This is a guide to making goat cheese using goat’s milk. This is great if you are raising goats, or are just looking to try something new. Goat cheese tastes a bit like cream cheese, but with a firmer texture and a bit more kick. It’s good on salads and in any other recipes where cheese is used.
So let’s begin!
What You Will Need:
1) A quart of goat’s milk (will yield up to a cup of goat cheese)
2) ¼ cup of lemon juice
3) Salt or seasoning (some good ideas for herbs are parsley, chives, dill and rosemary).
4) A medium-sized stainless steel pot or saucepan (other materials may leech into the milk).
5) A thermometer
6) A strainer/colander
7) A wooden spoon
8) 2-3 cheese cloths
9) A bowl
How to Do It:
1) Put the goat’s milk into the pot/saucepan.
2) Slowly heat the pot to 180 degrees. Bubbles will begin forming and surface will look foamy. It should take 10-15 minutes to get to get to this point.
3) At this point, turn the heat off and add the lemon juice to the pot. Stir and let sit for 10 minutes. The milk will begin to curdle.
4) Place 2-3 cheese cloths over your strainer. Slowly pour the milk into the cloths.
5) Collect the corners of the cloths, and hold together at the top. An elastic band can be used here.
6) Attach this bundle to a wooden spoon, and hang it over the pot. Let it drip and drain any moisture for 2 hours.
7) Put your cheese into a bowl. Now you can add any salt or seasoning you have.
8) Use your hands to shape the cheese into a convenient shape (wheels and blocks are common).
Goat cheese will last about a week in the fridge, but tastes best in the first few days.
Some people enjoy the texture more if the goat cheese has been refrigerated for a few hours before eating.
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Good luck and stay prepared!