Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Pics of does for sale & how to make butter

Here are some pictures of the 5 does we have for sale. If you have any questions, feel free to email me ( Also, they have empty udders in the photos :).

Dream Weaver's MoReen,
Icthus VML Champagne Kiss,
Good Goats Double Bubble,
Adams Funny Farm Daisy Mae,
Good Goats Amarelli Chicci,

The cow saga continues... we got the new (bigger) inflations in the mail yesterday. We tried them yesterday night, but they were too big! So we tried the small ones and they worked pretty well. The hoses needed some adjustment but we milked her out with the machine. But then, this morning it only milked out about half, and I think it was partly user-error, but maybe not. We don't think the pulsator is working though, since it has "worked" but not like it should. Just something else to throw us for a loop... if anyone knows how to work these Surge milkers, that would be great (maybe it's just us, but it's not the easiest machine to figure out!)!

The weather has been nice - raining a little almost everyday. We were going to clean the doe barn out today (*needs* to be done), but it started raining so they are all in there again and it won't happen now that it's almost lunch time.

Oh, BUTTER! I have made a few batches and it's turned out GREAT! I am going to weigh it, but from one gallon of milk I have been getting about 1/4 lb of butter. It tastes great and takes only maybe 10-20 minutes, depending on how much I make. Here's how I do it.

Take your cream, put it in the blender. Blend for about 5 minutes or until you see the butter separated. Let it sit for a minute or two so the butter rises to the top. Pour the buttermilk off (and save for baking if you want). Then take ice cold water and pour it in the blender with the butter, and blend for 30 seconds. Pour that off. Take your butter out, and get as much liquid out as you can. Salt it, and enjoy! I usually form it into a block and put it in a bag in the freezer for a little bit, as it is pretty soft right when you are done making it.

Have a great day,