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Goats Milk Cheese Recipes – How to Make Feta The Easy Way

Goat Milk Cheese Recipes

If you have goats you need to have lots of ideas for things to make with goats milk. Because in the spring, if you decide to milk  your goats you have lots of extra around.  While I do freeze much of my goats milk, I have come across a couple super simple recipes for making cheeses. But you don’t even have to have goats to make these 3 goats milk cheese recipes! You can buy goats milk in the store.

The first of the milk cheese recipes I’m going to teach you is how to make a cream cheese:

To make cream cheese – which I like to spice up you will first need to make yogurt out of your goats milk. You can buy plain Greek yogurt and make it from there.

How to make yogurt from goat’s milk:

 

  • 1/2 gal milk
  • 2- 3 tbs fresh plain yogurt

Heat up to 110 degrees then pour over yogurt, set 1/2 gal jar on top fridge for 12 hours

I’m pretty sure he went and found that lid pretty quickly. You never want to leave your yogurt exposed like that because you will end up with not very friendly bacteria quickly.

Now to make the cheese spread, also known as Labne, this is what you will do:

 

You can also use Italian herbs instead of garlic and mint. You don’t have to use the olive oil. It goes really great with zucchini or yellow squash chips. These are dehydrated zucchini sliced into chips.

Now for the Feta  Goats Milk Cheese Recipe:

Ingredients:

1 gallon of whole milk – Pasteurized NOT ultra pasteurized
Warm milk to 80 degrees
2 teaspoon of salt
½ teaspoon 30% calcium chloride solution dissolved in 2 Tablespoon of water (if you are using raw goats milk you don’t need this)
1/8 teaspoon mild lipase powder dissolved in 2 Tablespoon of water
1/8 teaspoon Mesophilic A culture
30 drops of vegetable rennet dissolved into 1/4 cup of water

I use raw goat’s milk, salt, yogurt, lipase powder and junket tablets. You can get them in the grocery store. Use 1/2 tablet per gallon of milk.

For a cheese press I have a #10 can that I took the top and bottom off of, a bowl, cheese cloth. Use Muslin, not the cheese cloth that you get from the grocery store. And a weight, which for me is sometimes a mason jar filled with water. Or you can use a bar bell.

You would take out the lid piece put your cheese cloth down inside so that the edges go out over the top, then put in  your curds. Next folld the cloth back over the curds then put the “follower/top” back on. Finally put your weights on that. If you use a shallow bowl like this one you need to hang around and every little go dump out the whey/water that will collect in the bowl.

Before you get ready to press your curds you can also add in dried tomatoes, and/or Italian seasonings or basil. You can always leave it plain, but in my world view, spice is the zest of life!

Simple Farm Style Goats Milk Cheese With Monterrey Jack with Peppers

  • 3 gallons of milk (I like mine raw)
  • 2 tablets of junket (you can find these in the baking aisle of most grocery stores)
  • 1/2 pint of buttermilk
  • salt
  • dried peppers

Heat your milk and buttermilk up to 90 degrees slowly (well as slowly as your temperament will allow). Let this sit and mellow for a couple hours.

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Next step is to add the junket tablets to water (non chlorinated works best) about 1/4 cup just to dissolve the tablets before adding to the milk. After they dissolve add the mixture to the milk. Stir for about a minute to make sure the rennet gets well distributed.

After an hour or so (or even over night) your curds should be separated. Cut them into cubes in the pot. Using a long knife make a checker board pattern all the way down the curds, then start cutting through the curds at an angle all around the pot. The object is to have lots of one inch pieces of curds.

Now that  you have the curds cut, heat the curds and whey back up to 100 degrees slowly, stirring the curds gently.

Let them sit for another hour.

The next step is to strain the curds into cheese cloth (muslin) lined in a colander mix in your salt and peppers to taste. I use about 3 tbs salt and peppers for this recipe.

Ladle  your curds into a press and press under as much pressure as you can for eight to twelve hours. I use hand weights with my presses, but you can use water in jugs, put a can on the follower. (that piece that goes on top of the cheese cloth – I use the end of the #10 can) then put a plate or board over that and add your weights.  The harder you press your cheese the firmer it will be.

milk cheese recipes cheese pressOf course you could always buy a real cheese press and then  you wouldn’t have to be jury rigging stuff LOL

Once it is pressed, cut it into the size of pieces your family will use within a couple days (this doesn’t hold very well and will mold). Rub salt on the exposed parts, wrap in paper towels and then put in a plastic bag that you suck the air out of with a straw before completely sealing.

