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    Freezing Goat Milk

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    As most goat owners know, goats only milk a few months out of the year. If you are really lucky, and have a good milker, you may be able to get milk for up to ten months. Some goat farmers alternate the breeding times of their goats to make sure they get milk for most of the year, however, if you have just a couple of goats, or limited space, alternating breeding times may not be the answer for you.

    Here at Exotic Gardening Farms & Wildlife Habitat, we have three dairy goats, Sugar, Spice – pictured above and Darla. The first year we bought them, they were in milk. We did not buy the babies, so we were able to keep all of the milk. We bought Darla in March, Sugar in May and Spice in June. We milked until late August, then decided to dry them up due to a lack of time to milk. During that time we milked twice a day, every day. We had plenty of milk, butter, buttermilk, cheese, ice cream and other dairy products. However when we quit milking, there was no reserve.

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    Then we failed to find a buck to breed the girls with, so we went a year without milk. Then in July 2008 we bought our buck Leonardo, a colored angora which can be seen in the photo above. Our grandaughter Trinity is petting him.

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    July 29, 2010

    a little hint – I’ve tried it and it works.
    This past year I bought a little Oberhalsi to go with my French Alpines from a local breeder – she told me to add 1/4 tsp of baking soda to a gallon of goats milk before freezing – and yes, thaw in the refridgerator – excellent!

    July 31, 2010

    Joy McFather @ 4:42 pm #

    I bought some goat milk at the store today. The expiration on it is 8/3, and would like to buy it up if I can freeze it. How long is it good in the freezer and how long is it good once it is taken out?

    Thanks, Joy

    January 15, 2011

    Cheryl Rufener @ 1:00 pm #

    I freeze my milk raw and I strain it into 1/2 gal. jugs that I put in the freezer immediately. When I take the milk out after 3 or 4 months I have chunks. I have been doing this for about 5 years and did not have this problem in years past.
    I’m wondering if it is my freezer temp.?

    January 16, 2011
    February 13, 2011

    Naomi G @ 3:18 pm #

    My Nephew is allergic to Cows milk and so he has to drink Goats milk which is not readily available in our town. is it possible to freeze store bought milk. would it freeze the same way as fresh?

    February 15, 2011
    September 12, 2011

    Jessica @ 9:09 pm #

    I freeze my goats extra milk in breast milk bags.

    September 18, 2011

    Chris @ 8:16 pm #

    Have you ever pasturized your goat milk, frozen it, and then when thawed had–instead of white milk–a separated milk, with what looks like whey on the top and cream on the bottom. Do you need to reheat this to get it to recombine or do you just shake it up vigorously. My grandmother who is 95 cannot drink cow milk so I’ve been freezing it for her after pasturizing. She can only drink a little a week and I’m trying to put some away for her for later use. But we noticed that it will separate after thawing. Any suggestions?? Also how long will it keep in the freezer?

    Thank you in advance.

    March 1, 2012

    Diana @ 11:11 am #

    Hi. My name’s Diana. We’ve had goats for about 5 or 6 years now and have been freezing our surplus milk in the summer to tide us through the winter months. My milk has been defrosting fine with no problems, until this year…. All of a sudden my milk is defrosting with bits throughout, as if its turned. I’ve shaken the milk and it tastes fine and fresh, I don’t understand why I have suddenly this problem. I have changed freezer, could this be the problem? Thank you.

    August 27, 2012

    Debbie @ 7:56 am #

    Why don’t you recommend thawing it on the countertop? I have done it before, making sure to refrigerate it as soon as it’s almost but not quite thawed and it seems fine.

    November 6, 2012
    January 8, 2013

    Laura Mendrin Nazaroff @ 2:38 pm #

    I just got some raw goats milk froma local farm. They had it frozen. I came home and defrosted it. It’s now separated with thick white curd on the bottom and clear liquid on the top. After shaking the bottle a bit, i pour it through a strainer. White stuff at the bottom sits in the strainer… Everything Smells SOUR and I gag after the sniff. It’s bad raw goats milk, yes??

    January 15, 2013

    DJ Heinze @ 7:58 am #

    I do not have canning jars. Can goats milk be frozen in plastic containers or can any other glass container be used?

    February 5, 2014

    Dave @ 3:43 pm #

    I get frozen raw goatsmilk from a friend in 1/2 gallon packages. Since it only seems to last a week in the refrigerator and I only use about half of it in a week I am wondering if I can refreeze half of it immediately after thawing it out?

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