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

Making Ghee at Home
September 1, 2022 · · Home Dairy, Members Only

Once you’ve mastered butter from goat milk, making ghee at home provides a unique cooking ingredient that you may not find anywhere else.

Read More
How to Make Cheese at Home: Crafting Hard Cheeses
August 29, 2022 · · Home Dairy

Add to Favorites 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 …

Read More
How to Make Homemade Sour Cream
July 22, 2022 · · 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
A Homemade Buttermilk Recipe, Two Ways!
May 31, 2022 · · Home Dairy

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

Read More
Giving Injections
May 23, 2022 · · Goat Notes

Needle size varies by the injection route, animal size, and thickness of the injectable. Use the smallest needle possible to reduce discomfort. The smaller the gauge number, the bigger the needle. Sizes most commonly used in goats are 18, 20, and 22-gauge needles. Short needles, ½ to ¾ inches, are preferred for subcutaneous injections.

Read More
Say Cheese!
May 20, 2022 · · Home Dairy

Add to Favorites Modern homesteading combines elements of sustainability with the skills of making things from scratch, all to improve our lives. It’s hard work but we all agree the …

Read More
Why You Need the Right Cheese-Making Supplies
April 27, 2022 · · 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 certain products.

Read More
How to Make Mozzarella Cheese in Seven Easy Steps
January 13, 2022 · · 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
A Delicious Cooked, Nonalcoholic Eggnog Recipe
December 13, 2021 · · 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
Feeding Pine to Goats
September 16, 2021 · · Goat Notes

Reproduction and deworming effects of feeding pine to goats.

Read More