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Goat milk...with chunks?

bluemoon4515 Jun 19, 2010 05:36 PM

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...

  1. Bryn Jun 19, 2010 05:53 PM

    The chunks are fat. This is because the milk is unhomogenized. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Homogeni...

    6 Replies
    1. re: Bryn
      bluemoon4515 Jun 20, 2010 09:44 AM

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

      1. re: bluemoon4515
        bushwickgirl Jun 20, 2010 10:32 AM

        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
          bluemoon4515 Jun 20, 2010 12:17 PM

          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
            bushwickgirl Jun 20, 2010 01:32 PM

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

            1. re: bushwickgirl
              bluemoon4515 Jun 20, 2010 03:21 PM

              Ok, thanks so much!

              1. re: bluemoon4515
                bushwickgirl Jun 20, 2010 04:03 PM

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

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