Milk, milk, everywhere!!! We started milking our goats and we learned how to pasteurize the milk, but no one in our family wanted to be the first one to try it. So jar after jar of milk entered our refrigerator, until the milk was taking over. We were afraid it would taste terrible. We were afraid it would taste "goaty", whatever that means. What if we got sick from it? But the practical part of me knew it was silly to buy milk from the store when we had all this milk in the fridge. So finally Ben, our fearless leader, took the plunge. He drank some as we all stared at him in amazement and anticipation. Guess what? It tasted a lot like cow's milk, only a little sweeter. No goaty taste. You know how you finish a bowl of Honey Nut Cheerios, and then drink the milk that's leftover in the bowl? It was similar to that. Oh, and you had to shake it first so the cream wouldn't just stay on the top. We were won over by the charms of the delicious milk in our fridge. Even with drinking the milk, we were still accumulating more than we could use. I started making ice cream with it. And cheese. And yogurt. But we still couldn't go through it all. We starting giving it away to family and friends. But it was STILL too much! We looked into selling the milk and cheese, but we found out that we couldn't do that without becoming a licensed dairy. Becoming a licensed dairy would cost tens of thousands of dollars (remember this all started because we couldn't afford a nice mower) so that was out. And the idea was born to try to make soap with the goat's milk. We loved the results of the soap-making, and those who tried our soap loved it too! So that's how we got into the soap-making business.
On our farm.
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