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There is certain milking equipment that you need when you own a homestead dairy animal. Be it a cow, or a goat, you need these essential items to get the job done and keep your milk clean and tasting fresh.
We’ve had both a family milk cow and dairy goats. We plan to add another (A2/A2) dairy cow in the future in addition to our goats. This will ensure that we can have an animal in milk year round as well as make all the dairy goods and even goat’s milk soap. But, I digress this is about milking equipment, not my fancy dreams.
Milking Equipment and Supplies
Glass Jars- I like to use half gallon glass jars for storing our milk. You can use plastic but I’ve found that in glass, milk just stays fresh longer, tastes better, and there’s no risk of leaching chemicals in our milk. Glass is also very easy to clean and sanitize.
Stainless Steel Strainer- I love my strainer. It’s a large stainless steel funnel with a removable little mesh strainer. I like the stainless steel for the same reasons that I like glass for storing milk. I can also use this funnel when I’m canning so it’s a bonus!
Straining Cloth, Reusable Filter, or Liners– In addition to the little mesh strainer, I like to use cheese cloth or a reusable coffee filter to strain my milk into my jars. Having a couple of layers ensures that no debris gets into the final product in the fridge. When I’m out milking, I like to keep a mesh paint strainer in my large pail for an initial strain before I even bring the milk in the house.
Small Pail- Whether I’m milking a cow or a goat, I like to use my small milk pail for milking straight into. It’s easy to hold on to and it’s also less milk at risk for spilling if your animal dances around, kicks, or steps in the bucket. It also works great for goats because they’re much closer to the floor than a cow.
Large Pail- A large pail is an essential piece of milking equipment. I like to milk my goats and pour the milk from each goat into the larger pail lined with a mesh strainer. If I’m milking a cow, I’ll have lots of milk to pour over into the large pail. I could also just use the large pail to milk in to for a cow. Plus, nothing makes you feel more like a legit milk maid than hauling a large pail full of milk around.
Once you have all of these supplies on hand, you’ll be ready to start your home milking journey. I know I’ve said it a million times but milking is my happy place. Having the right milking equipment just makes the job even better.
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