Zebra averages about 2 cups every milking and since I'm milking her twice a day, we started to have some excess. A great problem to have! I finally broke down and made a simple cheese yesterday. It's just a soft cheese and you can mix in whatever seasoning you like. I ended up using Dill Mix in one and some Onion Soup Mix in the other. I made two and half pounds of cheese from just over a gallon of milk. We'll use this on snack crackers or throw some in with our scrambled eggs. Yummy! I can't wait to try making some other kinds.
|A little drier than anticipated, next time I'll decrease the hanging time.|
As I was researching how to make cheese, I learned that you can re-use the whey. The whey is the liquid part of the milk that you separate from the curds. Wow! I had never heard of such a thing. The easiest way to use it is as a liquid substitution in baking; so today, I made bread. Instead of the water, I used whey. It's a winner!!
|Fresh from the oven and shined with butter to keep a soft crust!|
It's such a blessing to have our own fresh milk and being able to put it all to good use!