Just cruisin’ on into the day

Here it is 6:30 AM and I’m still sitting at the computer.  I’m waiting for it to get light enough so I don’t have to use lights in the milk parlor.  I’m also being a bit lazy.  Heck, I don’t have to rush to get any where today … well, sort of I do, I need to get into the garden and get those &$!^&# seeds planted before it gets too hot to be in the garden!  Yesterday afternoon, Wally and I moved one of the raised bed frames down to the main garden with the intention of making two of the beds deeper, but the frames had warped so they wouldn’t match up.  Oh well, the frames will go into the scrap lumber pile and be used for some project.  While he was down there, Wally helped me dig the wire (Bermuda) grass out of the one bed that didn’t get cleaned out when I was last down there so the beds are pretty close to ready to plant it.  I’ll probably hook up the ATV wagon, load up the plastic totes and fill them with some goat compost to add to the beds before planting.  This weekend, while Wally is away, I’ll probably fence in the rabbit cage stands to keep the chickens out so I’ll have plenty of rabbit manure to add to the beds.  Ultimately, I’m going to start a worm population under the rabbit cages.  Ha! That’s where the warped raised bed frames can be used for: keeping the warms and their food (manure and spilled rabbit food) from moving out from under the rabbit cage frames.  Wally … you have a little project to complete this evening when you get home from work.  It’s a good thing Wally loves me as much as he does.  There is little rain forecast for the upcoming 10 days so we’ll have to water the garden which will be a bit of a pain in the butt because we’ll be dragging 150 feet of hose from the lower pasture to the garden and back again.  The ATV works well for that; somehow it’s a lot easier dragging hose when you are on the ATV vs. walking.

I do have to go out at least once today to pick up meat scraps and **hurray** Tractor Supply put the ShelterLogic we wanted on sale so I might swing over there to pick up the building before anyone else buys the one that’s in stock.  They may have more in their store room, but I don’t want to risk not getting one just in case the sale is limited to what’s in stock.  Hopefully that isn’t the case.

I only got five hours in at work yesterday.  It will be very interesting to see what the schedule looks like for next week.  Hopefully I’ll get my five days back.  I told Wally this morning that I hoped that he didn’t start schedule me on weekend days.  If he does, I’ll have to just do it, but I hope he doesn’t do that to me.  I almost put in for a day off next week, Wally’s off through Wednesday and it would be nice to have a day off with him, but I decided to just sit back and see what happens.

As I’ve been writing this, I’ve been thinking about what I want to do with the milk I get this morning.  A few days ago, I poured just-milked milk into a quart jar, covered it with a dish cloth and left it on the counter top for about 48 hours.  When the whey separated from the curd, I poured the curd off and hung it to drain.  The taste of this little bit of cheese was nothing short of extra-ordinary.  Yesterday I set out a whole pot of milk with the intention of re-creating the same type of cheese.  Hopefully it will work.  I’d love to get away from using purchased culture and rennet.  The goats are all milking very strong so I’m getting quite a few gallons of milk per day.  Wally and I talked about getting another calf to raise, but I don’t think we need that additional chore.  We’ll raise another one or two calves in the spring when the goats freshen again.

I guess I’ve procrastinated enough.  It’s light out and several of the goats are hanging off the gate looking towards the house.

Until later …

3 Replies to “Just cruisin’ on into the day”

  1. Glad you like the way the cheese turned out without using rennet and/or culture! So far, I’ve not had a bad batch yet doing it that way. . . I think I remember you saying you fed your critters the whey, but you can also heat that up to a boil and get ricotta…straining it thru fine cheesecloth or what I use is a white large handkerchiefs.. cuz ricotta curd is very fine.

  2. I didn’t think you can use the whey derived from soft cheese for ricotta; I thought it had to be from hard cheese.

  3. I remember doing it a few years back… and recently I found a couple youtube vids showing the same thing..

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