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.

  • August excitement!

    August is an exciting month. Summer vacations, back to school organizing, completing summer projects, planning for winter vacations. Lots of activity this month. Our farmstead goat cheese is full of excitement as well! Slice the black pepper chevre on your grilled meats and veggies. Chunk any of the logs on a fresh summer salad. Our ginger goat cheese is delicious on a salad with peaches or watermelon. Find a new favorite -- or stay with a well known variety. Goat cheese adds protein and needed minerals to your summer meals. Our goat cheese loves to go on vacation. Pick up some logs and a easy to use tub for a trip to the beach or camping. Farmers Markets are in full swing. See more about our market schedule under The Store:Farmers Markets. Visit us at the markets.

    The cheese is developing some new flavors as the grasses grow and the goats are grazing on different flora. Warm season grasses bring a sweeter flavor than the fresh grass of spring. Our 2 year old buck Moses is looking sleek and shiny, prepping for his task in a month.

    Our ON-FARM Store is OPEN - Wednesday through Sunday, 7 am - 7 pm. Come get the spring cheese - creamy, fresh and sweet - KIds are getting bigger and very active. They will get some additional pasture area this week.

    Self guided tours are free and open during daylight hours, Wed. - Sun. Guided tours are available by appointment only. See Dooryard/Tours section.

    ??? email us at crystalbrookfarm@comcast.net, call or stop by...

    192 TUTTLE ROAD STERLING, MA 01564 978-422-6646

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