I like to make things from scratch. Bread, jam, pickles, salsa, crackers. If I eat it, I want to make it at least once.
However, these things do not always work out.
First I made bread. I learned on whole grain flours(which took a while. I made a lot of bricks!), moved on to fresh ground and sprouted wheat. I even dabbled in gluten free baking for a while.
Then it was canning. Jams and jellies, pickles, salsa, tomato sauce. My basement is filled to the brim with delicious canned goodies.
My current challenge is cheese making. I got this book, and am working my way through it. I’ve made the soft cheeses, ricotta, paneer, mozzarella(yum!!), all with great success. Then I tried my first hard cheese, a 1 pound farmhouse cheddar. All was well. It was made and waxed and went in the basement(which is in the proper temperature range) to age for a month.
Time to see how it turned out! I cut the first slice and everything looked wonderful. I cut a slice and took a bite. Cheese! But also…not cheese. It was pretty close to inedible. I peeled the wax off the whole cheese to examine it more closely.
This is what I found. Totally disgusting, moldy cheese. Yuck. My first try at hard cheese was a total failure. On to the next try, then. I am determined to make a good hard cheese.
In the meantime, this cheese made my chickens very happy.