Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Sheeps Milk Cheese if EWE Please



Sea of Eve


Sea of Eve is extremely flavorful. This cheese is enhanced with local hot peppers and not overwhelmed by them. Bathed in sea salt and then aged, the end result is a creamy textured cheese with a mild, balanced flavor finishing with a hint of hot summer peppers
If you haven't tried Sheeps Milk Cheese yet...here's an opportunity to broaden your pallet and delight your taste buds! Sheeps Milk makes a beautiful creamy cheese with a mild balanced flavor that pairs perfectly with your favorite bottle of wine and also makes a delightful table or cooking cheese. Don't just take this Shepherdesses word for it though...try some for yourself!

Willow's Wool


Willow's Wool is a semi soft sheep milk cheese with mild buttery tones that ages to perfection with a nutty finish





 
Honoring Eve & Willow, two lovely twin ewes who willingly grace our milking parlor everyday with a bountiful yield of creamy delicious milk. Their gentle nature and unmatched beauty is a priceless treasure to know!

                             The Wonders of Sheep Milk Discovered
by Julie Daniluk R.H.N. (Registered Holistic Nutritionist)
 Why should a consumer choose to purchase sheep milk based products? The advantages of sheep milk products are numerous.
In a recent study, 83% of patients preferred sheep milk over any other milk substitutes including; soy, goat and rice milk. 99% of those patients were found tolerant of sheep milk over an average of 34% tolerant to soy, goat and rice milk. It was notable that the severity of the allergy symptoms were relieved by simply substituting sheep milk where ever the patient would normally use cow milk.
 Apart from its incredibly low allergenicity and remarkable taste. The nutritional value is truly something to be excited about!
Sheep milk contains twice the percentage of calcium, phosphorus, iron and zinc than that of cow's milk. Plus sheep milk fat is 25% MCT (Medium Chain Triglycerides). These healthy fatty acids are easily digested and not stored in the body as fat. They prefer to be burned as fuel. MCT's do not raise LDL (bad) cholesterol. 
 Sheep milk contains approximately 5.5% protein in comparison to 3.7% in cow milk.

Monday, June 27, 2011

Local Fixins'

the breakfast of champions

Supporting our neighbors by keeping purchases local! The blueberries and the pork sausage were found at the South Hill Farmers Market and the rest was all straight from our farm. You can almost taste it huh...here's my pancake recipe so you can! :)

Sheep Cakes:
3 cups flour 
3 tsp baking soda
1 1/2 tsp salt
3 tsp sugar
3 farm fresh eggs (fresh makes the difference)
3 tablespoons oil
2 1/2 cups sheeps milk  - barely blend, pour onto hot griddle and add blueberries before flipping! YUM!!


I highly recommend checking out the markets in your area for fresh food, you'll be so glad you did!

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Masterful Mozzarella

I'm not sure if there is anything better than fresh, warm goats milk mozzarella! There's a quick & easy way to make it...and then there's the way that takes a bit more time but reaps LOTS of yummy benefits! Because I'm time challenged much of the time, I went with the quick & easy method and used the 30 Min Mozzarella Recipe today...grab some milk from your goat (or your neighbor's goat :)) and give it a try! 

the stretch

still stretching

the delicious results

a goats milk mozzarella completed pizza!

I usually re-use the whey from all my cheeses and make Ricotta or Crumbles but the whey from the 30 Min Mozzarella Recipe will need to be recycled by feeding it to your farm critters - my doggies love it too. 


Friday, June 3, 2011

Honeysuckle

Honeysuckle and  her happy airplane ears
Two years ago a flighty, airplaned eared doe complete with huge horns and 2 wayward neck waddles joined our lovely dairy goat herd. I did not know her breed, genetics or personality. Her entry to the farm is a story all in itself, but that one I will save for another day. 

With her wild, untamed spirit and her hair the color of honey, it was obvious to me that her name should be Honeysuckle. From the very moment she stepped off the truck, I was determined to not only milk her but to tame her as well. I had so much to teach her! And so the teaching began....when I called her to the barn, she would run the other way...sneaking up on her also proved to be the wrong approach. And so I turned to bribing her with sweet grain and alfalfa, but wooing her grew tiresome. She still would not budge. After months of this routine and feeling unappreciated, I gave into her determination and let her be.

When her first set of kids arrived, I dreaded introducing her to the whole milking routine and wondered if it would even be possible. After all, I have to be able to catch her in order to milk her! My determination kicked in again and this time I had no plans of giving up. 

One particular evening, I prepped the parlor for milking as usual, stocked the feed buckets and headed for the girls pasture. I noticed Honeysuckle near the gate, like she was waiting for me. Odd I thought. As I neared the gate, she started to bolt in the opposite direction and then in one brief moment - while stopping dead in her tracks. She turned around to look at me - ears straight out to the side and with a piercing gaze she began walking towards the open gate. Still as a statue, I stepped aside as she then walked through the gate and into the milk parlor. Shocked and confused as to what just transpired, I immediately went to praise and dote on her. She quickly gave me that Honeysuckle stare that undoubtedly said, don't press your luck lady. And so I did not...from that day on Honeysuckle and I have a casual milking relationship only. She tolerates giving me milk if I do it the right way...which is her way...no catching, no touching, no wooing sweet talk. She's all business and to think, it took her a whole year to teach me that!

2 days passed due with her 2nd set of kids and finally in labor

On one of the hottest days so far this year, Honeysuckle goes into labor. The labor long and intense, the stifling heat and humidity...and then to everyone's relief, the babies arrive!


Baby Pippa

Baby Patriot
Honeysuckle showing off her pride & joy

When you're 2 days old, this is all that really matters