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I made my first Edam for the year yesterday (as per the recipe I posted on the "how to section"). It was a tad surreal, because the little one in the picture is off to school now, and the "baby" that I referred to feeding, was the little one helping me this time. I do have to admit though, I was a tad less easy going making the maiden cheese of the season, compared to the relaxed feel when I had been making lots of it!
I brined it this morning and it's in the Aldi "cheese cave" now. I did make the mistake of only using 7L of milk, instead of the usual 10L or 20L that I had been using. It produced a small cheese round, almost not worth the bother, but I think I'll make them that size again, but make multiples of them at a time.
I'm also waiting for the humidity to decrease and then I'll do a few camembert, which I didn't have success at last time.....(too much sad stuff going on in my personal life to really be attentive to the camembert!).
Actually, just writing this I'm starting to get excited...I'd forgot about 30minute mozzarella and how great it is to have on toasted sandwiches, and how easy to make, then the ricotta in the cannelloni.....hmmm....must take one of the two calves of my dear Spot so I can bump up the milk production!
Its also been about 10 weeks since she freshened, so I think I can try my luck at preg testing her with a tail bleed. Fingers crossed my bull has done his job.
Its actually quite funny, from purchasing one cow (Spot the Jersey) I now own...Spot (the Jersey), her three daughters, Raisin (3yo), Skye (2yo) and Sugar (10 weeks old), and Raisin's steered son, "Bot", and Skye's daughter "Anna". I also have "Chuck" (almost 2yo) Spot's foster steer, who will go to Freezer Camp in a few months time, and Spot's new foster steer "Caramel", (10 weeks old), who will go into the freezer in about 2 years or so.
We own the bull too...which we don't want to sell on, so we will now sell on any heifers we get, but will keep the heifers we have already. Evidently its okay to breed sire back to daughter, but not to grand-daughter. I hope that they produce all bull calves from now on, so we can sell them or grow them out, without wishing that we could keep them!