....and inspiring some yummy things!
The Striff family in Worland has been enjoying so much Diamond S milk! Drinking it raw is, of course, the favorite, but last week Claire (mom) got inspired to make the kids a special dinner with the milk. Pudding. Pudding for dinner, you might ask? Well, let's see what Claire has to say about it.
"So I know that pudding isn't a typical 'dinner', but I wanted something easy and quick and special, not to mention high in nutrients for my growing kiddos! And if it was from a box in the store I wouldn't even consider it, but I have followed my mom's recipe found on The Healing Table website for many years. This specific recipe sweetens the milk with a small amount of honey and includes a couple eggs (adding to the protein and nutrients). My daughter is sensitive to processed dairy and gluten at the moment so I easily adjusted this recipe to be gluten free (with rice flour). It was a delicious hit, just look at the pictures!
Claire and her family aren't the only ones being inspired by Diamond S milk, check out this message I received recently!
Oh, how we love to hear what our customers are inspired to do with our products! So exciting, heartwarming, and rewarding for the Diamond S folks!
We are hard at work here on the ranch and in the dairy barn, be sure to order your dairy products for the Thursday deliveries to Ten Sleep and Worland or come to our little farm store in Hyattville for pick up. Don't forget to check on the products page each week, because we create something with every ounce of our product, and each week we will try to make something different to share.
Blessings and Happy Easter!
Dear Diamond S Delights Customer,
What a wonderful day we had yesterday , Thursday at Bee Healthy. Dream Cheese was a great hit. I hope you all will watch the video in our last blog, and want to try this at home, or order once per month from us. We will gladly share Kefir grains to all that ask. Thank you to those of you that stoped by or have already placed your orders. It was evident that everyone enjoyed tasting. Products we had and will have available different weeks during the month include Lemon Yogurt, Plain Yogurt, Cultured Butter, Kefir, Maple Kefir, Marinated Feta, Raw Milk, & Liquid Gold (thick whipping cream).
We have been developing our business products and trying different models/modes for the past few years. Most of you have been through the evolution of business changes with us and we’re thrilled you are still enjoying our products!
We have found that this lovely dairy business could easily take up all of our pre-dawn and daylight hours if we let it. Milking cows, sterilizing jars, chilling and bottling milk, making special orders of kefir, yogurt, butter and cheeses, and so on. In hopes of organizing for better efficiency and time management, we are wanting to implement a few basic standard procedures.
For our consistent customers who order weekly or bi-weekly, we want to make sure you have what you need when you need it and not get lost in the shuffle of special/short notice orders. Does this mean that you can’t order things on short notice? No, but we can’t guarantee we will have what you want/need for short notice orders, either.
First, we ask that you put your order the 21st of every month. Example: Order by 21st of March for your April dairy, and the 21st of April for your May delivery. This ensures we can organize the proper products to be made and bottled for you that month. Watch the product page middle of each month so you know what will be available and which week, then place your order by the 21st.
Second, we ask that you pay on or by the first pick-up/delivery of the month. Remember this ensures your order will be ready each week.
For our sporadic, special-orders only customers, we value your business and want to make sure you get your healthy and delicious dairy, too!
First, we ask you order 2 weeks ahead. While we can typically fill an order on short notice, giving us the 2 weeks courtesy allows for us to make sure we have what you need, when you need it. Does this mean that you can’t order things on short notice? No, but we can’t guarantee we will have what you want/need for short notice orders.
Second, we ask for payment in full before or upon receipt of your product.
For ALL Diamond S Customers:
Cash and Check are preferred routes of payment, however PayPal is set up and working on our website and is a seondary payment source. Fees are associated with this payment method and will be added to your total when invoices are sent. Venmo is another option with no fees and is available as of yesterday. To access this option type in Venmo@Kris-Robertson-6. Please feel free to discuss these options with us if you have any questions.
We ask that all jars AND lids be cleaned and brought back promptly (weekly if you are a regular customer or whenever the jar has been emptied for those who special order) in order for us to continually fill demand. We know jars have become somewhat of a desired item recently but jars you receive your dairy in must be returned, and used only for your dariy products.
When returning jars, please place them in the coolers marked Diamond S. This ensures the best possible storage and least possibility of breaking. If no coolers are available or they have been filled, jars can be placed on an empty shelf in the refrigerator.
Thank you for being a Diamond S Customer! Your time and attention to the above helps us keep organized and you to get your dairy when you need it.
We would love to hear from you, drop us a little note to let us know you read this AND to order your dairy… The calves are here so the milk is flowing!
Can't wait to hear from you!
Did you learn about Dream Cheese in our last blog?
All ingredients pure, natural and easily-obtained.
A great way to ‘up’ the probiotic content of any diet.
A simple, traditional process easily done in your kitchen.
Lasts up to a year—refrigerated—because it’s stored in olive oil.
What’s more, you can add your own herbs and flavorings to accent any family-favorite meal. No wonder it’s called DREAM cheese! Some of you have had our Dream Cheese. We created a wonderful spread made with our favorite herbs and sold it in a fresh cheese spread. As you know fresh cheese usually needs to be used within a week. Our Marinated Feta and this new version of Dream Cheese both made in similar fashion and marinated in organic olive oil so will keep for up to a year if always covered in olive oil.
Ready to try some??
Don't forget Thursday, March 18th - 10am till 1 pm join us at Bee Healthy on Main St. in Worland!
We'll have kefir grains to share, raw milk,
lemon yogurt, dream cheese, marinated feta cheese. See you there.
Interested in making your own?
Watch this video:
Raw milk, kefir grains, sea salt, cheesecloth, kitchen string, herb or spice flavorings (optional), olive oil.
Ready to order the dairy to make your own Dream Cheese? Contact us. Hope to hear from you soon!
