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Offline Savayla

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Re: Alternative for Cola Tonic and coffee
« Reply #30 on: September 30, 2010, 10:35:03 pm »
I love PEcks anchovette, but don't buy it.  Why ?  Because it has a sell by date, and these types of things don't do well in my fridge.  Got tired of throwing away the almost full bottles, even though I stuck it on its lid !!   :2funny:

But Black Stuff, any Zimbos still call it that ?  Yip, Bovril or Fray Bentos or whatever it is called.  We still buy Black Stuff for my DD who loves it.  Yesterday she walked into the lounge complaining about something and DH and I just looked at each other and burst out laughing, not to her amusement.  She had a black nose from licking  the Black Stuff off her bread   :2funny:  :2funny: And we were meant to take her seriously ??? 

BTW, made my first mozzarella yesterday (Actually my third, but the first that has worked our well and stretched ) , so if anyone is interested in simple cheese making, I can give you the recipe.  Dead easy.  I broke down and used the microwave method as my first two were with the stove method.  Our microwave is used as a bread bin   :2funny: 

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Re: Alternative for Cola Tonic and coffee
« Reply #31 on: October 01, 2010, 08:51:33 am »
Glad somebody else has discovered that the microwave makes a perfect breadbin!!!  I thought we were the only loonies doing this.  :idiot2: :2funny:
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Re: Alternative for Cola Tonic and coffee
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Re: Alternative for Cola Tonic and coffee
« Reply #32 on: October 01, 2010, 05:37:15 pm »
Glad somebody else has discovered that the microwave makes a perfect breadbin!!!  I thought we were the only loonies doing this.  :idiot2: :2funny:

 :o , Why should I use the microwave as a breadbin if we have a breadbin??  :confused:
Now just tell me why do you girls "use" the micro for a BB?? Is it to "save" space or utilize space or to keep the moisture away or whatever reasons ??  ::)
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O'ja... Savayla, I'd like to know how you make mozzarella please??
If you don't want to put the recipe here you could PM me, no problem.
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« Reply #33 on: October 01, 2010, 09:20:01 pm »
I'd also like to know how to make Mozzarella please!
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Re: Alternative for Cola Tonic and coffee
« Reply #34 on: October 01, 2010, 11:12:41 pm »
We always had a breadbin in SA.  But well, our NZ kitchens have been small and I don't want to waste counter space with a breadbin - can't have any clutter - there would be no space to work!  And I have found the microwave seals nice and tight and the bread stays fresh.


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« Reply #35 on: October 02, 2010, 01:15:14 am »
We don't use microwaves for health reasons, but I don't want to get into that here !!  Personal choices ...   :2funny:  But as a bread, and chocolate bin, it works wonders !!! 

I will get the mozz recipe to you guys soon. 

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« Reply #36 on: October 02, 2010, 01:49:39 am »
Mozzarella

2 litres of full cream milk

1/2 tsp salt  (must not be free flowing but natural, as free flowing has agents in it (aluminium for those health conscious )

3/4 tsp citric acid (buy it in the shops at the baking section )

1/2 tsp rennet (can buy it in a cheese shop or bin inn , or can buy Renco, Jennet making rennet , in the cheese fridge, but use 1 tsp.

Thermometer

Cheesecloth



Pour  milk into a large stainless steel pot

Add the salt and citric acid.  Stir well

Heat milk to 32 degrees , then turn stove off.

Add the 1/2 tsp or 1 tsp rennet

Whisk into the milk

Leave to set for 10 minutes

The curds should have set.  If you get a spoon and put it at the edge of the curd, it should pull away from the side of the pot .

Get a long knife and cut the curds into 5 cm squares. 

Heat curds to 41 degrees.  Turn off.

Leave to stand for 5 minutes

Take a slotted spoon and ladle the curds into a cheesecloth which has been wrapped around a colander

Once all the curds are in, lift the cheesecloth and let it drain some more, squeezly gently, until no whey comes out. 

Keep the whey in the pot, do not throw out !!!

