Milk totes

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  1. Cyngbaeld

    Cyngbaeld In Remembrance Supporter

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    What do y'all use for milk totes? I usually strain the milk into 1/2 gallon jars and bring those in, but two is pretty much the limit for me to carry at once. I need something that holds 2-3 gallons.
     
  2. Illini

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    Hi.

    I strain into jars in a cooler filled with those rectangular blue ice packs. Not the huge coolers, but the ones that would each hold two large bottles upright.

    If you had an awful lot of milk, you could bring out two coolers for balance?

    Best wishes!
     

  3. Blue Oak Ranch

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    I have two Hoegger 12 quart plug lid milk totes. Love love love them. I have to transport milk in the truck in between barn and fridge, and the plug lid keeps the milk from going *everywhere*. Straight sided totes don't control leaks unless they are sealed.

    I set the filter on top of the tote and filter each goat's milk as I go.

    If you have a dedicated fridge, you can keep a large tub filled with water in it. Then, set the jars in the cold water and it chills it rapidly. If you have a large enough fridge you can set the whole tote in to chill.

    I've also used the stainless pasteurizer pail as a tote and even cheese making vat. (grin)

    One thing that might be difficult is cleaning. The totes are tall, so it's a pain unless you have a sink faucet tall enough for them to fit. Laundry sink may work.

    Get one. They're expensive but I bet you won't be disappointed.

    Cheers!

    Katherine
     
  4. Freeholder

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    I got a plastic 'box' at a department store to carry all my milking supplies back and forth (and the egg basket, and a pair of work gloves, and...). I can easily fit four quart jars, the milk pail, and the egg basket. If I have eggs and more milk jars, I put the egg basket on top and can fit another two or three jars of milk. It's easy to wash out. You could go to the store and take a look at their laundry baskets and plastic storage containers, and see if one of them looks like it would work for you.

    Kathleen

    ETA: My box has handles and is about the size of most laundry baskets, although it's squared-off. It's lasted for a couple of years so far, so is pretty durable, considering the kind of use it gets! I can tuck one end on my hip and hold the other end with one hand to leave a hand free for opening doors and such. Tucking on my hip is only possible because of the squared-off shape -- a rounded-edge laundry basket would slide off. So that might be something to keep in mind, too.
     
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  5. Cyngbaeld

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    Thanks, ladies, I just ordered two of the 12 qt ones. Looks about right for my crew of milky Munchies. I have 6 Munchies and a Nubian freshening in the next several months, starting with 2 in 5 weeks!
     
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    Here are all but 2 of the does and the buck.
    From top left Lovey, Mocha (both born this spring and just bred), Penny, bred for second time due in 5 wks, Glennis, 5th freshener, due in 5 wks, Lisle, second freshener, due in 8 wks, Inger, 1st freshener, due in 9 wks. Off camera are Marla, 1st freshener due in 9-10 wks, Meggie, 2nd freshener, due in 9-10 wks and Chip our baby daddy.
     
  9. Illini

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    That's a beautiful herd!

    But, where are your snow and ice? :)
     
  10. Cyngbaeld

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    Thank you!
    The snow and ice doesn't last long at 80 degrees.