If you're considering adding another level of preparedness to plan, you've probably considered adding a goat or two. (Click HERE for a blog that will help you make the right decisions when buying your goats.) Once you have the goat, however, what can you do with the 90 quarts of delicious, nutrient-dense goat milk you get every month? Here are some ideas.
Of course, you can drink goat's milk. It's a very healthy alternative to cow's milk. However, the taste is stronger and different, so it requires an adjustment time. You may want to mix it with cow's milk for a while to help transition your family. Adjust the ratio to slowly ween your family off cow's milk and onto goat's milk. (Image courtesy of Prevention.com)
Goat milk's higher fat and protein content makes for some great Greek yogurt. HERE is an easy recipe you can make from home.
Cajeta is a common caramel type candy made in Mexico using goat milk, but did you know you can make traditional caramel as well? Simply substitute goat milk for cream or cow milk in your favorite recipe. (But really, try the cajeta. It's especially good over ice cream.)
Your delicious cajeta or goat milk caramel topping is going to need some ice cream to go with it. Goat milk makes delicious ice cream. Again, substitute it for cow's milk in your favorite recipe. While you're at it, you can also make pudding, milkshakes, smoothies, or any other sweet treats with your goat's milk.
Any recipe that uses buttermilk (think pancakes, biscuits, waffles, pies) can be replaced with goat milk buttermilk. Simply add 1-2 tbsp lemon juice or vinegar to 1 cup of milk and let it sit. You'll love the effect on your favorite recipes.
Goat milk has a high fat and protein content, which is ideal when creating skin care products. You can make luxurious and effective soaps, lotions, face washes, and lip balms. Whether for everyday use or for emergencies, goat milk-based skin products can be essential for preventable skin issues. Here is an easy recipe to try at home.
Whether you choose goat milk products for daily life or for emergency preparedness, goat milk is a great resource for your family. How do you like to use your goat milk? Do you have any tried and true recipes?