Take the curds, which should be formed into a large ball, out of the cheesecloth and place into a microwave bowl

Microwave on hight for 1 minute

Using a tablespoon,  press it from all angles and drain they whey out of the curds.  Keep on pressing and mashing gently, folding it, and draining the whey.  Do this until no whey comes out

Put back into microwave for 1/2 minute on High

Do the same until no whey comes out .  This time, add some salt and mix it in well.   Taste depends on you.  Mozz is quite a bland cheese, but about 1/2 tsp should do it. 

Cook again for 1/2 minute on High

When it comes out, it should be soft and sticky and shiny.  With your hands , pick it up and start kneading it and then pull it apart like toffee, it should stretch.  It will be very hot !!!!  Stretch it apart, fold, then stretch again, then form into a ball. 

If it does not stretch, you need to put it  back into the micro for 1/2 minute again. 

Place the ball into a bowl of cold water to cool. 

Can be eaten immediately. 

Add some salt to the whey, then place the mozzarella into this brine and store in a glass jar or tupperware in the fridge. 

Enjoy.  The more you make it , the better you become.  If it fails, then simply salt, roll into small balls, and use it in salads.  Still tastes good !!!

Can sometimes make ricotta from the leftover whey. 

Heat the whey to 85-90 degrees.  Add 1 Tbs salt and 40ml vinegar to the whey

Stir very gently, then allow the ricotta to come to the surface

Carefully skim the floating ricotta off the surface into a cheesecloth

Leave to drain and apply a little pressure overnight. 

there won't be much, but it is delicious. 

Feta is next on my list.  But for this you  need a certain cheese culture.  A press is not neccesary, but is also very easy to make. 

Will keep you updated.

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Re: Alternative for Cola Tonic and coffee
« Reply #36 on: October 02, 2010, 01:49:39 am »

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Re: Alternative for Cola Tonic and coffee
« Reply #37 on: October 02, 2010, 05:29:25 am »
 :clap: :clap: thanks! wow you are superwife!!

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Re: Alternative for Cola Tonic and coffee
« Reply #38 on: October 02, 2010, 06:42:53 am »

1/2 tsp rennet (can buy it in a cheese shop or bin inn , or can buy Renco, Jennet making rennet , in the cheese fridge, but use 1 tsp.



Oops, this was meant to say Renco,  JUNKET making rennet.  The only jennet I know of is the gennet cat in south Africa !!!

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« Reply #39 on: October 02, 2010, 06:45:45 am »
Thanks Frodo/ Maya.  Not superwife, just love to make my own foods as much as possible.   Always tastes better, and if not, then at least i know what went into it and that it was made with love  :2funny:

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« Reply #40 on: October 03, 2010, 06:40:21 am »
Thanks Frodo/ Maya.  Not superwife, just love to make my own foods as much as possible.   Always tastes better, and if not, then at least i know what went into it and that it was made with love  :2funny:

Still superwife and mom in my book!  ;)

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Re: Alternative for Cola Tonic and coffee
« Reply #41 on: October 03, 2010, 07:47:33 am »
Thanks Frodo/ Maya.  Not superwife, just love to make my own foods as much as possible.   Always tastes better, and if not, then at least i know what went into it and that it was made with love  :2funny:

We do exactly the same. Cannot wait to win that lotto and start our organic farm/lodge/restaurant outside Nelson... :)
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Re: Alternative for Cola Tonic and coffee
« Reply #42 on: October 03, 2010, 11:54:46 am »
Dang, i'm too late... MJ, you HAVE to have the Rooibos 80 bags too.  You won't BELIEVE how many of my KIWI friends drink ROOIBOS!!

As for the rest... ah well, I get most of my SA stuff from Elite Meats on Fifth Ave.
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« Reply #43 on: October 03, 2010, 08:31:37 pm »


We do exactly the same. Cannot wait to win that lotto and start our organic farm/lodge/restaurant outside Nelson... :)

Well, I will come and be your first customers.  We have not been out since being here (6 months ) as the small amounts of food we have attempted at fairs and markets have been ... *** .....  :thumbdown:  So it is picnics and braai's for us. 

So hurry up Susan !!!  We will probably be living next door  :)

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« Reply #44 on: October 03, 2010, 10:56:37 pm »
We're trying, I promise! :)
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