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I have had a few customers wanting to know how I make cheese. Here is the recipe I use, with pictures! I have tried several recipes and this one is very easy and forgiving. I have had several times where I have been in the middle of making a batch and had to leave the house. When I return I am able to pickup where I left off and it always turns out great! You will need the following:

1 gallon raw milk, it is better if you use milk that has been in the fridge for several days. If you use very fresh milk it will not yield as much cheese in the end

Mesophillic culture  get it here http://www.cheesemaking.com

Liquid Rennet  also available at the above site

thermometer

salt

pot to hold milk

cheese cloth or flour sack towel

Step One:

Heat milk to 85* remove from heat and stir in 1/4 tsp mesophillic culture.

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Let sit covered for 1 hour. When time is up Mix 1/2 tsp. liquid rennet with 1TBL. cool water, then add to milk while stirring. Please read your bottle of rennet, some are double strength and you may need to add only half of what the recipe calls for.

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Stir well and cover and let sit for 1 hour. Please note this is sitting on the counter at room temperature. When your hour is up the rennet will have made your milk “set” up. It should look like this. You will need to stick a knife in it to test for a clean break. You can see that when I cut into it it leaves a line in the curd.

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Then cut crosswise, going both directions.

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Return the pot to the stove top and on low heat slowly heat it up to 100* while stirring occasionally. You should be able to heat it up to temp within 30 min. when it reaches 100* remove from heat and cover, let sit for 30 minutes.

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This will expel a lot of the whey from the curd. When your time is up and you take the lid off it will look like this, with the curd settled to the bottom and the whey on top.

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Next pour into a cloth lined colander to drain. You can save the whey for other things if you like.

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Then tie the corners of your cloth and hang to and let the whey drip. I usually test to see if it has dripped long enough by squeezing it to see if not very much comes out when squeezed.

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Then remove from cloth and cut into cubes.

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Place cubes into a clean bowl. Then let the bowl float in the kitchen sink in very warm water, this will expel more whey from your curds.

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You can see in the above picture how the bowl floats in the warm water, and how it will pull more of the whey out. When you get whey in your bowl simply drain it off, being careful not to loose your curds while draining, and if needed refill sink with warm water if it has cooled off.  Repeat this process several times, until not much whey is coming out. I have been know to get the water in my sink a little too hot, thus melting my curds together, oops! If this happens it is no problem, you can simply cut them back apart in the final step.

When you feel most of the whey is out of your curds, turn it out and cut back into pieces if needed, put back in your bowl and toss curds with a generous amount of salt. This will also bring out a little more whey.

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Then place cheese on a rack over a cookie sheet to drip a little more. Not much will come out at this point. Then put in container and refrigerate, or start eating, your cheese is done! It will be a bit squeaky between your teeth. We always need to add a bit more salt for our taste. This cheese is good with crackers, or grated on salad, tacos, or even on pizza.

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I made a double batch using two gallons for the above pic of the cheese on the rack. If I double the recipe I simply use two pots instead of combining it all in one and doubling the ingredients. It never turns out as good if I put two gallons in one pot, so I just dirty up two pots, so I know it will all turn out correctly. Let me know how your cheese turns out, have fun with it! I do not know how long this will stay good in the fridge, we eat it before it can ever get to the point of going bad 😉

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Meet Brandy! For some time now Kelsie has been wanting a horse. So after much discussion with Daddy she was able to start looking. It did not take her long to find the horse she had always dreamed of having. Brandy is 9 years old, solid black and a real sweetheart. She will come when you whistle for her and loves attention. Kelsie can go out in the field hop on her bareback and ride her back to the barn with ease. Brandy loves to play in the water, so the above picture is of her and Kelsie heading into the spring fed pond to splash around. Brandy has really bonded with Kelsie since we do not have any other horses for her to buddy up with. When not in the field she will follow Kelsie everywhere she goes. The only problem with that is when one of us wants to ride her. As she will not go anywhere with Kelsie in sight, she wants to be beside her! We can easily put the younger children on her and Kelsie just walks around the yard and they get to go for a ride, fun for everyone! Kelsie started out early on with her horse riding. In the  picture below you will see a blond curly headed Kelsie ( she turned brown and lost her curls around the age of 8 -10) riding “Peanut” the pony. Granny and Pa found him for the girls when they were about 6 and 8 years old. She loved peanut even at that young age and her love for horses has stayed with her. Kelsie  just turned 13 and I am sure she and Brandy will be best friends for many years to come.

