I have wanted to make cheese forever. I finally made some! I am so darned proud of myself! 🙂 Of course I chose a very simple cheese to start with, Paneer. But nonetheless…..I MADE IT!
We purchased The Cheesemaker’s Pantry kit from Hoegger’s Supply Company. I absolutely LOVE the recipe book that came in the kit! The pictures are phenomenal. And the information and directions are great! If you don’t need the kit, the recipe book would definitely be one you want for your collection! (I have not been paid to do a review, just really like the product!)
So it all started with a gallon of raw goat’s milk
It’s best to use a double boiler, but you can use a regular pot as well. Just make sure you stir constantly while waiting for milk to come to a roaring boil. You don’t want to scald your milk.
Once your milk boils remove from heat and add in either lemon juice, vinegar or citric acid powder that has been dissolved in water
Hang your cheese in the cloth above your strainer so the rest of the whey can drain out and the cheese gets firm
This is the whey I got from 1 gallon of milk. I will either be using it to make mozarella cheese or I will freeze some for when we have “dry months”. I know for sure I will be making some fermented whey lemonade. This is a yummy treat!
And here it is! My first cheese! It’s not pretty. In fact it looks like it would be fun to use for Halloween as a brain. But it is FANTASTIC! I am so happy with the end result and I am ready to make more! My next endevor will be a yummy soft spreadable cheese.