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Thursday, April 10, 2014

Powdered Goat Milk

Evaporated goat milk and powdered goat milk

Both these products are new to me. Some people swear by goat milk for feeding infants who cannot, for whatever reason, nurse or take cow milk or formula.
 
Charlie volunteered that he liked goat milk better than cow milk. He was quite enthusiastic about drinking it.
 
Before I was in college, a group of us (some college students where I eventually attended) went to a home in MS, south of Memphis where we attended college. I was in the kitchen with the woman while the guys were with the guys. I mentioned I was thirsty, thinking I would get a glass of water. OH NO! She poured me a 12 ounce glass of  fresh, unpasteurized goat milk. To be polite, I took a sip. ACK! Now, I needed water to wash the taste from my mouth. Then, dinner time came. I was hoping for water or a glass of tea. NOPE, she took my goat milk and put it at my place.
 
Finally, I just unceremoniously and impolitely gulped it down to be rid of it. I was polite enough to wipe the milk from my face. She seized my glass and refilled it. I protested that some water would be just fine. She assured me that she had plenty of goat milk.
 
Just now, as I was writing this, I wondered if she were trying to fatten me up. I was 5' 7.5 inches and weighed 110 pounds.
 
At any rate, I gained no weight and learned a lesson: always ask for water when I am thirsty. Then, the person can offer other things. By the way, when I am thirsty, I do not want cow milk either. I want water.
 
When I was a child and young adult, thirst was quenched with water, not Coke, Milk, or some silly drink from the store. I love Sobe, but have not bought any in over 6 years.
 
Okay, back to goat milk. I took this picture at Walmart.
 
Your turn
Did you know there was evaporated goat milk or powdered goat milk on the market? Have you ever used it? 

21 comments:

  1. I have seen evaporated and powdered goats milk and, shuddering, walked past it. Like you, I was given fresh unpastueuised goat's milk (still warm in my case) and I have never drunk it since. And won't if I can avoid it.
    Water (or perhaps tea) is my thirst quencher.

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    1. EC,
      At least my goat milk was cold, but that was not enough to make it any good. I drink tea only if it is ice cold and has no sweetener of any kind. I love the taste of tea, not sweetness. Thanks for confirming goat milk is nasty stuff.

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  2. No, I haven't seen it before, and I'm fine with that :) I remember when I was a kid, my Grandpa took me to the local farm where they gave me a cup of fresh, unpasteurized, milk straight from a goat. I think, the smell of it will haunt me till the day I die... :) Yuck!

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    1. Lena,
      Yuck! I remember it smelled awful, too. Probably the smell memory would come back if I were in the room with a glassful. Yuck is my take, too.

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  3. When I was in the Navy and was at sea we had a choice of powdered milk, sulpher tasting water or coffee to go with our meals. I swore that when I got out I would never drink powdered milk again. I haven't touched the stuff in 50 years. I'll drink a cup of ice coffee first - and that stuff sux, too.

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    1. Coffeypot,
      Powdered milk is nasty. But, thankfully, I have never been faced with the choices you had for an extended period of time. Powdered milk is one of those things I would swallow only if my nutritional needs could not be met otherwise. I cannot believe they did not give you chocolate syrup to go in your powdered milk. Was there any guy who actually liked the powdered milk?

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  4. I used to have a very nice herd of dairy goats. I had a waiting list of folks wanting milk. Now I buy my cow milk through the "underground"...raw, unpasteurized and illegal...it's delicious. And even in my small town the grocery store carries powdered and condensed goat's milk.

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  5. I know it's been in health food store for at least 20 years. Never tried it but had a neighbor who couldn't tolerate cow's milk so she always used it.
    Found this link - story is interesting.
    http://meyenberg.com/about-us/our-story/

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  6. I am no fan of milk of any sort!, with the exception of half and half for coffee, and heavy cream for desserts, and what I use for baking. We buy 100% heavy cream in a returnable glass bottle...no carageenan. (I have a Profi) I think Americans are fooled into thinking milk is a necessity, no doubt to go with cereal we also can't seem to do without!
    You know, after my first child was delivered via C -section, I remember begging for water. The nurse refused, and gave me ginger ale instead. All that did was make me even thirstier! I finally worked myself, IV 'S and all to he sink in the room, and drank with my hands. Water is our beverage of choice here. Dh buys the kids soda and juice when it is on sale...but I believe water is all we need to quench thirst.

