Gossamer Tapestry

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Monday, December 08, 2008

O Christmas Cheese

Thanks to my friend Gary, I may have finally gotten a reliable source of raw milk for cheese making. Even better, the milk that's available from this source is from Gurnsey cows. This milk has a much higher butterfat content than the Holstein milk that's more familiar. Las week I got a couple of gallons. On Saturday, I made some Camembert with it.

I noticed two things about the cheese. The curds are much firmer and set up quickly. I may have to reduce the amount of rennet that I use with this milk. The drained curds were much yellower for this milk than they were for my previous efforts at Camembert. Compare an earlier batch.

I think that the color difference is a reflection of the increased butterfat content. I'm really looking forward to trying this one. Unfortunately, it won't be ready until February.

We also put up the Christmas tree this weekend. Sunday afternoon Leon and I braved the cold to go pick out our tree. In the evening, friends joined us for tree trimming and pizza.

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At 11:29, Blogger Amila Suwa said...

Lovely Christmas tree, Doug. Good lighting.

At 13:15, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a FAT fabulous tree! I LOVE trees LOADED to the brim like that is..... and the CHEESE! We MUST get that cooler sometime this winter. You've made me hungry and I must now go eat some Tillamook Curds. Yes, I wish we could be singing around YOUR tree.

At 16:03, Blogger rodger said...

What a fabulous tree! I want to come to your tree trimming party next year. Especially if you promise to serve up some of that cheese.

I'm presently working on a cheese press so we can experiment before the weather gets warm again.

At 17:51, Blogger Lemuel said...

In response to "O Christmas Cheese", I can only think of Monty Python: Blessed are the Cheesemakers

At 08:42, Blogger Doug Taron said...

Amila- Thanks. I forgot to mention that we changed to the new LED lights this year. I really like them.

Mark- Trust me, if you attended a tree-trimming party with me you wouldn't want me singing. You wouldn't want me singing under any circumstances.

Rodger- You guys need to kick your cheese making experiments into high gear. What kind of design are you using for your cheese press?

Lem- Well, obviously, this is not meant to be taken literally. It refers to any manufacturers of dairy products.

At 22:57, Blogger Ur-spo said...

apparently my comment disappeared!
I was complimenting on how nice the tree and the cheeses looked.

At 22:23, Anonymous Anonymous said...


The tree is gorgeous!!


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