Post by mightyspuds on May 20, 2007 18:03:06 GMT -8
Hanging inside a 1 gallon pickle jar,this is a good hanger.Ive drained maybe 3-4 cups of whey from this
Opening the cloth after 18 hour hang....
Transfered to plate...rather soft cause the cloth got clogged,Ive hung it back in fridge after this
Snack spread with some Mrs Dash seasoning incorporated,beware of Salt,adding celery salt after I did 1.5 teaspoons into lump is not a good idea,but this was a small sample seasoning so all is well.It was good,but too salty.Salt is put in as a preservative so consider that when you add it or not.My sour cream I made earlier still looks/tastes good.It was salted 1.5 teaspoon per batch and doesnt taste salty.
Post by mightyspuds on May 21, 2007 15:32:09 GMT -8
Doesnt seem to be any economic advantage with retail ingredients.Cost me 7 bucks.
Made a bit again with the Mrs Dash and a hint of dill,tastes like potato chip dip.
Came out softer than Philly Cream cheese,but thicker than sour cream.
I made the 3/4 gallon 2% milk,pint of whipping cream,8 oz. Yogurt. It is creamy almost like butter.Excellent flavor and control over additives are the advantage.This being done strictly as a learning project the knowledge/experience is invaluable.
Now when I have my own milk producers I will be all set to get this cheese making going.
That's a good deal if you can get your milk at a reasonable price.
Post by mightyspuds on May 21, 2007 15:36:01 GMT -8
My hang-up is getting the curds fully developed,and I think that is the reason my cheese isnt as firm as it should be.Im sure next time I will be more patient and not take out curds until they are very firm.3rd time I will have it nailed down.
Post by pastorburch on May 21, 2007 17:31:20 GMT -8
Well my cheese is done and it turned out great........took a long time to drain it but I separated it this morning and drained it the rest of the day in two pieces and tonight it was great!!!! mixed some strawberries in it and it was sooooooooo good............
I really dont care if it cost a little more....it was fun to do and my kids thought it was very interesting to see how cheese is made.......good learning project...........anyhow I would do it again..........next time I will try something else
I just read this whole Cheese making courses. Very interesting! Before someone killed all my goats, I made cheese all the time. The book (Goats Produce Too! The Udder Real Thing! by Mary Jane Toth ) was the best buy in books that I had bought in a long time. it is a super good book! Mozzarella is quite easy to make, after I added the citric acid I never had a flop. I have even made some delicious string cheese, with a jerky works gun like press, it worked great! I had a lot of flops, I even made a goat milk bomb. I was trying to make my own starter: the directions said to put in a jar and cover it. I was new to this so I put a lid on it. I was suppose to stir it every day for like a week, well it was almost the end of the week and I picked up the jar and it blew up! Shattered the jar and blew all the fermented milk all over the kitchen, the ceiling, the cupboards, the floor......it took the good part of the day to clean it all up. What a mess! I learned that cover it meant to cover it with a cloth. Everyone got a good laugh that I was into bomb making. Now a days I would probable be considered a terrorist.
The first time I ever attempted to make butter didn't turn out so well either. I beat it and beat it, and thought all I was going to get was whipped cream so I sweetened it and put it in the refrigerator. well it formed itself into butter....Very sweet butter! It wasn't wasted though, It was really great on Zucchini bread or Pumpkin bread.
I would love to have goats again. I miss mine terribly! I can't find anyone around here with milk goats. People around here are all into the meat goats.
It's good to know there are other people that like to experiment with new things. Cheese making is fun, but I didn't like the junket tablets very well. The liquid rennet that I ordered worked soooooooo much better with quicker results. I used the vegetable rennet, and when I couldn't find the citric acid around here I had my sister pick it up at the Mennonite store near where she lives in Missouri.
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