So I haven’t posted in about a week I’m guessing…. I’ve been busy adjusting to the big change on our farm. We finally got our cow!! Introducing- Ruby! (Insert fanfare here)
We are LOVING having Ruby in our lives. She’s 3/4 Jersey, 1/8 Normande and 1/8 Guernsey. She is “in milk” right now and she is also bred- due in June. So here’s what happens when you go from no cow to large cow in your barn producing 3-4 gallons of milk a day:
First you panic, because you can’t drink 3 gallons of milk in a day’s time. What you don’t drink needs space in the fridge while you think about what you’re going to do with it. Then, gall-darnit, she goes and makes 3 more gallons the next day. You move everything over, find some more glass jars and start trying to make a final decision on what cheese you’re going to start with, drink some more milk, but…. there’s still more coming and you haven’t dealt with the milk from the two days before. The milk is now stacked on top of each other and you’re running out of sterilized jars to put the morning milking in…..
Actually, it wasn’t quite that bad, I was somewhat prepared with a plan. I had an empty refrigerator ready and cheese cultures picked out. It is still really easy to feel overwhelmed when you’ve never lived in a household that includes a cow…. and it’s still really easy to fill a refrigerator with milk!
What I made in the first week:
- 3 batches of cheddar curds (AWESOME!!!)
- 1 gallon of kefir
- 3/4 pound of butter
- Lemon Cheese
- Queso Blanco
- Several bowls of fresh whipped cream- (O…M….G!!!!!!!)
- Several batches of hot cocoa
- Sour Cream
- Pasteurized and froze 5 batches worth of milk for soap
- My mom took home close to 4 gallons…………and that left me with only 5 gallons left over to deal with this week.
I’d freak out….. if I weren’t having so much fun!!