Today I was sharing some of my experience raising goats with a fellow worker. He said that I ought to share those thoughts with the younger generation because these skills are being lost.
So here we go younger generation…or older.
Goat’s milk can taste just like cow’s milk, and its a lot easier to care for goats than cows.
If you like very rich milk, the Nubian goats are the milk goats to get. They are like the Jersey cow of the goat world. But there is one slight problem, if you want to make butter from their milk. Their milk is naturally homogenized. It takes a long time sitting in the refrigerator for any cream to rise.
The thing about goat milk is that it needs to be used right away. It has an acid that breaks the milk down and the taste becomes what we call “goaty” flavored. So the best thing to do is get a cream separator. With the separator, you can make your butter right away, while the milk and cream are still sweet.
Also, to avoid that goaty flavor, make sure the goat’s teats are cleaned well before milking. Then after straining the milk, you need to flash cool it. How do I do that? Well, first of all, make sure your milk is NOT in a plastic container. Bacteria can collect in the plastic and ruin the milk’s taste. I use stainless steel. As soon as it is strained, you put it in the freezer for a few minutes. That is what we called flash cooling it. It’s cooled in a flash!
These small considerations will make your goat milk taste like cow’s milk. So often people don’t want to drink goat’s milk because they had the bad experience of tasting goaty flavored milk.
I hope these few tidbits of information will be helpful. If you have any questions, leave me a comment with your question and I will try to get back with you.