The guys over at St Helen’s Farm recently asked if I would review a hamper of their goats milk produce. As someone who periodically suffers with a cows milk allergy I was more than happy to accommodate and when the hamper arrived I wasn’t disappointed. Instead of a throw away cardboard box the products arrived in a St Helen’s branded cool bag which will come in so handy when the weather picks up and we’re in full picnic mode with the kids.
After developing my allergy to cows milk a few years ago, something which seems to be diminishing as I get older, I embraced goats milk and soya based products and I can tell you, some of the taste is not for the faint of heart. So I was interested to try the full St Helen’s Farm range. Within the cool bag there was three variants of milk, skimmed, semi skimmed and full fat. I’d usually opt for full fat milk but my wife, Mutha Fitness, is all about the skimmed lowest fat version so basically there was one for all the family. After years of using soya milk it was nice to see how pure brilliant white the goats milk was. It looks like ‘proper’ milk, if that makes sense and tastes great. The goats butter is also like ‘real’ butter, something that after years of using Vitalite or similar, is an absolute treat!
There was also three types of goats cheese, soft spreadable and both mild and mature hard cheese. I chose to try the hard cheese grated on home made pizzas and have to say the mature version is so full of flavour that it really added a little something extra to the taste. I usually buy the mild cheese but think I’m converted to the mature one now. Delicious. Soft cheese is not something that I would normally use so I wasn’t sure how best to use it up. My wife came up with the suggestion of making a version of the healthy moussaka that she makes using quark and fat free yoghurt which was great as we got to use up the cheese and a pot of the fat free goats yoghurt I received. Mixing the two together with an egg and some mustard made for a delicious topping to a hearty moussaka. I’ll definitely be buying those products again.
The other pot of yoghurt was full fat and we used it in a chicken korai recipe. Basically I was trying to replace any cows milk or soya products that I would normally use with goats milk products so I could really make the comparison as St Helen’s try to promote making the switch to goats produce. I have to say, when my cows milk allergy flares up and I have to be really careful with my diet these products made it such an easy switch, something which was definitely not true even a handful of years ago as it was so hard to get your hands on products for special dietary requirements.
The final products that I tried were the flavoured yoghurts. They are delicious and there’s lots of flavours to choose from. The honeycomb ones were my favourite and I’m really pleased to have found a new snack option.
*Disclaimer: This was a collaborative post with St Helens Farm and I was given the hamper in order to give an honest review. All words and opinions are my own.