Monday, July 20, 2015

Meet the Girls

Presenting Our Milk Cows


Life is kinda funny how we never know where we will go and what passions we will pursue.  I find it extraordinary that a person can live in the city and by chance move to the country and find a passion that grows daily!
I have found my passion MILK COWS!
The learning curve has been steep but I hope to share all that I have learned with others and strive to breed the perfect family Jersey cow.  Perhaps a cow that existed around the early 1900's.
A family milk cow does and has always played a vital role in providing nutrient dense food to her homestead.
SHE IS WORTH HER WEIGHT IN GOLD!
Due to the amazing impact a milk cows brings to your homestead, I want to share the qualities I find important in finding your perfect family milk cow.
HEALTH
I Can't stress this enough.  It is so important to test your dairy cows yearly and know their background.  
Chances are you will drink raw milk and it is very important to know the status of your cows health BEFORE  you drink her raw milk.  Our herd is tested every May for the following dairy diseases:
TB (tubercolosis)
Bang's
BVD (bovine viral diarrhea)
Johne's
Q Fever
BLV (bovine leukosis virus)
She must be free from mastitis.
GENETICS
On this subject I don't necessarily mean the most popular American dairy genetics.
I PROMOTE AND PRACTICE GRASS-FED GENETICS AND DAIRYING!
Remember if you want to a grass-fed cow you must choose grass-fed genetics.  If you want to feed grain then choose accordingly.  We follow holistic management and strive to follow a Westin A. Price influenced diet, so for us our milk cow's level of nutrition is directly linked with our level of nutrition and health.
   Our herd sire is "The Balladeer of Branched Oak Bruno" purchased from Ben Gotschall of Holt Creek Jerseys in Nebraska in 2012 and we have been very pleased with Bruno and his offspring.
To read more about grass-fed genetics and information about Bruno go to:holtcreekjerseys.com
We believe an "easy keeper type cow" is desirable for a family milk cow. Maintaining body condition  while lactating on a grass-fed diet is very important to us.


We want to introduce you to the girls!
I will be adding more cows and information, but to start with here is:

RAINEY Born July 14, 2013
Her mother is a registered Jersey named Dolly and Bruno is the sire.  She has a super sweet disposition and is absolutely gorgeous.  Grass only body condition.  Her mother was one of the friendliest cows I have owned and Rainey has the exact personally of her mom.


Dolly x Bruno





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Nickel is from one of our favorite cows named
Penny (funny name).  Penny is one of our
cows milked for Cole's Creamery raw milk.
She is consistent, small statured, very agreeable
and enjoys being milked.
We have high hopes for Nickel!

NICKEL born September 10, 2013

Penny x Bruno
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BELINDA





Meet Belinda the daughter of Blackie (Jersey x Holstein).  Blackie is used to provide milk for Cole's Creamery and is very reliable.
Belinda was born October 2014 and is sired by Bruno.  She will have an ample supply of milk.

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BRUNO


OUR HERD SIRE



PHOTO TAKEN AUGUST 10, 2015

Bruno remains in great condition despite our dry and very hot temperatures.
We have owned him almost 3 years and he maintains great body condition in all seasons.



Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Chocolate



Chocolate


We have been making chocolate and have been so sweetly surprised how easy and delicious making your own chocolate can be.   We mold the chocolate for bite size pieces in a chocolate mold (link is below), pour nut clusters onto wax paper  and make peanut butter cups in mini muffin liners. This recipe is so easy and fabulous tasting you will never go back to main-stream chocolate.
A good place to start......
CHOCOLATE M0LD FROM AMAZON
http://www.amazon.com/Freshware-30-Cavity-Silicone-Chocolate-Jelly/dp/B003VPW0V8/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1417840530&sr=8-3&keywords=Chocolate+mold
Chocolate 101
Ingredients:
Coconut Oil (I use Tropical Traditions or Premier, but your choice)
Maple Syrup (I use organic)
Cacao powder (cocoa powder), I use Valrhona 
Vanilla Extract (I use homemade)
Sea Salt

Directions:

Very Gently melt 1/4 cup of coconut oil (crucial). I barely warm the pan then move it on and off heat.  

Add 1/4 cup cocoa powder and whisk into oil

Add add 2-4 tablespoons of maple syrup or your preference.

