Making Cheese

Our Crystal Brook Farm Fresh Goat Cheese is
made from our goats’ milk – pure, natural, fresh.
A 3 day process is used, creating a flavorful cheese that is
tangy but clean, and finishing with a creamy sweetness.

DAY 1

The milk is pasteurized according to
FDA requirements.
We use a low temperature process.

The milk is cooled according to
our recipe and specific bacterial
cultures are added, along with rennet.

We use microbial rennet to
coagulate the milk protein.
The mixture of milk, culture and
rennet ripens for 18-20 hours,
resulting in the formation of curds and whey.

 

 


DAY 2

The soft curd is hung in cheese cloth bags.
The whey (liquid part of the cheese)
drains from the curd.
The bags hang for 20-24 hours,
allowing proper drainage.
The whey is fed to the goats- a nutritional treat!!!

 

DAY 3

The drained curd is hand formed into logs, mixed with ingredients and vacuum sealed.  The logs are properly chilled, labeled and prepared for sale at our
Crystal Brook Farm Store,

Farmers Markets,

Local Stores and Restaurants.

Customers enjoy the cheese on their favorite bread or crackers,
in salads or use in a variety of Recipes.

Visit THE KITCHEN for additional information.

  • June!

    June Days are here. This month are the glory days of dairy farms around here. Pastures are growing abundantly, Goats are peaking in milk production, winter hair coats have been shed and replaced by shiny smooth summer coats, Kids are growing and learning the farm habits. Milking and cheese making are in routine mode, and farm markets are opening, with high demand for Crystal Brook Farm Farmstead Goat Cheese. THE ON FARM STORE IS OPEN!!! Store hours are Wednesday - Sunday 7 am - 7 pm. Stop by and pick up the fresh goat cheese, local honey, & Effie's crackers. Soap, Robinson Farm Cow Cheese and maybe Mozzarella ...will be here shortly. ALSO - signed copies of THE DAIRY GOAT HANDBOOK- are available. Ann's book is filled with goat raising information for folks of all ages and abilities. I am looking for new outlets to carry Crystal Brook Farm Goat Cheese. Ask your CSA farmers or local merchant to carry our Massachusetts Farmstead Goat Cheese - email to Ann at Crystalbrookfarm@comcast.net. Spread the cheer and nutritional goodness of CBF -- fresh, pure and natural Goat Cheese. Our New T-Shirts will be available shortly . Design is at the printers. I know everyone wears their CBF shirts to the "yard only" stage -- so its time for a new one! YEA.. Farm tours and educational opportunities abound here. Email or call -- and let's arrange a date and time. Pick a subject to learn about and I will custom arrange a learning session for any size group. ADVANCE notice is necessary . Email Ann at crystalbrookfarm@comcast.net, call or stop by... 192 TUTTLE ROAD STERLING, MA 01564 978-422-6646
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