Saturday, 28 June 2014

How to make homemade soft cheese

Making cheese is both a fun activity and involves science too!  If you read Curdling The Milk you can read about the science behind cheese. 
 

This is how to make your own homemade cheese... 
  • Muslin cloth
  • 1 litre of milk
  • The juice of one lemon
  • A pan
  • A colander
  • A cooks thermometer
  • Salt
INSTRUCTIONS:

STEP ONE

Place your muslin cloth in a colander in a sink.

STEP TWO

Heat your litre of milk in a pan until it reaches 200 degrees F.  Use your thermometer to be precise getting it to the right temperature is really important.

STEP THREE

When it has reached the right temperature add the lemon juice.  You will notice it curdles straight away like in the picture above.
 
STEP FOUR
Allow it to cool for 5 to 10 minutes - you can add your salt at this point you will need to add at 2 teaspoons - if you want you can add things like garlic, herbs and/or ground black pepper to reduce the salt intake.

STEP FIVE

Pour it all into your muslin that is sitting in the colander and the whey, the wateriness, will drain away quickly then pick up your muslin and wrap it round the curds and hang it to your kitchen tap and allow to drain for about an hour.


 
Then you will have your cheese!  Enjoy and eat within 3 days.


 

2 comments:

  1. Another fantastic experiment Lisa, thank you for sharing :) This is definitely on our 'to try' list for this week.

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    1. Thanks! It is a fun one and answers one of those questions little ones ask: How do you make cheese? ;) Hope you manage to get round to it, it would be lovely to hear how it goes xx

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