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Jun 19, 2010 05:36 PM

Goat milk...with chunks?

So I purchased a quart of goat milk at the farmer's market today. It is pasteurized but not homogenized. Tonight I went into the kitchen to drink some. I shook the bottle (even though it's not really necessary) and poured some out. When it poured I thought I saw something solid fall into the glass. I inspected the milk in the glass, and sure enough there were two or three small white chunks. I smelled the milk, and it smelled fresh. I strained out a white chunk with a fork and it smelled okay too. So, I sampled a tiny bit of the chunk, and it reminded me of clotted cream.

So, now I'm wondering what it really is? Has this happened to anyone else? Should I continue drinking the milk? I'm guessing there are going to be more chunks in there...I drank the rest of the glass with the chunks strained out and it was delicious...

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  1. The chunks are fat. This is because the milk is unhomogenized.

    6 Replies
    1. re: Bryn

      So they probably are blobs of clotted cream? Could I collect them and use them for something?

      1. re: bluemoon4515

        Not clotted cream, as in the bottled English delicacy for scones, which is actually gently cooked, and not normally made from goat milk, but I guess you could say the cream "clotted," as in "clumped" at the top of the milk, which happens with unhomogenized milk; cream separates and rises. Since your clumps are a large percentage of butterfat, if you let them drain through double thickness cheesecloth for a few hours, you'll get a quasy soft fresh mild-flavored goat cheese-like substance. Of course, you have to have a fair amount of clumps to make it a meaningful effort.

        1. re: bushwickgirl

          I probably won't have more than 5-6 small clumps from the bottle. Do you think if I put them in a container in the freezer I could add more from the next bottles...then defrost them all and use them?

          1. re: bluemoon4515

            Yes, do it that way. It'll freeze just fine.

              1. re: bluemoon4515

                Yup, you're welcome, have fun with it!!