so much milk

A week after Fiona was born, we started separating her from Emma in the evening. Then in the morning, my husband milks Daisy first and then Emma. We’re a week into this new system and Emma is giving approximately 2.5 gallons each milking; Daisy gives a little more. 

About Emma’s milk: it’s soooo different from Daisy’s! After less than 12 hours of chilling (actually, more like only five hours!), the cream is so thick that it crinkles when you skim it. And the milk itself tastes different — richer, not as strong-flavored, and sweet. I am beside myself. 

Here’s a run down of all the ways we’re enjoying the fresh milk.

Ice cream! Mid afternoon, I blend up an egg, a splash of vanilla, and a half cup each of sugar and milk. I mix it real good, so it’s light and frothy and smooth. Then I pulse in 2 cups of cream and pour the whole thing straight into the ice cream maker. 

About 15-20 minutes later, soft serve vanilla! I transfer it to a different container and pop it in the freezer. By the time dessert rolls around, it’s scoopability perfection. Served with a fruit crisp or cobbler, or fresh sugared strawberries and granola, we can eat almost the whole thing. The little bit that’s leftover is a lovely addition to smoothies.

Smoothies! Just this week I bought a new blender.

I’ve been eyeballing an upgrade for months now and when I saw that Costco had one on special for a hundred dollars, I sprung for it. (Amazon, $150)

one of the three blender pitchers: this one’s the extractor

The thing is amazing, and now that it’s hot weather, I have a feeling we’ll be reaching for the yogurt and milk about twice as often as before. Here’s a banana strawberry licuado (before the Ninja).

The first night we had it, we made piña coladas (no milk) before bed.

Baking! Currently, I’ve been making buttermilk ricotta pancakes (because when you have a lot of milk, you double the dairy). 

The night before, I mix the drys and blend the wets and then smack ‘em together first thing in the morning. 

Yogurt! I’m not a yogurt person, but I’ve actually been eating whole bowls of it for my breakfasts and/or snacks.

roasted strawberries: maple syrup, wine, balsalmic, olive oil, salt

Lattes! So my younger son has been volunteering at the local thrift store one day a week. Days my younger son volunteers at the local thrift store, I’ll get random texts from him: Want this fan? (Yes.) A set of plates? (No.) How about this clock? (No.) Then yesterday, while my husband and I were standing in Costco debating the merits of various blenders, he texted, “Want an espresso machine?” 

“How much?” I wrote back. “Does it work?”
“Ten dollars. I’m testing it now.”

So now I have an espresso machine and I’m YouTubing my way through how to steam milk, pull shots, and make lattes and cappuccinos.

It’s loads of fun and we’re all drinking a lot of coffee, but it remains to be seen if this is just a fun toy or an actual piece of equipment that’s worth the kitchen realestate it take up. 

And speaking of kitchen space, I may need to add on to my coffee stand since my son also got me this spiffy coffee grinder a few weeks back.

Butter! We did it again, but this time with the cream at a cooler temp. While it came together in five minutes, the yield was disappointingly low. We’d used a mix of Daisy and Emma creams, so maybe the low yield was because Daisy’s in the later stages of lactation? Or maybe it’s something else we’re not doing right? But I’m not giving up yet. My snazzy new blender comes with a dough blade, which I think should be perfect for butter making. And it has a lid that locks so I don’t need to hover, whoop! 

I can’t wait to transition from store butter to homemade and start stashing it away in the freezer for all my winter baking.

This same time, years previous: in the bedroom, black lives matter, the quotidian (6.3.19), mama said, when the studies end, sour cream ice cream, buttered bread with radishes.


  • Elva

    My friend, Thomas, has a Jersey cow, and he makes LOTS of butter. He brings skim milk for my pigs a couple of times a week, and he gives me all the butter I need. He refuses money for these gifts, but readily accepts cookies or brownies. He told me he uses a Ninja blender that his aunt got him from a thrift store to make all the butter, and he makes a lot. A few months ago, when I amazingly had some money, I told him to pick out a blender on Amazon, and I would buy it for him, since I haven’t had to buy butter in a couple of years! I wanted to do this in case his used blender died. I can’t remember which model he picked, but it cost around one hundred dollars. He makes really great butter, and he says it is very easy to make with the blender. He also makes ice cream, but I don’t really like ice cream that much. Now that my own cow is dry, I am getting Jersey milk from him, and it makes great yogurt, and the milk is extra delicious!!

  • ccr in MA

    So much fun with milk! Who knew?

    My mother volunteered at a thrift store for years, and half of what she owns, at least, came from there. Deals too good to pass up!

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