Eight Acres - the blog — dairy

Everything I know about making yoghurt

Dec 13 2017 1 Comment Tags: cow, dairy, milk, yoghurt

This is everything I've learnt about making yoghurt from powdered milk, raw milk, pasteurised milk and coconut milk!

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Kefir for beginners

Jan 14 2015 0 Comments Tags: dairy, kefir, milk

Most people have heard of yoghurt, but kefir, also made by fermenting milk, is less well known and just as tasty and benefitial for our health. The origins of kefir are shrouded in mystery, we may never know where it came from, but if you can get hold of some kefir grains for yourself and look after them, you will always have kefir, which has endless uses.

Kefir grains are a mixture of yeasts...

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Which milk should I drink?

Aug 29 2014 0 Comments Tags: dairy, milk

As you know, I only drink raw cow’s milk from our house cows in my daily kefir smoothie, and I drink herbal tea during the day. Recently a friend asked me if it was ok to drink soy milk. My first reaction was “no way”, but I thought I’d better do some research first, so that my friend can make an informed decision.



Of course, if you have access to raw milk from cows or goats, and you don’t have...

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Cheese-making tips and tricks

Mar 21 2014 0 Comments Tags: cheese, dairy, milk

We have lots of milk again, since Molly calved, but we never had much time for cheese-making, so here are a few tips that you might find useful when you need to make cheese in a hurry.


Make one big cheese rather than several smaller ones
We realised that most of the time involved in cheese making is all the heating and stirring. We decided to make the largest possible cheese, using our 10 L and 7 L...

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Waxing cheese

Nov 15 2013 0 Comments Tags: cheese, dairy

Up until recently we vacuumed sealed all our cheeses. This seemed like a terrible waste of the plastic bags, as you can't really use them again, and as our vacuum sealer lives at the back of a kitchen cupboard, it was also a real pain. I had a chunk of cheese wax, but I was too scared to use it. Then when Molly had her first calf, I was making so much cheese, I decided to just give waxing a go. I...

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Getting started with Homestead Dairy - summing up

Nov 13 2013 0 Comments Tags: dairy, getting started, interview

Over the past few weeks I've run a series of interviews with bloggers about getting started with homestead dairy, including everything from cows, to goats, sheep and cheese making.  This is a continuation of my series on getting started with growing your own (veges) and getting started with chickens, you can find all the interviews about getting started here.

Bella the giraffe cow
I have strung this...

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