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.

  • Wow – Summer is HERE!

    Yep! That 100 inches of winter snow is a distant memory! Days are now full of bright sunshine and cool dips in pond, lakes, pools and the ocean. I'm happy to have the farm pond but 50 feet from my back door. Yes, there are snapping turtles and water snakes - but NO SHARKS! so I'm safe. Goats are working the summer pastures - grasses are maturing, variety of plants is changing, and the goats enjoy the shade trees and coolness of the dirt mound during the noon time hours. Everyone has kidded! We hit 123 kids born this year. Pretty even spread between females and males. One of the best kidding season to date, with strong healthy kids born, and very few problems with the does during birthing. Kidding box is back upstairs - a celebrated event for me! BIG NEWS!! The book that consumed my 2014 has been released! "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. I dropped some of our farmers markets - just too much after 17 years. We are at Copley Sq.on Fridays only, Newton - Cold Spring Park - Tuesday, Westborough - Thursday, Sterling - Friday, and Marblehead - Saturday. Thank you to all our loyal customers in Amherst and Arlington. WE MISS YOU.. and the markets. Difficult decisions - we hope you find us at another market, a retail location near you.. or better yet, plan to trip to Crystal Brook Farm - and visit us! You can email me a cheese order - crystalbrookfarm@comcast.net, or schedule a tour. Self guided farm 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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