Got milk? In the Middle Ages milk came from cows, goats, and sheep, with most peasants owning one or more of these animals. Even so, fresh drinking milk was surprisingly uncommon.
There was no easy way to keep milk from spoiling, and it was only available during the times of year when animals were producing. For the most part milk was used to make other foods like butter and cheese.
Milk to drink was primarily given to the sick, young children, the elderly, and those who were too poor to buy meat. Instead, peasants drank whey, buttermilk, milk that had been soured or diluted with water, and almond milk.