I must confess. Before we started milking our own goats, I had never had goat’s milk.
I guess there was that chance that I would absolutely despise the taste of it and then be forced to halt all dairy goat operations. But, I like to live on the edge.
After hearing multiple people passionately explain why they thought goat’s milk was utterly disgusting, I started to get a little nervous… Then the day of reckoning came.
I milked ol’ Cinnamon and brought her milk into the house. After carefully filtering it, I placed it in a glass jar and put it into the back of the refrigerator.
Once it had thoroughly chilled, I poured a teeny tiny bit into a glass. It looked normal. I smelled it. Nothing. My husband and I stared at it for a minute and then I cautiously took a sip.
It tasted like…
No goaty taste. No bitter taste. Just. Milk.
It’s rich and creamy, but most whole, raw milk is. So I’m left wondering why goat’s milk gets such a bad rap…?
Although I’ve never tried it, my suspicion is that the pasteurized stuff you buy in the grocery store must have a goaty taste to it, which might be part of the reason people are so scared of it.
Also, I have heard different breeds have different tasting milk. Toggenburgs, for example, are said to have a stronger tasting milk, which is why they are preferred for certain types of cheesemaking. And, sometimes your goats’ diet will play a part in the taste of the milk. We fed an alfalfa/grass mix all summer, but they also grazed on some weeds. I could never tell a difference in my milk, but perhaps if they had gotten into a stronger tasting weed, I would have noticed.
However, my one caveat is this: I have read many books and websites saying that having a buck around will affect the taste of your milk. I didn’t really believe it, so I had to test the theory. And, they were definitely telling the truth. It’s not so evident in super fresh milk, but if you let it sit in your refrigerator for a few days, you will be able to smell it. And, I made yogurt one day and it had a “bucky” aftertaste. Not recommended.
Fortunately, we are only borrowing the buck for about a month, so the taste should clear up sometime after he leaves!
So if you are nervous, I encourage you to find someone with a home dairy and do some taste-testing! I think you will be pleasantly surprised!
Have you ever tried fresh goat milk? What were your experiences?