Remember my use-'em-up egg challenges? Where I would see how many eggs I could use up in a day because I was drowning in them? Well, the eggs no longer are the challenge- the milk is.
Penny is up to 5 gallons of milk a day instead of four and I am desperate to get it used up. I make a bunch of stuff and think I finally have caught up- just to discover a new batch of milk waiting for me!
~ made a spicy hot pepper Queso Blanco
~ made Rosemary and Black Pepper Queso Blanco
~ tried my first attempt at Mozzerella and had so much fun stretching that I made it hard and rubbery. I will try it again today and I will have to be more grown up about it if it will actually taste good! (wink)
~ made a Peanut Butter Buckeye ice cream from this book (which I may have sampled early and I may have died and gone to peanut butter buckeye heaven.)
~ began a batch of homemade mesophilic starter
And then- voila~ five more gallons to deal with from last night and this morning and two left over from yesterday too.
And then there is the problem of eating all of these edible concoctions. As quickly as I am making cheeses (I've made 10 pounds of cheese in the last week!) and other dairy products doesn't mean we can eat it that quickly! I have to do some investigating to see whether or not it is legal to sell raw milk dairy products...because I could totally see myself selling ice cream and flavored cheeses out of the milkhouse~ "Every Friday At Hopestead". ( I can practically see the sign now!)
I have discovered (in my teensy easiest-cheese-on-earth experience, that cheesemaking is SUPER fun.) Love it. I particularly like playing around with different flavors. I have a whole list of cheeses I am planning to try to make. Horseradish. Garlic chive. Cumin cheese. Sundried tomato and basil. Pepperoni cheese. Oh my. That is my favorite part of the whole process.
I can't wait to get going on some hard cheeses (not only because I LOVE cheddar but because you don't have to EAT them right away!) but I am going to be needing a cheese press to do it. (Speaking of cheese presses....like my plates and bag of flour presses? Very chic. I tried using a gallon jar filled with beans until the one side of the cheese pressed so much the surface was uneven and the jar went toppling.) This, in my mind, is a pressing need. har har har
I'd love this one- but who has that kind of money? Not me, that's for sure. Any of you cheesemakers have any good, cheap presses to recommend? Maybe Matt can make me one.
I am not complaining, mind you. It is a happy problem to have. I am just wondering when I will have time to get to the other things that need my attention- like the beans that need canned pronto, the squash that is piling up and filling baskets...the swiss chard and collards that beckon...and the tomatoes that need some serious attention.
Speaking of tomatoes~ I spy blight. (NOOOOOO!)
The garden is moving into it's harvesting phase... the phase I simultaneously look most forward to AND dread. ;-) The harvest days always take a lot out of me....so I am not sure how this juggling act is going to work. I am hoping I can muster enough time and energy to get everything done that must be.
On the lighter side- I went grocery shopping the other day... I bought ziploc bags, plastic wrap and meat.
It was AWESOME.