Make the Goaty Taste Go Away
Acceptable milk odor and taste is probably the single most important standard of goat milk. Goat milk has a widespread negative perception of being "goaty." In fact, the national U.S. dairy products judging procedures list "goaty" as one of the four odor characteristics of bad versus good milk. Goaty odor does not need to happen. Goat milking needs to be done with care; if you use a milking machine or if you do the milking by hand. Well produced and well handled goat milk should be indistinguishable in taste and odor from quality cow milk.
One of the Henry Milker customers is very happy with the quality of milk from her goat. She recently wrote: "I am milking a large Saanen goat who gives a little over 2 quarts each milking. I have purchased 2-quart mason jars that work very well. I use a milk stand, and I pack my jar inside a container filled with ice and that is in a bucket with a handle for convenience. I go out with the milker attached and tucked inside the bucket of ice. The thing that really makes the Henry Milker invaluable to me are 1) cleanliness of the milk, and 2) no more hand stress. Honestly, I can milk my goat faster by hand, but using the milker makes our milk taste Sooooo much better. I sell the milk locally and one lady who has purchased milk before was shocked to find that our milk had no "goat" smell or taste. Due in part to the milker, and secondly to the ice packed around the milk. Plus I clean the teats with baby wipes every time. Anyway, we are very happy with the Henry Milker."