I received an update to my YouTube subscriptions a while ago, and one of the videos is about making your own mozzarella cheese, I haven't tried this yet, but it looks like something good and fairly easy to do. It goes with the theme of this post, milk, cheese. I have seen other recipes for making cheese using low fat (or reconstituted dry milk) and vinegar to curdle the cheese, I think I might like this one better. It calls for raw milk, I suspect it could be made with pasteurized milk as well.
Making cheese, seems hard, it's not, at least not in this video. check it out, try it and let me know what you think.
I went to the local nursery and picked up a package of NoLo grasshopper bait, last year the grasshoppers decimated my garden, by the end of the season, there were grasshoppers big enough to ride and spraying them seemed to have little effect. This year, I'm attacking them before they have a chance to do much damage. I also found one of my favorite herbs at the nursery, it's called lemon balm. It's in the mint family, but has no mint flavor, it has a nice lemon flavor, not too strong, not too weak, perfect for making tea by itself, or adding to regular tea. It's used in cooking, though I haven't used it in cooking too much. I saw a recipe for lemon balm pesto, yum! It also has many medicinal properties, it is said to be soothing to the stomach, soothing to the nerves, it possesses antiviral and antibiotic properties. It will also repel mosquitoes if rubbed on the skin, I certainly don't mind smelling like lemon, it's much better than the chemical smell of commercial mosquito repellent.
I used to grow this when I lived back in the big city, I didn't bring it with me when I moved off grid because the containers it was growing in had been infested by fire ants. I knew there were no fire ants where I was going and I didn't want to be responsible for importing them. So I abandoned my lemon balm and hoped I could get another start later. It's been nearly 3 years now and I now have my lemon balm again, I purchased 2 plants, a habit I have always had, that way if something happens to one, I'll have a backup. I remember once, I had purchased 2 rosemary plants, PB wanted to paint the house, so he did, right on top of one of my rosemary plants. I went outside to find one of my plants had "developed" white spots, I am very glad I had another plant that didn't get spattered with paint.
The nice thing about lemon balm is it's a pretty hearty plant, it dies back in the winter, but grows back in the spring. It grows pretty fast too. I'll replant one of them in a pot immediately, for the other one, I'd like to start an herb garden somewhere, I'll have to make sure it's protected from the critters, though I think nothing much will bother the lemon balm, most animals stay away from plants in the mint family. Maybe I'll tuck it in an out of the way place and see what happens.
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