Intro: Bacon Chilli Farmer's Cheese
Hey Folks, here is a simple way to make cheese in just over an hour. You can eat it plain or spice it up like I have here with bacon and chillies.
There are many ways to make cheese, and I have found this to be the easiest.
This cheese could be eaten right away (soft) or placed in the fridge over night to stiffen up, your choice.
Step 1: What You Will Need
Cheese cloth or muslin cloth
Mortar and pestle (optional)
Bacon (about two slices)
Fresh or ground Chillies
4 cups of Whole Milk
1cup Butter milk
2tsp of lemon juice or white vinegar
3/4 tsp of salt or to taste (try using Bacon Salt)
Step 2: Cook Some Milk
Add the milk to a large pot and slowly bring it to about 175 degrees F. Stir gently to avoid burning or a skin forming on the top. Use a thermometer to help with the temperature.
Step 3: Adding Some Sweet Butter Milk
Once you have reached 175 degrees F, add the butter milk and lemon juice. Turn of the heat and stir gently. The mixture will begin to curdle and you will be left with the curds and whey. Let it sit for 10 to 15 minutes.
Step 4: Bacon and Chiilies
While the Milk mixture is resting, cook up some bacon. I have found that broken up crispy bacon and dried chillies work best.
Use the Mortar and pestle to crush your bacon, or break by hand, it's up to you.
Step 5: Bye Bye Whey
Place the cloth over a colander and slowly spoon the curds in. The whey will slowly seep through the cloth.
Step 6: Hanging Time
Tie of the top with some string and hang over a bowl for about an 30 minutes, and lightly squeeze any extra whey out.
Step 7: Yummy Flavours
After 30 minutes, place the cheese in a bowl and add the salt, bacon and chillies. Mix well.
Step 8: Mold the Cheese
Place the cheese in a mold or small dish and place in the fridge overnight to suck up those flavours.