freezing milk

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  1. lonelyfarmgirl

    lonelyfarmgirl Well-Known Member Supporter

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    I was wondering about freezing milk. I have froze raw goat milk, and the outcome was, well, yuck. When I thawed it out, it was separated and even after putting it in the blender, was really not what I would call drinkable.

    Wondering how it goes with raw cows milk?
     
  2. steff bugielski

    steff bugielski Well-Known Member

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    I freeze raw goat milk all the time. I think the trick is freezing it as fresh as possible. I usually freeze day old and no older. I also do not keep it for more than 3 months.
    When thawed it is just like fresh.
     

  3. Charleen

    Charleen www.HarperHillFarm.com Supporter

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    Lucky you Steff - I've never had good luck with this and I've tried it all different ways. IEven though the goat kids don't mind it, I just can't stand the separation. It's just fine to cook with or for soapmaking though.
     
  4. springvalley

    springvalley Family Jersey Dairy Supporter

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    We have also froze both goats and cows milk, and it seperates for us also. I dont care for milk that seperates, some people dont mind. I have milk customers that freeze it and use it for yogurt and smoothies, and they get along fine, but seldom have anyone freeze it for drinking. So once again it is personal preferance. > Thanks Marc
     
  5. loislanefl

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    I too have never had good luck freezing cow milk. It always has little flecks of cream in it that won't mix back in. Don't care for it myself.
     
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    I don't know about fresh milk, but did you let it completely thaw before mixing it. If you try to mix store bought while it still has pieces of ice it won't mix back together.

    HTH
     
  7. steff bugielski

    steff bugielski Well-Known Member

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    To be honest for myself I have froze older milk, like 3-5 days old. I have never had any separation.
    Maybe something about your milk?
     
  8. Whisperwindkat

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    Sometimes I get separation and sometimes I don't. I wonder if it has anything to do with the amount of cream in the milk to start with. I know the milk from my 1/2 boer1/2nubian girls is loaded with cream and always separates. However my snubians milk is more likely to not separate except during a certain portion of her lactation. Before I got the goats I rarely had store bought milk separate. Anyway, just a thought and observation. Blessings, Kat
     
  9. Jay

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    When it's mostly thawed out, warm it up (stirring once in awhile) to about 80-85 degrees, the fat (cream) will melt back into the milk. (Some say warm it up to 'cow' temp--100, but I've never had to take it that high.)
    Do NOT put it into the microwave--use the stovetop.
    Cool quickly (I use icewater or put it into the freezer for a bit).
     
  10. lonelyfarmgirl

    lonelyfarmgirl Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Thats interesting, the warming up comment. I think I will try that. And I have saanens, almost no cream. Always separates. Looks like throw up.
     
  11. LoneStrChic23

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    I just tried some frozen milk today. I sterilized some sports drink bottles, filtered my milk directly into them & froze immediately. This milk was from the end of October. Let it thaw in the fridge, & prepared for the worst.... But it tasted great. :D Really wish I would have froze more, but I wanted to test it out first.

    My mom was short on milk when her FF mini had triplets. I took her a bottle of milk I had froze after 3-4 days of sitting in the fridge (milk from late November). It was kind of funky, separated & tasted goaty...... But we thawed that one in hot water to get it ready for the kid's bottles.... So perhaps the heat/rapid thawing made it funky?

    Mine is Alpine milk, both bottles from the same doe, so I think the late freezing & rapid thawing of the bottle I gave to mom had something to do with it, as the older bottle we tried tonight was yummy! :)
     
  12. shepherdtim

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    Sheeps milk freezes great because of the smaller molecules.
     
  13. Ken in Maine

    Ken in Maine Well-Known Member

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    We freeze our fresh goats' milk all the time. In fact I just had a glass of thawed milk this evening that was dated last April. Still tastes great.

    We freeze it fresh in new 1/2 gallon plastic jugs with an air space at the bottle shoulder. We have found that freezing it in a manual defrost freezer gets way better results. We froze about 80 gallons this past year.