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Frequently Asked Questions

Camel milk tastes just like milk!Why is camel milk so expensive?
Camels don’t give lots of milk, but what they do give is precious. They only give milk when they have a baby and lactation lasts from 10 months to over a year. They have long pregnancies, and it’s not easy to breed them, so while the US learns more about camel breeding, we’re thankful to get what we do. Milking camels (cows) produce around 5-6 liters or so a day (imagine three 2-liter bottles of soda). So it takes a whole farm, lots of feed and pasture, veterinary care, and human hands to care for and milk these ladies. If you saw how much labor and expense goes into it, you’d be surprised it’s not more costly. Since many of our customers are parents, we won’t charge more than we think is reasonable.
Can my kids drink camel milk?
Yes! This product is not intended to cure or diagnose any illness. If you plan to use camel milk as a natural remedy, please consult your local physician and alternative health care practitioner before you introduce a new food to your children’s diet.
Why don’t you use glass bottles? 
We can if you prefer. We like to give options to our customers and have no preference for one or another.  However, please note that glass bottles usually increase the price of your shipment.
Is camel milk kosher? 
Camel Milk is not kosher according to Jewish law. The Jewish law requirement is that an animal must have a cloven foot and chew their cud; camels do not have a cloven foot. Both criteria must be met for an animal to be considered kosher. However, a Rabbi may honor exceptions to this rule when there are health issues. Contact your local Rabbi for more information.Is camel milk halal?
Camel milk is halal in Islam but not halal-certified by any organization in the United States.Where is your production facility? 
We work with Amish and other family farms nationwide. Each bottle is milked, bottled and packaged at the farm to ensure the delicate camel milk is not exposed to contamination. Our camel milk is not and will never be shipped to a third-party contractor for bottling. We try to limit the number of people dealing with your products to ensure freshness and purity.How should I store my milk? 
If you received your milk frozen we suggest that you store it in the freezer ASAP unless you are planning to thaw it and use it within a couple of hours. If it is fresh, you can freeze it for at least 6 months. Or store it in the fridge for recommended 3 days after the sell by date. It is not unusual for camel milk to last more than 10 days in the fridge although it might taste a little bit sour. However we recommend following the sell by date as a precaution.Do you ship nationally?
Yes, please see our shipping rates...Are you certified organic?
No, but we work with family farmers who have been leaders in ‘organic’ agriculture from the very beginning before all the certifications came into place. If you would like to see the Certified Organic label on our bottles, give us a call or email us. With greater demand for this, we will be glad to make that investment.My local store doesn’t carry camel milk! What can I do?
We’re with you—we want to see Desert Farms products on every shelf too! We’re working on spreading the Camel Milk Revolution, but you can help by asking the dairy manager where you shop to stock a small quantity of Desert Farms Camel Milk to start. It’s good for stores to know what their customers want.I own a small store, and I like your products. How do I stock Desert Farms? 
Send us an email at camelmilk@desertfarms.com. Let us know the distributors who supply you and we can work out the details.What allergens are present in your facility or products?
Our products are made in a facility that processes dairy, soy, and tree nuts. Camel milk contains milk.Are your bottles recyclable?
Desert Farms bottles are 100% recyclable, and our sights are set on using fully recycled materials in our future packaging. We seek to recycle, reuse and repurpose.Your product says ‘non- homogenized’ but I see a little white creamy stuff on the edges of the bottle. What does that mean?
Although homogenization is a physical process, where pressure is applied to the beverage, we don’t need to do that artificially. Factory homogenization ensures smoothness and prevents separation. But it doesn’t affect the nutritional content. The beauty of camel milk is that it is naturally homogenized, it’s so great that we skip that physical process and provide camel milk in its original form. The white creamy stuff is probably butterfat and we love drinking it. And while you might see a little separation in the occasional bottle of camel milk, that’s just a natural event and doesn’t change the drinkability of the milk. Just shake it up.

We do not homogenize Desert Farms camel milk because we believe that milk should be processed as little as possible, and consumed in the most natural state.  Homogenization, which is not necessary for any food safety reason, destroys the sweet, creamy taste of fresh milk and alters its molecular structure.
Why don’t you pasteurize your milk? 
We offer our customers the choice of raw milk at the present time, but we plan to offer pasteurized camel milk in the future as well. We don’t take sides in the debate of raw vs. pasteurized. We think camel milk is great either way.  We'll let you know when our facility is upgraded to include a state-of-the-art pasteurization system.
Is raw milk safe?
Yes, for most people, but always check the source and take your questions to a doctor. Please read more about Why Raw Camel Milk
Can I cook or bake with camel milk?
Our camel milk is GREAT for cooking – the best part is that you can use the exact same amount of camel milk in cooking and baking recipes as cow’s milk. 
Can I use camel milk with coffee? 
Our camel milk will not curdle in your coffee; in fact, it’s become the milk of choice at some of Dubai’s top coffee shops, so you should go ahead and steam it, too!
How long does your product stay fresh? 
You can drink our camel milk 3 days after the sell by date. It’s not unusual for our products to remain good past the 10-day mark; however, we only guarantee them for 3 days once received fresh. 
Are you going to make your products in smaller sizes? 
You bet! How could we deprive you of our camel milk goodness on-the-go? Stay tuned for the next evolution of the product line to hit shelves in many adventurous flavors! Hint: fancy yourself a date? 
Is camel milk vegan? 
No, Desert Farms camel milk is an animal product. Animal lovers can rejoice that our camels are treated well and cherished by each family farm! 
Can camel milk be mixed with alcoholic beverages? 
What happens in your glass stays in your glass.
How much camel milk can I consume in a day?
Drink as much camel milk as you’d like! You’re not limited to the amount of camel milk you can consume.
Do I need to keep my camel milk refrigerated?
Yes, camel milk should be refrigerated below 40 degrees Fahrenheit before and after opening to preserve the highest quality and taste.
What should I do if the expiration date on the bottle has passed?
We believe our product is best before the sell by date and don’t recommend you consuming it 3 days after the sell by date.
When is the best time to drink camel milk?
Whenever you feel like it! Before, during or after meals or as a light midnight snack.  Here are some of the ways you’ve told us you like to drink camel milk:

