Wednesday, August 27, 2014
Tuesday, August 26, 2014
Poulet Rouge/Freedom Ranger chickens, and they have been such amiable and funny birds. They sound like kazoons when they crow, which is especially endearing. They had become quite large, so will make generous, delicious roast chicken dinners. Even though I have raised meat birds many times now, I still cried a bit when I delivered them.
Saturday, August 23, 2014
Thursday, August 21, 2014
Tuesday, August 19, 2014
So, I have been doing research on making casein paint. Casein is the predominant protein in milk. To make casein paint, you start by making quark, a simple cheese like cottage cheese, made by souring the milk with vinegar. Then you add hydrated lime, which turns it into a glue-like medium. Finally, you add pigments and you have paint!
I ordered a sampler set of French mineral pigments from Earth Pigments. They told me they didn’t have the lime, so I purchased it from a local masonry supply, but had to get a 50-pound bag ($8.99), however, when my pigment order arrived, a 6-oz bag of lime was included (for $2.99 - you do the math.) Yesterday while making other cheeses, Lynette combined the vinegar and fresh milk and set it in a warm spot to make the Quark for me. Today it was successfully curds and whey, The curds are the milk protein pat. I strained out the whey and rinsed the curds with cool water to wash out excess whey.
Vendors cannot ordinarily sell artwork at the Rochester Downtown Farmers Market, but I will be permitted to sell these paintings because they are made from a farm product, our milk. I am curious to find out whether anyone will be interested in purchasing my art at the market!