Posted by Jason Pullen | Posted in Self Sufficient Living : Cooking, Self Sufficient Living : Guide | Posted on 13-01-2012
If you know me, or indeed have met me, even for a short time, you will know that I love cheese, and love may not be a strong enough word. My name at work use to be mighty mouse, due to me bringing in wacky and often smelly cheeses, I must have been so popular.
Here is a quick guide to making your own soft cheese. Another tiny step to living more self sufficiently.
All you need is some milk, preferably organic whole milk, a large pan, some muslin and lemon juice.
Bring the milk to a low simmer, take it off the heat, squirt in some lemon and stir. The milk should start to curdle, if it doesn’t bung in a little more lemon.
Scoop out the curd with a slatted spoon and place it into the muslin. Once you have it all, tie off the muslin with a piece of string and hang overnight. Make sure you hang it over a container of some sort, to catch the whey that will drain from your cheese.
In the morning open up your muslin and spread out your cheese on the worktop. This cheese is a little bland but you can give it some vavooom with some chives, garlic, salt and pepper.
Note : Don’t throw out the whey after you have separated it from the curds, as it can be used to make soda bread.
Let me know how you get on and if you have any flavour tips, I’ll be happy to try them out!