Saturday, March 21, 2009

I Love to Answer Questions!


I am a very smart goat. I say this with all humility....

I also love to answer questions and I am so very happy when my readers ask them of me. In yesterday's post I wrote about what it was like to be milked and Daisy and my Aunt Vicki wanted to know more so here I am today with answers to their questions.

Actually it is my publicist and her male person that are providing the answers because I have never tasted cow's milk or goat's milk cheese but I am quite pleased to pass them along. According to them goat's milk tastes exactly the same as cow's milk. The only difference the publicist finds is that it is much richer as my milk is somewhere between 4 and 6% milk fat and she was used to drinking skim milk. What made her most happy was that if she drank any kind of fatted cow's milk she would get horrible heartburn buy our milk does not give her any discomfort at all. Goat's milk is also very good for people who are lactose intolerant because it doesn't contain any lactose. Many babies who cannot drink cow's milk or formula become quite happy and chubby on goat's milk.

Nigerian Dwarf milk is naturally homogenized so the cream does not rise to the top which makes is difficult but not impossible to make butter. But making ice cream is easy, fun and quite tasty! The publicist has done it quite a few times; by all accounts Triple Chocolate was the clear flavor winner.

As to how much milk we give, I am on a rest right now as I have mentioned When Abby and I are both producing at full volume we will give the publicist about a gallon a day. Right now Abby is giving just short of a quart a day (That is yesterday's milk in the photo). It is enough for the male person's morning coffee and cereal plus any baking needs. The rest goes in the freezer for soap or if any barter opportunities arise.


Now to the cheese! The publicist and the male person love cheese. She has done a bit of experimenting and has been very successful at making soft cheeses like feta and chevre. Her mozzarella was not quite as good but she has not given up! She also made two hard cheeses; a cheddar and a Colby. Both were very good and she is looking forward to making more this summer. It is hard for her to make cheese in the winter because her kitchen is very small in the trailer and she cannot keep the milk mixture at the right temperature because she cannot fit her pot in her sink. But come this summer she plans to make lots and lots of hard cheeses to have in her pantry for winter. They have to age for at least four months and get better the longer they sit.

I hope this answered the questions and by all means ask any more you might have. I do love to pass on any goat information I have.

7 comments:

  1. Thanks so much for this great info Pricilla. Now I wish I lived a bit closer to you -- I would love to barter for some of your yummy milk. And the cheese? That sounds fabulous, even if it is a lot of work for the publicist. Apparently, she enjoys it!

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  2. Thanks for answering my questions! My Mommie loves goat cheese on pizza. And when her uncle was a baby, he could not drink regular milk and he drank goat's milk. I wish I lived close to you, also, because I would love to visit you.

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  3. Thanks for all the great information. I love chevre... where can one buy good goat cheese? I buy it at the store, and it's okay, but I bet yours is better.

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  4. Pricilla, your publicist sent me your soap and it is wonderful! It smells so good. My son, my 16 year old teenage son, nabbed it before I was able to grab it out of his dirty hands. He said he wanted it since it smelled so good. I will be posting about it on my redhead blog on Monday. Thank you so much and I am placing another order.

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  5. Daisy and Aunt Vicki I think it would be wonderful if both of you lived closer. I would love to meet you. And then you could see my kids!

    Margo, as to where you can find good goat cheese - before my publicist started making her own she bought hers at the Good Food Store which is like the Whole Food Store. There are also places online that she has read about in Dairy Goat Journal. She will look them up and send them to you.

    Jen - I am so glad you like my soap. And your son too. Trust me, I understand what kids are like - I have Abigail! Thank you for blogging about my soap.

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  6. I have another question... Do you know if a person that can't have the proteins in cow's milk can have goat's milk instead? If so then woo hoo goat milk and goat cheese land here I come!

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  7. Stephanie, first I must say that I am not a doctor-goat but I will try and find an answer to your question. My publicist says the best thing to do is ask your doctor. I will post if I learn anything for you.

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