I was making some tea recently and as always, I put the milk, sugar, water and tea leaves in the pot and walked away to do something else while it was heating up. But this time when I came back to check on it, I found the milk had separated (-_-)
So I tried again. Same thing! It seemed like all the milk I had was starting to sour. I had about 4 packs of milk left, I didn’t check the dates when I purchased them, what a waste. I couldn’t bring myself to throw them out. So I pulled them out of the fridge onto the counter and let them sit there for a few hours while I thought about it.
Later in the day I remembered that my mother used to make sour milk. Only difference is, it was intentional. She’d buy fresh milk, boil it and leave it out to sour to make maziwa lala which we had with ugali or rice. She would also make us pawpaw whip. Yummy stuff!
So I called her to find out if I could do the same with this milk. I was delighted when she said I could because I really didn’t want to throw out all that milk.
She said to put the milk in a glass container and leave it out to continue curdling and separating in a cool dry environment (so not near the window) loosely covered. I left mine out for 2 days and that was enough.
Now usually you’d get 3 layers, the top one being very buttery, even yellow if you used fresh from the cow milk (Mama used to set this aside and fry stuff in it once in a while, sooooo yummmmy!), pull it out, you can cook with it or throw it out if you don’t like cooking with butter. The next layer is watery, spoon it out and throw it way (I don’t know any use for it, do you?). At the bottom is the good curd, place in a clean container and whisk or blend. Make some ugali and enjoy.
My top layer wasn’t buttery at all. Probably because it’s processed milk. It’s labeled full milk but I think they take a significant amount of the buttery goodness out. I mixed it in with the rest. After this keep it stored in the fridge.
I told someone that I like my maziwa lala with rice a little over a week ago. She had such a puzzled look on her face. She thought the idea was gross. She went on to tell me how her husband liked his with some sugar in it and ugali. She just didn’t get it one bit!
How do you like your maziwa lala? What’s the most unique combination you’ve heard of?