We were busy in the garden, milking, soap making and just general farm stuff this week.
I made mozzarella this week. Other than the chevre is is probably the easiest cheese to make,
Start out with a gallon of milk. Heat to 55 degrees. Stir in 1 1/2 teaspoon citric acid. Slowly stirring, bring the milk up to 80 degrees. Turn down heat and heat milk to 90 degrees. Turn off heat and add rennet, stirring in an up and down motion for 15 seconds. Cover the pot and let sit for 5 minutes.
Cut the curds
Turn the heat back on. Stir slowly until the curds reach 100 degrees
Scoop out the curds and drain. While draining add 1/2 C. salt to whey and heat to 175 degrees
Drop the curds into the hot whey until it get hot all the way through. Then stretch. Add salt and stretch until it gets shiny
Form and place in ice water for 30 minutes.
My zucchini and squash plants died and my cucumbers are not looking too great either. Good thing I have 50+ quarts of pickles canned.
Our little snot nose Kasey found a way into my garden. He thought G's blueberry bushes were very tasty. I would be so mad at him if he wasn't so stinking cute. I finally got him out but Xena ran past me into the garden. Ever try to round up a 100 pound dog that is having too much fun running through the garden like she is in a maze? It took about ten minutes before I finally got her out. I was mad at her but she wanted me to know it was the best time she has had.
Tomatoes are doing great
4 soaps are cured and ready to go into the store. Peppermint EO, Lemongrass EO, leather and espresso. I also made some new scents this week. Lilac, hot chocolate and mulled cider.
We will be at the Sunbury Farmer's Market tomorrow. Would love to have you stop by and say hi.
How was your week?