16 July 2012

Making Cheese

I love cheese. We eat a ridiculous amount of cheese in this household, actually, and since we have a cow, it seems reasonable that I should learn how to make cheese.

My husband gave me this cheese making kit awhile back, and now that we have milk, it’s time to start using it!

I made a batch of feta the other day and it’s in the fridge in brine. It’s kind of … melting, though, which I have researched. Apparently that means I didn’t let the cheese cure long enough before soaking it (which I didn’t), so I know what to do next time. It’s still delicious, if a bit soft – I think I’ll make salad dressing out of it.

Today I made cheddar. Well, I’ve started it: the culture and curd and draining the whey is all done, and the cheese is now being squished by a few of my husband’s exercise weights. It looks promising, anyway, and the curds I tasted were yummy, so I think we’re on the right track. This one has to age for a few weeks, which should be interesting. It needs to age in a cool spot – we don’t really have any cool spots (the fridge is too cold, the house too warm), so I think I’ll probably try the cooler with a small ice pack and see if I can get that to the right temperature.

I did a bit of reading on what to do with the whey – the liquid left over after the cheese curds come out of the milk. It’s actually quite sweet, and you can use it to make bread or to cook pasta, and the dogs and cats love it. I’ve given some to the pets, as it’s too hot to bake bread right now, but I’ll try that soon. I also found that you can make ricotta cheese from the leftover whey, so I did that today and it is amazing! Soft, creamy smooth cheese from the leftovers of making *other* cheese, and you are still left with a nutritious broth you can use for cooking or baking or whatever.

Neat, eh?


  1. I've tried a few cheeses and had fun with it, but without a cow it's not really feasible. What fun you've been having though! If you ever have a glut of cream/milk, let me know. I looked into a cow share once, but you're probably too far away for that to work for me.

  2. Oooh Cheese making! I want to try that one day! it looks fun!

  3. Yeah, if you have to buy the milk, you might as well buy the cheese ... it's too expensive otherwise. With a cow though - well, we have milk! :)

    And, though I think the regulations are somewhat short sighted, it is actually illegal to share home processed dairy in Alberta - you can't have a cow share, I can't sell you the milk, I can't give it to you and you can't even drink the milk if you come visit me. I realize that public health measures do need to be in place, and that commercial production most certainly requires inspections and so forth but ... it seems a little excessive. You can eat egg salad that I might've forgotten on the counter for an hour on a hot day, but even if you watch me milk the cow and are satisfied with the sanitation measures, I can't give you the milk. There are folks battling this right now in the courts, but as far as I know, it's still illegal. :sigh:


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