I don't think I've ever mentioned Elk Cliff as the name of our farm. It's named after the small rock cliff above Elk Creek that runs along 2 sides of our property. I guess there were elk here at one time. Kind of hard to imagine.
We had our first fire in the wood stove for the season today. It feels and smells wonderful. I'll be tired of it in a few months but for now I'm enjoying it. Rain is always a good excuse to spend the day in my kitchen. I had accumulated more than 5 gallons of milk so making cheese was a must today. My regular cheese press and mold/form doesn't hold that much cheese so I used my newly made mold. One of our stainless steel stock pots had a pin hole in it so I cut the bottom out of it with a Dremel and a cutting wheel. It worked great.
I also decided to try making butter again today. Polly, my Nigerian Dwarf (thank you Mollie), has been giving me a good amount of milk lately for a dwarf. Her milk probably has more butterfat than my other goats so I decided to keep her milk separate today and use it for butter making. I put a pint of it in a jar, along with a little cream that stuck to the jars I poured milk out of to make cheese, and shook it for about 30 minutes. I got at least 1/4 cup of butter from it. I'm thinking I might keep a pint of a different goat's milk each day and do the same and see whose milk I get the most butter from.
As I said in my profile of this blog, most of the things I do is by the seat of my pants. Today I decided I should start keeping journals of my cheese making so if one turns out really good I can repeat it. I still don't do that with my wine making. It's always a surprise. I'm going to try to be more disciplined and organized. We'll see how this goes.