Sheep Milking Memory

I just used up the last container of sheep’s milk ricotta in our freezer. It brought back some memories. I don’t know if you’ve ever milked a sheep before. If you haven’t, it isn’t easy. First, let me clarify that there are in fact sheep breeds that are bred for milking. Those were not the breed of sheep that we had. For about thirty minutes of milking, we would get about a quarter to a half a cup of milk. That is not very much. At all. It all started when one of our ewes, April, had a lambApril the sheep and wouldn’t accept her for one reason or another. We got the crazy idea that while we were bottle feeding the lamb formula, why not take advantage of the fresh milk and use it to make cheese. Well, in theory, it was a great idea. April, luckily, was a very loving and patient sheep as we figured out how to milk her tiny teats. After three weeks of this long process, we decided enough was enough and let her dry up. We did manage to make a few containers of sheep’s milk ricotta. The best I have tasted.

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