Freeze these. Let them defrost at room temperature before using.

NOTE:

Don’t throw your whey away!! Use it to make Whey good bread or pizza dough by substituting the whey instead of water in  your recipe. You can freeze it in plastic ziplock bags for use when you are ready to make your bread or pizza dough.

Make cheese, it’s easy and fun and there is something about eating and serving homemade cheese that makes it special, because you know where it came from and what went into it.

 When I first started making cheese this is the kit I used to “get my feet wet”. Simple recipe/directions are included and everything (except the milk) you need to make mozzarella and ricotta cheese. cheese making kitNow if you are wanting to use up your goat’s milk because you have so much of it you don’t know what to do with, perhaps you might want to start with this kit that has the ingredients you need to make goats milk cheese.

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Lavender Essential Oil Aromatherapy Relaxation In The Air

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Lаvеndеr Essential Oil Aromatherapy: Lurе Of A Lusty Life

Using оf lavender essential oil aromatherapy іѕ іnеvіtаblе. Vаrіоuѕ essential оіlѕ соntrіbutе their ѕіgnіfісаnсе in аrоmаthеrару. Onе аmоng ѕuсh oils іѕ lаvеndеr оіl.

Lаvеndеr essential оіl is еxtrасtеd from lаvеndеr trее аlѕо knоwn as Lаvеndulа officinalis. During extraction оf this oil, a delicate рrосеѕѕ іѕ fоllоwеd, whеrе generally wаtеr оr ѕtеаm is uѕеd. Thе оіl, dіѕtіllеd from lavender tree соntаіnѕ the pure ѕсеnt оf the trее іtѕеlf. Lаvеndеr оіl lооkѕ сlеаr wіth a bіt tоuсh оf уеllоw. This оіl іѕ nоt ѕо оіlу. Hеnсе, in аrоmаthеrару, this оіl іѕ соnѕіdеrеd аѕ one аmоng thе thinnest essential oils.

Lavender Essential oil extraordinaire! The go to solution to almost any health problem (at least around our house)

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Thе оdоr оf lavender essential oil іѕ mеdіum and соnѕіdеrеd as оnе оf mоѕt relaxing smell. Nоrmаllу, this аrоmа is neither so strong nor so lіght. Inѕtеаd the smell іѕ sweet. In аrоmаthеrару, while dіlutіng lаvеndеr оіl, mаіnlу ѕwееt almond oil, арrісоt kernel оіl or grape ѕееd оіl іѕ used аѕ саrrіеr oils.


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lavender essential oil aromatherapy is used for trеаtіng vаrіоuѕ diseases. Massaging with mіnglеd lаvеndеr оіl can brіng the еffесt of rеlаxаtіоn аnd саlmnеѕѕ. In аrоmаthеrару, mаnу ѕkіn рrоblеmѕ, like, асnе, аllеrgіеѕ, oily ѕkіn, ѕсаr ѕkіn, ѕtrеtсh marks еtс can be trеаtеd wіth lаvеndеr оіl. Hоt bаth with a fеw drорѕ оf the оіl will аѕѕurе you about relieving аnxіеtу. Whereas, a cool bаth with this oil wіll brіng a feeling оf rеfrеѕh. Lavender oil can асt аѕ facial and ѕkіn оіl ѕuреrlаtіvеlу for hеаlіng vаrіоuѕ skin problems.

Mаѕѕаgіng wіth this oil wоrkѕ еffесtіvеlу in саѕе оf hеаdасhе. On thе оthеr hаnd, іn healing оf hypertension, sunburn раіn, insects’ or mоѕԛuіtоеѕ’ bite, bruises, mіnоr-burn, blisters, athlete’s fооt, rеduсе lаbоr pain, lavender oil works well іndееd.

