Last year while milking our cow I collected some cream off the top of some of the milk with the intention of making some homemade butter . I put it into containers and into the freezer, waiting until I had enough collected to match a batch. Unfortunately I forgot all about it in the bottom of the deep freezer.
A couple of weeks ago I took 4.5lts out and decided to give it a go. Continue reading
Better to start simple and try to get it right so I thought a basic fresh Chevre would be a good start.
Here is the 5lts of goats milk resting while the culture & rennet help the curds to set in the pot. When there is a thin film of whey on the surface its ready to put in the cheese cloth for the night. Continue reading
Made 5 litres of yogurt last night and took it out of the pasteuriser this morning, cooled it down in Continue reading
Milk is going in for 30 minutes, just need to top the water up a little bit more Continue reading
I ran out of my starter yoghurt culture a couple of week ago and have been struggling to find some in the right amounts. I found a company down in Cork but the smallest delivery was working out at €130 and enough to make 2,000 litres Continue reading
Up early with Mum this morning and the milking is finished…
Milk is all bottled up and ready to be Continue reading
This is my second attempt at making a Greek style yogurt, the first attempt was far too thick as it had been strained too much. It was still a great yogurt although far too rich for most people, although Chris loves it. This batch was 5 liters and I decided to let it drain until there was 2.5 liters of whey in the bucket underneath, removing roughly half the volume. I think it worked out pretty well and I made up 5 with blackberry jam, 5 with strawberry jam and 5 natural.
Today was the first day milking Kerry and I think it went pretty well. She is getting better every day, she just needs a good strict routine.
The machine sure takes the effort out of milking and its not too hard to clean out either. We are going to have 3 goats and a cow to milk in the spring so the machine will make it a simple task.
Decided to get the milking area up and ready for milking Kerry at the weekend. Cleaned out the drains and power-washed the whole area. Hoping to start milking her on Sunday.
Its time to resume training time for milking, now that she has the calf she doesn’t want to leave him out of her sight. She just stands there and will not move a bit. We need to be careful when handling her, she is a big strong girl and a little protective…