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Offline Sean Kelly

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Home Made Cheese
« on: November 04, 2010, 12:25:47 AM »
I'm thinking of trying my hand at making cheese.  I found a local dairy that will sell raw milk (its legal in Washington, just really hard to find retailers that carry raw milk).
Anybody here make their own cheese?  How hard is it to make?

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Re: Home Made Cheese
« Reply #1 on: November 04, 2010, 09:06:34 AM »
I was just thinking the same thing. I know a guy that has two milk cow's that said he would give me all the milk I wanted. The price of milk here is 3 dollar's a gallon and when the grandkid's are here we will use a gallon and a half a day. Just have to remind the wife to shake it before she gets a glass. She is bad about stealing all the cream.
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Re: Home Made Cheese
« Reply #2 on: November 04, 2010, 09:08:00 AM »
We make it in the winter.  I built a oak cheese press that is weighted with water filled milk jugs.  Buy a good book and read up.   Heres a link to a recipe for 30 Minute  Mozzarella  that is so easy and always turns out great
http://homecooking.about.com/od/cheeserecipes/r/bldairy22.htm#

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Re: Home Made Cheese
« Reply #3 on: November 04, 2010, 09:15:03 AM »
Thank's danno I know what I'm doing this weekend if I can get the stuff to do it.
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Re: Home Made Cheese
« Reply #4 on: November 04, 2010, 09:46:00 AM »
after the Mozzarella is done save the whey and make Ricotta with it
heres the recipe
http://www.instructables.com/id/Great-Ricotta-Cheese-From-Whey/

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Re: Home Made Cheese
« Reply #5 on: November 04, 2010, 09:50:35 AM »
I make a "farmer's cheese" often.

Heat 1gal milk slowly to 190 degrees and add the juice of two large lemons or 1/4 cup vinegar to separate the curd from the whey. Pour through a sieve lined with 4 layers of cheese cloth and allow to drain for 10 mins or so. Gather the cheese cloth into a sling and hang from a dowel over the sink until it stops dripping. Place in a bowl and salt to taste.

Put about half of the cheese in a tupperware container and cover with honey. Repeat with the second half to form layers.

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Re: Home Made Cheese
« Reply #6 on: November 04, 2010, 10:03:30 AM »
I can't say I was ever very good at it, but I made "farmer's cheese" as well.  Nothing fancy, but not bad tasting.  You can let it dry more and keep it longer  I never used honey...
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Re: Home Made Cheese
« Reply #7 on: November 04, 2010, 10:08:38 AM »
the 30 Minute  Mozzarella  is one of my favorites.  It does need the optional salt for flavor.   It comes out kinda rubbery and tasty

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Re: Home Made Cheese
« Reply #8 on: November 04, 2010, 12:50:49 PM »
mmm, I like to make fresh farmers cheese too :)
I let the fresh curds drain for a few hours to overnight in the fridge..
Then I take about a half cup or so of olive oil, and add to it several tablespoons of chopped fresh herbs and some salt. Then using a small baking dish... I pour in some of the oil mix, fill it with the fresh cheese, top off with the rest of the oil mix.. Make sure there is oil all the way around the cheese, and no bare cheese touches the dish walls.
Bake for 30-45 min at 350...
Makes for an amazing cheese spread :) The herbs and salt in the oil balance great with the blandish cheese.
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Re: Home Made Cheese
« Reply #9 on: November 04, 2010, 01:02:33 PM »
Now that's one I'll surely try!

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Re: Home Made Cheese
« Reply #10 on: November 04, 2010, 11:04:36 PM »
Yall are making me hungry,  I would love to be able to make cheese for the amount that I eat,  Just love new York extra sharp cheddar,  and provolone for hot sandwhiches,  colby on cold sandwhiches, american for an omlet,  motzerella for pizza and snacking,  I have a cousin that makes cow butter all the time,  best butter yall ever had,  never tried home made cheese though.  

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Re: Home Made Cheese
« Reply #11 on: November 04, 2010, 11:40:49 PM »
If you do end up making cheese just remember to cut it in the kitchen before bringing it out to guests. It's considered rude to cut the cheese in public :-D

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Re: Home Made Cheese
« Reply #12 on: November 05, 2010, 10:24:39 AM »
Naw, you can cut the cheese in public but only when you can point the finger at your wife. I do it all the time grocery shopping  :evil:

I've made several batches of 'feta' from goats milk. So easy that I even pulled it off.

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Re: Home Made Cheese
« Reply #13 on: November 07, 2010, 08:12:50 AM »
Naw, you can cut the cheese in public but only when you can point the finger at your wife.

I don't know about pointing my finger at the wife, but my kids think it's great to pull my finger.

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Re: Home Made Cheese
« Reply #14 on: November 07, 2010, 12:00:48 PM »
Bwah!!!  You dudes are all sick  :shock: considering now ALL men are brats!!!  :roll:  :lol:   :-P.  Beautiful days, of love, peace and health, Cindi
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Re: Home Made Cheese
« Reply #15 on: November 07, 2010, 10:26:50 PM »
 :evil:   :evil:   :evil:   :evil:   :evil:

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Re: Home Made Cheese
« Reply #16 on: November 24, 2010, 10:45:24 AM »
You could probably pour the milk in some kind of dish and seal it and put it some place hot and go back and you might have something. I left a glass of milk on the counter and after three days it turned to clabber.