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Blue John Milk
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Becky    Posted 09-04-2002 at 06:18:18       [Reply]  [Send Email]
A friend is reading a book set back pre-WWII and there is reference several times to "Blue John Milk". Anyone know what that is?

Joe    Posted 11-29-2008 at 16:50:46       [Reply]  [Send Email]
it is skim milk

james    Posted 04-04-2009 at 19:57:41       [Reply]  [Send Email]
during mob control of the beer industry during proabition,cows were fed while pinned up in stalls the left over hops and swill from making beer and no grains or grasses untill they had to be supported by slings because they could'nt stand up from malnutrition. They continued to take milk from the cows but it had little or no nutritional value. There was record infant mortality untill the gov. put a stop to this practice. The pale bluish color resulted in the name. Sometimes additive were put in to give the milk a more normal texture and color.

Paul Gutterman    Posted 11-06-2008 at 06:31:43       [Reply]  [Send Email]
In "The Wild Blue" by Stephen Ambrose, a history of WW II bomber pilots, one of the pilots described growing up in the Great Depression. He said a typical dinner for him consisted of cornbread and "Blue John", which he said was milk mixed with water.

Not that old, but not tha    Posted 07-25-2007 at 10:38:11       [Reply]  [No Email]
"Blue John" is simply what you would refer to as skim milk today. It has a blueish hue because of the very low fat content. It is what is left after the fat content is separated to make butter.

I am surprised that most people don't know that today.

BuckMajors    Posted 01-29-2004 at 13:35:30       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I was told that my mama could breats feed me because her milk was "Blue John", aka very low milk fat.

BuckMajors    Posted 01-29-2004 at 13:37:30       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Opps I meant to say she couln't breast feed me, that must be why I kan't spell.

Saddlebum    Posted 09-04-2002 at 21:09:58       [Reply]  [No Email]
That's what my 77 y/o mom calls skim milk to this day. For the same reasons others have already mentioned--it is kind of blue looking, compared to milk with some fat left in it. She grew up in south TX on the Gulf Coast; wonder if it was a regional (southern) thing?

Mike    Posted 06-06-2008 at 10:22:29       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Nope! Not just a "Southern" thang.....My mom called it 'blue john' too and that was in Indiana

Becky    Posted 09-04-2002 at 11:22:10       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Thanks for all the great responses to the Blue John Milk!

DHunter n NOLa    Posted 09-04-2002 at 08:48:32       [Reply]  [No Email]
When I was growing up in the late 30's and 40's my folks refered to milk that had no milk fat in it as 'blue john'. Mamma would let the milk set in a container in the ice box until all of the cream rose to the top. Then she would skim off the cream and put it in a seperate container to be churned to make butter. No one had even heard the word 'homogonize' back then. The milk that was left after the cream had been skimmed off was 'blue john'. The liquid that was left after the butter had been extracted was 'butter milk'.

s sarver    Posted 07-17-2005 at 05:31:29       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Does anybody know how to 'make' blue john (skimmed milk) without the use of a milk seperator? After I skim the cream the milk still appears to have lots of fat content. Thank you.

Hogman ---KEERECT    Posted 09-04-2002 at 10:40:01       [Reply]  [No Email]
Ya run tha milk thru tha seperater'n got all tha cream out of it,Cream went in one container'n tha "BLUE JOHN went in another'n from there to tha Hog pen. We never drank tha stuff, only whole milk.

It's called Blue John cause without tha cream it takes on a blue color. I'm supposed ta drink skim milk for this Heart thingie but be durned i'ff'n I drink Blue John so now just drink herd tea.

Such is life

Melba    Posted 08-16-2008 at 13:11:49       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I cannot find out the history of where the "john" came from in "Blue John Milk". Can anyone answer that or help me.

EIEIO    Posted 09-04-2002 at 08:39:33       [Reply]  [No Email]
I found this, it is Soldier Blue Milk would that make any sense in the context of the story?

Soldier Blue Milk Paint
Item no : 02228734

Soldier Blue

Our old-fashioned Milk Paint is a re-creation of the original milk paint formula used for centuries before commercially manufactured paints were available. This durable authentic paint is available in a variety of historic colors and is an excellent choice for restoration or reproduction finishes. Milk paint is non-toxic, biodegradable and odor-free when dry

JoeK    Posted 09-04-2002 at 07:43:49       [Reply]  [No Email]
Only reference I found was one which mentions it as "not fresh,but not sour milk"..Perhaps akin to buttermilk?

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