Aside from being quirky and charismatic livestock, goats produce a fair amount of milk for creatures their size. A healthy, lactating dairy doe will produce about 3 liters of milk a day. If you are raising goats and milking goat does, you may be wondering what to make with goat milk.
Goat milk once had a reputation for having an unpleasant flavor and strong aftertaste. Goat milkers will insist that this has much more to do with how the milk is handled, however, and goat milk naturally has a creamy consistency and taste due to its high butterfat content. With the rising popularity of soft goat cheeses and the like, more goat milk recipes and products are enjoying mainstream popularity.
Goat milk can serve as a substitute for cows’ milk in many recipes, though it will taste tangier and have a slightly fattier consistency. Be warned, though. While some lactose-intolerant consumers will claim goat milk does not cause the same reaction as dairy milk, most allergen experts find that many of the irritating proteins are similar. A 1999 study showed that many children who exhibited cows’ milk allergies also exhibited reactions to goats’ milk.
Still, creamy goat milk provides a flavorful alternative to cows’ milk and many opportunities for experimentation for goat owners with lactating does. As goat milk rises in popularity, more recipes are being specifically designed with goat milk in mind. Here is a roundup of recipes (or instructions, as the case may be — goat milk is great for more than just eating) that show you what to make with goat milk.