Besides monkeys (kidding!), I would totally milk a goat. I wish I had my own. For reals.
Leslie asked a very interesting question in the comments. Specifically, “I saw Goat’s Milk Yogurt for sale. What’s up with that??” Her question is interesting because I have goat’s yogurt AND cheese in my fridge at this very second and, lately, I have been reading a lot (and I mean a LOT) on the benefits of goat’s milk. The stuff has shown up on Fitsugar as ice cream, in Health magazine as, well, a health food and in this month’s Shape as cheese.
Maaaa milk has several advantages over the Moooo milk:
1. It doesn’t require homogenization. Something about smaller fat globules (um, yum?) but I just like that it is less processed.
2. It is more easily digested so if you are allergic to cow milk, goat’s milk is a viable option.
3. It has less fat and calories per ounce than cow’s cheese (about a third less).
4. It has as much calcium & protein as cow’s milk but more oligosaccharides, which are apparently anti-inflamatories (Bob, our Traveller friend, could tell you more!).
5. It is also lower on the GI scale than cow’s milk, meaning it won’t spike your blood sugar.
6. If you are one of those who bloats or gets gas from cow’s milk, the increased digestibility of goat milk usually solves that problem.
1. It tastes like goat.
How I Use It
Personally, I love the tangy flavor and creamy texture of goat milk products. I actually work my way through about 8 ounces of goat cheese (chevre) and 2-3 cups of yogurt a week. I use the cheese in scrambled eggs (it melts to a really nice, creamy texture) or crumbled on top of black beans or spread it on apple slices. I use the yogurt as a savory base for veggie dips & Indian sauces. I also top sweet potatoes with it & some rosemary. Some people eat the yogurt sweetened (I only buy the plain variety) but I didn’t like the combo of the goat-y taste with honey or berries.
Have any of you tried the goat milk ice cream?? I’m dying to know what it tastes like but unwilling to splurge the 5.89 for a pint (!!) at my local natural foods store.
If you try this (and I hope you do! Even my kids like it!), you have to let me know how it goes:)