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Old 06-26-2011, 03:14 PM   #1
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I'm reading a book about keeping dairy goats and the author says that goat milk should taste exactly like cow milk. Is that true? I had a friend once tell me that goat milk has a bit of "gamey" flavor as an after taste. Nana's milk tastes...well, goaty. What should goat milk taste like? If goat milk isn't supposed to taste goaty then how can I get it tasting like cow milk? Thanks!



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Old 06-26-2011, 03:49 PM   #2
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Yep...I know that most think grocery store milk is the devil, but just like making bread and trying to get it soft and gluteny like grocery store bread....there should be no difference to the mouth and tongue from grocery store milk and any raw milk. Visually you can see butterfat on the top of your cereal etc... butterfat also will glug now and then out of the milk jug...but taste? No, milk is milk.

Our 4H club also did taste tests and my daughter did a science fair project on this...it was pure guessing when someone said they knew it was nubian milk, instead of alpine or lamancha milk when blindfolded....now everyone thought the boer milk was nubian milk You can feel the butterfat thickness on your tongue. But that is shortlived as their kids age and they wean. Vicki



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Old 06-26-2011, 04:58 PM   #3
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I don't think it should ever be goaty or bucky or barny or bitter. To me these can (but not always) indicate illness or cleanliness problems. Like Vicki said, sometimes the fat can blob up here and there just because the milk is not mechanically homogenized, but the flavor should be "good". Sweet, pleasant, no yucky aftertaste. Sometimes it tastes like store-bought cow milk and sometimes it is much more delicious.

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Having both cow and goat milk on the farm, the goat milk should be sweet and creamy when milked cleanly and chilled correctly. The cow milk as it is heavier has what I call more body to it which can be attributed to the butterfat differences. never should goat milk taste goaty or off in any way, that would indicate high bacteria coming from poor practices or an ill animal. The difference we have found with the cow milk is that when a cow is determined pregnant and still lactating, her milk becomes noticeably less sweet. I can only say that perhaps the hormones of pregnancy play a role in that. Having only one cow, you did taste a difference. I am not sure if the goat would be similar.

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A brave newcomer in our church gave goat milk a try for the first time yesterday. After taking a sip he said "Hey, it tastes like milk!" lol That said I can for sure taste a difference between cow and goat but most don't.

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My brother SWEARS he hates goat's milk, due to a taste of goaty milk that was the result of unsavory milking & handling procedures at a farm he visited in HS.

He typically drinks store bought, whole cows milk. Stayed with me for a week, unknowingly drank goat's milk the entire time....made comments on how great the brand of milk I was buying was (I put goat milk in a plastic jug I got from work, looks like a gallon jug from the store).

At the end of the week I told him he'd been drinking goat's milk his entire stay

It should not taste goaty..... I've only had goaty milk when I didn't sterilize properly.... I now use a 3 step sanitizing system from Hoeggers & haven't had goaty milk since....

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Old 06-26-2011, 06:32 PM   #7
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The only goat's milk I have tasted is Vickie's and it is absolutely DELICIOUS! Rich and creamy and no "goaty" or gamey taste at all.

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All of our goat milk always tasted wonderful. We had one doe that would have a goaty after taste to her milk when she was at the height of her heat cycle. It only lasted for a day or two and always went back to delicious and wonderful afterward.

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Audra, that would give a little credence to the hormonal influences, though I think family lines may play a role as well.

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Goat milk is usually consumed raw around our farm. You must be very clean with goat milk as bacteria will break down the milk releasing that "goaty" taste into the milk. Our milk will usually last 2 weeks before tasting "goaty".

There is a difference between cows and goat milk but most won't taste the difference. One fall as our goats were drying up, someone needed our milk for a baby. I put whole cows milk (from the store) into a glass jar and took it into the house. The next morning, my wife had the cows milk in her cereal. She immediately said, "Tim! There is something wrong with the goats! This milk taste awful." Then after the next bite she said, "This is cows milk isn't it?"

So you can taste the difference and most people that I have challenged in a blind taste test preferred the goat milk over cows milk.



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