Homemade Super Simple Cheese

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Introduction: Homemade Super Simple Cheese

About: I am from the land of Louisville, Kentucky locked in a tower high above the clouds! When I'm not in school, I am always creating something. It's just me! I don't do things the "recommended" way. I just get o...

Let me start off by saying this is my first instructable. I learned to make this really simple cheese yesterday. This cheese is relatively flavorless, but i will show you the uses for it at the end. (Will post pics soon!)

Step 1: Materials


What you need:
(measurements con go up or down depending on how much you want)

Ingredients:
2 cups Whole or 2% milk
1-2 tablespoons of lemon juice

Materials:

Sauce pan
Thermometer (can be candy or meat)
spoon
Strainer
Cheesecloth, cotton t-shirt piece (preferably white. Who wants green cheese?), or a washcloth

Optional:

Cookie sheet with raised edges
heavy object with flat bottom (5-10 lbs)

Step 2: Curds and Whey

Put the milk in your saucepan and heat it on medium low (any higher will make the milk stick to the pan) to between 170°F - 190°F

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.)

Step 4: More Uses


Use as cheese for Italian pasta dishes

Break up and deep fry in homemade batter

Crumble on salad

Comment on your uses!

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    Excellent, that's how we make the traditional Indian cheese 'Paneer' at home almost thrice a week. Can be had deep fried or baked sprinkled with a little salt and pepper or in a curry or a sandwich and a dozen other ways of eating it, also very nice as a pizza topping !

    Anyone reading this who wants to have a go, or has made a cheese at home and wants more help with next steps should check out http://homemadecheese.org which is aimed at the amateur home cheese maker.

    I have been making this cheese for a while now. got the it from a cheese book as the first step in making harder cheeses.

    One thing I like to do is chop some bunching onions or garlic and putting it in a food processor. This will make a flavored cream cheese of sort, works great and is cheap!

    I think the green cheese may go good with the green eggs and ham Dr.Seuss likes.

    Have a question. I see that this is the same as paneer or very close.

    What is your take on the melting point of the cheese? I see that paneer can be fried in slices, and does not melt but browns like a piece of buttered bread. Will it melt if shredded? What are the different textures of your cheese with the different cooking processes?

    If I want a gooey cheese will I have to use the Rennet process to make the cheese?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H-1zq5eoH4Q

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    I have done this and not pressed it this makes a softer cheese and i added the salt in the hot milk. I also used white vinigar it was very nice dont use too much of either as it makes it taste to lemonee or vinergaree... i put cheese cloth bundle in fridge when firmer i took off the cheese cloth let it air dry to form a skin on flattened ball making it look and taste a bit like brie. still experimenting.I also tried a little flour to make it not so sticky on outside. and chill.. I will post exact recipe.

    in india we make the same thing and call it paneer, u can make just about anything with it and use it for meat substitute . You can make barbeque paneer, grilled paneer, tandoori paneer,white sauce paneer ,ect. just google paneer recipes for all of the recipes.

    cold you add chocolate to the melk to make chocolate chess

    I just made this and tried it with a little salt, WOW! This is good stuff! I'm suppose to make lasagna tonight for dinner and I'm wondering if I can substitute this for the cottage cheese without my hubby noticing a huge difference. Wow! Love it!

    this might be a daft question, but has anyone tried this with a non-animal milk, such as almond, soy, etc.? This recipe creates a tofu/paneer type cheese, but I'm dying to make a cheese replacement that is more like a hard cheese.
    Any suggestions?

    looks nice by the way. how about adding beer? :) mmmm

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    Sorry, you can't easily make cheese of non animal milks - casein is required to make cheese - well Cheese!

    Goat and Sheep milk - yes, in fact Feta is traditionally goat cheese and there is a very expensive, very rich cheese made exclusively of sheeps milk which is very high fat. About $40 a pound! As it takes 10 gallons of milk to make a pound of pressed cheese you can well imagine why after milking a sheep!

    Sheep's Milk Cheese
    Abbaye de Bel'loc is a French Pyrenees sheep's milk cheese from the Benedictine Monks at the abbey of Notre-Dame de Belloc. It has a fine, dense texture and ...
    www.artisanalcheese.com/SetAdvancedSearch.asp

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    tofu. i essentially non dairy cheese. the same process is used to make tofu as this recipie... i will try an almond milk this weekend maybe.

    I use dry milk.. Also, instead of forming it into a cheese, I use a food processor, adding cream or yogurt (Greek yogurt is especially good), The result can be used in place of ricotta and cottage cheese.

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    this cannot be used in place of ricotta unless you have no taste buds. Ricotta is a bit different, but close. It may be used in place of cottage cheese, but the same can be said of paper mache, or tofu.

    when i was 22 I was visiting friends. being eyetalian they asked me to cook a meal (brave as well as nice people). Food was fine they loved it, next day they wanted to use the left overs so I told them to buy 2 pounds mozzerella and 2 pounds ricotta they picked up the mootsie and cottage cheese. The dairy man said " they are both pot cheeses and can be used interchangably, and CC is half the price. " We went back to store and I told the dairy man he should not tell lies they are very different. Later on back at the ranch I made them taste side by side, both cheeses. My pen pal then told his mom not to question my cooking if, it is eyetalian food, cause she didn't have a clue. He was right, and she was a fabulous cook, just no ethnic stuff. And they were gracious hosts.

    LOL perhaps it is true, though I also am Italian, I do not have taste buds. Although it does not have the taste of commercial cottage cheese....it would not be suitable for things like cannoli. I do use it for Frittata, Ricotta pie, Pizzagaina ect. My family, and many other Italians, always made their own ricotta this way.....using rennet, vs vinegar/lemon juice. But, rennet is hard to find and rather expensive.

    Hi Nona,

    try has many many toys and ingredients. I must say if you make those items you definitely have buds, but you like what you like. But my personal feeling is if it doesn't taste like cottage cheese it isn't. I can only base this on my tasting of many many commercial ones, however, non salted cottage cheese has no flavor, almost as obnoxious as tofu. Starting with 100% skim then making it very dry (cheese cloth), then adding a few tablespoons 1/2 and 1/2 and salt, will make it more cottage cheezie?

    You mentioned Pizzagaina what is it? and the classic NY'r line, "whataparta Italy duza u familigia coma from? Mine hails from Sicilia and Rome and another part (not sure). Due to the melting pot that is America, we cook other kinds of food and things other then Siggie food, (but honestly, it is the best). And of course my mother sauce is better then your mothers sauce(chuckle).

    ciao

    Isn't that cheese site interesting. Found it when I was trying to find out how to make a basket goat milk cheese, my family made.

    You probably call Pizzagaina something else....every region of Italy has it's own name. It is the Easter pie, with Italian cold cuts, ricotta...along with other cheeses and lots of eggs.

    My family was from Lake Como... my late husband was Sicilian. LOL your mother more than likely did make a better sauce. Northern Italian cuisine is more butter and cheeses, than tomato and oil.