Sunday, June 26, 2016

Goat Milk Soap, take one!

This week, we were blessed with a new addition to our property: a milk goat. Caramel has been milked morning and night for the past year by her previous owner. Other than overgrown hooves, she's looking nice and healthy.

Even though we have a large family, we generally only go through one to three gallons of milk a week. Caramel produces just shy of a half gallon per day. Our main dairy product uses are for baking and eating: butter and cheese. Goat milk doesn't separate quickly like cows milk, and leaving it to separate over a couple days may risk a stronger flavor. I'd like to invest in a cream separator before she freshens (kids, and therefore has fresh milk) so that we can easily make the butter, plus buttermilk for baking, and use the skimmed milk for cheese making.

Today, Ben used the excess to make goat milk soap. It's really quick and easy to make. He made a form to let it cool and harden in. Tomorrow, we should be able to cut the soap brick into bars, which will need to cure (rest and harden, allowing the lye to stop it's action, so it will clean the skin but the lye won't be able to burn the skin) for about a month or so. I'm looking forward to trying the soap by the end of summer!

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