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.

  • Happy Memorial Day!

    Wow- Where did these spring months go? It's Memorial Day weekend and the sun is shining Bright! The On-Farm Store will be open on Monday, Memorial Day holiday from 7 am - 7 pm, as well as the weekend days Sat. and Sun. 7 am - 7 pm. Stop by and pick up goat cheese for your holiday picnics and parties! WE NEED RAIN - the hay has slowed growth, the pastures are not regrowing with great speed, and my garden is slow to sprout. We have cut some of our farmers markets this year. Sad to leave old favorites - Amherst, Arlington, and Copley - Tuesday. Please look for our farmstead goat cheese in area stores and farmstands. We are still going to Copley on Friday. Visits to our farm to pick up cheese is strongly encouraged. Please contact me ----crystalbrookfarm@comcast.net - if you'd like to place an order for a quantity of cheese -- The cheese freezes well - so stock up on your destination goat cheese trip! BIG NEWS!! The book that consumed my 2014 is out next week!!! DAIRY GOAT HANDBOOK - for Backyard, Homestead and Small Farm was a labor of .. well..love! Thanks to all who helped encourage, inform, edit and review!! I will be selling copies at farmers markets, our on-farm store, and other local venues. You can order through Amazon and Barnes and Noble. Search with the title and Ann Starbard. A few pregnant goats remain in the herd - Some stragglers that will hopefully be birthing soon. I always like getting the kidding box of supplies down from the hay mow in January -- and putting it back up in June! So there are still baby goats to come see. 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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