Tuesday, December 16, 2008

~ Amazing Milk ~

Monday morning was the first day since Jan delivered her calf that I kept milk for the house. It is wonderful to have fresh milk again. It simply tastes pure.....I can think of no other way to describe it. I kept six quarts yesterday morning and another six quarts this morning. We are big milk drinkers and it will go fast. Tomorrow morning I will run the milk through the cream separator and start saving cream until I have enough to make a fresh batch of butter. I will continue to do that in the mornings until we need whole milk again for the house. In the evening I give milk to the barn cats ~ they lap it up quickly and I love to see them with their frothy milk mustaches :)
I have several butter customers and milk customers who buy whole and skim. Even so, there is always milk left over. I've been keeping my eye out for another calf to purchase to feed the excess milk to but have found nothing so far. Perhaps Santa will bring me one :)



11 comments:

Joanna said...

All the milk sounds oh so wonderful. I can only imagine what farm-fresh butter tastes like, never had any. I'm sure it's one of those things like my eggs, once you've had 'em, can't go back to store-bought crap. I may try goat butter one day.
http://www.motherearthnews.com/Real-Food/1975-05-01/How-To-Make-Butter-From-Goatmilk.aspx

kristi said...

So, do you do home deliveries?LOL Even as an adult I always have a glass of milk & a cookie (or 2) before I go to bed. I also am a huge milk drinker, hate coffee and tea, but love milk! Hope Santa hears your wishes!!

Claire said...

I am interested to read about your milk. We are hoping to start milking some of our goats in the spring for the first time. I have some Nubians and apparently they produce enough cream for goat butter. I hope I will have lovely jars like yours!

Far Side of Fifty said...

Homemade Butter! Nothing better than butter! :)

Candy Duell said...

Homemade butter YUM. Your post sounds great. Are you still letting the calf nurse? How much butter do you make at a time? I have made butter years ago, but now I dont know anyone with a cow for me to get the whole milk from.

Christy said...

That is a lot of milk! That's why I'm going to start with a goat, we don't drink that much milk so I need to learn to do other things with it before getting a cow. It is exciting to have all the fresh milk!

DayPhoto said...

Do you have a creamery in your area that takes your extra cream? We use to here, but it was sold. Once that happened it became hard to get rid of all the extra milk. Very few people over here wanted fresh milk so we had to move into meat cows.

Hoo Ray FOR YOU!

Linda
http://coloradofarmlife.wordpress.com

threecollie said...

Great minds...I am working on a milk post too

Rebz said...

Yum! I am right there with you- I have been the proud owner (slave to) Clara Belle for about 2 months now. And I agree that milk milk milk is something to give thanks about. I make the joke that my kids have to beg for water, I always say, "here, drink milk."
And my mom says that all she wants for Christmas from me is as much butter as I can spare. Which is a lot since Clara's night milkings separate into just about half cream.
I followed threecollie over here today. Glad I did.
XOXO
Joce

Egghead said...

Oh if we were closer I would be buying that yummy milk from you. I love fresh whole milk and the cream....to die for. We used to hand milk our cow when I was growing up and there is nothing better.

Throwback at Trapper Creek said...

Isn't nice to not have to drink the stuff from the store! My kid calls it paint.

Can you get the 1/2 gallon wm canning jars in your area? They work great for milk, taking up less space in the fridge because they are twice as tall as the qts. Ball also has replacement plastic lids for food storage that work good too.

Love the calf :)