Farmhouse Cheddar for Beginners

Farmhouse Cheddar By Ricki Carroll Ingredients: 2 gallons whole milk  (You can use raw milk or store-bought) 1 packet direct set mesophilic starter or 4 ounces prepared mesophilic starter 1/2 teaspoon liquid rennet (or 1/2 rennet tablet) diluted in 1/4 cup cool, unchlorinated water 1 tablespoon cheese salt Cheese wax (optional) [repost: Directions: 1. …

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Homemade Ricotta

Ricotta is the easiest cheese to make -- hands-down.  You can use all lemon juice or all vinegar.  If you use all lemon juice, it will have a lovely fruity flavor and will yield very soft curds.  If you use all vinegar, you will have a tangy flavor and will yield firmer curds.  I like …

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9 More Survival Skills Your Great-Grandparents Knew

[repost: Written by: Rich M How A while back, I wrote an article called “Survival Skills Your Great-Grandparents Knew.” It turns out that it was one of the most popular articles that has appeared in Off The Grid News, which got me thinking. What other skills have we lost — skills that were part …

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