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Free Milk and Cheese Yum!

August 9th, 2017 at 02:23 pm

Hi everyone!
One way I'm able to save money on food is by working on a goat farm. One of the perks is that I get free milk and cheese! I've made butter, yogurt, cottage cheese and soap with the milk, not to mention drinking the milk, which has a much better taste than cows milk and goats milk is far superior for humans than cows milk.

Here's a few fun facts about goat's milk compiled from various internet sources:

* 1. More people drink goat milk rather than cow milk. It is estimated that 65 percent of the milk consumption worldwide is of goat milk.

* 2. Compared to cow milk, goat milk is less allergenic, naturally homogenized, easier to digest and rarely causes lactose intolerance.

* 3. Goat milk soap has been found to be an effective treatment for acne, can reduce wrinkles and signs of aging, and soothes dry and damaged skin. It contains ingredients that make it a natural moisturizer and exfoliator.

* 4. Goat milk soap is recommended for people with eczema and psoriasis because it is high in Vitamin A, needed to repair damaged skin.

* 5. Cleopatra, the great Egyptian queen known for her beauty, was said to bathe in goat's milk.

What are some things you do to save money on groceries/food? I'm looking forward to some tips and advice.

6 Responses to “Free Milk and Cheese Yum!”

  1. Petunia 100 Says:

    How interesting. What do you do on the goat farm? How do you make your butter, et al? Do you do it yourself while at work? Does it require a good bit of special equipment? (In other words, is it practical for those who keep a goat or two, but not a whole farm?)

  2. Cindi Says:

    Hi Petunia! I milk the goats on the farm, we have sheep that we milk also however during the hot weather they dry up. Will probably start milking them again when the weather cools down. You do not need any special equipment to make butter, cottage cheese or yogurt. You just need a starter for your yogurt, I just buy a small tub of plain organic yogurt as a starter. For the cultured sour cream or butter you just leave the milk on your counter with a clean flour sack towel rubber banded at the top. After a couple of days you skim the cream off and you have sour cream or you can use a stand mixer to make butter. For cottage cheese you leave the milk on the counter after you'ved skimmed it until the whey (yellow liquid ) separates from the solids. You then heat on the stove to what temp you'd like.....you can pasteurize it that way, or you don't have to. You can also make cream cheese this way etc, you tie it in a flour sack cloth and drain it.

    The lady who owns the goat farm is an artisan cheese maker and she gives employees free goat cheese...it is delicious! Before I worked there I just couldn't even imagine that I would like goat milk, I'd heard it tastes goaty. The trick is keeping your females away from the males and also the kind of goats that are used. She has nubians and lamanche...sp?

    Last week she sent me home with 4 tubs of artisan chevre and 8 gallons of milk! I will usually take some of the milk and cheese to a cousin of mine.

  3. rob62521 Says:

    Sounds like an interesting way to get a deal on milk and cheese.

    I save money on groceries by first and foremost planning meals. By planning meals I look at what is on sale and what I already have. If certain nonperishables are on sale, I stock up so I don't run out when the sale is over. Plus, I make a lot of things from scratch. My husband has a small garden and I can tomatoes and freeze bell peppers to use throughout the winter.

  4. patientsaver Says:

    Buying only in-season fresh produce. Shopping at Aldi's. Buying in bulk when the price is right. Not being name-brand loyal. Not buying processed foods.

  5. LuckyRobin Says:

    I love raw goat's milk. I've had good and I've had bad, and yes, that was when she kept the buck in with the does. It was rank. I always keep it on hand when I have rabbit litters kindling in case the does have too many kits for me to foster some to another mama, because it's the next best thing for them and beats the heck out of kitten replacer formula.

    I love most goat cheeses, though I like the cheese made from sheep milk best. Do you ever barter the milk you get for other things? I trade fruits, herbs, and veggies from my garden for goat's milk and chevre cheese.

  6. Cindi Says:

    Thanks for your comments! Lucky Robin I don't barter the milk, most people I know besides a few just can't even stand the thought of drinking or eating goats milk for some reason. The lady I work for makes sheeps milk cheese too. We also donate it to the animal rescue as there are many times they find emaciated dogs or cats Rob, I plan meals as well and Patient saver I also buy in season and try to grow some things for myself. I'd love to be self sufficient some day, but thats not possible just yet.

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