About the Author

Marissa Ames

Editor of Goat Journal and Backyard Poultry magazines, Marissa Ames runs a small homestead in Fallon, Nevada, where she focuses on saving and propagating rare breeds of goats and garden vegetables. She and her husband, Russ, travel to Africa where they serve as agricultural advisors for the nonprofit I Am Zambia. She spends her free time eating lunch.
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Articles by Marissa Ames

How to Make Homemade Sour Cream
November 6, 2019 · · Home Dairy

Add to Favorites How do you make sour cream so it’s the pure, cultured treat it used to be? It’s not hard and it’s very rewarding. Though I’ve been making …

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Ask the Expert
September 14, 2019 · · Ask The Expert

Add to Favorites Do you have a goat question? You’re not alone! Check here to see if your question has already been answered. And, if not, use our chat feature …

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Is Raw Milk Illegal?
July 29, 2019 · · Home Dairy

Add to Favorites Humans have enjoyed raw milk benefits for millennia. But now only 28 American states allow the sale of raw milk and it is illegal in Canada. Why …

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Making Ricotta Cheese in a Slow Cooker
July 5, 2019 · · Home Dairy

Add to Favorites Accidental Ricotta. Isn’t all cheese intentional? Perhaps making ricotta cheese at home started with an ancient accident. A homesteader’s kitchen arsenal includes knowledge of crafting dairy products. …

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Adventures in Making Goat Butter
May 11, 2019 · · Home Dairy

Add to Favorites The first time I tried making goat butter, I didn’t have a cream separator. I didn’t have much of anything. But I tried anyway. To be honest, …

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8 Uses for Whey Around the Homestead
March 14, 2019 · · Home Dairy

Add to Favorites Don’t throw out valuable products! There are many uses for whey around the homestead. As with coffee grounds for plants or cornhusks for mulch, these valuable byproducts …

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How to Pasteurize Milk at Home
March 14, 2019 · · Home Dairy

Add to Favorites Learning how to pasteurize milk at home is just one facet of owning dairy animals. A crucial one. The call came straight from the USDA: “Call me …

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A Homemade Buttermilk Recipe, Two Ways!
March 14, 2019 · · Home Dairy

Add to Favorites Where can you find a homemade buttermilk recipe to suit your cooking needs? And is making buttermilk difficult? No, but the recipe you use depends on how …

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How to Make Mozzarella Cheese in Seven Easy Steps
March 14, 2019 · · Home Dairy

Add to Favorites You can learn how to make mozzarella cheese, start to finish, within thirty minutes. It’s so easy you can do it while crafting the rest of your …

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How to Make Paneer Cheese
March 14, 2019 · · Home Dairy

Add to Favorites Knowing how to make paneer cheese was a crucial skill for some Indian and Pakistani families. It provided quick, safe vegetarian protein to round out a healthy …

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