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8/18/11 3:19 P

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Oh yeah, those glass paddle type butter churns are really cool. Wish I had one. But then, I haven't wanted to separate out the butter. DH really likes whole milk and I like to use the whole milk for cheese. Some cheeses use skimmed milk though; like mozzarella.

I prefer to keep my milk in wide mouth 1/2 gal. glass jars--that's how I get it from the farm anyway. Wider mouth gallon jars would even work better for skimming the cream.

I just found a cow share in my community but though they really run a perfect farm--perfectly 100% grass fed and all that it's still $10/gal and you have to pay $10 up front to join and you have to commit to picking up your milk on a particular day of the week.

Right now I get my milk from a friend whose cows are out grazing in the pasture all day but they do supplement just a little with grain especially in the winter. I know this isn't considered "kosher" by many but really, this milk is SO good and makes the nicest cheese AND I can go up any time i want and get some (if they have it) AND it's only $5/gal. with no extra fee.

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8/18/11 2:28 P

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I was told to keep my raw milk in a glass container. You may want to transfer it when you get home

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8/18/11 1:19 P

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The milk comes in a plastic jug like grocery store milk so I guess I can pour it into a wide mouthed container to be able to ladle the cream off. I actually bought an old butter churn (glass jar with a paddle inside) at a thrift store so I'm going to try using that to make the butter with.

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8/18/11 12:01 A

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Yes, I make several kinds of cheese from my raw milk. Butter is easy--just ladle off the cream and shake it up for a while in a jar. Pretty soon you will have a lump of butter knocking around in a liquid we call whey or buttermilk. It's not like the cultured buttermilk you can get in the store though so don't expect that. It's more watery and can be used for many things--it's very nutritious.

I'm too tired, sleepy to write recipes right now but you can go to this website
www.cheesemaking.com/
and find out all kinds of neat stuff about cheese making.

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8/17/11 10:16 P

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Simply let the raw milk sit in the fridge overnight, then you can ladel the cream off of the top. That's the easiest way without buying a separator.
I have made butter but found it very difficult to get ALL of the buttermilk out. I used a stand mixer and after the cream separated, I squished with a wooden butter paddle. Then washed in ice water. Repeat several times until water runs clear. I STILL managed to not be able to get all the buttermilk out. Thats okay if you use it all up fairly quickly. Otherwise freeze until you use? Perhaps..
I made ricotta once. Was the best tasting ricotta I've ever had. But be forewarned, it takes a LOT of milk to get a small amount of cheese.
I haven't made cottage cheese before, but I'm pretty sure ANI has..

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8/17/11 7:13 P

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I finally found a somewhat local source of raw milk - now I just need to know how to use it!-lol I was wondering how to separate the cream off so I can use it in coffee - any suggestions? I was also wondering if anyone has made butter or cottage cheese from raw milk and how they did it?
Thanks!

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But those who wait on the LORD
Shall renew their strength;
They shall mount up with wings like eagles,
They shall run and not be weary,
They shall walk and not faint.
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