Well what are you waiting for!? If you've got a milk order, you can now do pickup at the shop - through the front door, in the fridge. We're still working on the milk barn, but now we're also using it for business!
For the rest of January 2016, come stock up on Mozzarella Cheese. It's 25% off, up to 4 pounds per order.
If you would like to make your own, it takes about 1 gallon of whole raw milk to make 1 pound of cheese. If you send me an e-mail, I'd be happy to share with you a recipe and how we make it here at the Diamond S. Do you have any favorite cheese or milk-product recipes? Please share your ideas with us, and let's make something delightful together!
Here is what we did today for a snack - made with fresh Mozzarella Cheese on a toasted kefir biscuit with ham and last summer's tomatoes dehydrated for winter use (at left). At right, Mae shared with us what she and Dusty had for supper using Diamond S Mozzarella.
What kind of culinary fun have you had with Diamond S Delights?
How much milk can a milk cow make when a milk cow must make milk....
Now look at that picture of Miss Bessy again. Look at her udder! Now, let's take bets on how much milk production she will work up to.
Keep in mind -on the 16th, she let us have 3 cups, and this morning was 1 1/2 gallons - but in a couple more days we hope Bessy will be adjusted to her new home without her calf.
The closest estimate to the actual production on Wednesday, January 20th, will win a pint jar of marinated feta!
To place your bet: Send me an e-mail or add a comment on our Facebook Page with your answer. Let's see how many we can get to try and guess what Miss Bessy can do. Pass her picture to your friends and family and have them send in their answers too! We'll announce the winner Thursday the 21st.
We finally moved Miss Daisy and Miss Hannah down to their new home yesterday! And your milk pickup will now be thru the front door in the frig right there in our little ranch store, at Diamond S Delights. We're still doing a lot of shuffling, but we are now officially milking there.
Somehow, in the midst of all this activity, we managed to purchase a new milk cow! But really, is there ever a good time to purchase a milk cow??? I've asked myself that so many times I can't count. We need milk if we want cheese though, and she is a sweet cow, for the most part, with what looks to be lots of milk.
However that could take a few days... Last night she let us have 3 cups, this morning 1 1/2 gallons, but in a couple more days we hope Bessy will be adjusted to her new home without her calf.
Thankfully this morning before daylight Gene went to check to see if the heat was still on at church and all three girls were almost to the corner of Cold Springs and Alkali roads, Miss Bessy was leading the pack...
I must tell you about a Christmas surprise that had me speechless - this wonderful new Diamond S Delights Sign!!
You have probably seen our milk barn going up this winter at our place. Well, the name of our milk barn venture is Diamond S Delights! Our little milk barn is where we are milking, aging cheeses, creating yogurt and other dairy treats, and delivering all of your milk orders.
But........ (yes there is always a "but" when you work on long range goals - we set our priorities and work toward them and we are never sure when they will come to fruition. It's all in Gods timing. Yes, sometimes the checkbook tells us hold on, patience is a virtue!) ... we continue to finish the front part of the barn. Soon, you will be able to pick up your milk and other Diamond S Delights.
Behind the store will be a cheese making room with a cheese vat that holds more than 3 gallons of milk, and a press that can press more than 2 pounds of cheese at a time! It will also serve as an aging room that will hold lots more than the small wine cooler now in our dining room. Behind that will be where we bottle the milk and wash all the equipment. And in the very back is the little milking parlor - come have a peek inside!
Working into a new business, (or as my best friend, business partner, ”husband” says “a place to keep me off the roads”) takes a lot of time and patience at our “young” age!! Who knows - maybe someday we’ll have 25 flavors of ice cream to taste when you stop by. Ok, that may be a little ambitious, maybe 3 or 4 is more like it! Or hard cheeses aging 365 days a year! Maybe butter, cheese spread and several drink options… oh, the possibilities!
Thank you to all of you who have guided, inspired and helped us on the journey of turning Miss Daisy and Miss Hannah’s milk into Smiles.
and HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL OF YOU!