Does Camel Milk Curdle?

Ashley | 05 - 11 - 2021
Camel Milk

An interesting fact about camel milk is that it doesn’t curdle. Before we answer why camel milk does not curdle, let’s understand the biology and habitat of a camel first.

Camels are of two types namely the double-humped Bactrian and the single-humped dromedary camels. Camels are native to the Middle Eastern and North African regions of the world.

The dromedary breed of camels is highly domesticated in comparison to their double-humped counterparts because of their body structure that assists in the transportation of goods and passengers easily.

Dromedary Camels Have a Gestation Period Of ______
  • A. 13-15 Months
  • B. 15-16 Months
  • C. 16-20 Months
  • D. None of the Above

There is a popular belief that Camels store water in those humps for use during heavy drought but in reality camels actually store fat in their humps and use the fat when food is unavailable.

A camel’s body is majorly made of water and losing water due to sweat can cause severe weight loss in these beasts of burden. Thus, the biological temperature of a camel doesn’t allow it to sweat much despite the dry climate of the desert.

What Type of Milk Doesn’t Curdle

Since Camels don’t sweat, their milk is 90% water making it impossible to curdle or coagulate. Thus, a camel’s milk never curdles. Making Camel milk cheese is a huge challenge for manufacturers due to the protein structure of camel milk.

Why Is Camel Milk So Expensive?

  1. Can we make curd from camel milk? No
  2. Can we make cheese from camel milk? It’s possible only after introducing several other chemicals
  3. Then why is camel milk so expensive if we can’t make any by-products from it?

Camel milk is expensive because it contains all the nutrients and proteins of an ordinary cow, goat, or sheep milk but low fat and calories in comparison. Camel milk is highly recommended for diabetic patients and people who are lactose intolerant.

Thus, the high demand and slow supply have led to its expensiveness. Apart from its benefits, Camel’s milk has few disadvantages such as not being pasteurized, selling it raw across the nation can pose a serious threat of food poisoning in consumers.

If you ever visit the UAE don’t skip tasting camel milk!

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