Whine…and Cheese!

Okay, so my last post was me being mopey about the grocery store.

HOWEVER, I did make some fantastic cheese tonight.  It’s so freaking easy.  This recipe came from DIY Delicious by Vanessa Barrington.

Step 1: pour 1 gallon of milk into a large pot

I would cry if I spilled all of this

Step 2: Heat milk to 185 degrees F, while stirring.

Step 3: At 185 degrees, turn off heat and add 1/3 cup white vinegar.  Stir to distribute the vinegar, then let it sit for 5-8 minutes.

this effect is infinitely more disgusting when you are teaching the milk separation lab for general chemistry..

Step 4:  Remove clumps of cheese with a slotted spoon and place in a cheese cloth lined strainer.  If you want dry cheese, use less layers of cloth; soft cheese, use more.  (I used two layers)

starting to look less disgusting

Step 5: Once the cheese reaches the desired consistency, add salt (to taste), and store in a tupperware.

Cheese is obviously stored best in an old chop suey container

There you have it.  This whole process probably takes about an hour, but most of that time is waiting for the milk to reach the correct temperature.  It’s really nice if you have work in the kitchen that needs to be done, or if you can sit around and do homework or drink tea while you chat with your roommate and watch ridiculous videos on college humor.

Price?  Crazy cheap.  This was 3/4 of a gallon and 1/4 cup of vinegar so it ended up being $4.50 for ~1 lb?  1.5 lb?  of organic cheese.  A great bonus is that I also have A TON of whey left over.

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