Monday, April 18, 2011
This is Bertha.We love Bertha. Every day she gives us 3 1/2 gallons of wonderfully creamy milk that we can then drink and turn into butter and yogurt and cheese and many other things. It is great to open my fridge and see all of the fantastic dairy products that we get from her. Just one problem though. EXCESS. Trust me, I am NOT complaining one bit about this. 3 months of having her though has now filled my freezer with mozzerella cheese and butter and my fridge with milk and yogurt. As a matter of fact, pretty much the only things in my refriderator is milk yougurt and eggs, which I also have a fantastic surplus of. Which leads me to the question, can I can milk at home? I would think so. I mean, the way I have always looked at it, if you can buy it in cans at the grocery store then you should be able to can it at home, right? I I set off to do some searching this last week and found this article on the Mother Earth News site telling how to can milk.So here are my plans for this week. I am going to set out to preserve our abundance of milk for future use when she is not in milk. Will we need it then? I don't know. My 2 goats should be at peak production at that time as long as they are actually pregnate and due in June when I have figured. BUT since this is my first experience breeding goats, I might not have succeeded. Time will tell. But the one thing I do know is that IF those goats aren't pregnate then I will most deffinately have milk canned for those 6 weeks. If the goats are in milk? Well, some problems in life just make you smile!