Friday, May 29, 2009

In the Pink Because...

Andy and Karol are expecting a little girl!

Thursday, May 28, 2009

In The Pink

We are in the pink today, can anyone guess why? :-)

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Fruit on the Trees!

Pears are growing!

And there are apples on the trees!

Goat Milk Butter!

Yesterday we spun milk again, to have skim for drinking. This time I took all the cream and using my fabulous Kitchenaid stand mixer, MADE BUTTER! IN ABOUT 20 MINUTES. As you can see - the butter is white - goats convert all of the carotene in their diet to Vitamin A so their milk and cream are pure white.

When my grandkids were in town, we used a glass jar and a marble and shook it like mad. So I knew how good fresh goat milk butter was.

Using the mixer makes it easy! Warm the milk to between 61 & 65 degrees. Put it in the bowl with a paddle. Mix at high speed until the buttermilk starts to separate. Remove the bowl and squish the butter against the side of the bowl to get out as much buttermilk as you can. Mine did not have much buttermilk, Think it's because the cream separator is so efficient. Next you want ot clean out more of the buttermilk, that's what makes the butter not keep as long. Pour some icewater into the mixer(NO CUBES) and blend again for a couple of seconds, discard the liquid. Keep doing this until the liquid runs clear. At this point you can blend in flavoring. salt, or next time I might try a little honey.

It's easy!

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Long Weekend!

We are enjoying a long weekend!~ Memorial Day is Monday, and Tuesday I will be working from home, in an effort to catch up on an on-line class I am taking.

I also am celebrating. Thursday marked the final test in my physical, so I am officially IN GOOD HEALTH!

Pretty good since next month I also mark age 50 - bleh!

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Saturday on the Farm

As you can see, we are up to the usual shenanigans on the farm. This is the time of year when there are plenty of kids to play with, and we try to take time out to play.

There is also plenty of milk. We have been making chevre, riccotta, and even cottage cheese with all this milk.

This week, we received a gift of a cream separator. **Thanks Dad**. This afternoon we processed 8 gallons of goat milk and ended up with about 3 pints of cream. We have a gallon of skim milk in the fridge for drinking, and have frozen the remaining skim. It freezes very well when it is separated. We can also use the frozen milk for cheesemaking.

Since the cream is not pasteurized, it converts to sour cream very well. 1 Tablespoon of red wine vinegar, leave it out overnight, refrigerate for 4 hours, and then it is ready to eat. It is the best sour cream we have ever tasted.

The cream separator is a quality machine. The basic design is superior to our hand crank model. Runs very quiet, takes about a minute to get up to speed. Works like a champ.