We are soooo excited. We picked up our two pretty, but VERY SMELLY Nigerian Dwarf milk maids today. I also got my first lesson in milking. I still need a bit of practice, I guess so we won't be drinking any of the milk for the next week or so until I get used to milking and I have all my equipment and questions answered. If you are knowledgeable about any of these, please, I'd appreciate your input. 1) Stainless Steel: On goat sites, they sell seamless stainless steel milk pails for close to $50 or more. When I went to Wal Mart today, I walked down an aisle that had stainless steel pots in small, medium and large for a LOT less. Is there some secret ingredient that makes the goat site ones more expensive? Can I use a small stainless steel pot with lid? or a bowl? I also notice on the bottom of one it said, "Stainless Steel +Aluminum" would this not be acceptable for milking? What do you all use for this purpose. 2) Milk Filters: I noticed they sell these filter pads. I was under the impression that all you need is a stripper cup with mesh wire. How do you use these? Do you milk into a cup and then just pour the milk on the filter pads into a mason jar? Can anyone help me understand the process a little better? Thanks so much. I'm sorry if I sound ignorant. Those are two pieces I'm not quite getting.