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Homemade Maple Sweetened Condensed Milk

| dairy, Farmstead Cookery, maple syrup, recipes

Sweetened Condensed Milk

It is so easy to make a healthy sweetened condensed milk substitute using less than a handful of real food ingredients. Slowly warm them in your slow cooker and use it for baking your favorite desserts! We’ve  hashed out the pie vs. cake question here before. (You know, the really big matters in life.) And we’ve all take […] Read more…

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~My Side of the Milk Bucket~

| Cattle, dairy, In the Barnyard, Jersey cattle, Uncategorized

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{I Heart Raw Milk}   {Splish Splash} {Our Dolly, Holly}     {Sweet Stella Vanilla} {Dandy Candy} {I Got A Little Sloppy, Don’t You Think? *Hangs Head in Shame*} {Candy’s Cream. Oh.My. Go’ness.} {The Most Yellow I’ve Personally Seen} {Bright, Beautiful Buttah} “My Side of the Milk Bucket.” Sounds like a good series title for ranting […] Read more…

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~How to Skim Milk (The Hands-Free Way) VIDEO~

| dairy, In the Kitchen

{Equipment} 1 Spring-type Clothespin 1 Vinyl Tube, ¼" or more wide and at least 3 feet long 1 jar or container large enough to put the skim milk in. {Directions} •Put a jar of milk where the cream has risen to the top on a high surface, such as a counter or table. •Place the empty jar on a chair or on the ground (depending on how long your tube is.) •Slip one end of the tube down into the milk until it hits the bottom. (I like it close the the bottom "corner" of the bottle so I can watch it at the end. •Create suction to draw the milk through the tube. •Place the tube into the empty jar and allow the skimmed milk to flow. •Clip the tube to the rim of the milk jar so you don't have to hold it and walk away!

I’m busy. You’re busy. We’re all busy. I’m not just normal busy this year either. I’m scared about how I’ll get it all done and still find time to enjoy having a new baby, the sun rises, the smells of the earth busy. Having over 7000 extra square feet of thistle garden will do that […] Read more…

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~How to Make Your Own Sweet Cream Butter~

| dairy, food preservation, spring

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Butter used to be a project that took our foremothers all day. How wonderful it is that we can now whip up a batch of homemade sweet cream butter without much fuss or trouble and can even do other kitchen tasks while the homemade butter practically makes itself! Using a tool most of us have in […] Read more…

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~2013 Homestead Yields & Cost Analysis~

| 2013 vegetable garden, Broiler Chickens, Cattle, Chickens, cost analysis, dairy, In the Barnyard, In the Garden, our homestead, Pigs

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It may take a little extra time and effort to track and record what your homestead is producing, but at the end of the year, it is well worth the work when you see just exactly how much food you could grow on your land. I always have found it to be very rewarding in […] Read more…

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~2012 Homestead Yields & Cost Analysis~

| 2012 vegetable garden, Broiler Chickens, Cattle, Chickens, cost analysis, dairy, food preservation, homestead management, In the Barnyard, In the Garden, In the Home, our homestead

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Well it’s that time of year again.  The time when I get a cold shock of reality and look back at all the records I kept, determining the profitability (or lack thereof) of all the time and money invested into raising our own food.  As I look over the numbers and see where we’ve made […] Read more…

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~Whole Milk Ricotta Cheese~

| dairy, In the Kitchen, recipes

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I have been searching off and on for the past two years, as our cow provides, for a high-yielding ricotta cheese recipe that will produce a flavorful result and wonderful texture. While ricotta is traditionally made from the whey leftover during mozzarella cheesemaking, it is done by adding an acid, such as apple cider vinegar […] Read more…

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~Vanilla Pudding Recipe~

| dairy, Girls in the Kitchen, In the Kitchen, recipes

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I’ve tried many, many different recipes for vanilla pudding over the years. Since we’ve acquired laying hens and a family milk cow, I’ve been trying to find recipes that use up the largest amount of those ingredients as possible because let’s face it, vanilla pudding is a whole lot quicker to prepare than an angel […] Read more…

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~Week Four~

| 2012 vegetable garden, dairy, just a photo, onions, pregnancy

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1/22- No photos at all… we had a wonderfully full day, blessed with much fellowship. Quite out of character for most photographers, I never, ever take my camera with me and when I do, I’m far too embarrassed to actually use it. Part of me hopes that through this little project here, I’ll become more […] Read more…

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~Homemade Cream Cheese~

| dairy, food preservation, In the Kitchen, raw milk

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Today I’m sharing a cheese recipe that I haven’t had nearly as much trouble with as I have the mozzarella lately.That’s not to say that I haven’t had any trouble with finding a recipe for cream cheese that works for me. When our cow dried up last year, I had been trying several different methods […] Read more…

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