Summer just isn't summer without making homemade ice cream. It's even better when it's shared with friends, and better still, I learned, when using goat milk!
Our neighbors have added several dairy goats to the menagerie of dogs, chickens, and guineas on their acreage. Their house is a great gathering spot for our group of friends, which includes bunches of bunches of boys, and the occasional girl or two.
They currently have one goat in the milking stage. Dipsy is a Sable Saanen goat. Their other goats are either bred or waiting to be bred, and will be milked after they kid. Dipsy is milked in the morning and evening, and generally gets 6 to 8 cups of milk per day. This is her first freshening, though, so once she kids again, her milk output should increase.
The family enjoys the goat milk straight from the fridge, plus on cereal and in other dishes. So when the Goodwins decided to make some goat milk ice cream, of course we and some other friends agreed to come help!
We picked up a carton of ice cream mix from the grocery store, and another friend brought over an ice cream maker. We followed the directions on the carton, using goat milk instead of the bovine variety. The men put the machine together, added ice and rock salt to the outside of the canister, poured in the ice cream mix, and turned on the machine. A few minutes later, we realized we had forgotten to add the paddle that actually stirs the ice cream while it's being frozen. A few minor adjustments later, the paddle was in place and the ice cream was finishing up.
There was definitely a noticeable difference in the final product. The goat milk ice cream was richer, thicker, and in my opinion, better than if it had been made with cow's milk. It almost tasted like custard. It was delicious! The grown-ups and the kids all cleaned their bowls and gave it a thumbs up!
Whether you own your own dairy goats or purchase goat milk at the store or farmer's market (if raw milk sales are allowed in your state), you have to give goat milk ice cream a try! You'll be gla-a-a-a-a-ad you did!
Step 1: Milk goat.
Step 2: Use goat milk to make ice cream recipe and pour into ice cream maker. (Don't forget the paddle!)
Step 3: Look adorable while you wait.
Step 4: Enjoy delicious goat milk ice cream!