  • In the morning for energy with tea or coffee

  • Throughout the day for sustained energy

  • With or without a meal to help control your appetite

  • One hour before working out to build stamina

  • Immediately following a strenuous workout for recovery and replenishment

  • In the evening as a tasty, low calorie dessert replacement 

Are Desert Farms’ products okay for people with wheat and gluten allergies?
We make every effort to ensure that Desert Farms products are free of wheat, wheat gluten, rye, oats, barley and malt. While it is virtually impossible to be certain that each bottle is 100% free of all gluten, Desert Farms products are suitable for most people with wheat and gluten allergies. People with severe allergies should consult a doctor before introducing a new food.
Is Desert Farms camel milk a replacement for breast feeding or infant formula?        
The American Academy of Pediatrics recognizes that breastfeeding is important for optimal infant and child health and development. We share this view, and we recommend that you consult your health care provider when you are considering changing any aspect of a child’s diet.
Can I refreeze my camel milk?
Refreezing is not recommended for previously thawed milk.  Although freezing is unlikely to change milk's nutritional values, it will change its consistency. Milk that has been frozen and thawed in the refrigerator can be used for drinking, baking and cooking.
How is Desert Farms camel milk packaged?
We make every effort to use packaging materials that are safe, responsibly sourced and recyclable. Our 16 FL OZ milk bottles are PET and BPA free. Each bottle is hand-packaged by your farmer and no machine is involved.
How can I recycle a Desert Farms product?
Recycling facilities vary from one community to another. If our packages are not being recycled in your community, we urge you to work with your local recycling center to expand their efforts.
Where does Desert Farms get the camel milk?
From camels… No really, Desert Farms camel milk comes from hard-working and dedicated family farmers around the US. Our family farms supply 100% of our camel milk.
How big are Desert Farms partner farms? 
The farms that provide our camel milk come in all shapes and sizes from every region of the country. But they all share the belief that raw natural camel milk makes sense for healthy families and a healthy planet. The average herd size of a Desert Farms partner farm is 6 cows (what they call female milking camels). Learn more about Our Farms.Where can I buy camel milk?
You can buy camel milk by signing up on our website at www.desertfarms.com. Here you can buy the best quality camel milk delivered right to your door.What do Desert Farms camels eat?
All Desert Farms camels graze on organic pasture. When they are not on pasture, they are fed only organic; vegetarian feed that has been produced without the use of genetically modified grains or the use of toxic and persistent herbicides, pesticides or fertilizers.

How often Desert Farms camel graze on the pasture?
In compliance with USDA Organic Regulations, all Desert Farms camels must graze on pasture for at least four months of the year. The grazing season varies depending on geographic region. Camels are required to have year-round access to the outdoors, shade, shelter, exercise areas and direct sunlight. Fresh air and exercise are considered vital to a camel's health, even in the non-pasture season. Every farmer is responsible for creating and adhering to a pasture management plan that’s updated monthly.
Does Desert Farms use any antibiotics or growth hormones on their camels?
The use of antibiotics is strictly prohibited in Desert Farms. Our policy is 100% raw and natural whenever possible. The first and best defense against illness is prevention. But when a camel does become ill, we rely on natural and alternative methods as our preferred treatment. If a sick animal cannot be restored to full health with organic-approved treatments, we may administer antibiotics or other prescribed medicines to return a camel to good health. However, when antibiotics or other prohibited materials are administered, we hold off on shipping the milk till there is no antibiotic residue in the camel milk, and then we resume. We always consider the well-being of our animals first and never allow an animal to suffer. The use of added growth hormones rBST and rBGH is strictly prohibited on Desert Farms. The use of these substances is not allowed in any organic dairy.Who owns Desert Farms?
Desert Farms Camel Milk is a brand within Desert Farms Inc. Desert Farms Inc. is dedicated to introducing authentic and nutritious products originating from the desert through socially and environmentally responsible practices. Desert Farms is a registered trademark of Desert Farms, Inc. Desert Farms is an independent, privately held company incorporated in the state of California.Where is Desert Farms located?
The company got its start in Los Angeles, California, in 2014. Our headquarters are located in the heart of downtown Santa Monica, CA. Our family farms, which supply 100% of Desert Farms’ camel milk, are in many states around the country.Am I supporting family farms if I order from any state?
Absolutely! Desert Farms works with a network of family farms across the country.Is camel milk natural?  
Yes. All natural.Do your camels have one hump or two?
Most of our farmers have Arabian camels or mistakenly known as dromedaries, which are one-humped camels, often used for dairy production. Remember the letter D for Dromedary, D for delicious! Some of our other farmers have a herd of Bactrian’s, which are not currently used for milking and a nice collection of mixed breed.What does “Make everyday a hump day” really mean?
Drink Desert Farms Camel Milk daily and you'll know soon enough…