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Freezing Milk

While pasteurized milk can be frozen, it may separate or be slightly grainy when thawed. Frozen milk works best for cooking, but you may find it's still okay for drinking. Freeze milk in small containers and leave some extra space at the top since milk expands during freezing. Plan to use frozen milk within a month for best quality. Thaw milk in the refrigerator. During thawing, the fat in milk may separate from the water in milk – stir or shake well before using.

Freezing Cheese

Hard or semi-hard cheese can be frozen if cut in 1/2 to 1-pound blocks. Wrap in plastic wrap and then put in freezer bags. After freezing, cheese may become crumbly and mealy, but it will retain its flavor.

This year the National Garden Bureau features Lantana as its annual flower of the year. In the 18th century, lantana was a popular greenhouse plant in Europe and breeding efforts were extensive, resulting in hundreds of available selections. The most commonly available species, Lantana camara, is a tender plant winter hardy to zone 8. Although lantana is not winterhardy in Nebraska, it makes a tough, colorful summer annual for containers or ground beds.
Information was presented for landlords and operators on the latest cash rental rates, leasing considerations and trends, negotiation methods and farm succession. This workshop was developed by Extension Educators Austin Duerfeldt, Jim Jansen and Allan Vyhnalek, all in the Department of Agricultural Economics.
Colostrum is the "first milk" produced after calving. It has a different composition than milk as it has an important role in being the first meal a calf receives. Colostrum is more nutrient dense than milk and contains antibodies essential for calf health.

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