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.
Read More

Articles by Marissa Ames

How to Make Mozzarella Cheese in Seven Easy Steps
November 22, 2020 · · 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.

Read More
Permanent Identification for Goats in the United States of America
October 6, 2020 · · Goat Notes

Whether you legally must have permanent identification on your goats, or if it’s just a good idea, here are guidelines to tagging your herd.

Read More
Is Raw Milk Illegal?
October 6, 2020 · · Home Dairy

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.

Read More
How to Make Paneer Cheese
September 2, 2020 · · 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.

Read More
How to Make Homemade Sour Cream
June 17, 2020 · · 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.

Read More
Making Ricotta Cheese in a Slow Cooker
April 25, 2020 · · Home Dairy

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.

Read More
Adventures in Making Goat Butter
April 25, 2020 · · 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.

Read More
A Homemade Buttermilk Recipe, Two Ways!
March 22, 2020 · · Home Dairy

Where can you find a homemade buttermilk recipe to suit your cooking needs? And is making buttermilk difficult?

Read More
How to Pasteurize Milk at Home
March 7, 2020 · · Home Dairy

Learning how to pasteurize milk at home is just one facet of owning dairy animals. A crucial one.

Read More
A Delicious Cooked, Nonalcoholic Eggnog Recipe
December 23, 2019 · · Home Dairy

Though we love the smooth, custardy sweetness, we may hate the additives listed on the back panel of the carton. But you can enjoy this treat year-round by following an easy nonalcoholic eggnog recipe.

Read More