Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Making Cheese

Yesterday, the kids and I had the opportunity to learn how to make cheese. 

In one short hour, we made cottage cheese and mozzarella cheese.  I couldn't believe how easy it was. The cheese was made with just three ingredients - unpasteurized milk, rennet, and citric acid.  Add a pot and a thermometer and you can make cheese. 

While I was making cheese the kids played outside with Katrina's kids exploring their farm.  Katrina has just about every farm animal except cows (at least I didn't see any cows).  She had baby piglets, rabbits, turkeys, geese, ducks, chickens, goats, cats, and dogs.  After we were done making the cheese she gave me the grand tour and let the kids milk one of her goats.  True to form, Bonnie was right in there milking away.  Brian also got into it.  Bonnie also got to bottle feed a 2 week old kid goat.

At the end of the day we took home with us about 12 oz of cottage cheese, a pound of mozzarella, three goose eggs, and a pound of sausage.  (They butcher their pigs and sell the meat.)

For dinner last night, we used the cottage cheese and the garlic flavored mozzarella cheese to make lasagna.  The boys wanted to take their goose eggs and make deviled eggs with them.

I placed a regular egg next to the goose egg so you can see the difference in size.  They were monster deviled eggs!!

Some gingersnap cookies to round out the night...

and we can call this day good! 

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