for people who love the littlest dairy goats
How do you chill your Goats milk quickly? I was having a major problem with off tasting milk until I started really focusing on the chilling. I've found that if I can get the milk down to 40' within 30-45 minutes that it doesn't have that goaty flavor. I've been using 2 splatterware metal pitchers and placing them in gallon ziploc bags ans packing ice around them then adding a bit of water to the ice to fill in the little places. This is working ok for now but I'm using a Ton of ice and if I start milking another doe it's not going to work because I won't have enough pitcher space for the extra milk. Does anyone have any suggestions on a different setup? I did some research online and haven't gotten much info. People talk about putting the milk in the freezer and stirring it but I don't think that will chill the milk as quickly as I'm wanting. It's really important to me that I can figure out how to make this work as both my daughter and I are intolerant to cows milk and goats milk is working great for both of us now.
Ice water immediately initially. You don't need pitchers, use a bucket if you have more than one jar to put in there (or any large deep pan).
In the beginning, I put it in the freezer for half and hour because I read that was what to do. UNTIL my son pointed something out. Putting it in ice water cools it faster because of the transfer of heat. Putting it in the freezer does not transfer but only cools the outside which takes much longer to lower the temperature. That physics we learned in high school we thought we would never use - this is one of those uses.
I actually have an insulated ice bucket (without lid) that I keep in the refrigerator so it is always cold and often the water still has ice in it from the day before. Also, while the bags with frozen water seem great, they will not cool the water as quickly as ice, again a physics thing. As the ice melts, the melted water stays around the ice rather than dissipate into the entire container of water and reduces the effectiveness of the ice itself.
I have not done it myself, but adding rock salt to your iced water might bring the temp down faster (think making ice cream). I'll be curious of anyone has tried that.