Make Your Own Cheese
Make your own cheese at home is an integral part of self-sufficiency and frugal living. There are a million ways of making homemade cheese, and each method has its own advantages and difficulty levels.
So, what do you need to make this delicious homemade cheese? You would need, one quarter fresh cream, 1/8 th teaspoon of mesophilic starter culture, a really fine cheesecloth and sea salt.
- Before you start making your own cheese, you should first make the mesophilic starter culture. You can use over the counter culture as well; however, it is better you make your own. In a clean and dry glass jar, add fresh and unpasteurized milk.
- Close the lid very loosely, making sure that you leave a slight crack open. Let this sit on the counter until the milk starts to thicken. If you are lucky, you might be able to get thick milk within 24 hours; however, sometimes, it might take more than 30 hours as well.
- Once the milk thickens, you should get it to look like yogurt. Once it comes to this consistency, you should stir it, and pour it into a fresh freezer cube tray.
- With each of these cubes, you get nearly one ounce of Mesophilic starter culture.
- Now take one quarter fresh cream in a clean bottle, and gently add the Mesophilic starter culture.
- Don’t close the bottle tightly; just let the cover sit loosely on the bottle.
- Leave this bottle to rest for at least 8 to 12 hours for culture to start developing.
- You would know that it is ready when the mixture starts resembling thick yogurt.
- Gently dump this thickened cream on to cheesecloth; make sure that the whey continues to drip for at least 10 to 12 hours. Remember that the longer you let the cream drip, the thicker and firmer your cheese will be.
- Now, slowly scrap the cheesecloth and sprinkle salt (as required).
- Store this creamy cheese in an airtight container for future use.
Hope these 11 steps will help you make your own cheese easily at home. Read more to discover other homesteading lessons.
Originally posted 2020-06-26 17:28:53.