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Chèvre Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 1 gallon of milk (goat or cow)
  • 1/8 tsp. MM100 (if using a different culture it must have diacetylatis bacteria for a richer, buttery taste)
  • drop of single strength rennet diluted in 1/8 cup cool, non-chlorinated water
  • 1 tsp of cheese salt

1: Clean and sanitize all equipment.

2: Warm milk to 75 degrees F.

3: Sprinkle culture on top of milk and let it rehydrate for 5-7 minutes. Then stir gently for 2-5 minutes.

4: Stir in rennet using an up and down motion for 1 minute.

5: Let sit for 8-12 hour. When curds have formed and create a clean break, ladle into forms to drain or into cheese cloth and hang. Draining of whey will start.

6:  Let the whey drain for 8-12 hours. If using molds, flipping the molds will lead to faster draining.

7: Unmold or remove from cheese cloth and mix in 1 tsp of salt or sprinkle on top of forms to let it sink in.

Helpful Hints: 

  • Rennet: It is a coagulant and greatly impacts the texture of the cheese. The most common is veal rennet made from the stomach lining of a calf. It also comes in a vegetarian and microbial form.
  • Clean Break: To test for a clean break insert index finger or knife into the curd about 2 inches at a 45-degree angle. Pull up and forward gently. Look for smooth edges where the curd breaks away and a yellow/green color whey. If edges of the curd are jagged and whey is white it will need to sit longer.
  • Storage: Chevre will store easily in the freezer. Enjoy your own cheese all year round! Drain cheese to the desired consistency. Do not add any salt or added herbs. Freeze in a freezer-safe container. Enjoy with added salt or herbs just before serving. 

 

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