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Homemade Cheese: Simple Recipe

Say "CHEESE" to making your very own recipe at home.


Making Cheese at Home the Simple Way.


You can find ways to make homemade cheese varying in degrees of difficulty, but for our home school unit on cheese, I just needed a basic recipe that demonstrated the process with a result that was edible.


A Whole Lesson On Cheese?


It may sound too cheesy choosing to make a complete lesson about the delicious dairy product, but when sliced just right, there is a brick of information surrounding the stuff. How cheese was invented, the numerous varieties and forms of cheese, and of course the process of making cheese. With so much to incorporate in different areas of our studies, I just couldn't help but get inspired by cheese the more I researched.

Cheese Unit: What Is Cheese Exercise
Examining cheese further by filling in some facts with "What Is Cheese" exercise


So with that, let's


Get To The Curds and Whey.


Of the recipes I researched, I chose to use a basic one that could be enhanced or modified using whichever flavors, herbs, and spices desired once completed.

For this basic cheese recipe you will need the following ingredients and supplies:


1 gallon of whole milk

1/2 cup of white vinegar

Seasonings of your choice

along with:

Cheesecloth

Strainer


Let's Make It:

  1. Prepare a large square piece of cheesecloth.

  2. Pour the gallon of milk into a pot and bring to a boil.

  3. Once boiling, pour in the 1/2 cup of white vinegar. Stir. The curds will begin to separate from the whey. Remove from heat.

  4. Spoon out the curds from the whey and place into prepared piece of cheesecloth.

  5. Wrap up the cloth and twist it in order to drain any residual whey from the curds.

  6. Open the cloth and add desired seasonings to the curds- salt, rosemary, garlic and herb, etc.

  7. Twist and tie up the cloth and let the cheese now sit for 1 hour before refrigerating.

  8. Serve crumbled or as a ball to spread on crackers.

ENJOY!


The Big Cheese!

We were impressed by the ease of the process and the end result. More importantly, it led to more learning by the lingering questions of "how does it work" and the science behind the chemical reaction.


Cheese Unit: Cheese Kitchen Creation
Anxiously awaiting our end product after straining



Cheese Unit: Cheese Kitchen Creation
Our cheese ball!

Taste my unique and complete lesson plan on cheese HERE.

It's The Cheese!


Cheese Unit: Cheese Kitchen Creation
Working the straining process

Cheese Unit: Cheese Kitchen Creation
Spooning out the curds

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