‘Only in France’ are the words that pop into my mind when I came across Horse Milk (Chevalait) in our local French market. And of course, because I didn’t even know that you could get milk from horses (though, yeah, if you think about it… duh, cows, goats…mares), I had to try it.
Tastes like chicken
You know how everyone says that all sorts of unusual meats ‘taste like chicken’, well, horse milk tastes like, well, milk. Or at least what we commonly think of as milk (e.g. cow’s). It’s a bit thinner in texture, looks like someone added just a touch of water to some cows milk. Or, if you are a drinker of soya or almond milk, you’ll understand the texture. Though, it still tastes like milk.
Mais, pourquoi? (But, why?)
Having tried it, finding out it is very nice, though more expensive than ‘milk’, one does have to wonder, um, why? Why would you want to milk a horse (or should I say mare here to be on the safe side?). After all, there are a lot of cows about. For one reason, it is lower in fat. Quite a bit lower, maybe that’s why it is ‘thinner’ in texture. (Sorry couldn’t resist.) It has more nutrients than cow’s milk. It lasts longer. Supposedly is more beneficial for gut issues and such, and, along those lines, if you are dairy intolerant this may just be the milk for you.
In researching horse milk, I came across all sorts of interesting information. I gather Central Asians have always been au fait with horse milk and that it is more common in many places than cow’s milk. Well, much of their terrain is more suited to horses than cows. It makes a bit of sense. They even ferment it into an alcoholic beverage. Hey, why not? One can even get powdered horse milk. particularly in Germany, Italy, and of course, France. Having said that, I have yet to find it, but I am now on the search. (And once found? Hmmm, more research is needed.)
Horse Milk Shopping List – why not?
Because we have such fun going to the markets, and finding the likes of Chevalait, we thought it would be fun to make a Shopping List printable for next time we all go to market. We’ve also included a place to write in which store, so no more confusions of which list goes to where!
The printable is available in two sizes:
Full page Large Shopping List (A4) ~ Download your free printable full page Shopping List here
Or two smaller lists (A5) that fit onto a full page. If choosing this one, make certain to set your printer to print landscape when printing! ~ Download your free printable 2 x Shopping Lists here