Kitchen maid

Sometimes I feel like I spend 80% of my existence in the kitchen. If you’re wondering where I am, look first in the kitchen. If I’m not there, I’m probably in the barn or the garden, depending on the season.

Today is an intense kitchen day. I barely have time to tell you about it. I got way behind on cheesemaking over the holidays. The clutter of jars in the fridge is driving me crazy!

Yesterday I made mozzarella and put the curd in the fridge, so today I will do the stretching. The ricotta has been drained overnight and this morning I salted it and put it in the freezer. I put 2 1/2 gallons of milk on the stove to make cheddar and I’ve got the yogurt maker going.

That's better! sort of

Wait, there’s more. I have 5 quarts of cream warming to room temperature so I can make butter. And a pot of chicken bones simmering into broth. Today’s eggs still need to be cleaned and put away. Must get my son to empty the compost pails. I’ll have to have this all finished and cleaned up in time to start supper (which I haven’t figured out yet). Maybe if I get it all done, I can take a break from the kitchen tomorrow?

Do you ever feel like a slave to your kitchen?

This post is part of Simple Lives Thursday blog hop, hosted by GNOWFGLINS, Culinary Bliss, and A Little Bit of Spain in Iowa.

What I do with “all that milk”

Our milk cow, Happy, gives us between 3 and 3 1/2 gallons of milk per day. I’ve been asked a few times what I do with “all that milk”. There’s so much I do with it (besides drinking it fresh).

I make:
1. Yogurt
2. Ice cream
3. Cultured butter
4. Cheese

I add cream to
5. My coffee
6. Recipes, such as cream soups , curried dishes and creamed cabbage

I make cheese about once a week. The different kinds I make are mozzarella, ricotta, cheddar, queso fresco.

I love, love, love cream in my coffee! To me, this is one of life’s simple pleasures.

Everyday, I share about a gallon of milk with my chickens. They love it! I don’t think the ducks do, though. I haven’t seen them touch it.

So if the words “all that milk” have crossed your mind, and you’ve wonder what I do, now you know. 🙂

What do you do with extra milk? Which way is your favourite?

This post is part of Simple Lives Thursday hosted by GNOWFGLINS, Sustainable Eats and Culinary Bliss

Simple Lives Thursday blog hop

Meet Happy!

Happy

She is our new milk cow! The name is kinda corny, I know. She’s a pure bred Jersey, 6 yrs old, and just the sweetest thing! Transportation went well. She drew attention from a few passersby as we drove with her head out the back of the trailer. 😆 Unloading was as easy as the loading! She’s a big puppy dog. Not at all what hubby expected but all that I had hoped and prayed for!

So far we’re getting 3 gallons of milk a day. It’s only been a day so I’m still figuring out how much we consume fresh, and what else I can do with it. It’s a wonderful problem to have!!

She needs some time to settle in. All these things are so strange to her, including me and my lack of milking skills. But I’m getting there. We had some wonderful friends come and show us how to milk last night and again this morning. Hubby had a try and our youngest son is interested in learning as well. 🙂 Such a blessing to me since this whole thing was my idea. I’ve been talking about getting a milk cow for YEARS so they should have been used to it. 😉

She’s in the barn for now but once she’s relaxed and content that this is ‘home’ then she’ll get go out on pasture and meet the calf.

New heifer

Isn’t cute? 😀 She doesn’t live with us yet because she’s only 10 days old but when she’s weaned, this fall, then she’ll come to live with us. She’s a dexter breed and that’s her mama in the one picture with her. She’s been disbudded so she won’t have horns like her mother. That was something that was important to me. I don’t want anymore horned animals. If you haven’t heard of dexters, they are a dual purpose breed and also are about 2/3 the size of other breeds. My plan is to raise her into a gentle milking family cow. 🙂