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Fromage Blanc

Fancy French for white cheese. This soft cheese is very easy but everyone will think you are  tres magnifique when you serve it! 

Since getting Cocoa, our family cow, I've been attempting to make cheese and other dairy items from raw milk.  It can be tricky.  I must admit I have had a few failures ~ rubbery mozzarella, sour cream that didn't thicken.  
But this Fromage Blanc was a huge success and  will certainly be a "go to" recipe at the Red Farmhouse.
First you start by warming the milk.

Then add cultured buttermilk and lemon juice.

Let it set for a few minutes until tiny curds form.

Pour into cheesecloth and hang to drain.

Salt and season to taste. I added Italian seasoning to mine. Pack into a dish.

Serve with crackers, veggies, on a sandwich, or just dig in with a spoon. It's rich & creamy.
Homemade Fromage Blanc from raw milk ~ delicieux!

Recipes for cheese can be found in  Mary Jane Toth's, A Cheesemaker's Journey. Cheese making supplies can …

A Few New Ewes

Many of our sheep came from St. Jude's Farm in Texas where they have bred a beautiful flock of Jacob Sheep.  Soon after we got Jacobs we sought them out because we loved the look of their sheep.  Fred and Joan Horak of St. Jude's have become sheep mentors to us and sweet friends.

Six of our ewes and one ram came from their farm last year.  Now with their flock closing, we decided to bring a few more home. 

It was interesting to watch them greet each other after not being together for a year. For the most part the three new ewes are sticking together but they are seen hanging out with their old friends and making new ones too.  It was so obvious that some recognized each other and immediately started grazing together.

Duchess is leader of the new girls.  She acts like royalty living up to her name. I bet she will be second in command after Precious, our flock matron.

Audelia is one I really liked in the beginning. She seems sweet but shy.
Alexa is cute and has amazing fleece.

Milking Parlour Tour

Welcome to the milking parlour. I'm really happy with how it has turned out. It's proven to be functional and efficient.

This is the main work area.  The stainless table and shelving from Sam's Club made the perfect work surfaces.  That way I can keep them clean.  All the necessary milking equipment and cleaners are here along with milk pails for milk too.

We chose an E-Zee NuPulse mini milker mainly because the pulsator is not on the lid of the bucket which makes it easier to clean.  It has a 4 gallon pail that is the perfect size for a family cow. The Gast 3/4 horse power vacuum pump regulates the flow at just the right pressure.

We also opted for the in-line filter.  It easily unclamps for a fresh filter to fit inside at each milking.  This way the milk is filtered before it even hits the pail. 

This is the machine that cleans the machine.  If you invest in a milking machine, you should also get the Clean-in-Place (CIP) Bucket Washer.  It makes clean up quick and easy!…

Rain, Gentle, Rain

Our summer rains generally come with high winds  and crashing thunder.  Occasionally, tornados.
But today,  I only hear the pitter patter on the metal roof  as I watch small droplets widen the puddles outside.   It rained yesterday and might tomorrow too.

Our pastures need it badly. So, I'm rejoicing in the rain right down to my toes.

All the ways of the Lord are loving and faithful. Psalm 25:10


a few new pages have been added to the blog.

Family Cow our newest adventure

Farmhouse Features  gives you quick access to our most asked about features in the farmhouse

Farming for Fun not Finances answers why we do what we do
Check them out~

Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and your plans will succeed. Proverbs 16:3

Blackberry Picking

It's blackberry season on the farm and the vines are loaded.

This morning while I watered the flower garden  and watched Cocoa finish her breakfast,  I picked blackberries.

Today, I think there is enough for a cobbler.  Maybe with a little fresh cream. ;)

John 15:5 I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, You will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.

Seven S-Squared Lambs

All of our lambs have arrived and are growing like crazy.

We chose names associated with their sire or dam. This year they have our farm name too.
I thought you might like to meet them~

Rocky is a lilac ram that belongs to Jared.   He picked the name.  Cute!
Copper has amazing dark black fleece like his dam  and crimpy fleece like his sire.

 Flash just has a few flashes of black but fleece that I can't wait to dye and spin.  I've never seen such wide horns on a lamb.

 Tinsel is really cute.  She will be going to her  new home in Texas this weekend.
Calico is very friendly and always comes up to me  when I'm in the pasture except when I have my camera.

 MacArthur is just nice.  Perfect face markings.
And last but never least, Zip.  He lives up to his name  and zips around the pasture.
 He's my favorite especially when I see him from behind. ;)
Psalm 114:4 The mountains skipped like rams,  and the little hills like lambs.