powdered mostly) and those fortified wtih a calcium, calcium sulfates (a drying agent for powdering liquids, or as a coagulant for things like tofu), and calcium propionate (a food preservative). No vegies listed. Anyway, my blast was directed not at using breast milk per se as a cheese making source, but as a reaction to the generalized disgust at the thought of breast milk as having any redeeming properties at all. National Institutes of Health describe breast milk as "...the perfect source of nutrition for infants. Breast milk contains appropriate amounts of carbohydrate, protein, and fat. It also provides the digestive proteins, minerals, vitamins, and hormones that infants need. Breast milk contains valuable antibodies from the mother that may help the baby resist infections." That this chef has turned the substance into cheese is subject to ones personal taste, I would hesitate to quickly call out as gross, vile, disgusting, and other adjectives used here. I'd be curious as to how many of us were breast fed as babies. BTW, don't eat chocolate if you are disgusted by milk.
girlA girlA 7 years
I get so sick of people spewing misinformation regarding dairy and calcium. There are much better sources where you're not ingesting hormones, anti-biotics, blood and other nastiness from cows. The dairy industry has lots of money to tell us that cow's milk is the best source. It takes 3 servings of dairy to get the same amount of calcium in 1 serving of vegetables, plus, vegetable calcium is easier to digest and absorb. Animal milk actually causes your bones to release more calcium and to prevent osteoporosis, you need to do weight-bearing exercises and eat (clean) calcium--not loading up on dairy. And considering dairy is linked to cancer, allergies, asthma, was easy for me to give it up.
lilkimbo lilkimbo 7 years
Additionally, last I checked, babies don't typically drink breast milk from random women whom they don't know. Milk from cows, goats, and sheep that is sold in the U.S. is regulated.
lilkimbo lilkimbo 7 years
Greg, there are ways other than milk and cheese to get calcium. :oy:
GregS GregS 7 years
I'm also reading that you women don't drink milk or eat cheese. Of the 2 sexes, you're the ones that need to consume the most of these. You lose calcium every month and over the years of your reproductive lives it's a lot. Have you heard of Osteoporosis? It's a weakening of your skeletal structure causing women to experience bone fractures from simple falls, or even just from stressing the bone as in running or even walking. Better drink up! And take your vitamin D, too because the human body can't absorb calcium without it.
GregS GregS 7 years
Hang on here a sec! Breast milk is gross?? Breasts feed babies that turn into adults like you and me. Is feeding a baby breast milk gross and disgusting? Because that's where babies get a lot of their immunities from, it's where they get their nourishment from, it's no different than cow, goat, sheep or any other kind of breast milk. That's one of the things that makes us mammalian. The word is derived from mammary which is the breast. I can't believe how closed minded people are.
sweetvanity sweetvanity 7 years
gross. i don't even like cow's milk/cheese-- this i just over the top. "modified sweat"
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 7 years
No. It's too intimate. JMHO.
lilkimbo lilkimbo 7 years
I'm with you, sourcherry. There's no logical reason for me to think this way, but something about it strikes me as odd.
alyssa1 alyssa1 7 years
wow. i did not know that you can do that. i might try that.
bonchicbongenre bonchicbongenre 7 years
I don't think its a big deal. Humans are not meant to consume milk from OTHER species. As mystic eye mentioned, it's healthy to consume human milk.
dit-dah-dit dit-dah-dit 7 years
So basically he's serving traditional brie. What's the big deal?
girlA girlA 7 years
Exactly #6...I don't drink cow, sheep or goat milk either. Yuck!!
Spectra Spectra 7 years
Ugh, that's gross. I would never EVER drink breast milk or eat cheese made from it. Not even if I knew who was pumping it. At least he isn't trying to sell it or anything.
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