Yesterday was a busy one! First we went Sandhill Plum hunting. We didn’t get as much as I’d hoped for but enough to make a batch of jelly!
Then I made THE BEST fresh cheese using Traci’s creamy rich raw milk! It was easy easy easy!
I took 3/4 gallon raw milk with all the cream, approx 1/4 c white vinegar & 1 1/4t. sea salt. Mixed it in a large pan and heated it on med to med/high heat just until it started to breathe & burp before boiling, running a chopstick through it now and again to mix it up a little. I took it off the burner and let it set for 10 min. Meantime I got a piece of clean & washed muslin from my sewing room and lined my large aluminum milk strainer with it. I set that on top of a big stock pot. Poured the cheese into it and let the whey drain off into the stock pot. I squeezed it a bit near the end of draining but didn’t let it drain until “dry”. Oh my! Lena & I couldn’t stop nibbling it! I let the whey cool and then poured it into a 1/2 gallon mason, refrigerated it and gave the rest to Dozer. I will make bread today from some of the whey and keep the rest for baking & cooking. Usually I give the most of it to the pigs – they love it.
Then we mixed our cheese with minced garlic & basil, some fresh sweet marjoram & other spices
I was sure to ask my dad several times how it was. He told me it was really good each time, then I told him what was in it (the greens) lol he almost reneged on his answer but didn’t! He knew he got tricked with good stuff!
I was happy that nearly our whole meal was comprised from ingredients from our garden/farms