In December, the lovely St Helens farm sent me a HUGE hamper full of their goats cheese goodies. I was in heaven. After dabbling in my no dairy and gluten free diet, I knew cows milk made me bloat out, and did not hep my IBS. I was using almond milk, but found it curdled in my brews, so i was slowly reverting back to cows milk, and the bloat.
Now I had no excuse, I could now try the HUGE selection they have to offer. The first port of call was a nice brew. And little S wanted a hot chocolate, so yes, even she got to taste the goats milk.
She had the full fat, and I had the skimmed and semi-skimmed. It has the same fat content as cows milk, and still full of calcium so S wasn't missing out on anything...
She soon claimed the goat beanie they sent to us, and then took her first taste of goats milk... (looks brown as mixed with nesquik hot chocolate powder!)
She then refused to come up for air, until every last drop went... WOW.... she usually leaves 1/3 of it... she then happily drank it all until the whole carton was gone, over the space of a few days. Jess tried it, but said she didn't like it the first time, the 2nd time, she didn't even batter an eye lid, so think it was in her head.
It does taste different, a slightly salty taste, but the texture is the same, and the brews look the same too, no more separating in a cup. Great.
We then moved onto the yoghurts... we used the larger pots of natural yoghurt in our smoothies for breakfast, and they go well, again no separation, just like dairy yoghurts.
At lunch time, with all this cheese around, what else could I have for lunch? The goats cheese was opened.... and it was used for cheese on toast. I was unsure if it would melt, as I have tried other types of cheese and not all cheeses melt.
The goats cheese, I am happy to announce, makes perfect cheese on toast... so im ashamed to say I used both the goats cheese and mature goats cheese for the purpose of cheese on toast, and cheese toasties... whoops!!
The fruit layered yoghurts were delicious, and these were gone in no time at all. Every time I had one, S asked and demolished one too. The yoghurt part wasn't sweet, but when mixed with the fruit, it was perfect for us.
They also do butter, so there is no excuses to go back to cow products.
My mum is a huge goats product fans as she gets an allergic reactions with cow products. When she saw pictures of my hamper, she didn't realise they did so many products. Not all their products are available everywhere, so if your after something in particular, check this page out, it tells you all their products, and where stocks it.
Goats milk products contains less lactose then cows milk, so if you are lactose intolerant its still not recommended, but if its a sensitivity, it may be worth talking to your GP as you may be able to have it. Goats milk also has easier digestible fats and proteins, as they are smaller then cows milk, which in turn makes it easier for your body to digest. The fat content is very similar to cows milk. Goats milk also has less cholesterol then cows milk too, so makes it ideal for people trying to lower theirs. These are just a few of the health products, there is more information on the health side on this page, which goes into more detail.
Have you tried goats milk products? What are your favourites?