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Now that we are getting a steady supply of cow milk from the raw dairy AND have goat milk, I'm finding it a bit daunting to keep up. We used to only buy cow milk if there was a recipe that I was afraid hubby might complain about goat milk in - or if he wanted to actually drink it. That was maybe half a gallon a month. Now we get half a gallon a week no matter what!

So I've been researching ways to use up the extra milk when we have it (like we did yesterday, knowing a new gallon was going to arrive this afternoon). With goat milk, I've tried a lot of stuff but by the time it's "about" to go bad, it already tastes goaty so hubby has no interest in any of my 'experiments' with it. If it's just a cup or so left, the dog usually gets it. But the cow milk stays tasty right to the end.

My usual disposal method of goat milk that still tastes sweet is to make yogurt or buttermilk. (Willa eats a quart of yogurt a week and we make pancakes from the buttermilk). But not having cultures for either this week, I looked around for something new.

Yesterday, I turned the last of the cow milk into rice pudding. I had nearly 5 cups left! We still had grocery store milk when our first gallon arrived, so it was a lot to go through. We likely won't have that amount left in the future, but I didn't want it to go to waste.

I've never made rice pudding before. I've had "arroz con leche" (the Mexican version) and "kheer" (the Indian version) but hadn't attempted it myself. It's a simple recipe - water, rice, milk, sugar and vanilla. Took a while to reach the thick creamy consistency but it was worth the wait! Yum, yum, yum.

Ahem. And now what do I do with nearly 2 quarts of rice pudding?!? emoticon

I will try making cheese with the cow milk eventually, but I'll probably purposely order extra from that since you need usually 2 gallons for any recipe.

So, so far, I have these ways to use up the milk:

Buttermilk
Yogurt
Rice Pudding

Anybody else run into this problem? What's your method?
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Oh, rice pudding and tapioca are two of my favorites!!

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It's rare for milk to go bad around here. DH loves buttermilk, I can't stand the stuff, but he can drink a half gallon in a couple of days. 2% milk, we also buy in half gallon, and that rarely goes bad, because I do cook with it. Gravy, cornbread, etc. Plus, DH will drink milk with things like vegetable soup, chili and such. [sign in to see URL]'ve not had an occasion to try to use up milk before it goes bad.
I don't like milk much at all, unless I'm eating something really [sign in to see URL] a rich piece of chocolate cake with rich chocolate [sign in to see URL] I want cold milk. And, I'll drink chocolate milk, but that's about it as far as drinking it goes. Don't like raw milk, or processed milk. LOL.....

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It's looking like we won't be needing too many extra ways to use the milk! We'll soon lose the goat milk (they all need to be dry by the end of Feb) so it's just a half gallon a week!

I've got plans to skim the cream off the entire gallon each week (which will leave something like 1-2% fat milk) and use the cream for sour cream and butter.

For now, all baking and cooking using the goat milk and the cow milk is for drinking. We are going through it at just the right rate!

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Very cool that it's working out like you'd hoped it would! emoticon

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I'm stuck with about half a gallon of milk again! We couldn't go through all the rice pudding last time so I won't be making a big batch of that, but I might do a smaller batch. I do need to make some yogurt too but I don't have a reliable thermometer so I'm reluctant to waste the [sign in to see URL] though it will go bad if I don't do something with it soon!
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[sign in to see URL] the new milk. Milk freezes very well!!

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How about making a custard pie for dessert? Or quiche for dinner, I think some milk goes in with the eggs. My grandmother in law bakes chicken pieces in milk sometimes.
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Saijen, I've not had the best of luck with freezing milk. I can use the defrosted milk for cooking, but not for drinking. The fat separates into little chunks and makes the texture weird. I thought it was just something with goat milk but I tried it with some cow and it did the same. Maybe it's the raw non-homogenized since I know people do it with grocery store milk!

I keep thinking I need to make custard. No one in the family is a big dessert [sign in to see URL] chicken eater! emoticon We ended up using the milk in [sign in to see URL] discovered a great coffee smoothie recipe. I'm afraid that my morning health green smoothie has transitioned into a caffeine jolt! emoticon
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There may be something in the milk, when it's fresh like that, that keeps it from freezing well. [sign in to see URL] emoticon

I'd imagine that as your body changes with the pregnancy, some "needs" may also [sign in to see URL], going from a healthy green smoothie breakfast, to a caffienated [sign in to see URL]. I think, if you're careful, it won't hurt anything at all.

I'm not sure what else to suggest to help with the milk situation. I wonder, if you use it in other things that you can freeze, how it would do? If it's blended with other things, I mean. May not hurt to [sign in to see URL], make something, then keep enough out to freeze, just to test it? Just not sure what that 'something' would be.
Sorry I'm not more help! emoticon

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