I'm new to kefir-ing and have found a supply of fresh raw goat milk that is "fresh frozen" (hmmmm) immediately after milking and then shipped up here to the outback.
I was so excited to find an unpasturized milk I got all excited and decided to make kefir from it (using traditional grain culture).
IT TASTES LIKE GOAT!!!!!!! EEEEEEEEEEEWWWWWW!!!!!!!!!!
It's so gross I want to vomit, even while drinking it holding my nose. It's just DISGUSTING. It's like strong animal, musky pheremones. Vile.
Thing is, I drank it twice yesterday and this morning my skin is so much softer. I want to keep using it because I believe it has a health benefit, but would rather lick the toilet bowl than taste that GOAT again - UGH!!!!!!!!!!
Does anybody know a solution to this. Is there anything in the world that can make goat milk NOT taste like GOAT?!?!?
And I don't mean just masking it - it CANNOT be masked. It's horrendous. I mean, something that will chemically react, or change it in some way to make it NON-DISGUSTING. Is this even possible???
Goat milk that tastes like the goat smells means the owners of the goats need to give minerals to the goats. That taste and smell can get pretty raunchy. Not a solution for your present supply, but you might contact your supplier in regards to future purchases. Goats do better eating grass outside like other animals who give milk or chickens we use the eggs from.
I know goat milk tastes like the goat's smell, but if the milk is really fresh, you really don't taste it much if at all. The other solution is, if it's not so fresh (and milk quickly starts to sour if not kept immediately in the fridge) to let it ferment furthermore until it thickens and add some (pasteurized) organic yoghurt (from cow's milk) to make it taste better.
If you're drinking it raw against 'lactose intolerance' it's ok to mix it with some pasteurized dairy.
When I was a teenager I milked the family goats for a few years when we lived on a farm. When the raw milk was chilled in a large container it tasted as you describe. My mother found out that if you chill the milk in a very shallow pan so that it gets cold all at once it will not have the bad taste. In fact it tastes so rich and creamy it makes cows milk taste like chalk water. The whole family loved the milk.
I totally agree with you. I am lucky enough to find a goat farm close by that provides goat milk to cheese factories and will sell to the public. His milk goes straight from the goat to a stainless steel refrigerated tank. His goats do graze during the warm months and during the winter when the grass is scarce he feeds them alfalfa hay. And every single goat acts like a big pet, and he has over 200 of them.
I have not make kefir yet, but I do go through a gallon or more a week. Good tasting stuff and, as you said, cow's milk is chalky tasting. I do not even bother with cow's milk anymore.
Sometimes I add some flavored protein powder for the nutrients. I figure the same flavored powder could be added to cover a bad taste. There are many flavors of the powders.