If you’re planning a trip to the Blue Mountains region of New South Wales, Australia, and you’re a cheese lover, be sure to stop off in Lithgow for a unique experience. This charming town is located just a short drive from the Blue Mountains National Park and offers visitors a range of exciting activities to enjoy. And if you’re looking for a tasty and educational adventure, you won’t want to miss the chance to visit the Jannei Goat Dairy in Lidsdale. This family-run farm produces a range of artisanal cheeses, including soft and hard varieties, and visitors can sample them all during a cheese tasting tour. The tour takes visitors through the farm, giving them a behind-the-scenes look at the cheese-making process and the chance to interact with the goats.
Visit the Glow Worm Tunnel: A popular attraction located in the Wollemi National Park, the Glow Worm Tunnel is a must-visit destination. The tunnel is home to thousands of glow worms that light up the area, creating a magical and enchanting atmosphere. Visitors can take a leisurely stroll through the tunnel, taking in the stunning views and the natural beauty of the surrounding bushland.
Explore the Blue Mountains: The Blue Mountains National Park is just a short drive from Lithgow and offers a range of activities for visitors. Take a hike on one of the many trails, or simply enjoy the stunning scenery from one of the lookout points. The area is also home to a number of charming towns and villages, each with its unique character and attractions.
Visit the Lithgow Small Arms Factory Museum: If you’re interested in history, the Lithgow Small Arms Factory Museum is well worth a visit. The museum showcases the history of the Lithgow Small Arms Factory, which was established in 1912 and played a significant role in Australia’s military history. Visitors can explore the museum’s displays and learn about the fascinating history of this iconic Australian institution.
The Lithgow Blast Furnace is a fascinating historical site that offers visitors a glimpse into the region’s rich industrial heritage. The site features a restored 19th-century blast furnace, which was once used to produce pig iron. Visitors can take a self-guided tour of the site, exploring the various interpretive displays and exhibits that provide insight into the history of the blast furnace and the workers who once toiled here. The site also features picnic facilities and walking trails, making it a great spot for a family outing or a leisurely stroll through the picturesque countryside.
Take a scenic drive: The Lithgow region is home to some of the most picturesque drives in Australia. Take a leisurely drive through the countryside, taking in the stunning scenery and stopping off at charming towns and villages along the way. Some of the must-visit destinations include Tarana, Rydal, and Hartley.
Experience the Jannei Goat Dairy: Finally, no trip to the Lithgow region would be complete without a visit to the Jannei Goat Dairy in Lidsdale. The farm produces a range of artisanal cheeses, including soft and hard varieties, and visitors can sample them all during a cheese tasting tour. The tour takes visitors through the farm, giving them a behind-the-scenes look at the cheese-making process and the chance to interact with the goats.
Lithgow and the surrounding Blue Mountains areas offer visitors a range of exciting activities to enjoy. Whether you’re interested in history, natural beauty, or simply good food, there’s something for everyone. And with the Jannei Goat Dairy in Lidsdale as your final destination, you’re sure to have a memorable trip.
We love making fresh marinated goat fetta with fresh herbs and spices from the farm. It makes for a great before dinner treat or an extra inclusion onto a salad bowl with the oil acting as a ready made salad dressing. Our fetta is placed in a low salt brine which preserves the nutiness of the cheese and is made with our fresh farm milk.
Why not have a go at making some yourself!
340 gm – Fetta 1 t. Chilli flakes 1 t. Peppercorns 1 t. Oregano 2 x Garlic cloves pealed A nice Olive Oil (We got ours from Rylestone Olive Press 1 hour from us on the way to Mudgee) Sunflower oil (if storing in fridge or a while see note) 3 x Cloves for a Christmas flare A sterilized jar
Method: Cut the Fetta into cubes and lightly crush the garlic cloves with the flat of your knife. Then combine all the ingredients above into a jar with the Fetta. Finally pour the olive oil over the top until the cheese is completely covered. Place the lid on and leave in a warm part of the fridge for around 48 hours. There you have it home made marinated fetta!
