Home Milking

Discussion in 'Dairy Diaries' started by oliveandcookie, Mar 6, 2013.

  1. oliveandcookie

    oliveandcookie New Member

    Mar 1, 2013
    I am possibly getting 2 Lamancha Nubian kids and I am planning on milking one of them. I have a few questions about milking.
    1.) Do I have to have a special chilling mixer thing? or can I just strain it?

    2.) How can I store it without it tasting "goaty" after 5-6 days?
    I am going to be making soap with it as well as drinking the milk. Maybe a little yogurt. =)

    Tell me what you think! :ponder:
  2. happybleats

    happybleats Well-Known Member

    Sep 12, 2010
    Gustine Texas
    Being clean is super important..once goat milk hits the air the natural bacteria begins to multiply..which causes the goatie flavor..this is what we do...we use a vinegar and water wash to wash the udders super well and dry them completely..we wash and dry our hands very well between each goat..we milk in a clean stainless steel bucket...we have 1 quart mason jar with lids in frig...in the barn..we strain using a strainer and milk filter from Hoeggers directly in the jar and set this in the freezer...a better idea is setting it in a ice water bath..to cool to 40 degrees as fast as you can..which we will do when weather gets warmer...our milk taste clean and sweet...

  3. xymenah

    xymenah Member with a bahhh

    Jul 1, 2011
    Mount Olive, NC
    Yep be very clean and chill quickly and you will have good tasting milk. Try to keep any hair, dirt etcetera to a minimum. Strain as quickly as you can after milking. I drank some of my milk from last weeks today and its still good. I have found the quickest way to cool milk is take a bit of previous milk and fill the bottom of your jar/bottle/jug 1/4-1/5 of the way and freeze it. Once you milk again just pour the new milk in with the frozen and shake until it thaws. Your milk should be refrigerator temps in a mater of a minuet or two. If milk is frozen for too long it will clump when its thawed. There is nothing wrong with it but its just not a smooth so I use the frozen milk within 12-24 hours of it freezing.
  4. ksalvagno

    ksalvagno Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    I just strain and put the jars at the back of my refrigerator and my milk lasts just fine.
  5. oliveandcookie

    oliveandcookie New Member

    Mar 1, 2013
    thanks for the help! =D
  6. ThreeHavens

    ThreeHavens 7 does - 2 bucks - 1 wether

    Oct 20, 2011
    New Jersey
    This is what we do as well :thumb: