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You can make a really inexpensive cheese at home. I sometimes use this as cream cheese and sometimes as cottage cheese.
Start with 1 gallon of milk. If it is raw milk from a safe source, you don't have to add a culture. If it is pasteurized, add a half cup or so of plain yogurt. Put the covered milk in a warm place for 1-2 days until it is clabbered like yogurt.
Now put it in a large pan and pour boiling water over it. Put a dairy thermometer in it, and turn the burner on low, stirring until the thermometer reads 110 degrees F. Remove from the heat and let it stand about 10 minutes.
Put it in a cheesecloth-lined strainer and let the whey drain off. You can save the whey and use it like milk for gravies or in baking. When the cheese is drained to the thickness that you want, you can add salt, seasonings, etc. I love it on toast!
By Coreen from Rupert, ID
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Has anyone here made their own cheeses? I found a bunch of various make it yourself cheese recipes on line that seem simple, but I have never tried any of them yet. Have any of you? If so which ones did you try and what recipes do you recommend?
By katrina from Medford, OR
You can make cottage cheese by bringing skim milk to a simmer, then remove from heat and add one tablespoon vinegar right away. It will curdle. Then leave to drain through several layers of cheese cloth. But in a bowl, add a little cream and salt and chill. It is delicious.
Thanks! I am going to try this! By the way, I got an email from motherearthnews.com today offering numerous books at sale prices: and I got the Cheesemaking at home book! I am so excited! even with S&H it was cheaper than the other site offering it!
What are some good recipes and sources for making cheese at home, from soft cheeses like cream cheese to queso fresco or hard cheese like Cheddar, colby, or mozzarella?
By Terri from OH
I would like to make this cheese, but I am afraid it might spoil in the heat. I live in Dubai and our weather is very hot. Leaving milk out of the fridge for a day or two is kind of scary.
Please advise. Is there an easier way of making cheese at home?
By Mrs. Khan