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    1. Meg B.,
      I just plain love milk even though I know intellectually that it is not necessary. I cannot believe a nurse would NOT give you water. When I was a child, we drank water only. Well, we had milk, but not all day long, just for breakfast and lunch (maybe), depending on what we had for lunch.

      I would love to buy milk in a glass bottle with no carrageenan.

      At this point in my life, I regret giving juice to my children. I believe I did them great harm.

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  7. I had a run in with a stinky old wet male goat about 30 years ago. The smell still lingers in my nose. That goat cheese, "CHEVRE" seems to be everywhere these days.In Recipes, restaurants, friends homes....I say NO THANK YOU!

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    1. Janet,
      I imagine that surely is a good goat tale. I do love goat cheese. I try not to think of a wet, male goat when I smell it.

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  8. We had a milk goat for a couple years. What they are fed and how you process the milk makes a huge difference in how it tastes, also whether a buck is kept on-site. Bucks are smelly things. Fresh goat's milk that is strained and cooled immediately is wonderful.

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    1. Jane,
      Okay. That's is something I did not know. You mean the male goat makes the doe's milk smell?

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    2. They make everything stink! :) We used to rent one for a month every year. They pee on their beards and are nasty, but unfortunately necessary if you want milk. :)

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    3. Oh I must laugh .....As I was saying. A wet male goat changed my life.... apparently in a bad way. Absolutely everyone seems to love goat cheese but I just can't. I think I may be one of those super smellers. Have you ever heard that terminology? My Daddy always said that there was a certain point, when chicken was cooking when he could smell "barnyard". After I raised chickens I recognized that odor. Same with raising pork. There is a certain point when cooking a pork chop when I can smell "barnyard". With chicken and pork I just move on but with goat? Hell no!!!!! In fact, back when I was working in the food industry I was at a super snooty food show in La Jolla and chevre was the big new thing. I had a taste and absolutely had to spit it out ....In fact it was only the second thing in my life that I just couldn't swallow.

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    4. Janet,
      I am a super smeller, and I have heard that term. I never smell anything untoward when I cook chicken. What was the other thing you could not swallow?

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  9. I can't drink a glass of any kind of white milk, due to what I'm sure is just a psychological aversion. (I started puking on the school bus in kindergarten every afternoon until Mom finally had me stop drinking milk.) I'm fine with small amounts of milk--I cook with regular store-bought cow's milk, and I'll have a cup of chocolate milk now and then. (More than a cup and I get queasy.)

    But goat cheese... I love goat cheese crumbled into tomato soup or melted in an omelette. I would like to try goat's milk someday, maybe with Hershey's syrup, just to avoid the "ick--this'll make me puke" mental factor.

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    1. I get ill feeling when I drink chocolate milk, but I love it. Cow's milk is just fine with me. Of course, I may be highly allergic to it.

      When my son was 18 months old, we traveled once a week to Memphis so my husband could attend class to finish his degree. I would feed my son his regular breakfast--oatmeal with an egg yolk mashed and applesauce stirred in and some milk to drink. About thirty minutes into our two hour trip, he would throw up all over himself, the car, and carseat. After three trips, I just gave him a piece of dry toast to eat IF he wanted it. He quit throwing up. I have no idea what made him throw up, but I was taking no chances. I have motion sickness in the car, so that may have been the problem.

      I love goat cheese on a salad. I could drink goat's milk with chocolate in it! I drink milk that is soured by putting Hershey's powder in it.

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  10. Any kind of canned or powdered milk is pretty nasty.

    That same company sells fresh milk that is available at many stores here and it tastes just fine. Goat milk is not as "sweet" tasting to me as cow milk, but it is easier for me to digest. I had fresh, raw goat milk at a friend's house (they kept dairy goats) and it was delicious.

    Yes, the male goat is the stinky one and if they are near the does they will make the milk really stinky. Simply touching a male goat leaves their reek on you for a long time.

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    1. Linda,
      Thanks for that information. I know absolutely nothing about goats. However, making me or milk stinky is enough to make me swear off milk if cow's milk were ever unavailable.

      I know I cannot drink evaporated milk, but maybe I could develop a taste for powdered if it were icy cold.

      Thanks for the information. When I saw your name and the comment, I wondered how, why, and when I could have written that. I had a pretty vivid dream last night that frightened me, so I thought maybe I was commenting on my own post.

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