Goat's milk: When cow's milk just isn't working out
Goat's milk can be easier on your digestive system. It also tastes great. Discover delicious products you can pick up at your local specialty grocery store or farmers market.
Does cow's milk leave you feeling bloated and uncomfortable? If you're experiencing symptoms because of a milk intolerance or allergy to the milk protein casein, you may be able to enjoy goat's milk as an alternative. Many adults and children who react to cow's milk are able to drink goat's milk without issue. The nutritional properties of cow's milk and goat's milk are very similar despite the difference between the casein proteins. Whether you love goat's milk for its health benefits or unique taste, you'll love these healthy products made with goat's milk.
Goat cheese salad dressing
Goat cheese is one of the most popular ways to enjoy goat dairy products. Woolwich Dairy's Wholesome Goat dressings are available in three tasty flavors. Enjoy them on salad or get creative and use the dressings as marinades when you grill. If you're serving guests who aren't too sure about goat's milk products, this is a fun way to sneak them in. (Woolwich Dairy, prices vary)
Goat's milk ice cream
You haven't lived until you've enjoyed goat's milk ice cream over a poached pear. Go ahead and try it. LaLoo's Goat's Milk Ice Cream makes it easy to enjoy this treat. Don't worry, it doesn't taste like cheese. Most people can't tell the difference between goat's milk ice cream and cow's milk ice cream. Substitute it in your favorite sundae or milkshake recipe. (Ice Cream Source, $8)
Goat's milk yogurt
Looking for a new snack? Try yogurt with the faint kick of savory goat's milk taste. Redwood Hill Farm Goat Milk Yogurt doesn't include sugar, corn syrup or artificial ingredients. The result is a delicate, totally addictive flavor that tastes great with fresh fruit and honey. Try the maple flavor for a sweeter version that doesn't have the too-sweet aftertaste of traditional yogurt. (Redwood Hill Farm, prices vary)
Goat's milk is a surprisingly versatile dairy product. Use it in your coffee, offer it to your kids or splash it into your cereal. The taste is mild, and it's an excellent source of calcium. Try it next time you're baking a batch of cookies — in the recipe or for dunking. This is a great place to start if you've noticed that you have a sensitivity to milk. (Walmart, prices vary)
When it comes to entertaining and snacking, goat cheese is where it's at. You can't beat the tangy flavor that pairs wonderfully with your favorite preserves or a delicate drizzle of honey. Cremont by Vermont Creamery is a highly rated cheese that blends goat's milk with cow's milk and cream. It's a perfect "beginners" goat cheese. (iGourmet, $12)