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We learned a lot and made a 2-pound fjn wheel … with our own hands.
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The town of Hatillo is Pussy money in st Brookhaven Mississippi nb on the north coast, about 1 hour west of San Juan. It is the Dairy Capital of Puerto Ricowith almost as many cows as people! So it only makes sense that you will find the Quesos Vaca Negra cheese company in Hatillo, right next to a dairy farm. Quesos Vaca Negra makes five types of artisanal cheeses, and then flavors them differently.
They open their "cheese factory" to the public, not only to learn about cheese-making but also to participate. I have been to a few cheese Bored on vaca looking for fun tours where you watch them make cheese, but I had never made it myself. We got to Hatillo a little before the tour was scheduled, so we had some Bored on vaca looking for fun to drive around and see a little bit of the town and the lovely rolling hills filled with with spotted Holstein cows — cows in the fields, cows in the barns, cows getting milked — and to get stuck behind the milk trucks and farm equipment going from farm to farm on narrow, winding roads.
The tour started with one of the owners, Wanda Otero, talking for about an hour about the milk industry in Puerto Rico and how cheese is made.
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She shared loads of really interesting information about dairy farming and milk production in Puerto Rico. As it turns out, Puerto Rico dairy cows are "free range" and hormone-free. They produce high-quality milk, but less of it as compared to the same type of cows in the Statesdue to heat stress. She went on to tell us about the local Health Department standards, and what Bored on vaca looking for fun to be checked before the milk will be accepted by the milk processors.
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If the milk tests Bored on vaca looking for fun for some bacteria, they can determine where in the process the contamination occurred. If it turns out the a cow has an infection, they can advise the farmer on how to treat the cows to make them well — and their milk safe for consumption again. Since dairy farmers have more milk than money, she trades her lab services for milk … and then uses the milk to make cheese.
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First, the milk is heated and starter cultures are added to begin the conversion of milk into cheese. These good bacteria contribute to the final flavor and texture of the cheese.
Next, a milk-clotting enzyme called rennet is added to coagulate the milk. This causes the milk to change from a liquid into a custard-like gel.
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That day we would be making a Capaez cheese. Lookinng milk was already in the liter heating tray, and the cheese cultures and coagulant had been added earlier in the morning.
Wanda explained the process, and then let us feel the cheese at this step. It was the consistency of a soft flan or a firm pudding. Loo,ing this stage, the cheese was turning into a soft solid mass in the heating tray. They use a special tool to slice the cheese into chunks curds. Different cheeses needs the curds to be different sizes — bigger curds make a softer cheese, while Bored on vaca looking for fun curds make a harder cheese.
We were each offered a turn at slicing the cheese. Breaking the cheese into curds allows the liquid whey to start to separate from the curds.
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We got to taste the cheese at this stage. It tasted like non-flavored yogurt, but with a firmer consistency. While some of the other employees worked with the vat of cheese, we went into the other room for a cheese-tasting.
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Now it was time for us to make our personalized cheeses. We all got our cheese-making equipment and picked the seasonings that we would add to our cheese. I added Provence herbs and a touch of garlic. There were other seasonings to choose from, like chives, onion, hot pepper, oregano, and even cinnamon. We lined up at the cheese vat to fill our cheese bowl with curds. We added our seasonings to the curds, and squished it around with our hands to make sure the seasonings were evenly mixed, and the clumps were small.
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Since we were making Capaez cheese, it needs to be aged. So we turned our cheese out of the cheese mold. They stacked our cheeses so that some more whey could drain out, then they were moved into the refrigerated storage locker for 60 days of aging. We will go back in mid-July to get our wheel of cheese.
Bored on vaca looking for fun also had the opportunity to see their milk-testing lab, and to purchase some of their packaged cheeses.
All in all, it was a fun and interesting morning. The tour includes making a 1-pound cheese wheel and the cheese tasting. They take cash or credit cards. Currently, tours are offered on Saturday and Sunday at 10am Wife looking sex Jeffrey 2pm.
Reservations a least a week in advance are required. They may have more tours in the summer months if there is more demand. They may also do tours for groups on other days. The cheese that you make has to age at least 2 months.Adult Wants Real Sex Tucson Arizona 85718
So, you either have to go back and get it, or they can arrange to ship it to you for an additional charge. Kids have to be at least 6 years old to go on the tour.
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Younger kids will get bored. Allow about 3 hours, start to finish. They can do a different tour, no hands on making, but it includes watching cows being milked for groups. You can call Quesos Vaca Negra at for more information or to make a reservation.
You can visit the Quesos Vaca Negra web site for more information. Maximum size group is 18 people, but usually more like 6 or 8 people on a tour.
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The tour is in Spanish, but they can do a bi-lingual tour. Request that when you Bored on vaca looking for fun your reservation. If you need an English-only tour, you can arrange a private tour. Foor San Juan, take Route 22 west until it ends Bored on vaca looking for fun Route 2. Turn right Women Altrincham fucking on Route 2 and then a quick right onto RT They have free parking in front and in back of the building.
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