Close Encounters

by Mara @ What's For Dinner? on December 13, 2010

in random, simple recipe, vegetarian

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.

goat milk

Step 2:

strainer

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…

lemonjuice

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 6:

curds

colander

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.

Step 9:

herbs

Step 10:

crackers

Step 11:

finished

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!

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Cynthia (It All Changes) December 13, 2010 at 7:45 PM

This looks interesting. I sometimes have success with goat milk so I might have to try this. If not it will make great gifts :-)

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Melissa (MelissaLikesToEat) December 13, 2010 at 7:47 PM

Wow! You never cease to amaze. :)
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VeggieGirl December 13, 2010 at 7:48 PM

Mmmm, I hope to encounter that goat cheese.
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Monica December 13, 2010 at 10:29 PM

Definitely didn’t realize how easy it was to make this. I’m gonna have to try it!

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Mads December 14, 2010 at 12:05 AM

Love it. Making cheese from scratch is terrifying, mostly because every recipe I’ve seen involves cheese cloth. I have no idea what cheese cloth is or how to get a hold of the stuff. Coffee filters I can do.
Thanks!
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Jessica December 14, 2010 at 9:00 AM

I LOVE goat cheese. Can’t wait to try this… Thanks for sharing!
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Jackie December 14, 2010 at 9:12 AM

I’ve been wanting to make my own cheese for a while now, it looks sooo easy delicious. I’m going to experiment and get back to you on this.

Jax x

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Roz December 14, 2010 at 11:15 AM

OMG, that’s awesome! My husband and I LOVE goat cheese….I’ll have to try it! Thanks so much for sharing!!!
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Marianne December 19, 2010 at 11:54 PM

Hmmm, probably some of the easiest cheese to make. I may have to give it a go one day. I know we sell goat’s milk :)
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