Lalabugs 2020 kidding thread-Marie is in labor

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My excuse is I am to busy. :lol: I also forgot we made Cajeta, it is amazing! I never had it before I made it. If we have extra milk that will be a must to make. Please let me know how the fudge comes out when you make it. I need to invest in a cream separator before making butter again. Another thing on my list. A list that is never ending.
 

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Oh, wait...the recipe said nothing about a cream separater for the butter. Just a whole lot of mixing. Hmmm.i saw the recipe for Cajeta. What is that? We are all too busy, right? We are buying 8 mini pigs tomorrow, many of them bred. We are scurrying today to get things for other animals since we’re going to be even more busy! I even sold ducks! Down to 9.
 

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You do not need a cream separator to make butter. However you get more butter if you do have a cream separator. We made butter the simple way. We let the milk sit in the fridge for a day or 2. Letting the cream rise to the top of the jar. After the cream is at the top. Pull the jars out of the fridge, let them get to room temperature. Once at room temperature shake the jars non stop until you see the butter forming. It is small particles. This usually takes anywhere from 10-20 minutes depending on how much you're shaking the jars. My kids LOVE to shake the jars. Let it rest about 5 minutes. All the fat particles (the butter) will rise to the top. Then drain the excess, rinse the butter a few times until it runs clear.
We love the butter. You just do not get a whole heck of a lot with out a cream separator. My kids also loved making goat butter and cow butter, seeing the color difference and the size difference in the fat.

Cajeta is a mexican caramel sauce. We all love caramel here so of course it is a hit! Put some on top of ice cream, kids dipped fruit in it. Hubby ate it by the spoonful! :lol:

@frustratedearthmother I did a quick google search, most recipes that are sugar free call for butter and heavy cream to make it. Not milk.

One recipe:

  1. In a medium saucepan over medium heat, combine butter, Swerve, and Bocha Sweet. Bring to a boil and cook 3 to 5 minutes (be careful not to burn it).
  2. Remove from heat and add cream. Mixture will bubble vigorously.
  3. Sprinkle with xanthan gum and whisk vigorously to combine. Add salt.
  4. Return mixture to heat and boil 1 more minute. Let cool to lukewarm and stir in water until well combined.
  5. For salted caramel, simply stir in additional salt at the end.
  6. The sauce can be stored in the fridge for a week or so (I've actually stored mine for several weeks). Just gently reheat in the microwave or in a saucepan to make it pourable again.
Second recipe:

METRIC - US Cups

INSTRUCTIONS
  1. Add butter to a small saucepan over medium/low heat and simmer, stirring every so often, until fully browned (about 5 minutes). Add in the sweetener, heavy cream and salt (lower amount, see notes), stirring until fully combined. Add in the molasses (optional), and stir briefly until just combined.
  2. Simmer over very low heat for 15 minutes (don't stir at all!), taste for seasoning and pour into a glass container of choice. Your caramel should be sticky and thick, but still totally pourable. Use warm or allow to cool completely, and refrigerate for roughly a week. The caramel will thicken up in the fridge (as does regular dulce de leche), so either bring it back to room temperature or heat it up with a little more heavy cream (or say almond milk!) to thin it out a bit.
  3. Note: if your caramel splits (too high temperature is usually the culprit!), you might still be able to save it. Remove it from the heat, allow the mixture to cool down for about 5 minutes, bring it back on the stovetop over low heat, and gently whisk in a tablespoon of water until it comes back together (should happen almost instantly).
 

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Your welcome. It does not help with the extra milk.

My kids finally made their guesses on how many Nilla will have. Nilla is starting to prolapse. Thankfully it is a small prolapse and goes back in when she stands up. It is also not fully out while laying down. I'm thinking she has at least triplets. My children are guessing anywhere from twins to quints. We are so close to her due date. Days are going to go by slowly, watching & waiting.
 

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Just got the lab report back. Marie is pregnant. She had to have been bred not to long before we picked her up. If we use the date we picked her up as her bred date, she will be due June 18th at the latest. It gets so hot here in June. :confused:
Kate the mini mancha is not pregnant. Kinda confused with Kate. She has been running with a buck since September. She is not in the greatest condition, maybe that has something to do with her not getting pregnant?
Both came back negative for disease.
 

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Just got the lab report back. Marie is pregnant. She had to have been bred not to long before we picked her up. If we use the date we picked her up as her bred date, she will be due June 18th at the latest. It gets so hot here in June. :confused:
Kate the mini mancha is not pregnant. Kinda confused with Kate. She has been running with a buck since September. She is not in the greatest condition, maybe that has something to do with her not getting pregnant?
Both came back negative for disease.
Well, that’s great news about the disease part!! Will you introduce them to the herd now, or wait until alll the kiddings are over? My new goats know there are goats in the barn. They go to the door and want in sooo bad. The baby needs a playmate. But it’s wayyy too soon to be letting them mingle. But, it will be fun for the kids, tricky for the moms!
 

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Kate, yes. Marie, no. Marie only because she is so big compared to my pregnant nigerians and they're going to fight for pecking order. Do not want anything to happen to the smaller pregnant does.

Marie will not join the does until the other does have kid.

When you do let yours in together. Expect fighting.
 

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Kate, yes. Marie, no. Marie only because she is so big compared to my pregnant nigerians and they're going to fight for pecking order. Do not want anything to happen to the smaller pregnant does.

Marie will not join the does until the other does have kid.

When you do let yours in together. Expect fighting.
Yeah, I knew that..and Busty got out one day and went straight to the new goats. She was not nice. Ugh. That is why I want to wait until the kids are older too. Not enough room in the barn right now for all of this.
 
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