Thursday, September 19, 2013
Goat Fencing ~ Homemade Parmesan Cheese
I'm still hacking away at the garden weeds, and it's been a long week. Orion (aka Big Boy), has his "stink" on. You can smell him everywhere now. And guess who gets to babysit him, and water him? Ugh. Yep. Me. I need to call him "stinky la' pew."
I made a batch of homemade grout/tile cleaner, and another batch of homemade dishwasher detergent (50/50 mix of washing soda and borax, then I pour 1 cup of vinegar into the bottom of the dishwasher). As I was making them both, I realized I need to write up my fall "stock it up" list of supplies - salt, borax, washing soda, baking soda, vinegar, etc.
I am really enjoying a book I borrowed from the library, which is now on my "wish list" to buy for our homesteading library. I made homemade parmesan cheese using a recipe from Cookin with Home Storage, by Peggy Layton and Vicki Tate.
Although I found the recipe in this book, I found one blog (A matter of prepardness) that had made this recipe too. There are 3 ingredients - boiling water, dry milk, and lemon juice. You make your curds, and drain it, then dry it.
The original recipe requires you to dry it in an oven at 150°F for 120 minutes. Well, my oven does not go lower than 170°. Although I could have just shorten the drying time, I placed it on parchment paper, in my dehydrator, and it dried within a few hours. One batch filled only 2 trays. I ground it up (but not to a fine powder), and placed it in a jar. Also, you can see I let my "cheese" drain very well, and it spread out like crumbs.
We have not tried it on food yet, but I did taste it. I can't say the title fits the recipe. I found nothing "zesty" about it. However, this is about preparedness, and if I had dry milk in storage, this could be made. Tasting it, I just found it tasteless by itself. I had hoped it would make nice Christmas presents, but until I try it on pasta or something, I won't know for sure.
We finished the goat fencing. Hallelujah! If you happened to be driving by our place, you'd probably see my 16 year-old on the roof screaming to the world that it's done. Man that job took forever. There were always interruptions that kept us from finishing it - supplies, cash for the supplies, other emergencies, and weather. It's done. Phew!
They are calling for thunderstorms today, and I need to get out to the garden and see if we have any last potatoes. And possibly tomatoes.
I now have the bottle cap (felt/embroidered) necklace tutorial up at S.C.R.A.P. Blogspot.