Adventures in Goat Milk

| 10/16/2014 9:44:00 AM

Amy ConleyThis year I decided to become a blogger because my friends like to hear about my adventures. Once spring hit and I realized how much more work we had to do with baby animals, a new sheep herd, a pig, a larger garden, not to mention my mommy duties, my blogs have been few and far between. Now that my little one is in school all day with his brothers, I should have more time to write. Well, that is what I think at least. I still keep busy everyday even with the boys in school. It’s funny because when I used to have a career in marketing, way back when, I could remember some days dragged on and I watched the clock. Now that I am home doing what I love, I don’t have enough time in the day. I have so many projects before winter hits.

So all summer long, I have been milking my goat, Ginger. From a previous blog, you can read about how it was a rough start. She was not an easy milker. It turned out that she mellowed throughout the summer and it became a pleasure to milk her. Now that fall is here and we want to breed her again, I decided to dry her up. My two girls, Ginger and Nya, are going to visit an Amish farm down the road so we can have more babies and more milk adventures.

Ginger with BG

So I have tried my hand at yogurt and cheese, not always successfully. I seem to be the only one who really eats any of it. My family is set in their ways. I tried to go cold turkey and cut out cow’s milk and just drink goat’s milk, but I admit, at 40 years old, I am used to cow’s milk and it wasn’t an easy transition. My kids did OK but my husband said every time he drinks or eats anything from the goat milk, it tastes like the billy goat smelled. I think he is crazy.


I have tried my hand at soap and the first batch came out great, but the second batch came out different and I couldn’t get it out of the molds, it was too soft. I thought I made it the same but realized it was time to buy a better quality scale and thermometer. You really can’t be successful if your equipment isn’t good quality. So thinking of making candy in the past, I decided to put the mold into the freezer just long enough to get it hard enough to pop out of the molds and it worked great.

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