They have been bouncing out of our little dairy like hot potatoes or cricket balls, should I say.
Stu had valiantly already zested and juiced the lemons I needed to make a vat of Granny’s Apple Chutney for a new customer. I got together all the dry ingredients, mixed spice, cinnamon ginger, sugar and sultanas and set the pan of ingredients off. Between us, we had prepped the fruit and veg yesterday late afternoon after a rather odd sort of mad waxing day.
Andrew, our new part timer knocked out the Tasty Yorkshire, a Double Gloucester style cheese we make exclusively for one of our customers. We made this on Monday from cow’s milk. Our Tasty Yorkshire has annato in it to give it its distinctive red/orange colour. Andrew then vac packed the cheese and put it away in the cold room to mature and washed the pots. We have very little of this in stock so we had an unscheduled milk delivery to ensure that we have enough in stock.
I was seeing to the Granny’s Apple chutney: fruity and spicy with a nice munchable sort of texture. Quite nice, even though I say it myself, though I admit that I can be a little heavy handed on the red chillis.
Then Stu set to with the vat of goat milk, there is a little over 2,000 litres in it. He keeps asking ‘who put that much milk in the vat?’ Andrew and I say nothing.
Stu and Andrew are now scooping out the curd into pots as I write this: this is our Yorkshire Superior Goat Gouda.
In between, Stu helped me put the Granny’s Apple into jars as it is a fiddly task and much easier if one person pots and the other puts the lids on; we really are a little cottage industry when it comes to our chutneys. We made 64 x 215g jars. Andrew finished off the prep for the Caramelised Carrot Chutney and I now have that one on the go, gently simmering to reduce it down. I am about to print off the labels for the Granny’Apple and in-between get on with some paperwork and hopefully in an hour or so, the Caramelised Carrot will have reached the right consistency, ready to pot out.
Ah yes, and there are some orders to get together to go out later. Must crack on with that!
It’s all go!