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Okay, at exactly what temp and for how long do you guys heat treat colostrum and the milk you feed your babies. How do you go about heat treating the colostrum without making a yucky mess.

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Re: Heat treating colustrum and milk for bottle fed babies

no lower than 135, no higher than 140 for one hour. I have a cool turkey fryer (thanks Sara) that I can fill with water around the container of milk or colostrum, put a temp guage in the colostrum and set it for 137, keep it there for 1 hour and it's done! Same with milk only with milk it's 165 (I do 170) for about 2 minutes than it's done. Vicki
 

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Re: Heat treating colustrum and milk for bottle fed babies

Okay, is this turkey fryer like the ones wal-mart sells? if not, does anyone else have any suggestions on how to go about keeping the temp at 137 for an hour on colostrum?

Anybody have an easy way to do it?

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Re: Heat treating colustrum and milk for bottle fed babies

a very good thermos i heat to 137/ and have my thermos hot waiting then put in colostrum. but ck out your thermos with reg milk first and test after 1hr. This for small amouts
 

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Re: Heat treating colustrum and milk for bottle fed babies

We have a tabletop pasteurizer - dual function. We keep the second thermostat set for colostrum. I drop it in the water in a mason jar and walk away. Come back an hour and 15 minutes later. SOOOOOOO convenient.

I've never owned a slow cooker or crockpot - can you set the exact temp on those instead of just high, medium, etc.? If so, you could do the same method in one of those, I would guess.
 
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The turkey fryers are awesome. We have several that we've been using for a few years now. They are much quicker at getting the milk up to temp than the Safgard models and they have a higher capacity. We feed milk free choice so I cook a ton of milk each day and these fryers are lifesavers!

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I use a Weck Canner. Love that thing. Works for canning.. and I do my milk and clostrum in it.
I put clostrum in plastic drinking bottles.. then drop them in the water. I do mine about 140 also.. just to make sure the milk in the bottles get the right temp. When done.. I date the lid.. and in the freezer it goes... ready for my nipple when I need clostrum.
With milk.. I just set my milk bucket straight in the canner.. I don't worry about temp.. since it's sort of a double broiler.. as long as it is over 165 degrees..when it's done.. the milk bucket goes in the sink in a water bath to cool.. then it's in the fridge.. and 'ideally', it goes from there to the lambar.
Only thing I don't like about the Weck is that there is no timer. Other than that.. I love it.
 
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The Weck canner is what gave me the idea to try a turkey fryer. The Wecks were unavailable and way too spendy when they were! You use the turkey fryers the same way you would use a Weck. They are a fourth of the price, you don't have to pay extra for a 'faucet' model and they come with a timer. ;)

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Masterbuilt Turk N Surf

Make sure the one you are looking at is the large unit (28 quart) with the steel basket rather than the mesh one. They come in either black or stainless steel exterior.

If you want to wait you can get really good buys on these right after Christmas. The local stores here had them on clearance for under $75. I think Vicki got hers on eBay for an excellent price as well.

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I hate change :) but moving to this turkey fryer was soo nice! I can do my big batches all at once without having any colostrum and milk in my house! No stinky milk towels that smell spolied that you really never seem to get clean! Mine sits on a table right out the door of my soap house. I do double check my temps each time with a probe that beeps when it's done. You can also set the dial so it won't go over 170 either, so when you forget it, you don't ruin your milk! Vicki
 

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Well now.. I might have to get me one of those!!
I'd LOVE to have a smaller one.. to maybe put at the barn.
I do like my Weck.. but it is a tad large for a counter top.. and a timer.. whoo hoo.. :goat

Just love the sharing of info and ideas!! Thanks everyone!!!
 

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It would be great to have info in goats 101 on heat treating and pasteurizing as each spring newbies and oldies alike have the same questions over and over. The thermos method could be outlined. We all could use the info at our finger tips. Oh, and the pic of the turkey fryer is great.
 

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They make a small one at Wallmart that folks float their colostrum in ziplocks also. I did mine on the stove in big canning kettles (stock pots) for 20 years! Vicki
 

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Feral Nature said:
It would be great to have info in goats 101 on heat treating and pasteurizing as each spring newbies and oldies alike have the same questions over and over. The thermos method could be outlined. We all could use the info at our finger tips. Oh, and the pic of the turkey fryer is great.
In Goat 101 scroll down for colostrum and heat treating also pasturization
http://dairygoatinfo.com/index.php?topic=243.0
 

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I need a new turkey fryer and new glasses :blush
 

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Glad I asked these questions. You can do it in a stock pot and a zip lock baggie????? I want to get one of those turkey fryer things, but can't afford it right now. I don't start kidding until Feb I think. So maybe I can get one by then. If not, Vicki, if you want to pm me, I would like more info on the stock pot thing on the stove method. I will do that if I can't do anything else.

Am glad it's on Goat 101. Now I can refer to the info if I forget. :sigh Age does that too ya. I think sometimes I forget more and more. :sniffle

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