Do you ever drink or cook with goat's milk? I've recently fallen in love with the goat's milk from a local dairy, Redwood Hill Farm. The first time I tried it, I was amazed at how sweet, creamy, and distinctly non-goaty it was! It's made me curious to hear from other people who have come to love this "other white milk."
I'm sure like many of you, I've always associated goat's milk with the flavor of goat cheese: a tangy, sometimes gamey flavor that I love in cheese form but not in my milk. This couldn't be further from the truth. In fact, the people at Redwood Hill Farm explained that as long as the dairy is kept spotlessly clean and the milk is chilled immediately after milking, you should never detect any "goat-y" flavor.
Sipped on its own, goat's milk tastes a lot like regular cow's milk. If anything, it's a touch sweeter. It can be used interchangeably in baking and cooking. I've used it in quick breads, ice pops, and other desserts without noticing any difference in flavor, texture, or quality.
One of the biggest advantages to buying goat's milk over cow's milk is that it is nearly always made and produced by small, local dairy farms. This guarantees a certain quality and level of care for both the goats and their milk, especially when compared to the milk from the large corporate dairies. Plus you're supporting a small business with your purchase.
Another advantage to goat's milk is that people with milk allergies and milk sensativities can frequently tolerate cow's milk due to the milk's slightly different protein structure. Goat's milk does contain lactose, though I've heard that some people with lactose intolerance are actually able to consume goat's milk without side effects.
If you've never tried goat's milk before, I recommend seeking out a bottle from Redwood Hill Farm. This family-owned California dairy distributes nationally through Whole Foods:
What is your favorite goat's milk? Give a shout-out!
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The information in this post was gathered during a press trip to Redwood Hill Farm. The views expressed in this review are the personal views of the reviewer and this particular product review was not sponsored or paid for in any way by the manufacturer or an agent working on their behalf. However, the manufacturer did give us the product for testing and review purposes.
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