Sunday, March 22, 2009

Lots of milk!

As stated previously, we are getting tons of milk around here! I made butter this week and heavy whipping crème (the gentle giant did this one) for buckwheat pancakes and that great maple syrup we harvested last week. It finally dawned on me what to do with all that milk! Pressure can it! DUH! Now when we dry the cow up to freshen (she is pregnant) we will have lots of milk and it's even pasteurized. Plus 2 goats are due to freshen in May and June so the milk will be very abundant around here. I am so glad I remembered about pressure canning!

We have really cleaned up around here. We have all the apple trees and grape vines pruned. Raspberries ready to go. Garlic is in the ground and today we got 23 eggs! The gentle giant will be bringing eggs to work if you are interested in purchasing them. Some are small eggs as they are the first and some are already extra large, like no store bought egg size you have seen. The newbie eggs are actually about a medium size comparable store bought egg.

This week we are having a work bee with some of our friends. We are getting a farm ready for a new family to move here. It should be a great time. We will end the week Sunday with an old fashioned singing at our home on Sunday evening. A great way to end a busy week!

Oh yes, one more thing. Something kinda cool in these parts. Being we live around quite a few of Amish, antique and garage sales come to YOU! So pickers shop around and then come to you with things they think you may like. BIG TROUBLE really, very tempting. I took them up on some things this Saturday... Canning jars, a few antiques, farm boots and some hand knit gloves... They said they will be back ...



This is so cool. You answered a question that I had in my head when you talked about having too much milk.

What a great thing to do getting a farm ready for someone to move in.

Ann said...

Hi Angela,
I remember the days on the farm in NZ of too much milk when our ice cream maker really got a workout. I'm still blessed to have a source of fresh milk which makes others really envious. Health conscious people in our town purchase 'Cleopatra's bath milk' from the health food store; of course they are not bathing in it! It costs a fortune. It is meant to be very good for the skin.... so there's an idea for any excess gallons!
Garage sales that come to you! Wow! I love garage sales and this would be way too tempting for me too!

granny said...

Great idea with the extra milk !And how I love the thought of Amish people arriving on my doorstep with treasures to buy :0)Dont think Its going to happen though,I can just dream!(sigh)Actally,I dont think there are any Amish in Australia.Thankyou for such a wonderful blog,I look forward to each and every post,Kind Regards,Granny

Anonymous said...

The thought of buckwheat pancakes and maple syrup made my mouth water!

Kelle said...

Do you make cottage cheese, or yogurt? I always make 2 gallons a week into yogurt( yogurt and granola for breakfast, yogurt fruit smoothies, or even yogurt pie, much like cheesecake, the uses are endless and so good for you) and 3-4 gallons a week into cottage cheese. You'd of course have to eat it fresh, we freeze 50% of what we make, for usage down the road when our cow is dry.

You can also can butter, it works wonderfully, I'll try to post a link to the instructions for you.

Where did you learn to prune your grapes? I've read and read and still can't with all certainty feel comfortable pruning our concord grapes and nobody around seems to know either.

Antiques to your door, how wonderful! I'd be in trouble. We love going to farm auctions, it's kind of the country style garage sale and there are great deals to be found. This is where I pick up canning jars for pennies on the dollar. Antiques however are usually driven up in price by the antique buyers. I did pick up a 20 gallon redwing crock with only a small chip in the upper edge for $20. I've used it several times and it's paid for itself over and over again.

Living in an Amish community must be terribly facinating, if they are willing to share, there is a wealth of information to learn I'm sure. We do have some Amish in MT, but mostly Hutterite colonies. The Hutterites are much more modern in their living than Amish or even Mennonites.

When is your due date? We've been praying for you and your baby.

Blessings from,
The Never Done Farm

Kelle said...

Here is the link to canning butter.
The Never Done Farm

christina said...

oh wonderful! i love reading your post.
i love your idea of presurre cooking the milk.

thank you for sharing your life with us. i dream of the day we can being living atleast half of your life.

Mrs. Trixi said...

Oh, I love the idea of them coming to you with the garage sale. That would be great. I had no idea you could can milk. We have been thinking on a milk cow but only use about a gallon of milk a week. However, we have been looking at Dexter cows, as they give a smaller amount of milk.

Hot Belly Mama said...

I love your posts as always Ang. Like you, I have been too busy to post. I've gotten in the habit of writing a few posts once a week and scheduling them a few days apart.

We too have been cleaning up outside! We have a bit more to do.

Sleepy Cat Hollow said...

Wow...glad I kept reading the comments! Canning butter!

Ugh! I'm still kicking myself (and my husband) for letting my husband talk me out of getting a pressure canner for $20!

Helen said...

Wonderful to have your own fresh milk. I wonder why you don't make hard cheese with it. It isn't difficult and will mature for use when the cow is dry. It's up to you and your taste how long you leave it to mature, there are lots of sites that show how to make cheese at home. Just don't be scared by the cleanliness instructions, it is important up just sensible really think how it was made it times past. Of course it maybe too much for you at the moment with the new baby coming.

I love to find a new post from you waiting to read, it's a real treat.


Renata said...

How exciting that you should be able to have a supply of your milk even when the cow is off!!!
I love the idea of antiques to the doorstep - but my - how tempting!!!

Cheryl said...

I have truly enjoyed reading several past posts on your blog. Your homeschooling philosphy on the farm's website was also a great read. Thanks for taking the time to show a glimpse of your life; looking forward to browsing more past posts (and future ones).

Mrs. Peterson's Place said...

Hi Ang! It's been a while. I popped in to see how things are going. I am in the midst of planning a bigger garden this year and was thinking of you. A few years ago you had posted pics of the raised beds you guys did and I was thinking about that since that's what I'm working on. Though my raised beds are going to be well guarded.

We have a ground hog here. He is here so much I named him George! Last season C put chicken wire under the wood frame and built a cage top that can be removed. THAT was a life saver (no... garden saver). George tried to dig under and actually pulled the chicken wire away enough to distort it. Tough little guy.

This year I'm doing 2 4x8's with a fence around them. God willing, I will have a garden for us...not George! I'll have to email you a bit more about this.

I've missed blogging. Don't know how you have time with cooking and taking care of the place while schooling too. Glad you are though. It feels like an old friend back in touch.

God's peace,

Mammamamma said...

I was telling a friend about this post on canning milk. She was curious about it and asked if it needed to be chilled after canning or could it just sit on the shelf with the other goods (like store bought canned milk). Would you be so kind as to fill us in about this. Thanks Ang for your useful and practical information.

Molly said...

I'm so glad I read this post. It never dawned on me to pressure can my milk. I throw away a good half gallon every week.

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