What can you do with goat milk?
I know some might be very familiar with goat’s milk and put it to use right away. However, for some, it is rather intimidating.
So today I want to share with you over 20 uses for goat’s milk. I understand your skepticism if all you’ve ever known has been store-bought cow’s milk. I grew up that way. Even so, once you cross over into homesteading and start raising your own goats, you will find it to be a pleasant surprise of all for its uses.
Also, find out which are the best goat breeds for milk and meat.
So here we go…
1. Drink It Up
There are a lot of options for goat’s milk uses and one of them is drinking it. Drinking goat’s milk might seem like a no brainer, but for some, maybe not. Just so you know, goat’s milk is not only edible but it is also better for you than cow’s milk.
Yes, that is right! It’s actually supposed to be easier for our stomachs to digest. The next time you milk your goats, make sure to put some in the fridge for drinking purposes. You will be glad you did.
2. Pour It Out
Pour it out over your cereal that is. Goat’s milk can be used to sub out cow’s milk. It goes great with cereal or granola.
When you’re out of your regular store-bought milk, avoid running to the grocery store. Instead, go get the milk straight from your goats, and still have a great breakfast of delicious homemade cereal.
3. Make It Thicker
I’m referring to making yogurt out of your goat’s milk. If you’ve never made homemade yogurt before then you might want to consider using a yogurt maker. It helps make the process a little easier.
However, if you’d rather use your crockpot you can do that too. Regardless of the method you choose, just know that you can make both yogurt and kefir from goat’s milk. That is a very handy item to be able to make from scratch right out of your backyard.
4. Get Cheesy
If you are like me and love cheese, all kinds of cheese. Well, then you are in luck. Goat’s milk makes some really delicious goat’s milk cheese and this is another option for goat milk uses.
Not only that but it can actually be transformed into 10 different types of cheeses. This cheese can be used in almost any recipe that calls for cheese but this tasty recipe will help get you started.
5. Oh, Fudge!!
No, I’m not trying to keep from saying something ugly. You can actually use your goat milk surplus and turn it into some fudge. Seriously, it doesn’t get any better than that.
If you are a fan of fudge then you’ll love this recipe for some easy chocolate fudge. Still, goat’s milk fudge can be turned into a variety of flavors ranging from chocolate to peanut butter. That sounds amazing, and my appreciation for my goats grows even further.
Cajeta is a Mexican caramel sauce. So if you have lots of goat’s milk then put it to good use. Create this delicious caramel sauce and pour it over a delicious homemade dessert.
7. Candy, Candy, Candy
Who knew goat’s milk could turn into so many delicious sweet treats? I honestly wasn’t aware of its many sweet uses.
Goat’s milk can actually be turned not only into caramel but also caramel candies. Doesn’t that sound amazing? To be able to make your own caramel candies right there in your own kitchen? I think so too. This recipe will help you make caramel candies.
8. We All Scream for Ice Cream
Ice cream is loved by most. So when you discover that it can be made using products from one of the smallest dairy animals from your farm or in your backyard, your day just gets a whole lot better.
If you are curious about how to make your own goat’s milk ice cream, look no further. We have the recipes for you right here. Your goats not only love sweets, but their milk provides a lot of great desserts for you as well.
9. The Proof Is in the Pudding
Yes, you can make pudding with goat’s milk. This is honestly something I had never really even considered.
Whether you are making pudding from scratch or from a box, you can make them both with goat’s milk. I’m an instant pudding junky. My husband and I love the sugar-free kind. Knowing that our goats can help us make it just makes me love them even more.
10. Your Milkshake Can Bring All the Goats to the Yard
What’s even better than pudding, ice cream, caramel sauce, or even caramel candies? A milkshake of course! One of the many goat’s milk uses is making some delicious and creamy milkshakes.
If you want to make an interesting goat milk milkshake and you don’t know how to, this recipe will help you. Be grateful for your goats as you milk them so you can have a milkshake.
11. Get in the Kitchen
You cook with regular cow’s milk most of the time. Whether it be baking, making sauces, etc. milk certainly has its place in any standard cooking kitchen.
Why should goat’s milk be any different? Basically, almost anything you can use cow’s milk with, you can substitute with goat’s milk. If you are running low on ideas of how to cook with goat’s milk then this article will help. There are lots of great tips and recipes that will have you cooking in no time.
12. Replace Mom
This may sound bad, but I promise it isn’t. How many times have you been out on your farm and found that a tragic event has happened? A lot of times, mothers pass during childbirth.
