Milking a goat!? Part 2
I mentioned in a previous post about taking care of the neighbor's goat. So, here we are, several days into it and surviving the ordeal. Yesterday we were able to start bringing it home to drink. I have been looking into how to properly strain the milk to get all the impurities out.
The kids (human kids again) tried some of the goat milk this evening. Some of them liked it. Some of them didn't. The little four-year old at our house LOVED it.
Well, there ya go I guess. You are now a veteran goat milker.
Goat Cheese Basics
If you are using store bought goat's milk you don't need to worry about the pasteurization process in the recipe.
1. Filter the goat's milk and heat it to 162° F.
2. Remove from burner and cool to 100°F.
Goats Cheese Process:
1. Dissolve 1/2 of a rennet tablet in 1/8 cup of water, (rennet tabs can be found in the pudding/Jello section of your grocery store).
2. Pour the rennet water, plus a quart of goats milk, in a yogurt maker, or thick pottery jug or thermos, along with a teaspoon of plain yogurt. (I've added some eBay auctions of yogurt makers for you at the bottom of this page. That way you get to see what they look like and get the best deal if you're interested in buying one.)
Incubating the Goat Cheese
Incubate the mixture (let it sit in a warm spot - 90° F) for 2-3 hours until the mixture resembles curds and whey (looks like thick globs of yogurt in a milky soup).
Filtration of the Cheese Curds
Pour the mixture into supported coffee filters (you might have to fashion a contraption that allows the liquid to filter out and away from the cheese).
Give this dripping filter process approximately 5-8 hours to complete the filtration task in the refrigerator.
What's left in the filters is goat cheese. The whey in the bottom of the jar or bowl can be used in cooking, but personally, I skip the whey. I'd rather be eating the good stuff!
Now if I just had time to do all that with all these "kids".
I will note the recipe, however.
Oh, you mentioned some links at the bottom. I didn't get them.
After today we will be done with the milking job.
Kelly.....I had taken that recipe a long time ago from a web site. I never botherd with the links, but just pasted it in my .txt file for recipes. There is quite a lot on the www for this type of thing though. Best of luck finding time :-)
Heyyyyyy! What are you doing to that goat?!?
Seriously, goat's milk is very good for you. Great for the kids, too.
Phelonius, finding time....wow now there is a laugh.
John, I have some pictures of two of my kids milking the goat at the same time. There were times when the poor goat was getting quite the conveyor belt of "kids" wanting to take their turn with the milking.
...and what am I doing to that goat?!...LOL! You need a dose of cold water [wink].
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