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

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

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, I didn’t even …

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

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 can enhance your …

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

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 back when you …

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

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 you’re using it. …

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

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 dinner. When I …

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

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 meal. Making paneer …

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How to Make Cheese at Home: Crafting Hard Cheeses
March 14, 2019 . · Home Dairy

Do you know how to make cheese at home? Are you ready to move from ricotta to Reggiano? Take a deep breath. The hardest part is maintaining temperature. Mozzarella, farmer’s …

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Why You Need the Right Cheese-Making Supplies
March 14, 2019 . · Home Dairy

A good inventory of cheese-making supplies isn’t tough to obtain, or even expensive, but it’s necessary for good cheese. Here’s what you can substitute and why you can’t scrimp on …

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How to Make Butter in Your Kitchen, in Minutes!
March 14, 2019 . · Home Dairy

If you don’t know how to make butter, you’re missing out on one of the easiest homesteading products. Follow this short tutorial to learn how to make butter using raw …

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How to Make Homemade Sour Cream
March 14, 2019 . · Home Dairy

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 sour cream for …

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