If you’ve been a reader of Dianne’s Dishes for a while you know I am more than obsessed with goat cheese. I love the stuff! There is just something so scrumptious about it’s tangy, creamy goodness! So when I decided to try my hand at cheese making, goat cheese was sure to follow.
The goat cheese took longer than 30 minutes, but still not long in the grand scheme of things. The goat’s milk that I bought at My Organic Market was already pasteurized as sales of raw milk here in Maryland are illegal, so I skipped the pasteurization step. I simply had to heat my gallon of milk to 86 F and add the Chevre starter. I did this Tuesday night and let it sit overnight to thicken.
Yesterday morning around 8:30 am I started the next step of the process, which is the draining process. You ladle the solids out and place it into cheesecloth in a colander and let it sit for several hours. The longer you let it sit the more firm it becomes.
I decided to go for a creamier cheese and ended up with a slightly firm finished product that is somewhat spreadable. I also didn’t add any salt to the finished product, though that’s always an option. The cheese was just the right combination of tangy and creamy and I felt that salt wasn’t needed, but you can add that in if you want. You can also add in herbs and such if you like. It’s all a matter of personal taste.
You can even freeze the cheese pre-salting! I’m still amazed at how easy the whole process of making cheese is! Alexis and I are having a lot of fun making cheeses. I think we’ve found a new hobby!