"Let's be cheerful"! We have no more right to steal the brightness out of the day for our own family than we have to steal the purse of a stranger. Let us be as careful that our homes are furnished with pleasant & happy thoughts as we are that the rugs are the right color and texture & the furniture comfortable and beautiful"! Laura Ingalls Wilder

Saturday, October 1, 2011

goat cheese












The photo shoot has been postponed until Monday morning but we still had a lovely hiccup planned for this afternoon.  The young friend who provides us with our goat milk came over to teach us how to make goat cheese.  She's only made it once herself.  The ingredients were simple, measurements unclear, and results quick.  Her mom and I laughed and called this 'cheese making basics' and agreed we can fine tune.

This really is basic but tastes fine.  It was too hard to spread so I crumbled it like feta and figure we'll see how it melts, and how it might taste on a salad.  In other words this batch was experimental.  We'll be making another with a bit more precision next week.  I'm so thankful for the lesson... Now we know it's not rocket science!

Blessings, Debbie

29 comments:

  1. How wonderful - to know how to make your own! Crumbled on salads would be just FINE with me :)

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  2. Looks delicious! You are very resourceful in the kitchen, I am not that adventurous....

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  3. How fun! I still haven't tried goat cheese, but I'll bet home made is just amazing-enjoy:@)

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  4. Mmmmm, I can almost taste it!! I'm hoping you will post some photos of the new babe?

    Blessings!
    Deborah

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  5. oh it looks delicious and great! ..and lucky, we also made cheese this morning:) and I was surpised how easy it is!
    JenMuna

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  6. Your blog posts bring me such a feeling of peace...pictures and words combined. You are such an inspiration of living the simple life. I make sure to read your blog each day now so that I am reminded to slow down and teach my children gently.
    Thank you.
    :) Jodi

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  7. Was that the goat milk in the carton? An herbalist I used to listen to said the protein molecules in cow's milk were too large for our smaller digestive systems, and arthritis was a result of it. Enjoy your cheese!

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  8. I've been making ricotta cheese, and want to buy goat's milk (not so easy to find here). It is good in omelets. xo

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  9. That's a skill I'd love to learn. The process looks very similar to the yogurt cheese we used to make.

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  10. It looks enough like rocket science to me that I'd not dare try it. I do make yogurt cheese from time to time, but that's simple and done right in the refrigerator.

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  11. I have been wanting to make cheese...yea for you! What a fun day.

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  12. Sprinkled on salad, soup, or apple wedges, your goat cheese makes my mouth water! I might buy some today!
    Happy weekend, Debbie! Guess what? The Willows have finally arrived at Deborah's. I hope the trip across the border to your house doesn't take one hundred years!

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  13. This is something I hope to try soon. We are day dreaming of goats and chickens. I am hoping it will happen this coming year. I dream of having raw cheeses and fresh goats milk like you wouldn't believe. I can't wait to hear how you all perfect it and then share with us how you did it. [o=

    Blessings and ((HUGS))
    -Mary

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  14. One of my favorite types of cheese!
    And you made it, wow!
    Enjoy a bite for me.

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  15. My Mom used to make it when I was a kid but it was because we had cows. It was pretty good but I guess I have never had any desire to make it as because of the work. I think goat cheese would be nice but I think goat milk soap would be just the ticket.

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  16. Wow! That is such a neat skill to learn...I've never had goat's milk or cheese...I've heard it's a stronger taste than cow's milk. Is this true?

    Deanna

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  17. Oh my. Love feta! What a fun time ya'll are having at your home!

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  18. What a fun lesson. And tasty, too. You are so much braver than me.

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  19. I've made different soft cheeses with cow milk. The last cheese I made was Mozzarella and the recipe said to handle the curds with your hands in the hot whey and the only temperature guide was as hot as your hands can stand the heat. My hands can stand lots of heat, more so than my husband and the cheese tasted like Mozzarella but was really squeaky when I chewed it. So a certain thermometer temperature would have been more accurate. Obviously it was a man who wrote the recipe. Bravo for trying. It's all good. JB

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  20. Hi Debbie! Just following the link from Ontario to Oregon! Oh these Willows are doing wonders for my Gepgraphy! I should homeschool myself! Very excited to be following them from there to you! Goat's cheese terribly impressive!

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  21. Oh yeas! Goats cheese is the only cheese I eat due to migraines. I should make some myself.xxx

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  22. How cool is that??!!! I'm impressed, Debbie! Can't wait to hear about further experiments! Sure would love to be there sampling and learning, too! blessings ~ tanna

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  23. Wow - I didn't know you could make it yourself! I buy mine at the store - crumbled - and it is delish! Looking forward to when you can have something a little more concrete. I may venture a try . . .
    Joy!
    Kathy

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  24. Invite me over when you've got it perfected. I love cheese.

    Jody

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  25. wow your cheese looks yummy!!!
    thanks for sharing.
    have a nice time,
    regina

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  26. Ya'll are always up to something fun over there. The cheese looks great. I bet it will be wonderful tossed on a salad with some walnuts and a honey based dressing. I had lots of that while in Paris. Yum! Best wishes to you and yours, Tammy

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  27. My friend used to make goat cheese and it was delicious. I used to love popping around for a taster. One day she fell off her horse, broke her collar bone and the goats had to go. So no more homemade goats cheese. I need to find another goat keeping friend!

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  28. Yum yum yum! I love Feta cheese and that sounds delicious! I've made ricotta with store bought cow's milk before - making cheese is so much fun!

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