Making Goat Cheese – A Simplified Process

Goat cheese, made from goat’s milk is considered a gourmet delight by some people. It has been used for many thousands of years and is one of the earliest dairy products. Its pristine white color and unique pungent taste has won the hearts of people in the Middle East, Africa and certain Mediterranean countries where it is readily available. The pungent taste of goat products depends on the kind of food eaten by the goats and so the taste of the cheese varies from pungent to mild. The … [Read more...]

How to Make Homemade Ricotta Cheese

Ricotta is technically not a cheese; it is a cheese byproduct. This is how it gets its name. Ricotta actually means “recooked” because the leftovers from making other cheese can be turned into ricotta in a few simple steps. Usually this would include the whey but that does not mean you cannot use whole milk. Avoid the hassle of making one cheese to get to another with this recipe, and have fresh ricotta at a moment’s notice. … [Read more...]

Add Mulling Spices to Your Mead for a Special Holiday Treat

Mulling Spices Have Been Adding Flavor to Drinks for Centuries Mulling is the ancient method of infusing spices into beverages like Mead, apple cider, punch, and other local favorite drink concoctions. The typical spices used in this process are cloves, nutmeg, allspice, star anise, and cinnamon, plus various fruit peels like orange, apple, and lemon are also used in the process. Mulling is a fantastic way to add warmth to holiday gatherings or to add a little drinkable zest to special … [Read more...]

Drying and preserving herbs in small spaces

Fresh herbs from a garden are one of the best ways to get good flavors into your cooking. Fresh herbs are also best for making medicines and dietary supplements. Unfortunately, in many parts of the country, it is simply impossible to keep herbs growing year round. This makes it necessary to keep a supply of dried herbs available. … [Read more...]