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Blueberry Cobbler!!

Hey everyone! So this is what I made a couple nights ago….

Its a blueberry cobbler it was so good!!

Place your oven to 375*

I started by washing about 4 heaping cups of fresh or frozen blueberries place in a large bowl, Then add 1 1/2c. sugar, 1tsp. almond flavoring and 1/2c. flour.. Mix well!!

Now to make your crust I used  biscuit dough.

2c. flour
3tsp. Baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2c. butter
3/4 cup to 1 cup milk.

Mix flour baking powder and salt together in a large bowl… Cut in butter with a pastry blender then add milk!
Now take your dough and separate into two balls.. take one ball and place in bottom of your pan and roll out!

Now place your blueberry filling in bottom of pan!
Then take remaining dough and make big circles and place over blueberries!! Cover with foil and bake for 15 to 20 minuets, then remove foil and bake for 25 to 30 minuets or until crust is golden brown!

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Irish Soda Bread!!

Hey every one, So I just made this for the first time! It was really pretty good! Dad doesn’t like raisins.. So I was thinking you could change it around and put cranberries in it if you don’t like raisins like my dad!! 🙂

4c. sugar                                  2c. raisins ( or cranberries)
1/4c. sugar                               1 large egg, plus 1 large egg yolk
2tsp. baking powder                1 1/2c. buttermilk
1tsp. salt                                  1tsp. baking soda
4.tbl cold butter                        1tbl. heavy cream

preheat over to 350*
In a large bowl mix flour,sugar ,baking powder,salt, Add butter and with a pastry blender,blend together! Fold in raisins!
In a small bowl mix buttermilk,egg and baking soda! Add egg mixture to flour mixture using a spatula, mix together until the dough just comes together! Place on a baking sheet and form into a domed loaf!
In a small bowl whisk together egg yoke and cream, brush over the loaf!
Place in oven and bake for about an hour or until golden brown!!

I had fun making this hope you will too!!

Later
Kaelyn!

Whoopie Pies!!!

Hey everybody, so I made Whoopie Pies, they were really good, sadly I didn’t get a pic of them :(.. But here is the recipe!!

INGREDIENTS

  • 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 tablespoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 cups buttermilk, room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

DIRECTIONS

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Sift together flour, salt, cocoa powder, baking soda, and baking powder. Set aside. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, buttermilk, and vanilla. Beat until well combined. Slowly add dry ingredients. Mix until combined.
  2. Using a 1-ounce ice cream scoop, place cookies onto lined baking pans, 12 per pan. Bake for 12 minutes. Remove to a rack to cool. Repeat with remaining batter.
  3. Spread 2 tablespoons frosting onto each of 24 cookies. Sandwich together with remaining 24 cookies.
Frosting
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 2 cups sifted confectioners’ sugar
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  1. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream together butter and sugar until pale and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add Fluff and vanilla and continue mixing until well combined.
They were really pretty easy to make and were really good!!
Hope ya’ll have a great weekend!
Kaelyn

Hi everyone!!! I hope ya’ll had a merry Christmas and A blessed New Year!! These cookies are so much fun to make, and so easy!! Dad loves them, and if you are looking for  something quick and easy…Here you go!!!

 

Start  by preheating you oven to 375*

 

1c. sugar

1c. butter ( 2 sticks)

1.tsp vanilla

1/2.tsp almond extract

1 egg

2 1/3 c. Flour

1/2.tsp baking soda

 

Cream together butter,sugar. Then add almond extract, vanilla and egg, and mix! Add flour and baking soda and mix! Then shape dough by teaspoonfuls into balls, then place on an ungreased cookie sheet then flatten out your dough with fork! Place in oven

for 10 minuets or until lightly browned!!

 

Well  that’s all there is to it.. hope ya’ll  enjoyed another recipe!!

 

Blessings Kaelyn!

SUGAR COOKIES!

SUGAR COOKIES!