Chef John's Homemade Cheese
Ingredients8 h 30 m servings 114
- Heat milk in a heavy-bottomed saucepan over low heat, stirring regularly, to 175 degrees F (79 degrees C). Pour buttermilk and lemon juice into milk and remove from heat. Stir gently with a wooden spoon; the curds and whey will begin to separate. If mixture does not curdle, add another teaspoon of lemon juice. Let milk mixture sit for 10 minutes.
- Place a colander over a stockpot and line the colander with 4 layers of cheesecloth. Ladle cheese curds into prepared colander. Let drain for 5 minutes.
- Gather the cheesecloth and tie at the top with twine or string. Tie cheesecloth bag to a wooden spoon and hang it over the stockpot. Let drain for 30 minutes.
- Cut off tied top of cheesecloth. Unwrap the drained cheese and turn out into a bowl. Mix salt into cheese with a wooden spoon. Transfer cheese to a ramekin, cover ramekin with plastic wrap, and refrigerate 8 hours to overnight.
Per Serving: 114 calories; 5.6 9.5 6.6 18 399 Full nutrition
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Delicious! I packed mine firmly into a ramekin, so I came out w/ a pretty firm cheese that had a slight tang to it that we loved. I served it drizzled w/ evoo and cracked black pepper, as sugges...
This was so very easy and I would definitely make it again. Before putting it into ramekins I divided it in half and put a little Old Bay and as much crab meat as it would take and still hold...
I made it for the first time today and had so much fun I made a second batch. I followed the recipe exactly the first time and did have to add the additional teaspoon of lemon juice. The juice m...
Home Run. I wasn't expecting much from such a simple recipe, but it turned out wonderful. I didn't add any extras THIS TIME, but I'm thinking fresh chives would be nice. I used Lemon juice th...
so happy and so surprised! I had a timid heart and kept it plain, but I'm going to experiment with other flavours. Unbelivable!!!
Looking forward to trying this, a simpler recipe for newbies is ricotta. Possibly the easiest cheese to make.