Happy Sunday. We’ve all survived another week. Woo hoo.
Today at Mountain Hollow Farm it was a cheese and goulash making sort of day.
It was a free day, and my farm host Beth and I had been talking about making cheese all week, so we started off by making cheese, Paneer cheese, a soft, simple-to-make kind of cheese.
Here’s the recipe we used
- 1 gallon milk (we used goat milk, of course, fresh, unpasturized, unhomogonized)
- 2 tsp citric acid (or 8tblsp lemon juice) dissolved in 3/4 cups water
- cheese salt to taste
- dried herbs de Provence to taste (1.5 teaspoons)
yeilds – A giant ball of delicious softish/stickyish/melt in your mouth mushyish farmers cheese. Will keep about 10 days in fridge if it lasts that long
- Heat 1 gallon milk in big pot until it comes to a rolling boil, stirring to prevent burning
- Note: a rolling boil means you cant stir away the boiling bubbles
- Note: make sure the pot you’re using is the kind of metal that wont react adversely with the citric acid (cant remember which kind of metal that is, aluminum?)
- Once rolling boil is established, turn down heat to LOW and add the citric acid mixture before all the foam dissappears, stir for 15 seconds and then REMOVE from heat
- Don’t get freaked out by the color change, that is the cheese separating from the whey, which you can feed to your dogs or use in cooking to make biscuits
- Gently stir the couldron, so the cheese curds bunch together
- wait 10 minutes
- ladel out the curds into a cheese cloth, do this over a colander so the whey can continue to drain. catch the whey if you want to use it for something else. apparently its nutritious. If you cant scoop all the curds out, pour the rest over the cheese cloth,
- Note: try not to pour the hot liquid over the cheese you already scooped out because you dont want to have it melt through the cloth…leaving you with less cheese to eat
- wring out the cheese
- add salt and herbs to taste
- let hang for an hour or so, or press to make hard cheese, or just eat it like that. Voilá, delicious!
**I miss you Snickers!**
Goulash was also quite tasty, here’s that recipe:
…meh, I don’t feel like writing it, but follow this link for the delicious recipe. We used more carrots and some turnips and next time I would add some red wine to the broth. We had no caraway seeds but used marjoram and it was fine. YUM.
Ok, if you’re still reading, thank you, here are some other farm updates:
Things I’ve learned/observed:
- Llamas have very small testicles compared to goats
- A horses eyelid can get cut and make it look like the horses eye has fallen out of its socket. Then it can be stitched up, and look like new in just a few short weeks
- Horses and goats eat a lot of hay and drink a lot of water
- Giant dogs who chase cars can get hit by those cars, hurt their paw, and still chase more cars
- Giant dogs are difficult to wash and it is difficult to communicate their largeness in photo
- Ladies who knit make for lovely company
More to come.
All good things,