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Surplus Milk? Homemade Dairy Products!

homemade butter from an antique butter mold
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!

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

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 marked 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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8 Comments on “Surplus Milk? Homemade Dairy Products!

  1. 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.

    1. 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!

  2. 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.

    1. 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. 🙂

  3. 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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