The Stigma With Goat’s Milk


What is it about the mention of goat’s milk that makes people turn up their noses in disgust?

I think we’ve all done it at one point or another, unless we grew up with the stuff. One time, at the farmer’s market, a nice lady selling some delicious looking blueberry pastries handed me a sample. I was all ready to take a bite until she added, “It’s made from goat’s milk.”

Immediately, the smell of a barn flooded my mouth, and I just couldn’t handle the thought. Not wanting to be rude, I handed it to my little girl instead, “Here baby, you try it! It’s good!” Truly, I just wanted her honest reaction… and you know, she loved that goat’s milk pastry!

I still kept that stereotype in my mind for the longest time though. You know, that goat’s milk tastes horrible… like the smell of a goat. It wasn’t until I was at a friend’s house who has goats when I gathered my courage and asked to sample some of her fresh milk.

And what do you know! It was good!!

So. We got some milk goats.

We’re loving all of this fresh milk, and we’ve surprised a few of our family members with how good goat’s milk actually is! We’re breaking the stereotype, one sip at a time.

And something else I’ve been pleased to find out- goat’s milk can be used in any recipe that calls for cow’s milk.

Seriously.

At first I was looking up recipes which specifically call for goat’s milk. But after some experimenting I’ve found that I can use it in anything! Baking, pouring in our cereal, ice cream, yogurt (okay, that one was a flop, but it’s doable!), oatmeal… whatever! There is no difference whatsoever in taste.

Isn’t that great to know?!

So, the next time somebody offers you something made from fresh goat’s milk, give it a try before turning up your nose. I bet you’ll be pleasantly surprised, too!


Kendra
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A city girl learning to homestead on an acre of land in the country. Wife and homeschooling mother of four. Enjoying life, and everything that has to do with self sufficient living.

24 Comments

  1. This conversation has been quite interesting!
    I remember trying goat’s milk in the past and I believe we all thought it tasted odd, even though it was fresh from a farm. In fact, we tried a sip AT the farm. I might be willing to try it again, though! It sounds like it’s hit or miss, depending on the factors involved.

  2. Kendra, I have been reading pretty much everything ever written by Joal Salatin on raising my chicks and we are getting out very first dairy goats in a couple days, I would love it if we could just let them free range and forage for their nutrition at least during the non-snowy months…. What do you feed your dairy goats? Do you think it is possible to let them forage and eat kitchen scraps as their main food and nutrition? Still working on fencing so my chicks can forage more during the day… also so the goats can munch on trees and weeds etc…. any tips???!!!

    • Erin,

      The only thing we fed our dairy goats during warm months was some sweet feed when milking, otherwise they foraged in the woods for their food. Don’t give goats kitchen scraps, unless it’s vegetable trimmings or pieces of apple, stuff like that. Chickens can eat almost anything that comes out of your kitchen. Free ranging is definitely the cheapest, healthiest option, as long as you can protect your animals from predators.

  3. Most of us love goat’s milk around our place, my oldest son and husband both think that it tastes different from cows milk. We are lucky to be able to get raw cows milk too.
    ~Jill
    Hart Nana’s Goat’s Milk Soap

  4. We were hesitant to try goat milk too, and we have had some that was more goaty than other. There are a lot of factors involved… the breed, the cleanliness during milking, how fast the milk is chilled; but overall, when done properly, goat milk is delicious and it is definitely my first choice.

  5. Best conversation I ever witnessed was my little neice reluctant to eat a piece of lettuce becuase “it’s yellow!!”. My dad just calmly said, “Well, if you put it in your mouth and chew, you won’t see what color it is.”

    If that lady never said the tart had goat’s milk, would the tart have grossed you out? Of course not – it was all in your head. And that’s how we all get sometimes but it’s silly!

    Goats milk…yellow lettuce…or anything – if you just put it in your mouth and TRY IT you might be pleasantly surprised. It just takes being open minded.

    Many who read this site are preppers. We should ask ourselves – if there was chaos all around you, with no easy access to a grocery store, would we still be picky about that goat’s milk…or that yellow lettuce…or whatever? I think not. So why be picky when you’re not in a crisis situation?

    Good for you for trying the goat’s milk – you’re setting a great example for your kids, too.

  6. Yogurt is a funny thing to make. I have it to flop all the time with cows milk. Email me if you have questions. I make a lot of yogurt and we use it in everything.

  7. Oh, ok. I was wondering if you even could make butter from goat’s milk. I’ve thought of getting dairy goats because a cow is a bit much for me, but I want to be able to make (and enjoy) butter. I can’t decide. I can’t do either immediately, so hopefully I’ll know a little more by the time I can.

    Maybe if I just tell you why I’m a bit nervous about a cow you can help ease my concerns. I’m really really nervous about the veterinary responsibilities with an animal as large as a cow. I’m not sure we could afford it. For all I know it’s just as much for a goat. Any info on that?

