Not too long ago, I had a close encounter of the cheesy kind. I originally wrote this for Gina's blog, but since I'm sure there are many of you who didn't see it, I'm reposting it here for you today.
I made goat cheese.
I now have a jar of fresh, homemade, local-dairy goat cheese full of organic chopped basil in my fridge that I wish I could ship to each and every one of you, but alas, I can't. But sharing the process and product photos with you is something I can do!
Don't be scared... it's really no more difficult than a pot of stovetop oats!
Step 1: Procure pasteurized goat's milk. Not ultra-pasteurized, just plain old regular pasteurized.
Step 3: Heat 2 to 3 quarts of goat milk over a medium flame until it reaches 180*Fahrenheit.
Step 4: While the milk heats...
Step 5: When the milk reaches 180*Fahrenheit, add the lemon juice. Allow it to sit until curds form, about 40 seconds to a minute.
Step 7: Wait. Then wait some more. Then wait a bit more... I waited about 4 hours. Avoid the temptation to put the cheese-in-training in the fridge. The warmer air in the house is good for it!
Step 8: Scrape the cheese into a bowl.
So there you have it. Homemade goat cheese (about 10 ounces worth!) for $6 and about 4 hours. It's easy, it's fun, and it made me feel oddly, what's the word... resourceful.
You've gotta try this... and let me know how it goes!