It’s about time that the topic of Cajeta be addressed. When we first started making our product which is most easily categorized as cajeta, we decided to call it caramel because we knew that most people, especially in Vermont, are not familiar with this product, and would be confused by the name. However, many people are familiar with the ever-popular dulce de leche, which can be found flavoring ice cream and as a main ingredient to many desserts. Cajeta is essentially the goat’s milk version of this product. Below is a summary of the origin of cajeta copied from Wikipedia…
“Cajeta is a Mexican confection of thickened syrup usually made of sweetened caramelized milk. According to chef Rick Bayless, the name for cajeta came from the Spanish phrase al punto de cajeta, which means a liquid thickened to the point at which a spoon drawn through the liquid reveals the bottom of the pot in which it is being cooked.However, it is more popularly assumed that it takes its name from the small wooden boxes it was traditionally packed in. Mexican cajeta is considered a specialty of and popularly associated with the city of Celaya in the state of Guanajuato, although it is also produced with the traditional method in several towns of the state of Jalisco, such as Mazamitla and Sayula.”
My sister has spent the past 10 years living part-time in Mexico and part-time in Vermont. Her land in Mexico is part of a small hill community where she learned many traditional methods of cooking, making cajeta being one of them. From there, emerged our idea to start producing cajata in our small production room on our farm. For many people this is a new product, but people love it as soon as they try it! Some people are often hesitant because it is made from goat’s milk, but we have found that the goat’s milk actually lends itself to an incredibly silky smooth texture and creates more complex flavors in the end product. We also use the freshest goat’s milk possible which is very mild and sweet!
We have been unable to find any other product like this in the United States market. There are some larger imported brands from Mexico and Hershey’s seems to be some commercialized version of the product, but they seem to lack some of the quality that comes from our small-scale artisanal batches. Did I mention all the milk we use comes from our own animals? We spend hours hand stirring our caramel and labeling and packaging each one individually. Check out our virtual tour!
Our caramel or cajeta, is a creamy sauce. The texture is perfect for drizzling on ice cream, spreading on toast, pancakes, or waffles, putting on pies of all sorts, layering in cakes, using in a balsamic dressing, spreading on smoked ham…. the list goes on…. check out our recipes for more ideas.
And of course if you’d like to try it yourself you can buy directly from us on-line!