    • Rhenda,

      Personally, I would recommend a goat over a cow any day. Although butter is nice to have, there are so many more benefits to having a goat over a cow. (You CAN get butter from a goat, it just takes more milk/work.) Cows aren’t only more expensive up front, they cost more to feed and more to take care of long term. Goats are SO much more low maintenance. As for veterinary responsibilities… we don’t even have a goat vet around here, so it’s pretty much up to us to diagnose and treat them (which, if you’ve been following along, has been a learning experience for us for sure!). Regularly de-worming them is the most important thing to do, which doesn’t cost much at all to stay on top of. A few things in a medicine kit for the animals is good to have on hand, but other than that, there isn’t much to worry about. Hope that helps a little!! (Go for a goat first, that’s my advice. I think you’ll love them 🙂 )

  8. We were afraid of goat milk at first, also. When a friend who milked Nubians asked us to try some, we were pleasantly surprised. All of my boys are big milk drinkers and they all liked it. Said it tasted sweet. The only time we did not like it was when the boy goats were around. Had a distinctly “goaty” taste then! We have since switched to raw cow’s milk because I wanted to be able to skim the cream and make butter. Sometimes I miss it! To me, the goat’s milk is richer than even Jersey milk.

  9. The stigma is funny. I had it before I got goats as well. 🙂

    I think the different breeds affect the taste as well. We all liked the milk just fine the first month or so. Now, the milk is going goaty pretty quick even though I am doing everything the same. Don’t know what is up. Ours are now for sale for a variety of reasons, including the fact that we’re planning on getting a cow within a week.

  10. Lol we too had that issue with goat milk. Before we bought our goats we met with the people selling her, they offered us some milk to take home and try so we did. Later that night my husband pour himself a glass and handed it to me (like we always do lol) I didn’t know it was goats milk until he asked me what I thought. We had some friend with us and he drank some and told his wife to try it, she was very hesitante. She had been raised on both fresh goat and cows milk and didn’t like the goats. Finally she gave in and tried it and her first words were “what did my mom do to the poor goats!!” She loved it and couldn’t wait to get goats for themselves. She still doesn’t know why but she said her moms goat milk always was goaty and left a weird aftertaste.

    I hope to get goats again soon. I would do a cow but here in the AZ desert its hard to let them graze and our hay is outrageously priced right now.

  11. When I was growing up my dad would take us and get goat fudge from a little stand about 25 miles from us. Needless to say it was only once a year…ohhhh was it ever good!

  12. Sounds like the same issue we are having with duck eggs. Yes, there are differences between chicken and duck eggs. If you just want a plain fried egg, then duck eggs will seem quite different. Duck yokes are thicker and the whites firm up more when they are cooked. That’s because of the higher protein content in duck eggs. We end up eating all duck eggs here at the Millett Farm because we can’t sell them to anyone. We do sell lots of chicken eggs though, but even though the duck eggs are much larger at the same price, noone will take them. They taste the same. We’ve only had one request for them and that was in the dead of winter when we had none available, go figure.

    Was sorry to hear about your “Smiley”. We lost one of our little ducklings last night in the rain. We think maybe she squeezed through a hole in the fencing just being curious and one of the animals got her. We have very small fencing around their area, but ducklings are incredibly curious and once they are outside anything can happen and mom can’t do anything about it.

  13. Isn’t goat’s milk better than cow’s milk also? The only goat’s milk product I didn’t like when I tried it was hard feta cheese. It was like I went out and licked a goat, blech! But, pudding and yogurt is good.

  14. I guess I would be afraid that the milk would taste like goat cheese, which I can’t stand. I am not a picky person at all and I have given goat cheese several chances, but I just don’t like it. That’s why I’ve never wanted to add goats to our homestead. Maybe I should give fresh milk a shot?

    • Emily,

      LOL, I HATE goat’s cheese (well, except for the Ricotta I recently made). No. No, no, no! Fresh goat’s milk does NOT taste like goat’s cheese 😉 Seriously. It tastes just like cow’s milk. PLEASE… give fresh goat’s milk a taste!! I promise you’ll see what I mean 🙂

  15. I have been wanting to get dairy goats for about a year now, but until last week had never even tasted it. (I guess I was just hoping it would be good enough to cook with.) We have a houseful of milk drinkers, and my 16-yr-old is the biggest one. Well, last week we visited with the Nubian breeder we are looking at buying our goats from and took home a half gallon of fresh goat milk for all of us to taste. It was delicious! My 16-yr-old even said so…I was shocked! There wasn’t even the faintest odd taste to us…it was just like our 2% store-bought milk we’ve been used to.

    Funny, though, we let some of the ladies who work for us try it…all but one of them liked it. And I think the one who didn’t like it (she was VERY hesitant to try it) simply didn’t like it because she knew it was goat milk…if she wouldn’t have been told, I don’t think she would have known the difference.

  16. The first time I had goat milk was when we went to a farm to get some just for cheesemaking. The lady pushed these little cups of milk under our noses for us to try in a way that made it impossible for us to politely refuse. I’ll never forget how shocked we were at its sweet taste! I’m not sure what I was expecting, but I felt really dumb. 🙂

  17. My children and I used to purchase goat milk from a local farmer. Initially, I was very skeptical because I’d heard the stories. I wanted to try it because I’d read that it was easier to digest and tolerated by people with asthma. But, this farmer promised me that her milk was good with no wild goat taste(however, after 3-4 days it did take on a very mild “goaty” taste which was still fine for us) She was right and I now actually prefer goats milk to cow’s milk.

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