This morning after doing the animals and having had a breakfast of mince meat, eggplant and tomatoes, I did some harvesting. Beans, more eggplants, cherry tomatoes and parsley were all picked. I also had a bag of chillies from last week in the fridge that needed processing and a whole heap of chokos. Another batch of chilli choko sauce was in order!
First we had to process 4 days worth of milk from our cows. Tom separated the cream, we got about 750ml of cream today! Some went in the fridge for use, the rest is sitting out for 24 hours and I will make butter with it tomorrow. I used some of the skim milk to make a solid curd “frying” cheese, haloumi style. I made the curds by adding lime juice (we currently have an abundance of limes) to the hot milk, then I scooped the curds out into a cheese mould and placed a weight on top to make it solid. I also put a yoghurt on, which is sitting overnight in a “wonderbag”, an insulated bag which will keep the yoghurt warm so the bacteria can do their job. And I put yoghurt culture into some skim milk, which I will leave for a few days and then make a cheese from.
Another batch of Kombucha was ready and poured into bottles and I put another batch on. Then it was time for the chilli choko sauce.
I chopped the chokos after peeling them and taking the core out. I halved the chillies and put them in the blender together, with some salt and the juice of 2 limes. I blended that up and poured it into a pot. I added some honey and boiled the mix for around 1/2 hour, after which the thick mixture was poured into sterilised recycled jars.
I harvested even more chillies which I will dehydrate tomorrow to make chilli powder. I do enjoy my Monday preserving day!
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