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Lаvеndеr оіl can bе kерt іn Fіrѕt Aіd bоx. Wіth thіѕ oil, mіnоr іnjurіеѕ, lіkе burns, сut еtс саn bе healed. Mаnу a tіmе, lаvеndеr оіl is uѕеd іn trеаtmеnt оf various nervous рrоblеmѕ, such as, іnѕоmnіа, mіgrаіnе, nеrvоuѕ tension, ѕtrеѕѕ, PMS, rеѕtlеѕѕnеѕѕ etc. In such саѕеѕ, іn aromatherapy, раtіеntѕ are rесоmmеndеd ѕіmрlу to іnhаlе the frаgrаnсе that еffесtѕ оn thе сеntrаl nеrvоuѕ ѕуѕtеm роѕіtіvеlу. Respiratory problems lіkе, asthma, brоnсhіtіѕ, halitosis, thrоаt infection, whооріng cough саn bе solved wіth lavender oil аѕ well.

Be Sure To Dilute Your Essential Oil With A Carrier Oil

But always keep in уоur mіnd tо dilute it with some саrrіеr oil before uѕіng. Alѕо make ѕurе thаt there іѕ nо allergic rеасtіоn оn the ѕkіn. At thе ѕаmе time, іt is also rесоmmеndеd tо bе careful durіng the рurсhаѕе оf lаvеndеr оіl.

Dо you wаnt to kеер yourself hеаlthу аnd bеіng wеll? Usage оf lаvеndеr essential oil aromatherapy will bе thе right орtіоn for уоu. Wіth еnоrmоuѕ advantages, thіѕ оіl has bесоmе аn important component оf aromatherapy.

lavender essential oil aromatherapy is relaxation in the air for sure, it is easy to disburse with these inexpensive aromatherapy difusers. So instead of using store bought, how knows what’s in them scents to freshen up your house, why not be adding the relaxing scent of lavender to mellow out a rambunctious area of your home?

 

 

Lavender essential oil is a great addition to goats milk soap. It blends in easily especially when  you are making a homemade soap recipe like Hartnana’s super simple goats milk soap recipe.

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Making Goats Milk Soap For The First Time

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Memories of “you’re gonna shoot your eye out” come to mind when I think about making goats milk soap for the first time. Or really making any homemade soap.  I knew almost twenty years ago now that I wanted to make homemade soap. It was while standing in “Summers Past“.  A wonderful little garden shop on the outskirts of San Diego that I made the decision that I really wanted to live a country life. Making soap, baking bread, playing in the garden and canning my produce was the life I wanted.

My last trip to San Diego,  my daughter, grand children and I went back to Summers Past for a Fairy Festival.

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Such a wonderful, magical place. Being there brought back the memories of the stirring to live a more simple life.

Making goats milk soap for the first time

That first Christmas after telling my husband that I wanted to make my own soap; he bought me a big stainless steel stock pot.   Now I would have something to make the soap in. That was all I really knew that I needed. A big pot and something about using a paint paddle to stir the ingredients. In my mind I was going to be making vats of soap. (I laugh when I think back on how the process appeared to me at the time.)

My grandmother (who was an immigrant from Czechoslovakia, and whom my mother swears was a gypsy) used to make lye soap for washing clothes.  I am pretty sure she made it by running water through ash and then adding fat she rendered from the meat she cooked. My mother tells stories about the big vat my grandmother used in the yard to make the soap. We were never to touch “grandma’s lye soap” for fear (mostly on my mom’s part) that we would get burned by the lye.

I tell you this story so that you will understand, that my fear of lye and working with lye stemmed from hearing this story as a young girl. So that pot sat for many years before I actually worked up the nerve to buy some lye to make soap.  First I fiddled around with melt and pour soap. Also melting down bars of soap that were scraps and reforming them.

Making Goats Milk Soap – Just Go For It!

Then one day several years ago I decided that I was “going for it”. Armed with safety goggles, rubber gloves and stern warnings to the children and pets that no one, and I meant no one, was to come anywhere near the kitchen while I was working.  Carefully, I laid out newspaper every where, got all of my supplies out. I was ready!

I measured every ingredient exactly. Mixed everything together the way the instructions called for. And except for the fact that I did not have a stick blender while using a recipe that was heavy on the olive oil my first adventure went alright. I did have to stir my soap for five or six HOURS to get it to trace. So, when I suggest to people to get a stick blender if they are going to make soap, it is with that experience in mind that I recommend them.  A good friend of mine uses an old plastic bucket and a paint paddle hooked to his drill to make soap.

