Saturday, October 2, 2010

Dairy Mysterious: Confessions of a Procrastinator

I finally made enough butter to clean out all the milk jars in the refrigerator. You can guess what I found lurking way at the back. Well, maybe you can't because, to tell you the truth, I am not even sure myself.

From studying the specimens, it is most likely a jar of sour cream and a jar of clabbered milk that was supposed to be drained in a cheesecloth to make cottage cheese. How long ago was that? I have no idea. Well, maybe. . .



 The weird thing is, all my dairy projects end up looking like butter. What's up with that?

Grass thou art and to grass thou shalt return.


Kathy said...

I too have discovered some very scary things lurking in the back of the refrigerator! I think it's wonderful that you are making your own butter though. I am trying to learn how to do these types of things, things that my grandmother took for granted. We're canning, dehydrating and preparing to build a smokehouse with our neighbors. I'm taking a quilting class right now even though I have to learn to sew at the same time! I did try some natural cheese from a recipe I found in a Mary Jane's Farm magazine. It was more like a cream cheese- with herbs- that was wonderful but I had to use store bought milk. I would really like to find a source of raw milk locally. I work outside the home and my co-workers probably think I have gone off the deep end but I keep telling them that these are essential skills that we may very well need to know someday. Thanks for the interesting posts.

Wendy Haught said...

Hi Kathy!

I'm so jealous! A smokehouse! Wow! Do you have pigs?

I just started a quilting class, too, and my sewing experience is minimal. In fact, today I'll be working on cutting out my fabric for tomorrow's class.

I think you are right about these being essential skills. You may not need them all the time, but when you do, it's a little late to learn them.

Good luck finding raw milk! It's well worth it.

Kathy said...

Good luck with your quilting! I am doing the rotary cutting with fussy cuts- cut a bit larger and then trimmed down. YouTube has some nice training videos with closeups! I am doing the block of the month so we will do one each month during the school year which will complete the center of the full sized bedspread. Each month she gives us the fabric for the next month. At the end we can purchase the finishing pack to complete it.

Smokehouse: No, no pigs right now but we're wooded and everyone hunts deer plus many of the neighbors farm so they have pigs for sale.

I would like to get goats for the milk and the fiber. I purchased an Ashford spinning wheel and the llama farmers near me said they would donate the wool. They only show their llamas but don't want to clean and sell the fiber. I am starting to card it (comb it) to prepare to spin to make the yarn.

Also, we read how to tap our maple trees and went to the park near us to watch a demo. Last Jan/Feb we tapped and boiled the sap- for hours outside- until we had close to a gallon of maple syrup. So much better than the store brands, which I found out are not even maple- they are corn syrup! We froze a lot of it and it never completely freezes so you can spoon it over ice cream or tortillas sprinkled with a little cinnamon! Good stuff. Very easy to make the syrup too!

Good luck with your projects. I'll keep an eye on your blog to see your progress.