Gauteng Smallholder October 2015 - Page 50

IN THE KITCHEN Some simple dairy delights Y ou needn't be an expert, or invest in expensive equipment and chemicals, to make a couple of simple yet delicious dairy products in the home. The simplest, by far, is a cottage cheese that requires BOTTLES From page 47 hollow section of bamboo) make a small depression Plunge the dowelling or no special additives whatsoever. Fill a wide-mouthed jar with milk, close it and stand it in a warm place such as a sunny windowsill for a couple of days till the milk semisolidifies and starts to separate from the whey. A widemouthed jar is necessary because you won't be able to get the solidified milk out of a conventional bottle. Depending on the milk you use you might find an unattractive top layer of cream has separated out and formed a skin. Scrape this off and discard. Into a sieve lined with cheesecloth pour the contents of the jar and allow it to separate out for at least bamboo into the ground to a depth of about 30cm. Place the bottle over the rod and position it so the point of the screw is in the depression on the end of the rod. The slightest breeze should turn the bottle, the neck rattling against the rod sending vibrations and noises deep into the ground, unsettling the moles. K Terrarium ~ A cut away bottle, upended and placed over a small potplant, will quickly generate a hot, moist microclimate when placed on a sunny windowsill. Similarly, cutting away a section of the side of a bottle, and lying the bottle on its side filled with soil, can make an interesting small bed for small indoor plants, cacti, etc K Seed storage ~ Cold drink bottles, being rat-proof and with their good seals, make useful storage containers for harvested seeds from one season to the next, particularly of large varieties such as beans, maize, peas etc. Just ensure that the inside of the container is absolutely clean and dry, and that the seeds themselves are abslotely dry, before they are placed in the bottle and sealed. K Recycle ~ If you have a surplus of bottles, or actually no use for them, they are fully recyclable. K NOT: Liquid storage ~ CAUTION: Cold drink (or milk) bottles should never be used for the domestic or workshop storage of fuels or chemicals such as acids and pesticides. That's because they can easily (and are 48 www.sasmallholder.co.za Continued on page 49 Continued on page 49