Some people sell their baby goats. Bottle-fed goats are usually friendlier and go for more money which increases the chance that some will actually bottle feed them. However, it works out just know that goat’s milk can be used as a substitute to help feed babies that need it.
13. Use It for Hygiene
This is one of the more common ways for goat’s milk uses. Still, in case you didn’t know, goat’s milk makes some of the best homemade soap.
So if you like the idea of making your own soap products then you’ll be thrilled to know that your goats can certainly help you make a creamier soap.
I couldn’t think of a ‘trendier’ way to encourage you to make buttermilk than with your goat’s milk. Really, you should!
If you don’t use buttermilk regularly, well maybe now it’s time to. Buttermilk makes great biscuits, pancakes, and even ranch dressing. You can even make a buttermilk pie that I’ve heard is amazing. This tutorial will take you through the process of making buttermilk and also offers you a buttermilk pancake recipe.
15. Homemade Cream Cheese
Cream cheese is amazing. I have fallen in love with it tremendously lately. Why? Because I love cheesecake. I also love cheesecake cookies and my list can go on and on.
However, did you know that you can make cream cheese from your goat’s milk? Yes, I didn’t know either. This recipe will guide you on how to make cream cheese with goat’s milk.
I love freshly made butter. There is no comparison between that and store-bought butter. I have always been under the impression that you couldn’t make butter from goat’s milk because the fat content was too low.
However, now I know better. This is a great recipe to make goat’s milk butter from scratch. Also, have a look at our homemade butter post for more inspiration. All you need now is the biscuits to go with and you will be in business.
17. Face Wash
I have never tried to wash my face with goat’s milk before. However, after feeling how great the soap feels, I can only imagine how great the face wash would be too.
If you are interested in making your own face wash then this is the best place to start. And if you still want to experiment more, then try out this recipe. Put your goat’s milk to work in a little different way and see what kind of impact it has on your skin.
18. Luscious Lotion
A creamy lotion is also another way to use goat’s milk. I don’t know about you, but I love lotion. Cold weather is hard on your skin, but my skin dries out when I work outside during the summer as well.
So having a homemade recipe I can turn to which includes homegrown products is exactly what I want. This is a great recipe for homemade lotion from your goat’s milk. Also, check out the above video that takes you through lotion making step by step. Your skin will most likely thank you for it.
19. Lip Balm
If you haven’t noticed I’m on a hygiene trend here. So far we’ve worked on body soap, lotion, and now we are on to your lips. Our lips can become so dry from exposure to the sun and wind during colder months.
However, we don’t have to stand by and let the elements leave us dry. And we don’t have to depend on store-bought products either. Instead, you can pull out your trusty goat’s milk and make this recipe. Also, try more and different lip balm recipes on our DIY lip balm post.
Enough with the hygiene products. They are wonderful, but I like the food better. I’m just being honest. Now, how about the idea of making flan with your goat’s milk. Doesn’t that sound great?
If you are unfamiliar with flan it is basically a sponge cake filled with some delicious filling. Well, you can make flan with your goat’s milk, and this recipe shows you how.
21. Mexican Candy
I have never tried this candy, but I’m really hopeful and excited that I’ll get to very soon. It is a caramel based candy that does incorporate goat’s milk in it as well.
So if you enjoy caramel based candies or even trying a new sweet treat then hopefully you’ll give this recipe a try. I’m hoping it is as good as it appears in the pictures.
22. Goat Cheese Soufflé
I am not a very ‘fancy’ eater. We cook basic southern cooking around our home. When words like soufflé start flying around, I usually become a little intimidated. It isn’t that they don’t look wonderful. I’m just unfamiliar with making them.
With this goat cheese soufflé recipe, I want you to do what I plan on doing, and just go for it. Pull out your goat’s milk and make the best soufflé you can. Hopefully, it will turn out well and this will be one more common way you can use the milk your little goats work so hard to provide.
23. Cottage Cheese
I am a cottage cheese lover. I love it with tomatoes, I love it with pineapple or peaches, and I like it by itself. Basically, I can eat cottage cheese anytime.
When I learned that you could make cottage cheese out of goat’s milk, I got really excited. If you are a cottage cheese lover, like me, then you’ll be very interested in this recipe as well.
Well, there you have it for today. I’ve offered up 23 goat’s milk uses. I hope you enjoy them and maybe even find a new favorite recipe in there somewhere.