Making Goats Milk Soap From Start To Finish

The time it takes me to make homemade goats milk soap has gone down considerably. I can usually make two batches from start to finish including clean up in an hour and a half. Though I am still respectful of lye, I have discovered that keeping vinegar on hand will neutralize any mishap.  Always mix your lye into your liquid and then the liquid/lye into the oils, so it is not necessary to be fearful of it.

Making homemade soap and cooking — just different forms of the same thing. Once you get the hang of the basics, the sky is the limit when it comes to expressing creativity.  It is my hope that you will enjoy your soap making adventures too.  Feel free to leave comments below. I love connecting with other soap makers and want to be soap makers.

 

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Living The Homestead Life Becoming Self Sufficient Is a Process

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Reflecting back I’ve come to realize that living the homestead life is a process of becoming self sufficient.

When I first started this journey, I had no idea goats had no upper teeth. Or how to make bread from scratch.I had not clue whether you needed a rooster to get chicken eggs. Or how to incubate and raise baby chicks. There are so many things that I have learned over the last decade. I look forward to sharing what I have learned and continue to learn with you.

How I got Started Living The Homestead Life

My father in law bought me a copy of Carla Emery’s book, The Encyclopedia of Country Living years ago. At the back of the book is a test.  A sort of living the homesteading life have you become self sufficient yet test. Looking at the test now, I know how to do everything she has listed. This wasn’t the case when I first got the book though.

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Enjoying the journey

Much like gardening, becoming self sufficient is a process of adding to the knowledge you are gleaning, making adaptations, talking to old timers and finding out what works for you.

There are many people who live in urban settings. Urban homesteads are becoming popular. Gone are the days when you needed acres of land to produce enough food for your family. Many are doing it with a normal quarter to third acre lot in the middle of big cities. Some even homestead on roof tops!

Once we retire, my husband and I will be homesteading from a 5th wheel. Think it can’t be done? There are so many ways to grow food and a couple chickens don’t take up that much space.

As with everything you do in life, you need to make the decision that homestead life is the lifestyle you wish to lead. Becoming more self sufficient will naturally move you towards a more natural way of life. One of the perks is that you will find you health improves as you eat more homegrown food.

One of the things I love the most about living the homestead life is that  there is always something new to learn, explore, enjoy. There are stories that grow from the journey. It is a good life. So satisfying to know that should everything collapse tomorrow, you will be part of the solution not adding to the problem.

Along the way you meet other like minded individuals who share your passion for different aspects of the country life.

There are a ton of places to find specific information about living the homestead life. If you are just beginning your journey, even if you are living in the city, I highly recommend that you get a copy of The Encyclopedia of Country Living, a hard copy, so that you have a solid reference book should you be without power.

Pick one thing at a time to focus on. I started with chickens. They are easy to raise. They don’t take much in terms of shelter and they produce eggs (and meat if you aren’t too squeamish). With all of the messing going on with the food supply, I feel much more comfortable “knowing” the meat I eat.

As you get comfortable with your first accomplishment, move on to another self sufficient living skill and conquer it. Before you know it, you will be living the homestead life too.

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Spider Goats In Cache Valley

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I almost could not believe there was such a thing as spider goats. The gals over at the University of Idaho extension office told me about them. Also they mentioned that they lived here in Cache Valley. And we could go and see them. This totally blew me away.

 

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What are spider goats? They are genetically modified goats. Scientists spliced into the normal goat DNA a gene for producing orb spider silk.  So now when these goats are milked the silk protein can be isolated and spun into silk.

 Science Nation Explains Spider Goats

According to the students who manage the spider goats, and do the milking, the average amount of silk gleaned from one liter of milk is three milliliters of silk. Apparently spider silk is some of the strongest natural fibers around. Which makes sense, do you remember the last time you got “stuck” in a web? The program includes some spider goats that are cloned and some that are bred naturally.

The results are that about half of the naturally bred goats end  up with the spider silk gene. While, of course, 100% of the cloned goats produce silk. There are a variety of goats used as surrogates to carry the cloned goats, though Saneens are the goat breed chosen for the spider goat project here in the valley, The project, when it was started in Canada used Spanish Goats. Apparently they are really good mothers.

