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Discussion in 'Dairy Diaries' started by rebelshope, Oct 16, 2008.

  1. rebelshope

    rebelshope New Member

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    Sep 20, 2008
    Wisconsin
    Okay since you all are such smarty pants . :wink: . . what are your tips for a strainer? Just cough up the $16 for one from Hoegger or is their a cheaper alternative?
     
  2. capriola-nd

    capriola-nd New Member

    Jul 6, 2008
    Northwest Oregon
    I plan on ordering milk filters from Jeffers. I think it was $5 for 300 filters. . . . see how that works. :)
     

  3. liz

    liz Active Member

    Oct 5, 2007
    Shelocta PA
    I use a stainless strainer fro Walmart and get the paper disk filters from tractor supply....total cost for both/ $ 15.00
     
  4. Amy Goatress

    Amy Goatress New Member

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    Oct 1, 2008
    We bought a stainless steel strainer from Hoegger's a long time ago and they are $45.00 now and we can buy the milk filters from TSC and Lehman's Hardware.
     
  5. rebelshope

    rebelshope New Member

    908
    Sep 20, 2008
    Wisconsin
    I was looking at the little one that is only around $16
     
  6. liz

    liz Active Member

    Oct 5, 2007
    Shelocta PA
    I also bought the small one that you mention rebelshope....I don't use it because the filters I got from TSC don't work very well with it, I just use the SS mesh strainer from Walmart as a "holder" for the disks.
     
  7. rebelshope

    rebelshope New Member

    908
    Sep 20, 2008
    Wisconsin
    I have not looked at the filters. Could you use a coffee filter or is that just a terrible idea?
     
  8. liz

    liz Active Member

    Oct 5, 2007
    Shelocta PA
    Those never worked for me..too slow in the filtering.
     
  9. Amy Goatress

    Amy Goatress New Member

    728
    Oct 1, 2008
    rebelshope,

    We have the small strainer too but we use the larger strainer most of the time since we have a lot of milk that we usually have to strain and the coffee filters never worked for me either, I have used the small mesh kitchen strainer before too.
     
  10. FarmGirl18

    FarmGirl18 New Member

    Oct 5, 2007
    Oklahoma
    If you just have a few goats I'd for sure get the mini strainer from Hoeggers. Milking twice a day every day you will be glad to have the right equipment for the job. Also coffee filters strain WAY to slow....
     
  11. K-Ro

    K-Ro New Member

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    Oct 13, 2007
    Texas
    I use the metal coffee filters from Walmart and I have had no problems with dirty milk, they run $5 for the Gold one and I think someone told me their is a cheaper one than that too.

    I used to use the paper filters and like Liz said, way to slow, would take almost 10 minutes to filter half gallon.
     
  12. lesserweevil

    lesserweevil New Member

    Oct 5, 2007
    how about this for an original and cheap method of milk straining??

    Get yourself a kitchen sieve... we have a metal one.

    And put a piece of cheap kitchen towel roll in it. (probably the more expensive one you buy the thicker it is so the harder the milk to go through) I use Tesco Value (cheapest there is). Works perfectly as a milk strainer - just throw the piece of towel away afterwards.
     
  13. Pam B

    Pam B New Member

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    Oct 15, 2007
    Southern Michigan
    If you use the metal mesh permanent coffee filter you don't need paper toweling or any other kind of filter. I've been using that method for years and find it is the best, fastest way to strain milk.
     
  14. rebelshope

    rebelshope New Member

    908
    Sep 20, 2008
    Wisconsin
    1 month and 2 weeks. Eeek, I need to get something fast. I think I am asking for a metal filter for Christmas
     
  15. Cinder

    Cinder New Member

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    Mar 2, 2008
    I certainly understand the need to do things as inexpensively as possible these days (or any days). And there have been several good ideas on how to do that here.

    I used the metal coffee filter from Walmart before I was able to get the "real thing" from Hoeggers. It worked just fine but was so small that even with just two goats it was a real hassle and frustrating to have to pour the milk so slowly into it and I didn't have the right size jars to make it really fit well so I had to hold it in place on the jars while pouring.

    If there is any way to buy one I'd personally highly suggest getting the real deal. And, even with just having had two goats to milk I would suggest getting the larger strainer... not the smaller one. Having the right tools really does make the job easier and more fun.