$2.98 Homemade Cheesus!!!

Discussion in 'Cheese' started by dirtsailor2003, Nov 21, 2014.

  1. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    It's been a while since I've made cheese. Some of the simple ones are really cheap and easy to do.

    While I prefer to use raw milk, or organic, I didn't have time to go to the only store in town where I can get raw, and all the organic was Ultra-pasteurized. So standard pasteurized whole milk is what I used. Milk was on sale for $1.99/half gallon. Lemons $0.99 ea. just enough for a batch of Paneer cheese aka Farmers Cheese.

    So here is what you need.

    1/2 gallon whole milk (cannot be ultra pasteurized, pasteurized is okay but raw is even better).

    4 tablespoons fresh squeezed lemon ( I filter mine through a piece of cheese cloth.

    Over medium high heat bring the temp of the milk up to 180. Stirring frequently to avoid scorching. I use my iGrill to monitor temps.

    Once the milk hits 180, turn off heat. Slowly stir in lemon juice. Curds will form on form on top. Allow to sit 5 minutes.

    Line a colander with cheese cloth. Depending on the weight you may need two layers. Make sure the cloth overlaps the edges.

    Gently pot curds and whey into lined colander. Allow to drain for several
    Minutes. If you wish to collect the whey, do this over a large bowl ( 2 qt ). You can save the whey for other uses. You can make ricotta from the whey.

    Take up the sides of the cheese cloth and twist. Squeeze out as much liquid as you can. Wrap tightly, place on a plate, place a plate on too and weight on too. Allow to sit 1 hour on counter.

    Then you're ready to either serve or put in the fridge. This cheese should be consumed within 3-5 days.

    The last shot is the whey. Take a bunch if milk to make a little cheese. You can do all kinds of things with the whey. It does freeze and can be kept in the freezer for 6 months.
  2. welshrarebit

    welshrarebit Master of the Pit

    Nice tutorial! You gonna try and smoke some?
  3. c farmer

    c farmer Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Nice. Gonna have to try it. Fresh cheese. Love it
  4. atomicsmoke

    atomicsmoke Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    How long does this cheese keep in the fridge?

    Yep, yield is not great...even for soft cheeses. I was reading somewhere the yield for Parmesan cheese was 7-8%.

    I like polenta cooked with whey. Also ricotta is made from whey (at a even lower yield)...tried that once-got a hand full of ricotta from almost a gallon of whey.
  5. Case

    it looks yummy! Making cheese is my next adventure If I don't get sidetracked.

    Happy smoken.

  6. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Adam with all the cows you have you should be making cheese daily!

    Atomic this cheese lasts about a week. But it won't last really more than a day.. I'll show the size of the round once it's set. Probably be 1" thick and 4-5" round.
  7. c farmer

    c farmer Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    You should try to milk beef cows. Lol
  8. waterinholebrew

    waterinholebrew Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Great tutorial Case, man I gotta try this...... We love cheese ! Thumbs Up
  9. That's a great idea.  I have never made cheese before.  Can't wait to see the final product.  Do you eat it fresh or smoke it?
  10. venture

    venture Smoking Guru OTBS Member


    Never tried this.

    Have made Mozz with rennet.

    I will leave the milking of steers to others?

    Good luck and good smoking.
  11. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    About the final product, ummm we ate it all as a snack and I didn't get any photos!!! It was round and white and too good to stop eating! This is what normally happens when we make cheese!

    Paneer cheese has a nice smooth texture and a hint of lemon flavor.
  12. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Next batch I'm going to add cracked pepper and dill, plan on serving it with smoked salmon.
  13. red dog

    red dog Smoking Fanatic

    That sounds terrific Case. It should be great with smoked salmon or spread on a cracker with a little lemon marmalade. [​IMG]
  14. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    It's tasty! Tomorrow is smoked salmon and smoked tuna bellies!
  15. red dog

    red dog Smoking Fanatic

    Tuna bellies! Now your making me drool. I gotta go change my shirt.

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