When making Chevre Cheese from goats’ milk you instruct: Warm milk to 80 degrees by setting pot in a sink full of hot water. Stir in buttermilk; mix well. Add 2 Tbsp of diluted rennet. Stir well and cover. Let set at room temp for 24 hours or a little longer. It should look like thick yogurt. Drain curd thru a clean old pillowcase or piece of clean sheet; cheesecloth won’t work; you’ll lose a lot of cheese. Line a colander with this and pour curds slowly into center. Hang to drain 6-8 hours or til dripping stops. Am I to drain the curds at room temperature as well as the 24 hours after adding the rennet?
No, you only drain the curds once and that’s after you add the buttermilk and rennet and let it set for 24 hours or longer. — Jackie
Since finding you, your column plus the magazine boy the adventures in my life seem to keep coming. My husband does nothing but laugh at the new things that I am trying however he is a willing guinea pig so I guess it works out. My latest one was not something I was looking for, but since it presented itself I figure I better run with it. In doing a lot of research for this one and no answers I am hoping you can get me further down this road. I was given “Rum Vinegar” by a friend and would like to know if you have any suggestions on how to make the “mother” so that I can continue to make this. I would go back to my friend who made this originally but as he tells me something of an accident. I can find scads of things to do with it but not how to replicate it. Any suggestions? or how too’s?
Salt Lake City, Utah
I have never even heard of rum vinegar, let alone know how to make it. Any readers out there have any help for Jill? — Jackie
Sewing in a zipper
My wife replaced a broken plastic zipper on a winter coat and now one side of the zipper fits the coat and the other side is an inch too long, sticking up and hitting my throat. The “bad” side is not bunched up. Why did this happen and how does she fix it?
It’s probable that the side that got too long was pulled on while sewing, effectively stretching that side. I’d suggest ripping the stitching on that long side then zipping the zipper together to see if it now fits properly. If so, pin the loose side in place and gently baste it in to hold it firmly. Then use a sewing machine with a zipper foot (if you don’t have one, do the best you can with a regular foot), sew the zipper firmly in place taking care not to pull it while sewing. Hopefully it will now fit. — Jackie