At this stage you may add.

A dash of sea salt
1-2 teaspoons of vanilla.
Roasted nuts, fillings, essential oil such as peppermint, coffee, toasted coconut; then pour onto parchment paper, mini muffin liners, or in the silicone mold shown above.

Put into the refrigerator until set, enjoy and store inside the refrigerator.

Point to stress:
Do not allow even a drop of water in your recipe.
This is why I do not use a double boiler.
If chocolate thickens you may for a second at a time apply heat. CAUTION
If you overheat it will separate (seize) and be unattractive (we want beautiful).

So many wonderful things to do with this recipe such as put chocolate in a mug and add steamed milk for hot chocolate.

You can double this recipe.
This recipe fills about half of the chocolate mold.  I try to make smaller amount at time because I will eat the whole thing. ;)
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Recipe for Healthy Chocolate
1/4 cup coconut oil
1/4 cup cocoa powder
2-4 tablespoons of maple syrup
1-2 teaspoons of vanilla or more to taste

Monday, November 10, 2014

Bruno's Daughters



Bruno's Daughters

                                    (Our future milk cows)



  Two years ago we made Bruno our herd sire in our quest for grass-fed genetics, excellent body condition on grass, and healthy udders.  We believe Bruno has brought these characteristics to our herd.  These expectations with added calm demeanor from his offspring have greatly added to our farm's holistic goals.  Here are a few pictures of  our future milk cows.

Rainey
Easter


Nickel
Belinda


Thursday, October 9, 2014

How to make kefir.

KEFIR


GETTING READY TO MAKE KEFIR!






KEFIR POURED FROM JAR AND READY TO STIR THROUGH THE STRAINER




Kefir is a super resource for probiotics and is very delicious to drink plain or add to smoothies.
I bought dehydrated grains from Cultures for Health and developed stable grains that I have been reusing for almost two years.

Here is my quick and super easy method to make kefir using Cole's Creamery raw milk.

1.  I designate a glass pourable measuring cup, wooden spoon and plastic strainer specially used only       for kefir.

2.  I have a clean quart jar with an unbleached coffee filter held with a metal ring or rubber band to put strained kefir grains inside.


3.  I put a small amount of kefir into the strainer and stir the grains causing kefir to strain into the measuring cup.

4.  I put the grains I have worked in the strainer into the clean glass as I strain the kefir little by little.

STRAINED KEFIR GRAINS






5.  When all of the kefir is strained, I pour the kefir back into the jar that held the unstrained kefir.  I put a lid on the jar and refrigerate.

KEFIR GRAINS (LEFT)  FRESH KEFIR (RIGHT)
6.  Back to the clean jar holding the grains:  I pour milk right out of the refrigerator over the grains and put the coffee filter held by a ring on the jar.  No heating. No stirring.

7.  I leave the jar for 24 hours then strain again.

The jar needs to sit in a warm draft free area away from anything that could contaminate the culture.



ANOTHER GREAT THING IS I SHARE KEFIR GRAINS WITH COLE'S CREAMERY MILK CUSTOMERS!





Wednesday, September 18, 2013

One of my Favorite Places


Look at the height of the sorghum cane.


One of my Favorite Places

Recently my husband and I went to the Sorghum Festival at

Homestead Heritage.

We were interested in seeing the process of making sorghum syrup from cane to syrup.
As always Homestead Heritage did an outstanding display of educating attendees of lost homesteading skills.


They offer many classes in various homesteading crafts.  I took the cheese making classes and use these skills everyday.  I hope to take many more...

Our lunch was divine!
(reservations are a good idea)



Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Great article about Raw Milk


Great Information about Raw Milk

Heidi Jersey Cow



This is great resource for raw milk information.  The visual is great with concise information. Great information to share with children!



http://www.thehealthyhomeeconomist.com/why-milk-matters-and-why-its-not-just-for-baby-cows/

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

The Truth About Pasteurization

The Truth About Pasteurization

Please click on the link below and watch the video by
Dr. Axe, he does an excellent job explaining how proteins, enzymes, and beneficial bacterias react to various temperatures.

CLICK HERE

I love the thermometer he uses to illustrate and explain types of pasteurization.
This is a great reference tool to guide you in choosing dairy products and recipes best suited to fit your health.