Surplus Milk? Homemade Dairy Products!

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Surplus Milk - Homemade Dairy Products!

Use Your Surplus Milk for Homemade Dairy Products

Surplus milk in spring is great for homemade dairy products! Homesteaders with dairy animals know that it can be a bit overwhelming to use up milk before it sours. I no longer have goats, but I remember that lovely goat milk! I do find milk marked down for quick sale sometimes. When I do, I buy several gallons for making my own dairy products. Here’s how I use extra milk to make my own delicious cheese, yogurt, and other goodies!

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Dutch cheese from Eric's recipe
Dutch Cheese from Eric’s recipe

DIY Dairy Products

Make butter, buttermilk, sour cream, yogurt, quick and easy cheeses, egg nog, and much more from the extra milk in spring. Sour milk? No problem! I even have recipes and ideas for using up sour milk so it doesn’t go to waste. Here are links to my recipes for using your extra milk and sour milk for your own dairy products!

How to Make Raw Butter (or regular butter)

The Easiest Way to Make Yogurt!

DIY Greek Yogurt

How to Make Farmer’s Cheese

Queso Fresco – Easy to Make Cheese

How to Make Buttermilk and Buttermilk Cheese

Cottage Cheese Made from Sour Milk

Homemade Ricotta Cheese

How to Make Sour Cream in a Yogurt Maker

Sour Milk – Don’t Toss it Out!

How to Make Dutch Cheese at Home – Eric’s Recipe

This next recipe might seem a bit out of season. But what better time of year to enjoy homemade egg nog than spring, when you have a surplus of milk and eggs from your farm?!

How to Make Raw Egg Nog

And this last recipe is from my new website, The New Homesteader’s Almanac…

Homemade Hot Cocoa Recipe

buttermilk cheese, drizzled with honey
Buttermilk cheese, drenched in honey!

I Love Making Homemade Dairy Products

My inner frugalista loves a good deal! So whenever I find milk that is maked down because it’s nearing the sell by date, I pick up as much as I can. It’s fun to use it for making these wonderful homemade dairy products.

Having a surplus of milk in spring really is a thing for dairy farmers (my family heritage) and homesteaders with a milk cow, dairy goats, or even dairy sheep. Some people feed the extra milk to their pigs or chickens because they have so much. But before you do that, try some of these ideas for homemade dairy products from your surplus milk. You’ll enjoy the goodies and you can still give the extra whey to the pigs if you can’t use it up in baked goods and such.

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Surplus Milk? Homemade Dairy Products! Use extra milk to make your own delicious dairy products at home!
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Lisa writes in-depth articles about gardening and homesteading topics. She grew up on a farm and has continued learning about horticulture, animal husbandry, and home food preservation ever since. She has earned an Associate of Applied Science in Horticulture and a Bachelor of Fine Arts. She is a self proclaimed gardening freak and crazy chicken lady.

In addition to writing for her own websites, Lisa has contributed articles to The Prepper Project and Homestead.org.

The author lives outside of Chicago with her husband, son, 2 dogs, 1 cat, and a variety of poultry.
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Lisa writes in-depth articles about gardening and homesteading topics. She grew up on a farm and has continued learning about horticulture, animal husbandry, and home food preservation ever since. She has earned an Associate of Applied Science in Horticulture and a Bachelor of Fine Arts. She is a self proclaimed gardening freak and crazy chicken lady. In addition to writing for her own websites, Lisa has contributed articles to The Prepper Project and Homestead.org. The author lives outside of Chicago with her husband, son, 2 dogs, 1 cat, and a variety of poultry.

8 comments on “Surplus Milk? Homemade Dairy Products!

  1. Irene E Nichols

    These sound great. Can you make butter from goat’s milk? We are planning to get goats instead of cows. Had goats about 20 years ago. Made the best cheese and custards.

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    1. Lisa Lombardo Post author

      Hi Irene,
      Because goat milk doesn’t separate into skim milk and cream as well as cow’s milk does, it isn’t as easy to make butter from goat’s milk. However, it is possible to make goat milk butter if you purchase a cream separator. I believe they are a bit pricy so I don’t know if it is an investment that would pay for itself unless you use it a lot.

      Thanks for stopping by…great question!

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  2. candy

    Every Saturday is our day to make fresh butter for the week and our cheese. Yogurt is usually made every couple of weeks. Found you on Simple Homestead Blog Hop.

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    1. Lisa Lombardo Post author

      Hi Candy,
      That’s a great way to use your fresh milk and supply your table with dairy products! Thanks for stopping by and sharing. 🙂

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  3. Jennifer Cook

    Thank you Lisa for this post. I was needing ways to use raw milk for things other than milk and I was going to be finding recipes and then, here you are! Thank you for this.

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