Note: If you are storing it for a period use a blend the olive and sunflower oil. Mix one part olive oil and two parts sunflower oil. If you don’t do this the oil will start to solidify around the cheese due to the coldness of your fridge. If this happens just leave it out for a little while before serving.
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Goat’s milk kefir is a very popular health probiotic yoghurt drink, which can contain a huge number of probiotics with a variety of health benefits. We are wondering if you would be interested in a product like this in Australia.
Some of these health benefits are:
It’s a good source of Protein, Calcium, Phosphorus, Vitamin B12, Riboflavin B2, Magnesium, & Vitamin D
The actual grains contain about 30 strains of bacteria and yeasts, making it a very rich and diverse probiotic source
Probiotics such as kefir can help restore the balance of friendly bacteria in the gut
Here’s the link to where I found this information.
The exciting news is that Jannei goat dairy has won two more Gold Awards at the Sydney Royal Easter Show. The Judges have given Jannei a gold award for our unpasteurised goat milk and our Bent Back Chevre fresh matured white mould cheese.
This means that our freshest product, Milk, all the way to the other end has won gold.
A fresh taste and healthy quality is the major aim when we produce our products. A dedication to clean milk with approved quality control systems and of course our beautiful Dairy Does have all contributed to achieving this result.
Entering our cheeses yearly into these competitions helps us gauge how our product is going out in the wider community of cheese’s. Providing us with the opportunity change and improve what we do.
So it’s been a great way to see the summer out. Thanks everyone for your support.
What is the difference between say a handmade Miette and a Brie you buy in the supermarket?
White mould cheeses are better known by people in Australia as Brie or Camembert. Interestingly enough, a lot of the Bries and Camemberts are re-creations of a cheese that came out France from the town called Camembert. Camembert cheese was reputedly first made in 1791 by Marie Harel, a farmer, following advice from a priest who came from Brie, according to wikipedia of course!
Well, you might ask what’s the difference between the typical supermarket bought white mould cheese and a handmade one?
The main differences are:
Development of flavour
Quality boutique production
Unlike store bought cheese, fresh handmade white mould cheese continues to develop in flavour over a number weeks actually changing in consistency over its life time.
We’ve come up with a little chart that helps you track the flavour you might be after particularly in our cheese. Results of course will differ because of fridges and other factors outside our control, but this is our general rule of thumb to track your cheese as it develops.
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Last December the wedding bells where ring, the reception hall was set and our cheese stood in place of the normal wedding cake. I had spent a small amount of time over the last two weeks molding a Prairie Cream ( Camembert style cheese) and Buche Blanc. Then added them together with an Aged Jannei Cheddar.
Forming the first Jannei goat cheese wedding cake! The big day final arrived and Bronwyn Webb had this to say about the day.
“It was all really tasty and so popular, there is not much left!! The cream was beautiful– it was all just right!…They had a bit of a job cutting it which was amusing as well! It was a gorgeous day and the “cake” played a grand part in it all, thank you so much!”
If you ever have a special goat cheese cake request or any other type please contact us and well see how we can help!
We had a great time at the Emirates meeting Damien Brabender Head Chef and displaying our cheeses to the guests and associates at this small event.
It was great meeting the people that make the Emirates what it is and we where very encouraged by the partnership our product has created with them. The Wolgan Valley is a beautiful place for bush walks, picnic’s and recently Emerites has setup an exclusive retreat out their where you can relax be pampered and escape that busy city life.
The day was blustery and cool so we think that deterred people but the experience was still fun for those that came. We had lots of complements on the cheese being delicious.
Everyone enjoyed holding the baby Kids. The girls helped here and where great. The Boys helped on the farm trail and everyone helped get the farm ready so Wow! Spring cleaning all done!
The farm looks great even the wisteria is in flower, usually eaten by now by Crimson Rosella’s! It was a great trial run and we hope to develop the idea so more families know about it. Anyway check out the photos below on it when you get time and give us any suggestions or feed back.
If you have a group that wants to visit the farm please contact us via email or phone and organise a time. We would love to have you. You might be travelling past please drop in, call or email if you want make sure we don’t miss you!