How to Pasteurize Goat’s Milk

Goat’s milk is one among the milks of choice around the globe as it is a natural power pack of a wide variety of useful nutrients. It contains tryptophan (34.3%), calcium (32.6%), vitamin D (31.1%), phosphorus (27%), vitamin B2 (20%), protein (17.3%), and potassium (14.2%). However, goat’s raw milk is considered as a common medium for microbial growth, development of microorganisms. The best thing you can do in order to kill the microorganisms, especially the disease causing pathogens, is pasteurize the goat’s milk. Besides killing the bacteria, pasteurization helps in keeping the milk fresh for a longer period of time as well. It is a very simple activity that you can easily carry out in your kitchen. It requires just a few minutes and some items.

Boiling Time: 10 minutes
Cooling Time: 30 minutes

Things Required:

– Large Stainless Boiling Pot
– Medium Stainless Boiling Pot
– Whisk, Spoon or Stirrer
– Ice
– Water
– Milk Container or Jar


  • 1

    Pick a large stainless boiling pot and fill it with tap water. Now take another slightly smaller stainless pot and place it into the water of the large pot.

  • 2

    Place the large pot on your stove and pour the goat’s raw milk into the small pot. Turn on the heat of the stove at medium range and carefully clip a thermometer to the side of the second pot into the raw milk.

  • 3

    Bring the milk to boil and start increasing the heat range until the thermometer’s reading shows 71.66 °C (161°F). Let the milk simmer at this point for around 30 to 40 seconds, stirring repeatedly to avoid burning the goat’s milk.

  • 4

    Now, reduce the heat of the stove to medium-low range and let it simmer for approximately one minute.

  • 5

    In the meantime, prepare an ice bath to place the boiling milk in it. Place a stopper in the drain of your kitchen’s sink and fill it with cold water. Add some ice to make a perfectly chill ice bath.

  • 6

    Turn off the heat of your stove and carefully remove the small pot from the larger one. Shift the milk’s pot into the ice bath and place the thermometer into the side of the cold water of the sink. Wait until the temperature reaches 4.44°C (40 °F) and milk cools well. It is better to stir the milk during the cooling process, otherwise it can take more time to chill.

  • 7

    Sterilize your milk container or jar by placing it boiling water for 1 minute. Moreover, you can disinfect it by placing it in your preheated microwave oven for 20 to 30 seconds.

  • 8

    Now pour the pasteurized goat milk into the sterilized jar or container, seal it thoroughly and place it in your refrigerator for more cooling.

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