I purchased a quart of fresh goat’s milk at the market and decided to make my own flavored cheese. It was astonishingly simple to do…a nearly effortless process, and the result was delicious, subtle flavored with dill and pepper. Plus, the process gave me control over the amount of salt I wanted to use.
DO NOT BE DAUNTED by the list below. I have outlined each step I took. It is easy, easy, easy. The entire process took me maybe 15 minutes.
Goat’s milk is generally considered to be beneficial in ways that cow’s milk is not. For a list of benefits CLICK.
Now you can make your own flavored cheese. I chose Dill because I had some, and it’s light and versatile.
HOW TO MAKE YOUR OWN GOAT CHEESE
- Pour 1 quart or liter of fresh Goat Milk into a saucepan. Add to this:
- 1 – 2 tablespoons of finely chopped, fresh Dill
- 1 Teaspoon of good quality salt (or less, just to your taste).
- Shake in about 1/2 teaspoon Black Pepper
- Stirring, bring the mixture to near boiling. The surface will develop small, foamy bubbles and the pan will emit sweet smelling steam. Avoid a rolling boil.
- Turn off the fire.
- Now for the magic! Right into your hot milk & herb mixture, add 1 Tablespoon of White Vinegar, or fresh citrus.
- Stir a few times and walk away for a few minutes. (Your milk will curdle and the whey will separate.)
- Find a nice bowl over which you can securely set a strainer.
- Line your strainer with a large coffee filter
- Spoon or pour all your mixture, liquid and all, over the filter.
- Let sit & drain until all the liquid is gone and only the firm white cheese remains.
- Scoop this dryer into a new, clean coffee filter & gently squeeze into a small ball.
- Set the wrapped ball on a little dish, like the one below. Now set another dish on top, for weight.
- Leave this in the refrigerator overnight or until chilled & firm
- Voila! You have an easy, nice, tasty and firm cheese.
TIPS: Eat it sliced on crackers, or sprinkle it atop an omelette. Add it to sandwishes or garnish soups with it. Sprinkle it or arrange nice slices on your next healthy salad.
This is a super fun project to do with kids!