Friday, March 30, 2012

Homestead Cottage Cheese

Making your own cottage cheese at home is so much easier than you think.
Here's what you will need:

1 gallon milk (we used raw whole, but you could use 2% or skim also)
1/2 cup apple cider vinegar, again the good kind Braggs raw
1/2 tsp salt
heavy cream

Pour your milk into a large stainless steel stock pot and bring the heat up til the milk is at 190* Don't rush it, you can scald your milk. Just ease it up, little by little.
Once you have reached 190* take your pot off the heat and add your vinegar.
You will see the curds drawing up immediately as you stir the vinegar into the hot milk.
Now, be patient again and let this sit until room temperature.
Take your curds and drain them from the whey, I put the curds in a flour sack towel and hung it above the pot letting the whey drain off... this will not take too long. It doesn't have to be completely dry.
Once drained, keep some whey for fermenting other foods and or feed it to your animals, they will love it!
Pour your curds in a bowl and add heavy cream until nice and moist again. This will not be exactly like a grocery store cottage cheese... it will be SO much better!

Just so you know, cottage cheese doesn't have to be eaten alone with a piece of fruit... although it can be. You can use cottage cheese mixed in with scrambled eggs. Use it as your cheese mixture in lasagna, manicotti, on top of pizza... use your imagination, it's  a great quick and easy cheese!

Have a great day friends!


Thursday, March 29, 2012

A work in progress...

Hello there friends...
Just a few scenes from around this HUGE work-in-progress that we are living in.
One thing we CAN do...

Flower bed building
 Sheetrock hanging
 Step building
Vitamin D soaking

Wishing you all much love and looking forward to ONE day showing you a big transformation.


Friday, March 23, 2012

Step by step

Step by step, we are inching closer. It will be a long while before normalcy is ever returned, but we will keep trucking along... excitedly working towards something beautiful and wonderful. 

You can visit our facebook page (link on sidebar) where I have been keeping up a little more diligently because it is just a little easier, and quicker. :)
Hope you are all doing well!


Monday, March 12, 2012

Due to...

Due to some extensive repairs and problems on our home, the blog will be on hold for a number of days. Once everything is in somewhat of an order, hopefully I will be back with exciting details and happy stories to tell. Until then my friends...


Monday, March 5, 2012

Broken heart...

My heart is wounded, broken in two...
My Mamie girl was killed last night by something.
It may seem funny to some, but I loved that goat, very much.