Spider Goats, what are they and why do they exist?

I’m not sure how I feel about all of this splicing and cloning going on. From a scientific point of view I find it fascinating. You’ve got to ask yourself, who sits around thinking, “hmm why don’t we just make silk out of goat’s milk”, right?

Other Weird Ways Of Growing Silk

Even more strange perhaps is that the Biological Engineers (yes, they are really called that) have found a strain of e coli that they use to produce silk! They grow the bacteria then rupture it. They capture the tumor that is the silk!

I was talking with this young woman from 4H heading off to Utah State this year. Her plans include becoming a Biological Engineer.  She has been over to the silk labs quite often this summer. And gave me all sorts of really interesting information on the uses of this silk.

For starters the reason they want spider silk instead of silk worm silk is that it is about 500 times stronger.  Silk worms give off their silk by way of cocooning. It takes a whole lot of silk worms, mulberry leaves and people with cast iron stomachs to produce silk that way. Once when I was younger, and lived in Japan, we went on a field trip to a silk factory. The smell haunts me to this day.

Think

Paper plant?

Rotten cabbage?

Truly it is gross.

There are many uses for this silk being stronger than Kevlar it has military applications. Also because of the fine structure it makes great tools in the medical field. One of the ideas is to splice in good, natural antibiotic DNA into the silk production and use the silk for sutures.

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As a person who like the more natural things in life, the idea that we take food and make it something else and then take chemicals and call it food, kind of bothers me.

What do you think about all of this?

 

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Preservatives In Lotion – See How To Avoid This Surprise

Preservatives in Lotion why you need them

Preservatives in lotion has gotten a bad name in some circles. Not being “all natural” appears to be the problem. Bacteria and germs are all natural too but you don’t want to be putting them on your skin and causing infections do you?

When making homemade lotions there are three well known, effective preservatives to choose from. Stick to these especially if you are planning to sell your lotion to the public.

Gregory from over at aromagregory (you’ve gotta read his about me section) lays out

why use preservatives when making homemade lotion

Our three choices for preservatives in lotion:

Phenonip and Germaben II, and Germall Plus are actual preservatives. They inhibit the growth of microorganisms, yeast and fungus in lotions, creams, etc. If one is making products for resale, the FDA requires that you put a preservative in any cosmetic that is not a soap. If you are simply making products for your personal use, you do not have to include preservative. However, if you choose not to preserve your lotion or cream (or other formula) then you must treat the finished product as a perishable food item. Either use it up quickly or store in the refrigerator and use within two weeks.

Germaben II and Germall Plus are water soluble. This means that they will only work if water is the major ingredient in your recipe. These products do not withstand high temperatures well. So they must be added when your recipe is finished and cooled to 100 degrees F or below.

Germaben II ingredients – Propylene Glycol, Diazolidinyl Urea, Methylparaben, Propylparaben. Use 1% of total formula.Germall Plus ingredients – Diazolidinyl Urea, Iodopropenyl Butacarbamate. The liquid form of this will list Propylene Glycol as the first ingredient. Usage – 0.2% – .05% of total formula weight.

Phenonip is oil soluble, and so is better for products where oils comprise the majority of ingredients in your formula. It can also withstand much higher temperatures. This allows more flexibility regarding what stage you add the preservative to your recipe.

Phenonip ingredients: Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben, Ethylparaben, Butylparaben, Propylparaben. Usage – 1% of total formula.

You can read the whole article here

LoveNatureLife expounds on the dilemma between natural and synthetic preservatives

Due to controversy surrounding the use of chemical preservatives in food and cosmetics, some companies are turning to other options to help extend products’ shelf life.  Some are switching from synthetic to natural. Unfortunately all natural preservatives may not be as good as they sound, especially if taken in excess. But on a positive note they aren’t as toxic as synthetic preservatives. The best option would be no preservatives at all, but products would not be able to stay fresh too long.[read the whole article here]

There you have it preservatives in lotion. Whether natural or synthetic preservatives are a must in order to keep your homemade lotions from spoiling. What do you think about the all natural versus synthetic issue as it pertains to preservatives in your cosmetics? Let me know in the comment section below.

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