Doesn’t milk from goats taste funny? Aren’t goats funny smelling, dirty animals? The short answers: No and no.
While it is true that goat milk tastes varies from breed to breed and from goat to goat. Properly fed goats along with properly handled milk will taste very similar to that of cow’s milk. The real question is why is cow’s milk the standard? The majority of the world outside of The United States not only eats larger quantities of meat from goats than the U.S. population, they also consume more goat’s milk. The key is proper diet and proper handling of milk once harvested from. But is that not that the case with just about everything?
Myth: Goat’s milk tastes funny.
Goats, like any other animal, require a balanced diet. Too much of this or too much of that will cause their system to become unbalanced. Think about how you feel after Thanksgiving dinner or “nibbling” on a plate of Christmas cookies. Too much of anything is not a good thing.
If a goat’s stomach becomes too acidic, the milk quality and taste will suffer. Contrary to popular belief, goats are not the garbage disposal of the ruminant/livestock world. While they will eat a lot of things other livestock will not eat, such as plants we classify as weeds, they will not eat tin
Myth: Goats eat trash
cans or trash. If we stop and think about their plant palate, it makes more sense. Goats live and thrive in places that are not known for lush valleys of forage. Ask any gardener or farmer where weeds grow. Everywhere. Even in places with low rainfall totals. Goats are built to thrive in places where other animals do not. Their rumens are very efficient at digesting and absorbing the “trashier” weeds we would not eat.
With a balanced diet, the next big factor is milk handling. Milk must be chilled as quickly as possible.
Another component in taste is the breed of goat. Different breeds produce different taste profiles. Each with their own percentage of butterfat. Butterfat percentage is what determines how the milk is classified. Whole milk, is just that. Whole. No butterfat has been removed. 2% milk is milk that has had all of the butterfat removed but has 2% of the butterfat added back into it. Different breeds of goats will produce a different butterfat percentage which can range from 3% up to around 10%. Where-as butterfat percentages from cow’s milk are in the 3-5% range. To be completely fair, most goats produce butterfat percentages in the same range, but the Nigerian breed will produce a lower volume of milk with a much higher percentage of butterfat.
Goats that are properly fed and whose milk is properly handled will leave a final product that is rich, creamy and smooth.
So, the outstanding question is still Why goat’s milk?
Drinking Raw Goat’s Milk
- Those persons who are lactose intolerant, such as myself, may be able to consume goat’s milk without the same side affects from drinking cow’s milk.
- Goat’s milk is more easily digestible than cow’s milk. The fat globules in goat’s milk are smaller than those found in cow’s milk, making it easier to digest.
- Goat’s milk contains more calcium, vitamin B-6, vitamin A, potassium and several other essential nutrients than cow’s milk.
- Pasture raised goats will produce milk that does not contain growth hormones (Bovine Growth Hormones or BGH) that are usually present in cow’s milk. BGH is a manufactured synthetic hormone used to increase milk production in the cattle dairy industry. Not all cattle farmers use BGH but some do. With research on BGH, you can determine if it is something you want to consume.
Goat’s Milk in Soap
- Goat milk contains minerals that are good for and nourish our skin. Minerals such as selenium.
- Goat milk contains many vitamins that are good for skin. Vitamins such as Vitamin A which helps repair damaged skin. Some studies suggest that Vitamin A can help with psoriasis and wrinkles. While we are not authorized to make such claims, research for yourself and form your own conclusion.
- Goat’s milk will also not dry your skin out. The cream in the milk acts as a moisturizer rather than drying your skin out.
Goat’s milk has numerous benefits, both from consumption and by topically applied in soaps. Visit our Goat Milk Soap products to find a scent you will love.