Find a Milk Strainer
A milk strainer is an essential piece of milk processing equipment if you have at least a gallon of milk a day to process. If you've tried to strain your milk with other homemade techniques, such as coffee filters, you're probably more than ready to make the investment!
Regardless of how careful you are in the milking process, it is inevitable that particles of dust, debris and even an occasional goat hair will find its way into your milk pail. The longer these foreign objects stay, the more chance they will cause the milk to have an off taste. Strainers are designed to capture large objects like hairs, as well as very small particles of dust and dirt. Milk should always be strained before it is pasteurized or cooled for storage.
A strainer is like a very large funnel with a special milk filter attached to the bottom with a metal clip. Most are made of stainless steel, though there are aluminum ones, also. The large capacity strainer generally holds a gallon of milk, and the milk filter papers allow for a very fast flow rate. You'll know the importance of this if you've ever tried to hold a gallon or two of milk while waiting for a slow filter!
Many strainers are designed to sit atop standard-sized milk totes and pails, which allows your hands to be free for pouring the milk. A strainer makes this part of home milk processing hassle-free!
Ebay is a place you can find both new and used strainers. If you shop carefully, a used strainer should serve just as well as a new one, at a fraction of the cost.
Check out the current real-time auction listings for strainers and filters on Ebay below. If you see something you like, just click on it to read the details and either place your bid or "Buy It Now."
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