*Today's Really Dumb Question: Is there such a thing as goat BUTTER??

Discussion in 'Other Pets & Livestock' started by d.k, Jun 1, 2008.

  1. d.k

    d.k red-headed stepchild

    *Curious, if I had goats, would butter be one of the things I could make?? Or is goat's milk too low in milk fat?
  2. Broke Down Ranch

    Broke Down Ranch Songster

    Apr 18, 2007
    Miss Prissy said in a post somewhere that the fat does not separate as much as in cow's milk...
  3. good question.
  4. helmstead

    helmstead Songster

    Mar 12, 2007
    Alfordsville, IN
    Goats milk is naturally homogenized - so you have to purchase a cream separator in order to get enough cream to do the job. Thing is - a cream separator is a large purchase, so it's pretty much not worth it...
  5. d.k

    d.k red-headed stepchild

    *ah- then it doesn't rise to the top like cow's milk- That's what you mean?? It stays mixed??
  6. zatsdeb

    zatsdeb Songster

    Oct 2, 2007
    Lincoln, Illinois
    I make butter out of goats milk all the time.
    I pasturize the milk, then put in a big pan overnight, then I skim off the cream and freeze it. When I have enough I made the butter. The first time it was warm weather and I used my mixer, I kept mixing and mixing, and it just got thick so I put it in the fridge, I posted on a goat site about it, one person told me to put it in the mixer cold from the fridge, and after about 10 seconds the buttermilk seperated and it went slosh all over! It was so cool!!!
    It was good too!
    It may depend on your goat, I have sanaans, and my one goat I milk gives alot of milk, it may take a while to get enough cream, but it is worth it! you can freeze the butter too.
  7. joebryant

    joebryant Crowing

    D.K., I don't know zip about goat butter, but I am the administrator of two other forums with a couple thousand members. I'll tell you what I repeatedly say to members who are afraid their question will sound "dumb". THE ONLY DUMB QUESTION IS THE ONE THAT IS NOT ASKED.
  8. SusanJoM

    SusanJoM Songster

    d.k :

    *ah- then it doesn't rise to the top like cow's milk- That's what you mean?? It stays mixed??

    Goat's milk is naturally homogenized. The fat globules are small and evenly distributed throughout the milk so it does not separate as readily into milk and cream.

    This is what "homogenization" does to cow's milk: breaks those fat globules into such small particles that they can no longer group together and then rise to the top.

    This natural homogenization is also the (or one of the) reason(s) why the milk is easier for some babies to digest when they are very young and their digestive systems haven't fully developed to accomodate the fat in cow's milk.

  9. penelope77

    penelope77 Songster

    May 6, 2008
    northeast oklahoma
    i get about a half inch to an inch from my nigerian when i let her milk sit overnight. i tried to scrape it off but i failed miserably. i'm gonna try it again when i'm milking about four goats. i about had a heart attack when i saw how much seperators were. i did see on someones site that sells a pound of goat butter for $18. all labor!
  10. greyfields

    greyfields Crowing

    Mar 15, 2007
    Washington State
    goat butter... mmmm....

    and then fry some bacon in it... now we're talking

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