The Amazing Goat
Goats are the most utilized animal on Dark Water Ranch. We use goat milk for soap and lotions, for drinking, yogurt, cheese and for selling. We also sell market kids and butcher some for our own freezer.
Goat Milk Soap
The first goat product we were known for was our goat milk soaps. Its high fat content hydrates your skin, and the pH balance of the fatty acids found in goat milk is very similar to the levels in the human body. Made from our raw goat milk you cannot beat it. We have customers who claim it alone has eliminated many of their skin issues. Today we make goat milk soap for people and dogs, it is simply amazing stuff! You can buy it here on the ranch or check our online store.
“Don't worry we GOAT this!”
Raw Goat Milk
The nutritional properties of goat milk and its lower allergenic potential in comparison to cow milk has really increased interest in goat milk. It is becoming one of the current trends in healthy eating. Goat's milk is naturally homogenized, which means the cream remains suspended in the milk, instead of rising to the top, as in raw cow's milk. The fat globules are smaller than those in cow's milk and the curd is softer and smaller, making the digestion easier. Those who are allergic to cow's milk may tolerate and thrive on goat's milk.
There is no noticeable difference between the flavor of properly handled goat's milk and that of cow's milk. Goat's milk is whiter than whole cow's milk. Butter and cheese made from goat's milk are also white, unless colored during processing.
Goat's milk is perfect for drinking, cooking and baking. It can be used to make cheese, butter, ice cream, and yogurt. Goat's milk is naturally emulsified therefore, the cream does not rise readily, but can be obtained with a mechanical separator.
The reason we breed Kiko goats crossed in with dairy is to gain a heavier, meatier kid, while still producing a high quality milk. The advantage of goats bred for meat is a healthy option for any homestead or consumer.
Goat is often referred to as the healthiest of red meats according to the USDA, it contains 72 percent of the saturated fat in chicken and only 16 percent of the saturated fat in beef. Because it has such little fat compared to other meats, goat can become tough when cooked at high temperatures. Therefore, slow cooking with low, moist heat such as with stews and braises are best, while marinating the meat before high heat methods such a grilling or roasting is also recommended.
One of life's best pleasures is good eating. The ways to cook goat are varied but all are great! If you are interested in varied recipes for cooking goat check out this book.