Unpasteurized Goat Cheese Please

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

It appears more goat dairies are making great cheese from unpasteurized milk and legally circumventing state laws by marketing it as pet food.

Michelle at The Accidental Environmentalist says she’s been feasting on locally made yogurts and cheeses circulating in the Gainsville, Fla., area. The yogurts and cheese are clearly labeled “For Pet Consumption Only — Not for Human Consumption.”

One of the producers is Glades Ridge Goat Dairy, of Lake Butler, Fla., which advertises “high quality, rich unpasteurized dairy products” from pasture-raised goats whose milk is free of hormones and antibiotics. Glades Dairy products also carry labels that scream NOT FOR HUMAN CONSUMPTION – PET CONSUMPTION ONLY.

“But their goat cheese is so tasty,” Michelle said. “I love to mix it up with fresh basil, oregano, sun-dried tomatoes, and drizzled with a ton of really high-quality olive oil.”

Editors Note: To that we say “Woof woof” and “Meow,” which roughly translated means “If it’s good enough for the pets, it’s good enough for humans.”


6 Responses to “Unpasteurized Goat Cheese Please”

  1. sharon Boulware

    I bought some unpasteurized goat cheese and it is delicious. How long will it keep safely in the fridge?

    • Martha Ann

      The shelf-life of unpasteurized cheese is a bit beyond our know-how, but in our homes goat cheese is consumed within a week, primarily because it’s so tasty.

    • NJ

      Martha’s right on there. Unpasteurized cheese, left in the fridge, should be consumed within a week. Similar to any other fresh cheese (as opposed to those products with additives).

  2. The quality of unpasteurized cheeses is not compromised by correct cold fridge storage. It should last two or so weeks, as should fresh, unpasteurized milk.

  3. I really love goat cheese desserts, their are awesome. If I have guests, I just make goat cheese deserts and they love it. Are there any other good uses for goat cheese?

  4. Joe

    My wife has now been making cheese with unpasteurized goat milk for about a month now. It taste great and doesn’t last long because it is consumed so quickly.


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