We had a very productive and exhausting day today! I also do more loads of laundry on Mondays than any other day since I typically take Sunday off from laundry and if we are in the garden, laundry often does not get done on Saturday either. Anyway, I changed things up a bit from my original schedule. We recently weaned the baby goats, so we are getting lots more milk. I made goat cheese as well as some other caramel sauce called cajeta. It is actually a Mexican caramelized candy. It took basically all day to make, so I did not get the blackberry jam made. I am going to have a more detailed post about our cajeta making adventure, but as soon as I finish this post I am going to attempt to get a quick nap before I have to begin supper. Plus, I still have laundry to put away as well as my bed to make since I washed the sheets today!
Above is a picture of some fungal tincture which I made with a recipe from Bulk Herb Store. It was not on my original list, but we have been having some problems with ring worm around here ever since December when a little girl at church had it, and then my daughter got it, then it has continued to go through the family. I think I should be able to use this tincture for other external ailments if needed.
I made three loaves of Chocolate Zucchini Bread which is the last of our zucchini from our garden last year. We hope to eat a loaf tonight with some of the cajeta I made!
Wyatt (my three year old) helped me with the goat cheese. He loves the cheese hot when it is freshly made! The other children do too, but he seems to like it the most. I canned three half pints and let the children have the rest. I used 6 quarts of milk for the cheese and used garlic salt, oregano, basil, and thyme for the spices. I also added three tablespoons of butter which made it taste even better! Butter and bacon grease seem to make everything taste better!
The granola turned out to be more like granola bars because I let it set too long without stirring it! Anyway, it is still delicious! Now we have some bars for quick, not as messy snacks!
Our next project was the cajeta or Mexican caramelized candy. I saw the recipe in my cheese making book, and I thought it would be fun to try. Unfortunately, it took three hours from start to finish with constant stirring! My two oldest took turns stirring with me for which I was thankful! It took three quarts of milk. It turned out to be delicious! I will share the recipe for it tomorrow. I cannot wait to try it on the Chocolate Zucchini Bread tonight!
My Goals for Tuesday:
- Blackberry Jam
- Hot Cocoa Mix
- Cream of Celery Soup
I think the remainder of the week should stay relatively the same except I already have the zucchini bread made. The zucchini was already put in the fridge to thaw yesterday, so it needed to be used. So did the blackberries, but they are still sitting in the fridge waiting on me to do something with them! We are almost out of jam, so I really want to make some in case we do not get to pick any blackberries this year. However, it looks like we have tons of apple trees and crabapple trees on our property in Michigan which should be fun and yummy. I have never done anything with crabapples before other than maintenance to the trees when I used to work for a landscape crew in high school and college! Anyway, hopefully, I will have the energy and time tomorrow to get all accomplished I desire!