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wednesday--home made cottage cheese? apple butter, pumpkin butter


Wednesday, November 13, 2013

good morning everyone! it's an unseasonably cold morning here right now. yesterday was a weird up and down kind of day--but I managed to get some things accomplished. isn't it odd how something just kind of mundane can short circuit our thinking and throw the whole day into disarray?
need to get my running in, despite the cold--truly it is the one thing that balances me. moving along the roadways at the park with my paced music in my ears--I see the morning sun shaft across the meadows of bluestem, bluebirds keep pace with me in the trees that line the road, occasionally a deer bursts out of the underbrush or a great blue heron rises up from the wetland and flies along in front of me for awhile--bobbing up and down with each wingbeat, like an ancient pterodactyl. this time of year I stick to the roads--deer are in rut now, and the area hunters have them nervous. I don't want to surprise a nervous, rutting buck on the bike trails. I did that once many years ago and he followed me for quite awhile (you can move pretty quickly running backwards if you have to). never acted aggressive, but he certainly had no fear of me.
so today my agenda includes: starting to put the Christmas card design on paper, picking up my order at the coop, and beginning the process of home made cottage cheese!
I have a book called "Making the Best of Basics"--its sort of a survival book in that it has a lot of information on how to preserve and use very basic foods in many different ways. I have been wanting to try the cottage cheese made from powdered milk and today is the day to start the process. it uses junket rennet, which I found at the amish market, and buttermilk or yogurt to inoculate the milk. basically you heat and inoculate the milk, add the rennet and let it sit overnight. the next day you heat the curds, then strain them in cheesecloth.
I really want to find out what this tastes like for a couple reasons--one I just want to learn the process, and two, I would like to be able to make my own cottage cheese with ingredients that I know to be organic and not treated with "stuff". decided to try the powdered milk version first because it looks to be simpler. you start with a gallon of milk, and I am curious as to how much cottage cheese that will translate into. so its a big adventure for me and my big stockpot today!
I also got a couple recipes from a friend for crockpot apple butter--looks like I can halve the sugar and still get something useable and I have a big basket of apples in the basement so I have plenty to work with. she also gave me a recipe for maple pumpkin butter and I think I am going to try that too--not as much sugar in this one.
so that's my day in a nutshell--culinary adventures galore!
tomorrow--its breakfast with the breakfast club! have a great day!
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LIVEDAILY 11/13/2013 4:51PM

    You'll definitely have to let us know how the cottage cheese process goes! It's too late in the day for you to use this suggestion now, but it would be cool to see it in photographs. The apple butter and pumpkin butter recipes sound yummy. Trade you a jar of blueberry jam for a jar of pumpkin butter!
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JUSTYNA7 11/13/2013 10:43AM

    I am a lazy apple sauce maker... I have a corer and throw the apples in a pot and let them simmer. The end. Peels and all. Apple butter is just letting it keep simmering. I love apple butter on pizza instead of tomatoe sauce with some chili spiced chicken and peppers. Mmmm. What a great experiment to make your own cottage cheese. I think they are getiing better... less salt for sure. I usually eat the 1% and powdered milk would be skim... right? Let us know how it goes. Cottage cheese is my "go to" these days eighter with yogurt for breakfast or sauted with spinach for a hot lunch. Thanks for your comments on my blog. Humiliation was the perfect word to describe how I felt about clothes. You are right. My mom used to say "my Psychiatris used to say 'they are children... you are feeding them and they are happy, they will be fine'" and she smiled and thinks she did a great job raising us. She did in that we are all pretty great parents today... but I have no idea where we learned how to parent. I did terrible things growing up seeking attention and love. I am so grateful to have found an amazing partner of 35 years who has patiently "filled me" with all I need.

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JANET552 11/13/2013 7:31AM

    Your running path sounds beautiful! I love to walk and see nature and have a couple of areas in my town that I really enjoy.

Your day sounds so much fun! I am interested to hear how the cottage cheese turns out. I make apple butter but not in the crock pot. My version has to sit on the stove quite awhile though. The maple pumpkin butter sounds very yummy!

Enjoy!!

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