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Breast Milk the Not So Secret Ingredient at Swiss Restaurant

The secret ingredient is mother's milk, only it's no secret! A Swiss restaurateur plans to roll out a new menu with decadent soups, sauces and stews made with breast milk. The owner of Storchen, Hans Locher, does not see any controversy in using the natural ingredient as babies are raised on it. What raised eyebrows is when he started soliciting the services of lactating women. One report said:

Mr Locher attracted the attention of the leading media of the German-speaking world this week after he posted ads looking for women donors, who will receive just over three pounds for 14 ounces of their milk.

The chef said that he blends a bit of cream with the milk for consistency, but only service will show whether or not patrons will indulge. Would you?

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Shiza Shiza 9 years
@Great: Sure. But most people do buy generic brands. "So cow's milk is always contaminated when conventionally produced" (my quote) = generic brands Sterilized utter or not: most "bad" substances are IN the milk (again, I'm talking about factory farming). I have seen dairies, talked to farmers and vets, that's why I arrogate to write about such things. :) Even if not for ethical reasons, I wouldn't consume cow's milk for my own health, organic or not. I wouldn't drink human's milk either, but if I had to choose, I'd prefer human's milk, because it is at least made for a human body. That is a personal thing, too. Besides, I criticised primarily the "ewwwww"'s when it comes to breast milk while people have no problem drinking other animals' mother's milk (that's a common reaction). It's an acquired aversion, I guess. @Greggie: Okay, that is an extreme example. :D But in general, I assume they do control the milk regularly. They presumably don't allow themselves to risk such a scandal.
Greggie Greggie 9 years
And what's in the cow's milk is approved for use, that's not at all always true for breastmilk. I can easily stop nursing my daughter, start snorting cocaine, and donate milk. Doesn't make it safe for human consumption.
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 9 years
Shiza, that isn't true at all. There are many options for milk besides the generic brand at the store. You can buy pure organic milk that is nothing but grass fed. Also, have you ever seen a dairy. The utters are completely sterilized before milking.
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 9 years
:sick: This is such a personal thing. I can't imagine drinking anyone else's. I only tasted mine once.
Shiza Shiza 9 years
The recipient of cow's milk is always getting meds, chemicals and hormones because the cow gets meds, chemicals and hormones (and of course produces hormones during the pregnancy). You can't just "filter" them or something. So cow's milk is always contaminated when conventionally produced, and sometimes even when organic. Besides I am sure that the breast milk is checked for chemicals or other "substances" ;-) before used. Europe is not a "free to do everything you like"-zone, and most countries do have stricter requirements in the gastronomic sector than in the U.S. And regarding "safe for human consumption": Depends on the perspective. ;-) Of course traces of antibiotics, pesticides, medicaments and a good amount of hormones are somehow safe... if you appreciate them.
Greggie Greggie 9 years
The article doesn't say what testing and things he'd do, which is why I think he's out of his mind. But for general milk donation, it goes through testing and many other procedures to be sure the recipient isn't getting any meds or chemicals. The restaurant owner would be wise to research that before serving. Then again, he's not in the US so he may not be as open to a lawsuit as he would be if it were done here.
sarasonne sarasonne 9 years
Maybe he should try baby formula as a "new" ingredient instead.
sarasonne sarasonne 9 years
Oh haaaaail no. I don't think his restaurant is going to last. Also, although cows are subjected to artificial hormones and other things, cow's milk is put through tests by the FDA to make sure it's safe for human consumption. Who is to say that just b/c a woman is lactating that she isn't smoking someting (this is europe), on prescription medication or exposed to other chemicals that effect her milk.
Shiza Shiza 9 years
Sorry, but I assume that all of you are consuming dairy products, aren't you? Cow's milk is mother's milk, too - and I bet that a cow's udder is not as clean as a woman's nipple and cow's milk is full of pesticides, artificial hormones and drugs. So ridiculous to say "Ewww" when it comes to our own species' mother's milk while brainlessly consuming other animals' milk which in contrast to human milk is not even healthy for human beings.
hithatsmybike hithatsmybike 9 years
Not for me, thanks.
macgirl macgirl 9 years
I'd probably pass but I don't think it is the end of the worst thing I have read today.
Jude-C Jude-C 9 years
Er...that sounds really gross.
tweet-hotpants tweet-hotpants 9 years
no thanks.
katedavis katedavis 9 years
EW. No can do.
Greggie Greggie 9 years
They can pasteurize it like they do cow's milk. The article doesn't say if it he will or not though.
kiwitwist kiwitwist 9 years
where = whether
kiwitwist kiwitwist 9 years
I think it is disgusting. How do you know where the 'milk' is clean from disease and what not? Of course I didn't read the entire article, so that might have been answered.
Greggie Greggie 9 years
My husband sent me this link yesterday saying I could make some money while staying at home! *lol* I personally wouldn't eat at a restaurant specializing in it, but if there was a local one where I could bring in milk and make money, I'd jump on it. I use it in my own cooking, but don't serve it to others.
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