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Thekla McDaniels
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I'm so surprised there is no "dairy " or "milk handling" forum, but this is as close as I can find.  Move my thread if there is a better place!

I have the wide stainless steel funnel which uses a disposable filter.  I am coming to the end of my last box of filters and wonder what other people do.  I do use the nice little fiber pad in washing dishes and jars, but I would prefer to have a reusable option  to fit into the bottom of the funnel.

When I was a kid, (the 50s) people had a bucket with a wide spout that had a very fine metal mesh they would pour the milk through.  I don't know where I could get that mesh, or what kinds of metal might be OK and which not.  I am thinking stainless steel, or possibly copper.  Any suggestions or warnings?

What are all you other milkers doing?

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I used to milk a goat.  I would pour the milk through a stainless steel coffee filter, like this one:
https://www.amazon.com/Ovalware-Stainless-Steel-Coffee-Filter/dp/B01G2LO1OG/ref=sr_1_9?ie=UTF8&qid=1477754671&sr=8-9&keywords=stainless+steel+coffee+strainer
 
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Thanks, that looks like a viable option.  I'll look at it  thoroughly
 
Daniel Bowman
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Actually that style of filter is a double mesh and is probably harder to clean and a lot slower for straining milk. A lot of folks like the "gold" strainer like this one-
https://www.amazon.com/Medelco-Cone-Permanent-Coffee-Filter/dp/B000TCZRKW
Another option is buying an actual milking strainer. This one is cheap and has a reusable screen-
https://www.lehmans.com/product/large-stainless-steel-milk-strainer/animal-care
 
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yeah, that's it, the one from lehman's is what I am aiming for, and since I already have the big stainless steel "bowl" part, with a wide hole in the bottom, I am wanting some mesh or other filter material that filters, to use in the place of the disposables. 
 
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Im the only one that drinks the milk (besides the dogs and cat) and I just wash an reuse the fibre filters. For the week. I soft boil a couple eggs just about every morning and dunk the filters in boiling water as a sterilizer... After 5-7 days I trash them saving a few for straining bone broth... Going on 10 years of doing that and no bad milk... Usually keeps in fridge for 10-15 days just fine (raw)
 
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You might want to check out this http://bobwhitesystems.com/collections/milk-totes/products/stainless-milk-strainer-lightweight

They sell just the screen in the drop down menu, but you might need to get the whole thing if the funnel you use isn't the right size. However it should be noted that these are still supposed to also be used with disposable filter disks. Infact pretty much all the washable reusable filters are used along with disposable filters.

They also sell milk bucket screens to help keep stuff from even getting in your bucket as a good prefilter, as well as a lot of other good supplies. It might be worth it to browse around the site a bit.
 
Daniel Bowman
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The first filter I posted, a lot of folks will cut the mesh out of the cone and use it in their dairy strainers in place of the disposable ones. It actually will probably last longer than the mesh inserts that come with the various available milk strainers. It is called a gold filter because "The filter is made of surgical grade stainless steel mesh which is heat treated to obtain the golden color." And it is only $5 with a 5 year warranty (obviously not valid if you cut it up, but nice to know it is durable)
 
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