Thawing Frozen milk?

Discussion in 'Dairy Goat Info' started by debrad636, Jan 3, 2010.

  1. debrad636

    debrad636 New Member

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    Why do some of the gallons of milk I had frozen earlier this summer, come out separated when thawed? Is there a special way to thaw it out? Sometimes it has the same date on it. Will hard cheese come out okay using this separated milk?
    Thanks Deb
     
  2. Jonna

    Jonna New Member

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    From our experience, I wouldn't use frozen milk to make cheese. The fats seperate when you freeze the milk and it just doesn't make for as creamy and yummy of a cheese. We always use the freshest milk we have on hand.
     

  3. Silverhope

    Silverhope New Member

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    Is there a preferred way to thaw goat milk? I got a bad surprise when I thawed some of mine. Icky and separated. I couldn't stand to look at it much less eat it on my cereal. :(
     
  4. goatkid

    goatkid New Member

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    I just thaw it out in the fridge. If it's separated, I put it in the blender before I use it. I don't make cheese with it. All the goat milk in my freezer is pasteurized and used to feed goatlings, though I also use a little of it on cereal or in cooking.
     
  5. Ashley

    Ashley New Member

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    I've found that if the milk doesn't get chilled and frozen quickly, it is more prone to separating. So don't put it in the fridge for a day and then freeze it, freeze it immediately. To thaw it out, I just put it in the sink overnight usually. I put it in the fridge while it still has a chunk of ice in it.
     
  6. Hollybrook

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    I just bet ya there are several variables were using some of our frozen milk 1st 3 were separated just pour in on your cereal and don't look is what i did, the cheese no way I made a batch nobody will touch it but I did thaw out a bag yesterday and today and guess what no separation!! Difference feed, browse the does curve and time in freezer I got a bag in the sink now no separation the 3 bad ones we done slowly in fridge so I don't think that's it or not with ours? Milk was milked and froze fresh in gallon ziploc's.

    Dave
     
  7. Sondra

    Sondra New Member

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    as stated before it usually separates worse when not cooled and frozen immediately. However I use mine for what ever but always use a stick blender in it or just a regular blender to whip the cream particles back into the milk.
    If you pasturize before making your cheese it seems to work ok also at least for the cream cheeses I haven't tried my hand at hard cheese yet.
     
  8. MiaBella Farm

    MiaBella Farm New Member

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    You could also check your does for staph. If the milk quality is not good because of an infection, it will separate upon thawing.