Greetings from Minnesota. 55 degrees and sunny with a chance of rain again this evening.
Sometimes there are things on the farm that I take for granted that just refuse to be taken for granted. Like our pasteurizer.
It’s a wonderfully automated machine that is set to cool the milk until about 3 hours prior to bottle feeding time. Then, it heats the milk to over 145 degrees, holds it at that temp for 30 minutes, and cools the milk back down to 102 degrees for feeding.
I know we people usually like our milk cold, but baby calves like it right about the same temperature it would come out of the cow.
Anyhow, tonight that didn’t exactly happen. A breaker in our fuse box shorted out or something, and when I went to check the milk the pasteurizer screen was dead. I flipped the breaker and re-set everything, but milk is now behind schedule.
Instead of bringing out bottles right now I’m waiting a few more minutes for the milk to finish pasteurizing and then cool.
In other news, our blog calf Etta turned 1 month old on Thursday! She is still getting the same diet of 2 quarts of milk morning and night, plus fresh water and grain available at all times.
She’s been a healthy, happy calf in her first month. At around 6 weeks old she will reach the big event of starting to get weaned from milk. Fun stuff. 😉
Yesterday, I waited on my crockpot all day for it to produce something fabulous. I was skeptical about this soup, but I had a cabbage and other veggies that needed using.
If you followed me on twitter last night, you’ll know that I deemed this Czech Cabbage Soup a success.
I did make it in the crockpot, but I still followed the recipe as stated, just with longer cooking times. I served it with red wine, toast, and a hunk of sharp cheddar for a just-right supper.
Or not. It’s officially the start of cold season for me. I’ve been waiting to get over a lingering stuffy nose and sore throat before I do any hard workouts.
I actually haven’t run since Thursday. Shame.
Tomorrow begins a new week, and I plan to balance getting healthy with getting my running back on track.
Looks like my milk is finally ready; happy Sunday all!
P.S. Who can be the first to comment to tell me if the Vikings won today??