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How to make homemade farmer's cheese

It's ridiculously easy. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BJBO1pSclK0

The more weight you put on the newly made cheese the firmer it will become. While it's still soft you can add herbs, spices or whatever else you like. Love this stuff in buttermilk with cucumbers for a light lunch on a hot day.



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if someone of us townies . . .

could get raw milk?

We used to have a source--

and then we lost it--

it's hard to be awake; it's easier to dream--

Here is a Real Milk Finder

Try here first to find raw milk producers near you. http://www.realmilk.com/real-milk-finder/ perhaps you might need to contact a few of them and ask if they also know anyone closer to you. Another great place is to search on Craigslist for raw milk. If that does not work, try and put an ad on Craigslist yourself saying you are looking for raw milk shares. Good luck and I hope you find some.

Thanks. FYI, I clicked on the link but, got a message that

"This page can't be displayed". Then tried doing a search for the site and got the same message.

Anybody else have this problem?

Edit: It took a while but, found it: http://real-milk.com/where.html

“It is the food which you furnish to your mind that determines the whole character of your life.”
―Emmet Fox

Thank you Nonna

for finding this other link. I sometimes have problems accessing the Weston Price website and did this morning, but thought that it was my slow connection. This is a good link to find raw milk sources.

thank you--

checking it out; thanks to both of you--

it's hard to be awake; it's easier to dream--

I make cheese all the time

Here are a couple of recipes for cheese on my blog. I milk my own cows for raw milk, butter, cream, cheese, whey... Best ever! http://grassfood.wordpress.com/2013/04/28/red-chile-cheese/ and http://grassfood.wordpress.com/2013/03/30/rosemary-farmers-c...

Thanks for posting the link

Thanks for posting the link to your blog, which is very nicely done and user-friendly. Well done on that.

Wanted to ask if you experimented with other cow breeds and why you chose Jerseys. Was it because of the higher butterfat or more about their easygoing nature?

Thanks for the kind words

Jerseys have a very high butterfat content in their milk, and let's face it, raw cream and all the things you can do with it is the reason for living. :) Cows which produce raw milk for consumption should be grass-fed only and once a day milked and most Jerseys perform well like this. They are easy going (well most are). It is so wonderful to raise your own food this way. Also Jersey steers which are kept on their mama and share the milk with us, are the most delicious beef you ever tasted, which is another huge benefit of having a family cow for milk, cheese, butter... I hope you get one!

I wonder if it's too late for

I wonder if it's too late for you to adopt me. I'm 56. :D

I like Jerseys a lot. They're just really pretty bovines too. Beautiful eyes.

Considered Dexters for meat, although I'm kind of leaning toward guinea pigs now just because they breed so prodigiously and can live off kitchen scraps.

haha

You are the same age as my dear husband. :) Dexters are great meat cows and some of my friends have them for milk, but they produce very little cream. I say, what is the point of going to all the work to milk... if you don't get lots of cream. We don't always breed our Jerseys back to another Jersey in case we want a beefier steer. BTW, I've never eaten Guinea Pigs as my daughter would excommunicate me, but have seen them in Ecuador a lot for that purpose. A pair of breeding rabbits will give as much meat as a cow in one year and are very economical for a family to raise.

Everything you say about

Everything you say about rabbits is true; however, what I really like about cuys is that they're much hardier than bunnies as far as withstanding the elements is concerned as long as they're given some kind of covered shelter to huddle together.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s7bU9ZIsh_k

I'd like to pick your brain a

I'd like to pick your brain a little about cow feed since I'm more familiar with horses.

Lots of conflicting information out there on whether bovines are grazers, browsers or both. What's your experience with this?

Non-competitive horses seem to do very well on Bermuda grass, but too much grazing can lead to laminitis. Do cows get this? What kind of protein/carbohydrate content is optiminal for feed? Can they digest vegetable greens like beet and carrot tops?

Cows are not natural climbers, are they? Not talking about mountains or anything, just hills.

Forgive this very ignorant question, but I've never kept cows. Can they be milked year round or is it just when they're pregnant or have calves?

Your input very much appreciated and I thank you in advance.

Sure.

I'm sorry I really don't know what differences, if any, as to what you mean by grazers or browsers or both. All grazing animals will either heal the land, or destroy the land depending on your grazing management. Horses can be some of the most destructive animals for a pasture, but anything can ruin grassland if not properly managed. The best information on Holistic Grass Management is http://www.savoryinstitute.com/ and you can find out how to rotationally graze horses, cows, sheep... to better the animal and the land. Yes, horses can get too fat, or sick by too much or improper grazing and cows are much easier to manage on grass meadows. Cows can be supplemented with other things like what you suggest, and even sugar beets (but I would never do that now because most are GMO.) Many people are growing their own green forage for their animals and I'm going to do that this winter. (here is an example of fodder http://eco-fodder.com/ ) Yes, cows do enjoy climbing and getting native grasses... that grow on hills.

A dairy cow needs to get pregnant and then have a calf to be milked, but then can continue to give milk for about a year and a half, sometimes longer, but she must be milked everyday. Most people breed their dairy cows every year, to calf in the spring, and then rebreed the cow to have another calf next spring. You stop milking the cow three or four months before she is going to give birth to her next calf to give her a rest. I hope that answers some of your questions. :)

I really appreciate you

I really appreciate you taking the time to answer and thank you for your responses. There's apparently quite a lot for me to learn.

Wanted to pass this along since I'm not sure if you have a big place or have to reseed - http://www.examiner.com/article/gmo-food-hybrid-poison-grass... Turns out this variety of Bermuda is a hybrid. Natural pure Bermuda shouldn't be a problem.

Nice!

Works with milk that's turning sour, too! Different cheese but, still good eating.

Anyone know what to do with the drained whey? Protein?

“It is the food which you furnish to your mind that determines the whole character of your life.”
―Emmet Fox

http://www.theprairiehomestea

http://www.theprairiehomestead.com/2011/06/16-ways-to-use-yo...

Don't know why you couldn't use it as a diluted milk bath or soapmaking.

Excellent!

I love ricotta! Lots of great ideas (actually 16) for using the leftover whey. Now I gotta play in the kitchen!

Thank you, so very much!!!!

“It is the food which you furnish to your mind that determines the whole character of your life.”
―Emmet Fox

You're incredibly welcome and

You're incredibly welcome and good luck.

Here you go:

Something you'll likely never

Something you'll likely never see in person - red bag foal safely delivered by quick-thinking Mom.

Clip shows the birth of a horse and is graphic.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oL-P83DHOGw

pure joy!!

Thanks, dducks!
My children are going to love this video! (I certainly did) :)

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Yum.

Thanks!

thank you

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