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It’s a delicious, easy to make at home cheese. In addition to being tasty, it is also high in probiotics. In fact, just two tablespoons of this per day can meet the general recommended probiotic needs for anyone!
How do you enjoy it? Well, this is a cream cheese-like substitute for pasteurized, additive-laden cheeses on common dishes such as:
Ready to try it?
LIVE DEMO AND TASTE-TESTING IN WORLAND, WYOMING!
Thursday March 18th - 10 am till 1 pm at Bee Healthy. Please stop by while shopping for your weekly vegies or other organic groceries. We will be there to visit, give samples and get you signed up for our weekly dairy deliveries.
Want to make your own? Be on the lookout for our next post on how to easily make your own Dream Cheese!
Quick update from the Ranch!
Calving season is heavy upon us and our Dairy Gals are doing their part. This handsome little dude is a great mixture of Guernsey, Hereford, and Jersey and his momma is just the sweetest and ready to be a great milk producer.
Make sure to contact us to get your dairy order in!
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A Little More Culture in Your Life
I am not sure if you have noticed a recurring theme throughout the dairy posts. Well, let me sum it up.
Is our cultured buttermilk the same as regular store bought buttermilk?
In a word, no. Regular store buttermilk is made from whole milk and cultured with a dehydrated culture, usually thicker and sweeter than our cultured buttermilk which is made from our grass fed A2 heavy cream. At Diamond S, we culture it usually a full 24 hours for added digestibility, then chill it 24 hours, then bring it to the correct temperature to churn butter. (We have found 50 to 55 degrees is the perfect temperature.) This buttermilk is a bit more tart but makes wonderful pancakes. Scroll down to the end of this post to check out buttermilk pancakes with 3 variations to suit your fancy! Sometimes a few of the globules of the butter remain in our buttermilk.
Cultured butter on the other hand is what we set out to make with heavy cream, our "liquid gold"! We culture the cream with a small amount of the buttermilk from the previous batch (if we have it) or a small amount of fresh kefir as our “starter” culture. The cultured buttermilk is strained off first then the butter is cleaned and packaged. Here's a great YouTube presentation you might like that walks you through this whole butter making process. Both cultured buttermilk and butter differ in taste, texture, and even appearance in some cases as opposed to regular buttermilk and butter.
Both versions of buttermilk can be enjoyed in its natural state but is best known for use in recipes as a source of added nutrition. Cultured butter and regular butter also have similar uses in recipes or eaten regularly. Remember though, the added “culture” in dairy products adds tremendous nutritional benefit.
Butter and more specifically cultured butter has been discovered to be a terrific addition to coffee in the morning! Check out this fun post on “bullet proof” coffee! This is Kris' go-to morning drink...only she of course uses our cultured butter. I also like this post from The Nourished Kitchen because it gives a good brief on cultured dairy products of all kinds and their use.
FRIENDS! Guess what?? It's time to order! Yes it it's getting very close. We have three cows in the barn the last several very cold nights awaiting arrival of their new calves and they didn't disappoint!
Meet Valentine, she's our newest arrival born February 14th!
As always, dairy products are made according to the supply of the cows and demand of the customers. Contact us to learn more about our next batches of cultured dairy including buttermilk and butter. Buttermilk is best consumed quickly but butter can be ordered in bulk and frozen to be used throughout the year!
Did you know that cultured dairy such as raw milk yogurt and cultured butter has the same probiotic benefits as lacto-fermented veggies such as real sauerkraut?? AND it has all the added benefits of preformed vitamin A, beta carotene, vitamin K2 and CLA that is found in dairy!
Pictured here is lemon yogurt topped with berry/honey combination and creme fraiche on top. A wonderful desert .
We have explored Raw Milk and Kefir in earlier posts. While yogurt is similar in benefits as kefir, it still has its unique uses and health reasons for consuming it and also has a flexibility in its use above and beyond the raw milk and kefir. Let's explore yogurt a little more.
Yogurt is made from milk and a “starter” culture and brags of being a super-food full of live probiotics, good calories, and being high in protein as well as rich in vitamin A and calcium. These provide benefits for the entire body from the skin to your gastrointestinal tract to your bones. Not to mention, great on your taste buds!
Why is yogurt made from raw milk better than pasteurized milk yogurt from the store?
As with anything, you know your source of the milk. It is pure, clean, and healthy! Can you say the same for the dairy products at your local grocery store? In addition to that, raw milk yogurt tends to be richer and have a more diverse array of beneficial bacteria than that from pasteurized milk. Yogurt probiotics are in their most natural and digestible state.
How does Diamond S make yogurt?
By now you may have read a few articles about making yogurt from raw milk and you’ve probably found that there are about as many ways and theories of making yogurt as there are beneficial elements in it (millions). And everyone has to find the way that works for them.
We think Diamond S has found our groove with yogurt and it’s a tasty groove, for sure! We have made and sold everything from plain and vanilla yogurt to entire parfaits with organic fruit and homemade granola! Yum!
Not a fan of yogurt but want the benefits?
Yogurt holds a unique ability to not only be consumed in its natural state but can be used/disguised in many other recipes. We talked in a previous post about how kefir can be used in smoothies, popsicles, and more. Well, so can yogurt. It can even help thicken and preserve homemade mayo!
In addition to the above ideas, yogurt is high in lactic acid which is key in pre digesting grains by means of soaking them in recipes to reduce the amount of phytic acid in the foods you eat. To learn move about this and why you should sprout or soak the grains, nuts, and legumes you eat, check out these two web pages.
Intrigued and ready to enjoy some yogurt?
Contact Diamond S to see when the next batch of plain, fruit or lemon yogurt will be available.
P.S. Get ready for a little "culture", our next blog is about cultured milk!
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