Missy stayed with us last night and this morning we took her to Noosaville to meet up with some friends who are a hiring a boat for the day on the river.
We debated which way to come home and decided to take a drive along the Mary Valley from Eumundi, through Kenilworth and Conondale and back to Maleny.
Kenilworth is the home of a cheese factory which has excellent products. We called in and sampled some of the specialty cheeses. These are lovely for a particular occasion but we really did not need any at the moment.
However, I did buy a 2.5kg block of matured cheddar cheese. We got a discount (not sure why) and it worked out an $10/kg. That is about the same price as I usually pay at Aldi and considerably cheaper than standard cheese in the supermarket. This is a rich, full-flavoured cheese made from local milk in an independent factory which is about 30km from our home. Also, by buying a larger quantity there is less packaging than buying 500g blocks.
The remainder has been cut into blocks, wrapped and frozen. I have kept some cereal bags and use them to separate items when freezing. They can be re-washed and re-used many times. Here is one flattened out and ready to use.
Lcoally produced ingredients
Close to home – so minimal transport costs
What are you able to source that is produced close to where you live?