Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Making Whey and Yogurt Cheese




I want to share how to make whey.  Well, it's not really made so much as it's separated from yogurt.  

I have tried, without success, to make yogurt at home from raw milk.  It turns out too runny, though, likely because I'm trying to keep the temperature down so as not to reduce the healthful benefits of the raw milk.  I'll keep trying.

In the meantime, for me, the next best thing is Stonyfield yogurt.  It's organic and has beneficial live cultures.





I always purchase whole milk (full fat is much healthier for us than low-fat) and plain.  Sometimes, we like to have it with fresh fruit and a touch of honey or stevia.

Of course, for straining whey, we just want it to remain plain.

See that bowl and mesh strainer?  They're both 50+ years old.  The bowl was a wedding gift to my parents (it's the only survivor of the set) and the strainer belonged to my grandparents. I cherish the old hand-me-down items I have that are rich in pertinent-to-me history and family memories.




So, all you need to do is line a strainer with a basket-style coffee filter or cheese cloth. and place it over a bowl to catch the drips.


If you let it drip for 2 to 4 hours, you'll be left with a thicker yogurt (greek yogurt). But, if you let it drip 8 or more hours, it'll be spreadable-cheese consistency.  That's what I usually like to achieve.


Add a bit of salt, to taste, and it is magnificent used as a cream cheese.  I love it on bagels with a slice of tomato.

You can also flavor it with herbs, garlic and diced veggies for a savory veggie dip, or add diced fruit for a sweet spread on toast.  The possibilities are only limited by your imagination!


Then… with that beautiful whey - use it in your ferments like you would a starter culture.  It'll kick up the beneficial bacteria by lots!

Add it to smoothies, use it to soak your oats instead of apple cider vinegar.  I even add a tablespoon or two to my mashed potatoes.  You can use it anywhere you need to add liquid and don't have a lot of heat.

The cheese will keep for up to a month, and the whey will last for several months.



I only did a few spoonfuls this time, so ended up with about 1/3 cup each of cheese and whey.

Have you ever done this before?  How do you use your yogurt cheese and whey?  Or, if you decide to try it for the first time, what will you do with it?








Monday, June 30, 2014

Promises, promises...

Last time I was here, I promised I'd write about my April Florida trip in the next post.

Well...


That's not gonna happen.  Not only have I not edited those pics yet, but the kids have been here, meanwhile, for 3 weeks(!) and already gone... and I'm not gonna post about that either because guess where those pics are.  That's right. In the camera, unedited.

Hmpf.


I'm not without something to post about, though.  It is peony season.  One of my favorites. 


Are you familiar with the fragrance of peonies?

They are heavenly.

As such, I had a brilliant idea to infuse the decadent scent of virgin coconut oil with the sweet scent of peonies, and then create a moisturizer with it.  Oooo.  Brilliant, indeed!

 
Yes.  Two firmly packed cups of fresh peony petals
 

 

 
Blended with one cup of melted coconut oil.
 
The plan was to strain the petals after the oil was infused and add a bit of shredded bees wax for texture and, voila... fragrant, nourishing, body moisturizer.
 
Looks promising, right?
 
 
 
Well.... [zerbert]  that didn't work!  It smells gross, actually.

[sigh]  I had such high hopes.


I strained it and set it aside for a future batch of deodorant.  I think it could be salvageable for that, at least.

Next, I'm thinking peony water [think, rosewater...]  I'll letcha know how that goes.

On the bright side, I do still have a bush full of beautiful peony blooms and buds.





Finding the blessings.




Saturday, May 31, 2014

A Spring Visit to a Vermont Horse Farm

Well, finally!  At least one post before May leaves us!  (And next month, I promise to post pics of the April Florida Trip.)

I visited a horse farm today with a friend who is quite the horse-woman.  Several decades ago, she and her husband were hired by John Denver to teach him a thing or two about horses.  Pretty cool, eh?




When we arrived, we were met by this fella.  He's a cashmere goat named Nudge.  He's a playful one and comes by his name honestly!  He's a good boy, though.  You just have to tell him no when you've had enough nudging, and he backs off.  It was totally adorable. :-)




And the view of pasture and mountains from the house.




It's stunning.




We were there on account of that pretty girl on the left.  She's due to foal anytime now and is showing the signs that it should be soon.  We were hoping to time it just right, but she didn't deliver while we were there - and as of now, still no baby.




I don't ever tire of the scenery here in Vermont.




This handsome boy is 35 years old!  Look at those eyes.




He was the sweetest, most affectionate horse!




When it was time to go, he watched us depart.  Loved him.



Sunday, April 20, 2014

The Sunday Social Blog Hop #11


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Welcome!

What Is The Sunday Social Blog Hop?

A virtual "Sunday Social", where we all gather together and share good food recipes and be an encouragement to one another with articles of spiritual and inspirational nature. Come join us, submit YOUR articles, browse around and visit a site or two and learn some new recipes and be encouraged!
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Sunday, April 13, 2014

The Sunday Social Blog Hop #10


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 Welcome!

What Is The Sunday Social Blog Hop?

A virtual "Sunday Social", where we all gather together and share good food recipes and be an encouragement to one another with articles of spiritual and inspirational nature.  Come join us, submit YOUR articles, browse around and visit a site or two and learn some new recipes and be encouraged!

This Blog Hop is being hosted by:

 What Can I Post?

All of your wonderful tried-and-true family favorite food recipes AND Inspirational/Spiritual/Religious encouragement type posts!

*Make sure and include either a text link or the blog hop button below (copy/save) in your linked post.
We would be pleased as punch if you wanted to put this button in your sidebar:

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 How Can I Be A Featured Blogger?

By linking up! Our featured blogger is chosen each week at random by our Co-hosts...and we hope to have YOU as our next featured blogger!
If you are selected as "Featured", make sure and grab your button (just copy/paste):

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**Please note: By linking to this Blog Hop you are giving us permission to link back to your post if you are featured. We will also include 1 photo from your post in the interest of sending visitors your way. So you don't miss a single Blog Hop, we will also add you to our e-mail reminder list.  For a little extra exposure/marketing BONUS, we will also "PIN" your submissions on our PINTEREST Board-HOP on over and check that out....HERE!  Just a quick reminder: All posts are welcome, however let's keep them uplifting, encouraging, respectful and kind...otherwise they may be removed**


 Let the blogging begin...