Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Sour Raw Milk and Hiding Veggies in Brownies?

I bought too much raw milk the last time I was at the farm and a gallon of it started to turn. It really wasn't all that tasty to drink anymore, but I didn't want it to go to waste. After doing some research, I learned that when raw milk starts to sour, it is still good for you and chock full of healthful enzymes. When pasteurized milk sours, it just goes rancid and you best dump it down the drain. So, not needing any more yogurt, I decided to make a simple fresh cheese.

1 gallon of raw milk heated slowly, stirring often to 180 degrees F
1/4-1/2 cup apple cider vinegar added once the milk reaches 180 - start with the 1/4 of a cup and add a little more at a time, slowly and carefully increasing the heat, stirring until the curds separate from the whey

Drain into a cloth lined collander. String up the cloth and let the whey drip out until a solid cheese is formed.

It's super-yummy - kind of like a more moist, fresh-tasting feta.

My 4 year old calls it "fast cheese" and when he eats a bite, he runs around the house as fast as he can!

PS...don'tcha just love my countertops!? LOL! They are original 1950's! As ugly as they are, they're great. They wipe clean and I can place hot pots directly on them.

My daughter is NOT a fruit and veggie lover. I followed all the advice in her early years of solid food, but as soon as she turned 18 months, she turned her nose up at all her favorite fruits and veggies. Now, I hide them in whatever I can (while also working towards her eating them the way she used to). Yep, there's veggies in these brownies. And there's no chocolate! I used the Carob Brownie recipe in Nourishing Traditions, but modified it.

Instead of butter, there's pumpkin
Instead of 1 of the eggs, there's baby food sweet potato that my daughter refused yesterday
Instead of rapadura, I used sugar and honey
I added some peanut butter chips just for good measure to try to encourage my kids to eat the "cake." Plus, I've been craving peanut butter and "chocolate" together.

1 comment:

sunnymum said...

We've been trying to do the same thing, sliding veggies in wherever possible. The easiest I've found is homemade mac & cheese with pumpkin or squash puree mixed in. My children love pasta!