Uses for milk

Presumably, if you had a house cow, figuring out what to do with all the extra milk was a real issue. There’s only so much milk you can use for drinking, cooking with, making into butter, and using around the house. Once you’ve exhausted all of those avenues, if you still have milk left over, you can always try making this curd pit, as suggested by Aunt Daisy’s Book of Handy Hints

A good distance from the house, dig a large pit, say 7 or 8 feet long, 5 or 6 feet wide, and 3 or 4 feet deep. Put a couple of tins of whey from the curd drum in the put, to provide the bacteria to start the milk curdling. Then pour in the surplus skim milk every day. The curd forms and floats on the top, and the whey gradually sinks into the ground. Keep on pouring in the skim milk, and by the winter there will be a pit of tightly pressed curd. Dig it out in square blocks with a spade. Good for feeding to pigs and fowls. Have a lid made to fit, and put a small fence round to prevent any small animal from falling in.

Two small bowls of white cheese curd on a white plate with spoons beside them. The curd has come out of a large metal bowl, not a gigantic pit dug at the back of your garden.

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