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Making fresh cheese

fresh-cheeseFresh cheese is simple to make. It is characterized by a mild, clean, taste and soft texture. These are normally made from the warmed curds of milk. Most fresh cheese is soft enough to eat with a spoon. But in some fresh cheese the moisture of it gets evaporated become thick and dry. Fresh cheese should be moist and white, with no sign of mold. The fat content of fresh cheese varies as they can be made from whole or skimmed milk, or even with cream.

Some people may think making cheese a very difficult process. But making fresh cheese at home is not that difficult as you think. The fresh cheese is first placed in a sack and is allowed to drain. Since no pressure is applied, the curd retains much of the whey and it is the moisture in the whey that determines how soft the cheese will be.

First pasteurized milk is warmed to a temperature of 27°C. After that butter milk is added to provide the bacteria necessary for curds to form. Once the whey is drained off, use the cheese within day; if salt is added, it will keep in the refrigerator for 2-3 days. Adding flavors to your fresh made cheese brings contrasting taste and texture to your fresh made cheese. Here is a step by step guide you can follow to make fresh cheese at home.

  • Step 1: combine 250 ml each buttermilk and warm milk, and let stand at room temperature for 24 hours until curd forms.
  • Step2: line a bowl with a double thickness of sterilized muslin. Carefully spoon in the curd and then cover it.
  • Step 3: after about 5 hours, gather up the muslin and tie with a string. And then squeeze the whey out firmly with your hands, and then hang above the bowl to drain.
  • Step 4: let it drain for 1-4 hours until firm. Cut the string, turn the cheese on to a plate and peel off the muslin. Home made fresh cheese is now ready.

30 Responses to “Making fresh cheese”

  1. Parita | June 23, 2009 at 3:47 pm | Reply

    Very Helpful post and cheese looks sooo creamy and thick!

  2. Angie's Recipes | June 23, 2009 at 7:17 pm | Reply

    Made fresh cheese a couple of time, because I wanted Whey to make the bread! Just curious, what did you do with the whey? You didn’t dump the whey away, did you? :-)

  3. Natasha - 5 Star Foodie | June 23, 2009 at 10:38 pm | Reply

    My mom and my grandmother used to make fresh homemade cheese all the time but I haven’t tried it yet. It looks great!

  4. Reeni | June 23, 2009 at 11:47 pm | Reply

    You do make it seem so easy! I will definitely be trying this!

  5. Faith | June 24, 2009 at 12:27 am | Reply

    I love fresh cheese and I never knew it was so easy to make at home! I’ll probably be making it all the time now…what a great recipe! Thanks!

  6. nora | June 24, 2009 at 7:11 am | Reply

    you got me there angie :)

  7. Cynthia | June 24, 2009 at 10:21 pm | Reply

    There is such a thrill that one gets from making their own cheese. I remember making panner once and was so elated :)

  8. nora | June 25, 2009 at 6:51 am | Reply

    yes cynthia i totally agree with you :) glad that you stopped by.

  9. Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella | June 25, 2009 at 10:09 am | Reply

    I really should make myself some fresh cheese. It just has to beat something made so fresh and without preservatives or additives! :)

  10. Blond Duck | June 25, 2009 at 6:41 pm | Reply

    I never knew you could make cheese!

  11. Pigpigscorner | June 26, 2009 at 10:43 am | Reply

    Never thought that it would be that easy to make cheese! Thanks for the info!

  12. Gera @ SweetsFoods | June 26, 2009 at 11:54 pm | Reply

    An interesting and useful post, never tried to make fresh cheese but it is convincing for me :) seems easy!

    Cheers!

    Gera

  13. Marta | June 27, 2009 at 4:32 pm | Reply

    Great! I LOVE making my own soft cheese and I always look forward to new recipes and variations! this is great, thanks for sharing it!

  14. Erica | June 28, 2009 at 12:15 am | Reply

    My mom always makes fresh cheese….and I love it!
    I have to make your recipe sounds simple.

  15. lisa (dandysugar) | June 29, 2009 at 8:01 pm | Reply

    Your cheese looks great, fresh, creamy and yummy! I have never made my own cheese. I’ll bet it taste delicious!

  16. Blond Duck | June 29, 2009 at 8:34 pm | Reply

    Don’t we all love George?

  17. Tangled Noodle | July 3, 2009 at 3:21 am | Reply

    One of these days, I’ll make fresh cheese but one step at a time. I made some fresh crème fraîche recently and am quite proud of it! Now I can go on to the next item . . . cheese! This makes it look so easy!

  18. Rosa | July 4, 2009 at 10:28 pm | Reply

    A great idea for the summertime!

    Cheers,

    Rosa

  19. flash | July 7, 2009 at 3:46 pm | Reply

    Perfect!

  20. deeba | July 8, 2009 at 2:48 am | Reply

    I love making fresh cheese like ricotta & cottage cheese. Have a question here? Any ideas on how to make buttermilk? This cheese looks divine! Cheers

  21. nora | July 8, 2009 at 11:17 am | Reply

    hello deeba .. the easy way is to get some old-fashioned cultured buttermilk from a store and add whole milk to 1 cup of cultured milk and set it in a glass jar for about a day. When cultured, the thickened new batch of buttermilk will coat your glass. The process from scratch would be worth a new post here ..Thank you for stopping by :)

  22. The Diva on a Diet | August 13, 2009 at 8:25 pm | Reply

    This is something I’ve always wanted to try – but have been to afraid to do it. I should really take the plunge and give it a go. I’ll bet its wonderful!

  23. nora | August 13, 2009 at 9:32 pm | Reply

    diva, its very easy.. just give it a try. m sure it will turn out perfect!!
    cheers!!

  24. Jessica@FoodMayhem | August 25, 2009 at 9:13 pm | Reply

    Lon and I have been talking about making cheese for a while. I’m not sure what our hold up is but this post is helping to nudge me along.

  25. Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella | September 23, 2009 at 12:55 pm | Reply

    I made my first cheese today-I’m so excited! :D

  26. elra | October 5, 2009 at 8:47 pm | Reply

    Can you believe that I never fresh cheese before? Tis is great post Nora. I’ll try to make it one day.

  27. foodcreate | October 8, 2009 at 5:16 pm | Reply

    I love fresh Cheese ! I will be trying this recipe :)

    Have a wonderful Day ~

  28. Angela | March 8, 2010 at 7:23 am | Reply

    I love this! I think people are afraid of making their own cheese, but it’s so worth it.

  29. Hempknight | April 18, 2011 at 5:22 am | Reply

    I tried making cheese the other day but failed miserably :-D I was unable to obtain the “clean break” the recipe called for before cutting the curds and reheating.

    After accepting defeat I decided to make Paneer (indian cheese). It was pretty good, but was real tangy due to the lemon juice used. I made my own cheese press, but have yet to make a cheese I can place it in. Any help would be appreciated.

  30. marisa amoto | September 27, 2011 at 12:37 pm | Reply

    i love making cheese but its so hard doing at home

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