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
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.

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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.

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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.

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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?

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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.

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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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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 Make Cheese at Home: Crafting Hard Cheeses
March 14, 2019 · · 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 …

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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 certain products.

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Understanding Cultures Used for Making Cheese at Home
March 14, 2019 · · Home Dairy

Add to Favorites Though people have been making cheese at home for millennia, the rules changed with pasteurization. Here’s how to use cultures for safe and successful dairy products. Pieces …

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