Processing Steps for Raw Milk

After we milk Bonnie Blue, I carry the milk back to the house to be strained, bottled and cooled in the refrigerator.  Currently I am using the top of my goat milking pan to strain the milk.  I am using disposable filters currently, but will be most likely switching to a muslin type filter that is washable. 

 

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I am currently looking for these large gallon glass jars.  I prefer the glass over the plastic containers and believe that the milk keeps better in glass.  Additionally, glass is easier to clean and does not hold any off smell. 

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I am labeling my milk with a dry erase marker:

7-3 AM means that milk is from July 3rd’s morning milking.  It is helping me keep track of of the many gallons of milk that fill the refrigerator and helps me use the milk according to the date.  So far the supply of milk has been perfect for our family usage.  I have had to give away a pail of milk or two to the pig after the cow stepped in the pail.

We recently started feeding her a natural, non-medicated feed that has the sweet alluring taste of molasses that she loves, however we are still trying to catch up to speed on milking because she can be rather impatient after you have spent the time allotted for milking that she is willing to give.  After that, you can expect some stepping and increasing tail swiping–and as my husband experienced, a real live cow kick that left his shirt torn and smeared with dirt and manure.  Additionally, we have had a few pails of spilled milk from her impatience and our inexperience and have furthered our understanding of the saying, “Don’t cry over spilled milk!” 

Currently, we end up with about 2 gallons a day with some days bringing in 3 gallons.  We are getting ready to breed her as soon as possible and dry her up for several months to give her a rest period before she freshens again in the spring.  In the mean time, we are enjoying fresh milk, butter, buttermilk, kefir and cream.

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