Make Your Own Goat Cheese “Chèvre ”
Goat milk and cheese have many benefits when compared to cow’s milk. Goat milk and products are less allergenic, easier to digest and match up to the human body needs far better than the cow’s milk.
I recently tried and discovered that goat cheese making is fun and simple!
You only need some fresh, preferably unpasteurized, raw milk, cheese culture and some non-iodized salt and spices if desired.
You also need a stainless steel pot, wooden or stainless steel spoon, colander and cheesecloth.
Note that cheese making involves conditions that encourage the growth of bacteria, so make sure your milk has been properly handled, otherwise you will be encouraging the growth of “bad” bacteria.
If you intend to eat it immediately or maximum in a week, you can use apple cider vinegar or lemon juice – 250 ml (approx. 1 cup) per 4 liters (approx. 1 gallon) of milk. Otherwise you’d need the cheese culture.
- Heat the milk to approximately 30 degrees (86 degrees Fahrenheit) (the exact temperature seems to depend on the culture you use).
- Add the culture or vinegar or lemon juice, and stir well.
- Cover the pot and let set at room temperature for about 2-6 hours.
- Put the curds gently into a cheesecloth-lined colander.
- Tie the corners of the cheesecloth together, and hang over a bowl to drain for couple of hours. I left mine in the colander to drain, and it worked fine. A shorter draining time will produce a spreadable cheese, while a longer draining time will produce more of a solid texture.
- Use your hands to pat and shape the cheese into a desired form.
- Add some non-iodized salt, and if you want herbs, garlic, spices – use your imagination!
The goat cheese should stay fresh in the refrigerator for 1 week.
The whey leftover is a very healthy drink, unfortunately it does not taste well. I used some of it for making berry smoothies together with some honey and cinnamon.
What’s your experience with cheese making and whey leftover?
All-Natural EASY DIY Deodorant That Really Works
Commercially available deodorants are packed with dangerous toxins, cancerogenic substances and endocrine disruptors.
Unfortunately, even hen the label says ALL NATURAL and/or ORGANIC, the product may still contain some controversial ingredients.
The rule is – if you can’t pronounce even one of the ingredients it is most likely unsafe to use it!
Also note that antiperspirants likely contain aluminum, and that aluminum may be absorbed and deposited into your breast tissue and significantly increase your risk of breast cancer!
Fortunately there are safer alternatives, simple and easy to make at home, that really work and do not cost a fortune.
My favorite is to mix some coconut oil with a small amount of baking soda (make sure you use pure sodium bicarbonate!) and add the few drops of essential oils.
If you are really not into making it yourself you can order it here CREAM DEODORANT 100% PURE & TOXIN FREE
- 2 tablespoons of coconut oil
- A pinch of sodium bicarbonate
- 2-4 teaspoons of arrowroot powder
- Few drops of essential oils. Tea tree or lavender or geranium are some good options
- Mix vigorously in a glass recipient all of the ingredients.
- Add few drops of your favorite essential oils. I normally add a drop of tea tree oil (anti-bacterial, anti-viral) and a drop of lavender or patchouli essential oil for scent.
- Pour it in a glass container with a lid and store at the room temperature (or put it in the fridge if it is too warm). This preparation has a long shelf time – just make sure you don’t touch it with wet fingers.
- To apply: rub a TINY amount in using your fingertips. Allow your skin couple of minutes to absorb in order to avoid the oil stains on your clothes. If it does not work the very first day, be patient – your skin sometimes needs up to a week to adapt.
Remember to avoid citrus essential oils during the summer months as they may cause the dark spots on your skin.
- Always use glass or stainless steel recipients and utensils when using the essential oils as they may interact with plastic and some metals.
- If you have sensitive skin, please note that sodium bicarbonate may cause irritations due to its ph that is different from ph of our skin, so skip it or use even smaller amount of sodium bicarbonate and use more of the arrow root powder and essential oils. Keep essential oils to 2% of the total weight. Always consult an aroma-therapist or your doctor about essential oils usage and safety.
Voilà – that’s really it.
Food On, Love In & Out 🙂
Carrots & Coffee Sun Tanning Oil Recipe
This sun tanning oil attracts the sunlight and it is quite effective. However, please note that it offers very limited SPF protection and it is best to be used together with the sunscreen. Step 1. Chop up two medium size carrots and add 300ml (two cups) of filtered water. Simmer the carrots for about 30 minutes until they are soft. Step 2. Add 4-5 teaspoons of instant coffee to the pot, stir in and simmer for 10-12 minutes. Step 3. When cooled completely, pour the mixture through the strainer and discard the carrots. Step 4. Add around 150ml of oil(s) to the liquid. Olive oil, hazelnut oil, walnut oil and almond sweet baby oil are all great. You can add of any of these oils or mix them to your liking. Before going out you can also drink some freshly pressed carrot juice to increase the effect 🙂 This Sun Tanning Oil will keep for about 2-3 months. Refrigerate for maximum freshness. Do not use oils that smell rancid.
If you are too busy and not into DIY, we can make it for you. Here is a link to UNDER THE SUN – 100% Organic Nourishing Sun Tanning Oil – a fine blend of 10 different oils all known for many of their virtues in protecting, nourishing and rejuvenating the skin and, of course, for speeding up the tanning 🙂
- It’s suggested to put a layer of sunscreen under the tanning oil to prevent serious sunburn.
- Make sure you put the sunscreen first. Click here for Natural Quick Sunscreen Recipe. When the sunscreen is fully absorbed by your skin (it takes around 20 minutes) you can apply a thin layer of your home-made sun tanning oil.
- Be careful and watch out closely for signs of sunburn! This oil should not be used for fair skin.
- This Sun Tanning oil is not waterproof, so be sure to reapply after swimming.
- Choose a designated towel you don’t mind staining up.
Food On, Looking Great 🙂