When Is Goat's Milk Spoiled?

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Spoiled goat's milk has a distinctive smell.
Spoiled goat's milk has a distinctive smell. (Image: Image by Flickr.com, courtesy of John Haslam)

On a global scale, goat’s milk is even more popular than cow’s milk, with cultures around the world enjoying its sweet, slightly salty taste. Yet, like cow’s milk, goat’s milk can spoil quickly if not properly stored.

Identification

If spoiled, goat’s milk will have a bitter taste. Also, the smell of spoilage is unmistakable, possessing a similar rancid scent to spoiled cow's milk.

Features

The fat globules in goat’s milk are small enough to remain suspended in the liquid. These fatty clumps can lead some to erroneously believe the milk has spoiled. Shaking or stirring the milk will help break up the clumps.

Benefits

Goat’s milk is an excellent source of protein, riboflavin, potassium, calcium, tryptophan, and phosphorous.

Prevention/Solution

Keep goat's milk refrigerated at all times to prevent spoilage. When selecting goat's milk from the store, always check the sell-by date and select a container from the coldest portion of the refrigerator, which is usually the lowest shelf.

Considerations

Store goat's milk deep within the main body of the refrigerator. Keeping it in the door will expose it to potentially harmful temperature fluctuation each time the door is opened.

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