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.