Monday, March 19, 2012

What's cooking?

Nah, not fresh bread.  Not today.
I'm talking about the compost pile... which is overflowing at the moment.  We've cleaned up the goat stall where we had built an 8 inch deep litter of bedding.  The compost pile has shrunk a good 6 inches in the last couple of days so now there is a bit of room at the top to add the remaining 3 wheelbarrow-loads  of bedding that we just dumped next to the bin.

As you can see, it's not really a compost bin.  We put this together fairly quickly last summer when time was limited, money was low and the need for a composting system became urgent.  But the improvised system seems to work pretty well, we can see on the thermometer that we are having it cooking at 140 degrees, which is fairly hot but normal since we added a lot of fresh stuff lately.

our current compost system

Apart from compost (which tends to smell funny), we also have very tasty stuff cooking.  Yesterday, a friend gave me a really good suggestion as to how to use up some extra milk which I feared was going to go bad.  All she had to say was Dulce de Leche, and I was sold on the idea.  With 8 cans of Carnation, 3 cups of brown sugar, 3 cups of white sugar and a touch of Brandy, I managed to can 10 jars of this tasty treat.  I just let it slowly boil down throughout the day until it was perfect.

Dulce de Leche

1 comment:

  1. Oh that looks and sounds delicious, not the compost:) B