Curds and Whey

I finally decided to make cheese. 

 I know, I know....you can buy it in the store!  But, where is the fun in that?  The challenge, the skill building, the life experience!   


First you need some milk.  I used organic, whole milk with good results.  In a heavy pan, heat one gallon of milk to 120 degrees Fahrenheit.  You will need an instant read thermometer for this, but they are readily available.  


When you reach the desired temperature, remove from heat, and pour in one cup of vinegar.  Apple cider vinegar worked for me, but regular vinegar is fine too.  



Stir mixture for 2-3 minutes, until curds begin to form.  Cover and allow mixture to sit for about 30 minutes.  



Next, line a colander with a flour sack towel and set it in a large bowl.  This will capture the whey.  


Pour mixture into the lined colander 




Allow to drain and then gently squeeze out excess liquid.  



Transfer to a bowl and add some kosher salt.  I ended up using about 1/2 teaspoon.  




Mix well and give it a taste test.  I found mine to be quite good.  A bit more in texture like ricotta cheese and with a very fresh taste.  I used mine the same day in a pan of homemade lasagna.  If not used right away, this will keep for about a week in the fridge.  



What to do with the whey?  


Well, I did read that you could drink it and I tried it.....but, I didn't care for that idea.  

Mine went to the chickens.  

Happy chickens, happy farm.  






Comments

  1. Does look like fun.....but I think I will buy mine!

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  2. I've heard chickens love whey. I need to try this!

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  3. sounds fun and what a great tutorial!!!

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  4. I never knew it was that simple, maybe I will try it some day especially if I can get some real milk from a nearby dairy.

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  5. You could have survived quite nicely in "pioneer times," Michelle. I'm impressed....:)

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  6. I too made chess once with unpasteurized milk. It has been so long I need to look up the post on my blog. Isn't that pitiful? It really is very easy, though I can't remember what I did with it. I thought the whey would look like buttermilk and the liquid was very unappetizing. Don't remember what I did with that either. Oh, to be young again.

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  7. The things you can learn on a blog!

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  8. I have never tried to make cheese, but since I love it, should have tried. Very interesting and easy to make it seemed from your pictures.

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  9. That does look like fun! I agree it is great to experiment and especially good for kids to be in on such projects. I remember when we churned butter in one of my classes at school. It was soooo good!

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  10. Very fun...and much easier than I thought it would be! I bet those curds would be good in an omelette, too.

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  11. That looks very good. I have seen recipes for this but never tried it.

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  12. Sounds like a fun project. Glad your cheese turned out well.

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  13. This didn't look too difficult, the way you set it up here. This may be due to your skills as a teacher, of course. I also liked the phrase you used: "skill building." I wil focus on skill building in the coming year. Thanks for placing that thought in my mind.

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  14. I only like hard cheese, I will eat most things but not soft cheese.
    Merle............

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  15. Oh yummy, fun and tasty.Blessings Francine.

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  16. Aren't you a clever one, Michelle! I once visited an artisanal cheesemaker in Tuscany, but I was too busy taking photographs to pay attention to the process.

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  17. Great photographs of the process, Michelle. If you bake bread, use the whey in place of the liquid in your bread recipe. It helps the rise.

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  18. A wonderful new skill. It would have been very tasty in the lasagne, a great way to use it!

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  19. I love making cheese! They whey is good in baking bread...but I couldn't stomach it as a drink, either. Blechchchch!!!

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  20. You know, I have wanted to try this and it sounds fairly easy! It reminds me of when I was a little girl...someone in my family thought they were being funny and recited the "Little Miss Muffet" nursery rhyme..."Little Miss Muffet sat on a tuffet, eating her cottage cheese...." :)

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  21. So interesting and I like how you showed us each step.....Thanks..

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  22. Great job! Home made ricotta cheese is so delicious! If you let it drain a long time is gets creamier and thicker.Yum!

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  23. Nice idea. I had never thought of making my own. Not that I will try it, but then, who knows. Maybe I will one of these days.

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  24. It's so much fun, isn't it? And so much easier than I thought!

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  25. I want to do that! My dusghter bought me a cheese making kit ,but somehow I keep forgetting to use it. You have inspired me!

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  26. I really need to take the time and try this.

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  27. Ah yes this is on my list of things to try! Well Done!
    My new/adventure this year was keeping happy bees and just last week harvesting their first honey!
    Honey from MY bees!!
    (Ok, I admit, beeeeeing the independent creatures they are they aren't actually to be thought of as MY bees but
    as their hive keeper I am kind of their bee-mom, lol) Very amazing this year to have my first (small) harvest of green beans and honey...
    Cheese and homebrew beer are close to the top of the 'to-do' list and cheese moved up to the top thanks to you :-)

    Hugs
    Issy

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