Ask any seasoned goat keeper and they’ll probably tell you that goats are an awful lot of trouble, much of the time even compared to larger animals.
But, for those who keep dairy goats they will also tell you that all the headaches, all the aggravation, it’s so very worth it when they get that sweet, rich, tangy milk at the end.
It’s something of an acquired taste, but there’s no denying that goat milk is delicious and nutritious, and is way more versatile than you might think. I’ll be telling you about 30 ways to use it just below.
1. Drink it
Of course you can just stick with drinking goat milk! It is delicious, refreshing, and packed with calcium and other nutrients.
You can even make all kinds of homemade recipes out of goat milk to get your daily dose of healthy, delicious nutrition. More on that in just a little bit.
2. Give some to Friends and Family
Do you have friends? Do you have family members? Probably, and if you do then they will want some goat milk, too.
Gift some to them, or if they have never tried it now is the perfect opportunity to let them try it for the first time. You never know; you might make a convert out of them!
3. Sell it
Goat’s milk can prove to be highly lucrative in some areas. If you are in an area where it is difficult to find goat milk, or the demand is high enough, you can actually make a lot of money selling your goat’s milk on the side.
You might have to do some research into legalities and regulations in this regard, however. In any case, don’t undervalue your product, especially if you find a niche market for it!
4. Barter with it
When you live in farm country, or in any area where neighbors are depending on one another or just close-knit, you can barter with your goat milk.
Swap it for some of the other good stuff that you don’t have around, like eggs, fresh produce, or even a favor or two depending on what is available in your area.
5. Make Soap
It sounds odd to those that don’t know, but you can use dairy products to make soap – including goat milk!
Make sure you research the process thoroughly, however, as getting it wrong can mean you end up with slime and potentially some nasty skin issues!
But it isn’t too hard, and done right it can make for some lovely, creamy soap.
6. Use it for Face Wash
Like soap above, goat milk is a surprisingly common ingredient in face washes. You can also use it to make your own…
Goat milk is a good addition because it has fatty acids that can help hydrate and nourish the skin, and other components like lactic acid which can be good for reducing bacteria.
7. Make Restorative Lotions
Another health and beauty use for goat milk: creams and lotions. With its natural hydrating properties, some people swear by goat milk for all sorts of dry skin issues.
If you plan on making your own lotions, you’ll have plenty of homework to do so you can settle on the right recipe, additives and fragrances. But no matter what you want, goat milk lotion is a great product!
8. Use it with Honey to Make Shampoo
It seems that the beauty uses never end, and here’s another one: goat milk and honey shampoo.
This one requires more ingredients than just the two listed; you’ll need some castile soap, glycerin and essential oils for scent.
But it is worth it when you make a high-quality shampoo that cleanses, moisturizes and smells great! Be sure to thank your goats for your luscious locks.
9. Make Goat Cheese
Of course we cannot talk about uses for goat milk without mentioning goat cheese! This delicious dairy treat is not only good on its own, but it can be used in a variety of recipes.
Whether you’re making salads, pizzas, ravioli or another dish that calls for cheese, goat cheese is a great option.
10. Use it in Recipes
Aside from as milk and in goat cheese, goat milk has countless other recipes that seem made for it.
In fact, some of them are! One way or the other, there are some great recipes out there that involve goat milk, from hearty stews to light and airy soufflés.
All you have to do is go looking for them. I am including some of my very favorites below, and these are ones I eat all the time.
11. Make Mozzarella
Mozzarella is one of the best and most flexible (literally!) cheese around, but making it with goat milk is even better.
You don’t need to seek out any special recipes, either; just follow the usual instructions and add in your goat milk instead of cow’s milk!
12. Whip Up Ricotta Cheese
Ricotta is a cheese that adds creamy texture to many of your favorite dishes. But did you know that it is absolutely delicious when made with goat milk?
Don’t just take my word for it; try making some yourself! You’ll love the result and how much easier it is on your tummy than cow’s milk ricotta.
13. Churn it into Butter
You aren’t living hat dairy life unless you are churning your own butter. And you can make butter from goat milk just like cow’s milk.
You’ll need a good churning machine and some patience, but the result is totally worth it. Not only will you save money over store-bought butter, but you’ll also be able to control exactly what ingredients are going into it.
14. Make Candy
Many delicious and delectable candies are made with milk, and that means you can put a new twist on them by making them with goat milk.
Making these treats is a fun and yummy way to use your extra goat milk, one that can be enjoyed by the whole family! Just remember to take it slow and adjust the recipe carefully for best results.
15. Turn it into Buttermilk
Buttermilk is a staple in all sorts of baked goods, from biscuits to cornbread, and you can make yours with goat milk.
It’s not too hard, either; just add some lemon juice to the goat milk and let it sit for a while. You’ll be amazed by how creamy and delicious your homemade buttermilk- buttergoatmilk? – is.
