You'd think it would be easy to buy unhomogenised milk in the country-side right? Wrong, in fact it is quite difficult to buy three things here in the bush, unhomogenised milk, any locally produced food and most deli items, oh, and I forgot, there is a fourth thing, rye flour!
But to stop me raving any more on supermarkets and food distribution systems, I can report that the other day I DID find a stash of unhomogenised milk at a supermarket and promptly bought the fridge out (there was only 6 litres and I got them all!).
Why you ask? To make cheese! You see I want to practise cheese making so that I am ready to rip when the lovely Geranium the Dexter produces her calf and allows me to milk her.
The other day I took the feta challenge and used 5 litres of my unhomogenised milk stash to make it. I was so nervous that it wouldn't work that I didn't take many photos, but I am pleased to say that it DID work and that I did take some photos.
So now that I don't have to declare failure, here are the curds draining - 5 litres made 3 baskets full of curds and these drained down to about half the size of each basket.
Here is one of the freshly drained cheeses - still quite soft.
And here is some of the feta stash popped in a jar with oil and rosemary, pepper and chilli.
It was surprisingly easy to make and tastes surprisingly good even though I made it with bought cow's milk and not with sheep milk as feta is traditionally made.
Yesterday, I had some of the marinated feta on a piece of toast with sun-dried tomatoes on top for lunch - heaven! Today, it is a feta and pistachio nut damper to have with pumpkin and parsnip soup.
I will have to think of more things to do with feta given that I have quite a stash. Got a feta recipe to share?
Thinking of trying to make some of your own cheese? Based on this one experience - do it, it is easy!
I'm off into town to see if I can find more unhomogenised milk!