Thursday, February 24, 2011

Land of Milk


Now that one of our goats has "freshened" again (fancy goatherder talk for "the goat had kids"), we're excited to have fresh milk.  So what does one do with a gallon of milk a day?  The possibilities are myriad.  In the decade that I have been raising goats, I have narrowed my goat milk uses a bit.  We love to drink it raw, cold is better. 



We use it for soap - just made a batch of mudbath that's curing, and getting low on lavender tea tree, so that's next. 


Butter is just too much work.  Goat milk is naturally homogenized, so by the time the cream separates on its own, the flavor is a bit too strong for our tastes.  Thankfully, we have the jersey cow's milk for that.  Goat cheese curds are wonderful.  As is cottage cheese, farmer's cheese, and goat mozzarella.  Then there's yogurt and ice cream.  Doesn't sound like such a narrow field at all, once we get going, does it?  That's a good thing, because there's lots of milk to use up!  And then there are still the other odd uses - on cereal, creamy rich potato soup and chowders, pancake batter, and on...

3 comments:

Denise said...

I have never tasted fresh milk- isn't that sad?! I have tried store bought goat's milk before and I really had a hard time drinking it. I suppose I would have to get used to it....

Bethany from Confessions of an Organized Homeschool Mom said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog the other day! Here I was afraid that I'd be the only one who loves to shop in office supply stores! My daughter would love to live on a farm, but alas, her mom is a city girl.

mrsd said...

@Denise, goat milk is a bit of an acquired taste. But fresh jersey cow milk - heaven!

@Bethany, beware the daughter who would live on a farm - she may just do it! My mom is a city gal, but I did it;)