Skills Learned Through WWOOFing: Processing Goat Milk

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In an earlier post, I took you through the process of milking the goats.

What happens to those beautiful gallons of goat milk?

Into the Kitchen

The goat milk collected in the stainless steel jugs goes into the dairy kitchen.

Here we pour the milk through a filter. After the initial filtering, we transfer the milk to other pans or buckets.

If the milk is for drinking, we pour it into clean stainless steel buckets sitting in a cold bath. The milk straight from the goat is warm and could be a good breeding ground for bacteria. To decrease the bacteria threat, the milk is quickly chilled. After pouring the milk into a chilled bucket, we place an ice wand into the milk to aid in the cooling process. 

When the temperature of the milk is 50 degrees or less, the milk is filtered a second time. If the milk is for the farm wwoofers we pour it into a gallon container and place it in the house refrigerator.

If the milk is for customers, we funnel it into 1/2 gallon containers. This milk is either refrigerated or frozen, based on customers’ preference.

Stainless steel milking jugs full of fresh milk.

Stainless steel milking jugs full of fresh milk.

Filtering the milk.

Filtering the milk.

Half gallon containers of frozen goat milk.

Half gallon containers of frozen goat milk.

Mike's snack of goat milk and cheese.

Mike's snack of goat milk and cheese.

Got Milk. Again.

We gave up drinking store-bought (cow) milk a few years ago. Yet, we became milk drinkers while on the farm. Raw goat milk does not cause the health issues that we often experienced with cow milk. Sometimes I add a bit from-the-goat milk to my coffee cup (Cassie has the sweetest milk). Mike and Miranda drink glasses of filtered and chilled milk. We all find that goat milk is quite tasty.





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1 Comment Skills Learned Through WWOOFing: Processing Goat Milk

  1. Picture of MaryPMaryPDecember 24, 2016

    My daughter had milk goats for awhile and although cow’s milk does not agree with me, I found goat’s milk did.  Fresh, quickly chilled goat milk is delicious and not at all goaty tasting.  Totally different than the goat milk you buy at the store.

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