Step 1: Materials
What you need:
(measurements con go up or down depending on how much you want)
2 cups Whole or 2% milk
1-2 tablespoons of lemon juice
Thermometer (can be candy or meat)
Cheesecloth, cotton t-shirt piece (preferably white. Who wants green cheese?), or a washcloth
Cookie sheet with raised edges
heavy object with flat bottom (5-10 lbs)
Step 2: Curds and Whey
When the milk reaches the right temperature, turn off heat add the lemon juice 1 teaspoon at a time and stir until curds (lumps of fat) form. Remove from that burner.
Let mixture cool to a temperature that you can handle. Separate the curds from the whey by pouring the mixture through the strainer. Dump the curds onto the cloth. Take the four corners in one hand and use the other to twist it until most of the whey (liquid drained from the curds) is out of the curds.
Break up and salt (if you want a block, look at next step. DO NOT BREAKUP!)
Step 3: Optional: Press and Block
Take your cloth with curds and fold in thirds. Place on baking sheet. Place your heavy object (5-10 lbs) on top for about 15-30 minutes. (I used a cast iron skillet.)