[Homestead] Cheesemaking, milk and goats
lurine at softcom.net
Sun Aug 24 15:43:42 EDT 2008
Ah, you do know the rules around here, right? And your cheese recipes would
----- Original Message -----
From: "Robert Walton" <waltonrp at gmail.com>
> Hey all,
> I sold most of my Boer goats at the market in town a couple of weeks
> ago. Kept two girls that are promising and 3 wethers that are for the
> freezer. I also kept 3 milkers, 2 Nubian x Alpine nannies and a red
> goat that give lots of milk and has few manners.
> I've been milking for two weeks now. It ties me down to 6 and 6, but
> also is a great way to bond with the animals and profit from them at
> the same time. One nanny licks me like her kid after I milk her.
> I'm saving 2 gallons of milk a day, after what we, dogs and cats
> drink. This year, I've figured out the chemistry of mozzarella cheese
> and am making feta and some other cheeses. I still have a little feta
> from last fall, it's good.
> I've decided to go milk goats. I have a really good Nubian buck coming
> in soon and will add a couple of nannies next spring. I'm also adding
> a couple of piglets to take care of all this whey.
> When I was thinking of homesteading, I always thought a cow was the
> way to go, and still would like to have a jersey cow around here. But,
> I have to say, goats have proven me wrong. The milk is great tasting,
> and arguably healthier. They are easy keepers and easy milkers.
> This week, I am going to experiment in provolone cheese for aging. A
> lot of people are surprised that I make hard cheese from goat milk. l
> hate that sour, soft goat cheese that they sell in the grocery. I've
> found that I can make just about any cheese from goat milk.
> I think that a good milking nanny goat or two or three are a good
> addition to any homestead!
> Rob - Va
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