Monday, December 04, 2006

leche del amor

for those of you who don't know, we have a milk cow. tabitha milks her daily. we get about two gallons of milk per day. this milk is heavy with cream. we at the pile of o'melays drink a ridiculous amount of milk per day. breakfast farina made with milk instead of water, multiple peanut-butter and jelly sandwiches with milk, bowls of cereal and many random glasses of milk throughout the day and at meals. tabitha and i both use lots of cream in our morning coffee and have butter production is in full swing. tabitha also makes different cheeses, spreadable, grate-able and the really melty kind.
our neighbor gets a few gallons per week and there is still plenty to clabbor for the chickens. on top of all that there is usually three to four gallons in the refrigerator at any given moment.

the chickens are really slacking off right now. last winter they didn't hardly slow down and now we might get three eggs per day. i am tempted to put a incandescent light in their coop to keep them warmer and trick them a bit. although, i don't really like to artificially stimulate anything so i struggle with this concept. we'll probably ride out this lean time and let them naturally produce what they will.

merlin is weaned and living up at grandpas. he is fully integrated into the mini herd there. we'll let him grow for several more months and then it'll be merlin burgers around...

the meat chickens are a grand success. tabitha puts one in the king-sized crock-pot with veggies and spices and we have a couple of meals from it. we then make a two and a half gallon pot of chicken-noodle-soup from the remaining meat and carcass. this equates to several lunches for the kids and usually a dinner during the week. the kids love-love-love this chicken soup. it is filled with healthy veggies and spices from the garden.

the canned tomato sauce usually makes for a couple more meals weekly and we usually try to make "karl's famous tofu" at least once per week. we also try to weekly have a butternut squash or sweet potato with some of the pork that grandpa raised. ground beef from the local cattle butcher and tacos from that are a big hit. the garden still has some beets and swiss chard we'll see how things fare after the snow melts this week.

just a post to document our diet. it'll be interesting to read it later and see how things have changed--or not

8 comments:

uncle matt said...

Woohoo! Let's hear it for major dairy consumption! That kind of milk would make GREAT mochas! Not to mention a great way to wash down those Merlin burgers and his feathered little barnyard friends! How about Merlin CHEESEBURGERS?!

uncle matt said...

tofu?

squire said...

Sounds like the "homestead" is coming along. Congratulations.

happy and blue 2 said...

tabitha sure seems to do a lot of work. Does she have a single sister by any chance, ha,ha..

Danielle said...

I'm all about hearing about your food consumption! I love food!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the info. This is probably a dumb question, but can you make soap with cow milk like you can with goat milk? Lastly, how difficult was it to find a good milk cow?

stella said...

the chicken egg thing is frustrating but i feel it's important to give the girls a break in the winter. i know i wouldn't want to pop an egg out of me year round!

our 30-ish girls lay between 1-4 eggs per day right now. they are also finishing up their annual molt so that doesn't help with production.

not to mention, this is their 2nd laying year and chickens only produce eggs for 2-3 years. next spring we plan on getting new chicks to start the cycle over and start culling out the older hens.

one thing i found to be helpful was to freeze eggs when they were over abundant in the summer...crack them and gently break up the yolk in muffin tins, 1 egg per cup and freeze then pop out and store in a zip lock bag. then, just thaw out a few as needed during this period.

Anonymous said...

It really is too bad we don't live closer...I'd love to barter baby photography for milk :)

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