I debated for a while on where I should post this as I have a variety of questions..so I figured this was the best place to put it as the majority is related to this topic. :biggrin I am wanting some ideas on the basic home dairy equipment I will need (kind of a shopping list so to speak). Last year we lost our home in an electrical fire at 2 AM and even though it's been a year my kitchen (and rest of the house for that matter) is still lacking in what people consider basic items..just haven't got around to replacing all that was lost..figure it took years to accumulate everything, it will take years to get it all again. Not to mention when your so very accustomed to certain items just being there, it's very easy to forget that you actually don't have alot of the basics..hence the reason we've been slow on getting it all replaced. First, I would like to know what I would need for my milking equipment (other than, obviously a milking stand or two). What sort of container do you use to milk your goats into (plastic, stainless steel ect.)? I'm wanting mini dairy goats so is there a container that works better to use with them or no? What would I need once I have the milk (as in storage containers just for keeping drinking milk the best)? Do I need to buy anything in particular for straining, freezing or pasteurizing the milk? (Sorry if I'm wording this wrong...all new to me and I don't exactly know how to ask for the info I want, lol) For sanitation, what products or supplies would I need for my goats for making sure I am being as sanitary as possible? Should I invest in clippers for keeping the does hair trimmed and such? If so, what's a few brand and type recommendations? Obviously I want goats for home dairy use so I'd LOVE to make cheeses, yogurts and such. What BASIC supplies would I need for these (Including just your average kitchen appliances and cookware--I have one pot/pan set, a coffee pot, microwave and toaster...nothing else so obviously I need to stock up on lots of stuff) I understand once you get a knack for everything and actually figure it all out then you'd need more supplies but I'm just wanting a starting point. I saw tons of interesting things on this website: http://www.hoeggergoatsupply.com/xcart/home.php?cat=9 but since most of the terminology is still Greek to me I really can't tell what is needed. Any good, easy to understand home dairy books that are recommended? I'm talking the very basic of information as I really don't understand the yogurt, cheese making stuff yet, but would be happy to buy a book to help me get started so I won't bug y'all with the basic of questions (can't read online for long as it gives me a throbbing headache so a book would be the best way I could study up) What about yogurt makers and various machines? I priced a few and some are pricey and I wonder if I can EASLIY make homemade dairy items without the gizmos and gadgets or would it be best to invest in some? I know everyone is thinking this is going to be a HUGE list, but that's what I want..as many ideas and opinions on what I need as possible. My dad and grandparents decided this year for holidays and my birthday (a month after Christmas) that instead of typical surprise things or event tickets, they wanted me to make a list of things I needed for the home and they would shop off that list (My dad and I are both ebay addicts so if I find what I need on ebay that's what we'll get ) and my inlaws followed suit on the idea so hubby and I already know, round about what Santa is brining this year..lol Thanks to anyone who jumps in on this....I could use all the ideas and supply list you could offer.