DIY EATS: Homemade Cheese

Making homemade cheese has been on my To Do list for over 1 month now. I’ve been patiently sitting on two gallons of whole Vitamin D milk (well not literally lol ^_~), however as I waited for the milk to spoil a bit (in hopes of adding more bite to the cheese) time just kept passing by, without any spoiling to the milk, despite it being dated April 10.

As of today, April 27, the milk still has yet to spoil, “so I said what the heck” and decided to making the cheese anyway. Well let me tell you, it was so easy! I cannot believe that I’ve never tried to make homemade cheese before.

If you want to try to make homemade cheese, on your stove top at home, you will need these items:

  • Large thick bottom pot
  • 1 gallon or more of whole milk (unpasteurized is better)
  • 1/2 cup white vinegar
  • Cooking thermometer
  • Cheese cloth folded in two
  • Double colander or strainer over a bowl
  • Slotted spoon

Here are the simple diy cheese making at home’ directions:

  1. Warm one gallon of whole Vitamin D milk slowly over a low-medium heat in the thick bottom pot.
  2. Continuously stir the milk to prevent it from scalding on the bottom of the pan.
  3. Once the milk reaches 190 degrees, slowly pour in 1/2 cup of white vinegar.
  4. As the whey and curds begin to separate, begin scooping out the curds.
  5. Ladle the curds onto the cheesecloth.
  6. After scooping out all the curds, wring the cheesecloth to remove excess water, forming a cheese ball.
  7. Run cheese under water to rinse off the extra whey (water will look slightly greenish) a few times (as desired).
  8. Squeeze cheese in cheesecloth until no more moisture escapes, several times.
  9. Hang cheese ball (which should be in cheesecloth) over a bowl, for 2-3 hours, to remove excess water, as desired.
  10. If you wish to flavor the cheese add the seasonings/flavor to cheese before you hang it.

After 2-3 hours open the ball of cheese to separate the curds, and presto your finito!

If you attempt #diy #cheese making, please share a photo below! If you have any other #diyEats ideas please post them below in a comment.

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