Summerhill Goat Milk is real nature-made milk, with no other ingredients. We simply milk the goats, pasteurize it just the way they produced it and bottle it for you. There is no artificial formula or chemical creation in our bottles -just pure, natural milk given by our incredible goats.
Summerhill Goat Milk is free of antibiotics and artificial growth hormones. We do not use rBST, rBGH or any other artificial growth hormones on our goats. We help our goats produce rich delicious milk the natural way – by feeding them well, by caring for their good health and by giving them lots of room to exercise and play.
Goat milk is naturally homogenized, so we do not artificially homogenize the milk. Homogenization is a process by which the fat particles in milk are broken down and evenly distributed through the milk. Goat milk is naturally homogenized, meaning the fat particles are smaller and naturally stay suspended throughout the milk. However, the cream in pasteurized goat milk may separate and rise to the top. That is why we recommend gently shaking your goat milk before serving it. You can also spoon the cream off of the milk, creating your own “lower fat” version of our whole milk.
While our goal is to keep our goat milk all natural, Summerhill Grade Pasteurized Goat Milk is not currently certified organic. Although what our goats eat is always natural and pure, we have found it very difficult and very expensive to purchase good quality organic hay, which is the staple of their diet. We understand that many of our customers are also concerned about the prevalence of GMO’s in food today. Summerhill Dairy is currently taking the steps necessary to become non-GMO verified. In the meantime, our milk has been tested by an independent lab and no GMO DNA was found in our milk.
Summerhill Goat Milk is pasteurized to ensure that it is free of bacteria or other harmful organisms. Pasteurization also enables you to enjoy our milk for longer periods of time, as pasteurization increases the shelf life of our goat milk. We use a HTST (High Temperature Short Time) system which heats the milk to 161 degrees for 15 seconds. Not only does this system use much less water, power and energy than other methods– we think the milk tastes the best this way. This process also means our milk can be cultured and used to make cheese, yogurt and kefir.
We want to preserve as much natural goodness in our goat milk as possible, therefore our milk is NOT ultra-pasteurized. Ultra-pasteurizing is a process in which the milk is heated to 280 degrees and held there for 2 seconds. While ultra-pasteurizing gives the milk a longer shelf life, it kills everything (even the good stuff) in the
milk so it can no longer be cultured into other milk products.
Clumps and chunks in the milk are very normal. It is merely cream that has clumped together. The amount of cream in goat milk varies by the season. Because we wish to keep our milk pure, we do not add or remove anything from the milk that would prevent this separation. Shaking or stirring the bottle should reduce or remove the clumps. You can also spoon the cream off of the milk, creating your own “lower fat” version of our whole milk. For the best taste and nutritional value we recommend that you consume our goat milk by the date stamped on the side of the bottle. Once the bottle is opened, we recommend that you finish it within a few days. The best way to keep Summerhill Goat milk fresh is to always keep it cold. Like cow milk, goat milk will smell and taste bad if it has spoiled.
Unopened goat milk can be frozen for several weeks. However, the consistency of the milk may change when you thaw it. We recommend that you drink previously frozen goat milk quickly, as it will spoil more rapidly.
Our bottles are made of High-density polyethylene (HDPE). They contain no PETE or BPA’s. We have found our bottles to be a good alternative to cartons which can affect the taste of our goat milk and to glass which would dramatically raise the price of our milk. Our bottles are recyclable and we encourage you to do so.