Saturday, July 9, 2011

Making Soft Goat Cheese

I did some research and asked some knowledgeable goat people and they told me to wait about 10 days after my goat has given birth before using her milk. So I bought some goat milk from the store today and made my kids some goat cheese. Here is a step by step tutorial.

 Here are the ingredients you need to make soft goat cheese. Cheese cloth, Candy Thermometer, Strainer, Whole Goat Milk, Two lemons, salt, and herbs and a bowl to sit the strainer over.
 Pour your goat milk into a sauce pan. Heat up the goat milk to 180 degrees. Using the candy thermometer to keep check on the temperature.
 Squeeze both lemons until you have 1/4 cup lemon juice. (You may not have to use two or you may have to use more than two.)
 Here is the cheese cloth in the strainer. (We have it 5 layers thick.)
 When the goat milk gets to 180 take it off the heat. Add about a table spoon of salt and the lemon juice. Stir well. You will not see curds as such. This is the time to add garlic, herbs or spices to your cheese. We did plain cheese this time.
 Here is Wesley waiting for it to turn into cheese.
 This is an important step. Ladle it into the cheese cloth. If you go to fast it will not catch the curds. I let it sit and drain until most of the whey was out of it.
 I squeezed the whey out of the rest of the cheese.
Here it is when it has most of the whey squeezed out of it. I tied the cheese cloth tight and put it in the fridge over night. It will become thicker and more whey will come out.

It will be easy to spread when finished.


Rebecca from Chow and Chatter said...

love your blog and tweets always learning from you :-)

Theresa H Hall said...

Fabulous job Amy! Featured you and your post on my FFT HHM post today!