Raw Milk

Raw milk is a delicious food. Food you say? Yes! Raw milk is a food not just a beverage. A good source of raw milk from a trusted farmer is a healthy addition to your diet. Do your research on your farmer, visit their farm meet the cows. Here are a few good sites to read on raw milk (no need for me to repeat what has already been done so well).

http://www.raw-milk-facts.com/About_Raw_Milk.html

http://www.realmilk.com

 

I used to drink a TON of milk, the pasteurized store bought kind. Organic milks are not any better as they are UHT (ultra high temp) pasteurized and make the milk sterile. My stomach would cramp and complain every time I did, but I loved milk so I kept drinking even in pain. I had no idea I was lactose intolerant because as a kid I didn’t have this issue but the older I got the worse it got. So I researched….. found that raw milk does not cause issues like it’s pasteurized version. I found a local farmer who sold herdshares (so I could legally get raw milk) and bought one to try out. AH!!! My stomach pains went away! We have a small farm of our own with pigs and chickens so what was one little ole milk cow. :)

 

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I got a milk cow! Her name is Mistletoe but we call her Missy for short. We got her at Christmas time so that is how her name was picked. She is a Jersey cow.

Right now she is dried off and her calf is due any day!! I’m so excited!

There are so many things you can do with raw milk. Make cheeses and butter! It never really goes bad just turns into something else like clabbered milk. When it gets to that point or even sooner since we always have a fresh supply each day (why not drink the freshest) I throw whats left to the pigs. It cuts down on my feed costs for them and they LOVE it! So while I understand not everyone can get their own cow you can find a herdshare that might work for you.  We will more than likely offer them in the near future.

Happy Milking!!

Let’s make butter!

Who wants butter!? That yummy golden delicious creamy butter! I’m a little spoiled, I have a cow. Oh didn’t I tell you? What’s that you say, I’ve been missing? No, I’ve been here, where have you been? Oh the lack of posts? Um yeah, sorry about that. Let me make it up to you with butter! :) So as I said I now have my own cow, jealous? She is a sweet thing and gives me sweet milk which I turn into butter, cheese and a few other dairy products. Let’s just stick with the butter for now, I’ll show you cheese later.

First get your supplies:

cream (I use raw cream and leave it sit on the counter for 12-30 hr depending on how warm it is in the house, I like mine to culture a bit before churning)
food processor, stand mixer, or the good ole fashioned shaking
spatula/wood spoon
bowl (non aluminum)
container for buttermilk
container or parchment paper for butter

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Now add cream to processor and turn on, now don’t go far this won’t take long. If using mixer this will take about 10 so go ahead and check on those kiddos. If shaking give the jar to the kids. :)

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A little secret here, when the level of the cream seems to drop about half then you know it’s almost done. This is the point where it turns to whipped cream. Can you see it?

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Here is your butter and buttermilk. Now this is traditional buttermilk, not the thick stuff you buy from the store, this is the REAL deal!

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I use my spatula to pull out all the butter I can before using a strainer to strain the butter from the buttermilk.

buttermilk:
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butter:
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Now it’s time to wash your butter, I know sounds odd. Who washes their butter?! We’ll let me put it this way, if you don’t your butter will go bad much faster. We don’t really want our butter to go bad now do we; all that golden, delicious goodness.

See the cloudy water? We want that to be mostly clear. Buttermilk stays in the butter where water kinda just beads out of it. So the water will mix in with the buttermilk and help wash it away.

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There, that’s better!

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Squeeze out most of the water, if you don’t get it all that’s ok. If it bothers you, you can put it in a jar and in the fridge, once it hardens some then you can squeeze more out if you’d like.
Put your butter and buttermilk in jars, label and in the fridge, or you can freeze the butter and stock up for when your cow is dry. ;)

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Enjoy that yumminess! I make pancakes the next day after making butter so I can use the buttermilk in them. YUM!

Birthday Girl

So Serious just had her 2nd birthday. Where did the days go? She was just a baby and now she is such a big girl. Full of No mommy’s, arm’s crossed and kisses. ha if I acted like this I think my husband would have me checked out. The life of a 2 year old… So since I like to bake I have to make each of my children cakes for their birthdays, so for So Serious’s I made a girly cake I made fondant roses and and put fondant ruffles around the base. This cake was very simple and easy to make yet it was fun!

ruffle cake

ruffle cake

roses on cake

roses on cake

What’s a girl to do…..

Well like I’ve said before, Hondo’s new work schedule doesn’t include him being home much to help out with farm duties so I’ve had to up the notch. So this past week I put up new fencing with only the help of a 4yr old, 3yr old and almost 2yr old. It was fun, not really but it had to be done, so what’s a girl to do other than just do it.  We are expanding our garden area, it was 10×50 and I added an extra 15×60 area. For now there is still a fence between the two I didn’t take down because I am letting the laying chicks have the new area to get all the weeds and grass out and to fertilize it so it’s ready for next year.

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Next week I start processing the meat chickens, it will take a few days to get through all 30 by myself, any volunteers? :D

Well Hello!

We are still here, I have haven’t forgotten you all. Spring and early summer is a very busy time on our little farm and with Hondo’s new work schedule he is not around to help with the farm duties as much so I’ve had less time to be here. So what has happened since my last post well let’s see….. we have gotten turkeys, 2 different batches about 3 weeks apart, we have more meat chickens and the layers are much bigger and the garden is in full swing. :D We had a tree in the front yard cut down that had a big hole in the bottom (every time I think about a hole in the bottom of the tree I start singing that song, you know “there’s a hole in the bottom of the sea”, I know it doesn’t make sense but it is what it is ;) ).  Hondo built this wonderful chicken tractor, it was our first attempt it’s nice but heavy. I get the mower out to push it to a new spot everyday so it’s not too bad. Small Warrior is in swim lessons and we have joined a homeschool coop, even though the classes don’t start until August we still meet for play sessions and meetings. So very busy but never boring. I am so thankful for what we have, I wouldn’t have it any other way.

Meat chickens and younger turkeys

Meat chickens and younger turkeys

Mr. Turkey

Mr. Turkey

one of the four pigs

one of the four pigs

Laying hens and one of the three roosters (he's in the lead)

Laying hens and one of the three roosters (he’s in the lead)

some lettuce and beans , only a small part of the garden

some lettuce and beans , only a small part of the garden

Kohlrabi and squash

Kohlrabi and squash

carrots

carrots

head lettuce and salad lettuce

head lettuce and salad lettuce

green beans and snap peas

green beans and snap peas