16. Try Some Farmer’s Cheese
Farmer’s cheese is a creamy and delicious cheese that uses only the freshest ingredients, and is comparable to cottage cheese with the liquid strained or pressed off.
You can use goat milk to make this cheese, and the results are worth it. The flavor is just a little bit different than cow’s milk farmer’s cheese, but in a good way!
17. Crank out some Caramel
Goat milk caramel actually has a long and beloved history as a traditional Mexican treat called cajeta and it’s still popular today.
You can make it yourself using your own goat milk. The process isn’t too hard, but the result will be even sweeter than expected!
18. Bake a Cheesecake
I don’t know about the rest of you, but my most beloved dessert on earth is cheesecake. The taste, the texture, how filling it is. It is wonderful!
Cheesecake is made even better when you use goat milk to make it. The cheese will come out much creamier and less dense than a cow’s milk cheesecake, and that tang works wonderfully with common cheesecake toppings.
19. Make Homemade Goatmilk Ice Cream
We all scream for goat milk ice cream! Doesn’t quite roll off the tongue like the classic, but you get what I mean.
Making your own ice cream at home is actually a lot easier than you might think and it’s so much better than store-bought.
And, naturally, you can absolutely use goat milk to make it. Just gather up your favorite ingredients and get churning!
20. Blend a Smoothie or Shake
Whether you want a healthy, fruit-filled meal replacement or a decadent dessert, you can make smoothies and shakes with your goat milk.
And since it is much more digestible than cow’s milk, this is a great way to get the calcium and other benefits without any of the discomfort that some people experience after drinking cow’s milk.
21. Try Goatmilk Fudge
Find one single, solitary person who does not like fudge. Can’t be done. And if you make your own with goat milk, you’ll be in for an even sweeter treat.
The tangy flavor of the goat milk pairs so well with chocolate and other ingredients, and a batch of homemade fudge made from goat milk is sure to please your family and friends.
22. Make a Batch of Kefir
Kefir is a fermented milk product similar to yogurt and has many of the same probiotic benefits. It’s easy to make your own with goat milk.
Just mix some kefir grains with warm goat milk, let it sit overnight, strain it in the morning, and enjoy! The tart flavor of kefir made from goat milk is absolutely delightful.
23. Don’t Forget the Yogurt
Speaking of yogurt, homemade yogurt is made all the better when made with goat milk. You can use a yogurt starter to get it going, and the results are truly incredible.
The texture is creamy and dreamy, and because goat milk is naturally lower in lactose, it’s easier for many people to digest and it takes on a whole new flavor.
24. Make Pudding
Sometimes you just need a simple, classic dessert. When that time comes, pudding mix is your friend! And you can use goat milk to make an even more flavorful and delicious pudding.
The results are silky smooth and the flavor is creamy with only a hint of tang, making it perfect for every pudding lover out there.
25. Try it over your Cereal
Tell the truth, I know we still have a lot of cereal lovers out there. I am one myself, and I especially love it with rich, whole milk over it.
It took me a while before I thought to try this with goat milk, but it is a great combination.
The sweet or oatey taste of cereal pairs perfectly with goat milk and makes for an excellent breakfast (or midnight) treat!
26. Mix up Oatmeal with it
Another breakfast staple made better by goat milk is oatmeal. Not only does it make the oats smoother and creamier, but it provides a wonderful flavor contrast to the nutty flavor of oats.
And don’t forget you can use this same combination for overnight oats as well!
27. Feed it to your Pigs
Pigs only drink milk for the first week or two of life, but farmers know you can supplement their adult menu by mixing in a bit of goat milk.
Not only does it give them extra vitamins and minerals, but the added calories will help your pigs bulk up healthily.
28. Bottle Feed a Kid
You can indeed use goat milk for its originally designed purpose: feeding kids! If you have multiple does in milk, but an orphaned or rejected kid, you can bottle feed it with collected goat milk. Just be sure to use colostrum or replacer for the first few days if needed.
29. Fertilize Your Garden or Planter Boxes
Another wild-sounding idea, but one that is actually true. You can thin down your goat milk with water and use it as a liquid fertilizer.
Not only will the calcium help with root growth, but the vitamins and other minerals in the milk can be beneficial for your plants. Plus if you thin it down and spray it over thirsty soil it won’t stink like your think it would.
30. Prime Seeds for Planting
Another garden use that is top-notch. You can soak larger seeds in goat milk overnight immediately prior to planting.
This will help kick-start the germination process, so your seeds don’t stick around in the ground waiting forever to sprout.
The possibilities with goat milk are seemingly endless. From sweet treats and savory ingredients to beauty products and even fertilizer, it’s a truly versatile product that will make all the effort you spent caring for your goats well worth it.
So, don’t hesitate to get creative and have fun with your goat milk!
Tom has lived and worked on farms and homesteads from the Carolinas to Kentucky and beyond. He is passionate about helping people prepare for tough times by embracing lifestyles of self-sufficiency.