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.

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