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Recipe: Goat Milk Cottage Cheese

Goat milk makes a delicious cottage cheese with a soft curd.

Ingredients:

Instructions:

  1. Heat milk slowly to 72°F over low heat, stirring frequently.
  2. Add starter culture and stir in thoroughly.
  3. Add diluted rennet, pouring it in through the holes of a perforated spoon and into the milk. Using an up-an-down motion, mix the rennet in thoroughly.
  4. Cover and let the milk set undisturbed at room temperature for 14-18 hours, until coagulated.
  5. Cut the curd into ½-inch cubes, then allow the curd to rest for 10 minutes.
  6. Gradually begin heating the curds and whey by only 3°F every 5 minutes, until the temperature has reached 90°F. Then, increase the temperature by only 1 degree every minute until the temperature reaches 102°F. Cook the curds at this temperature for 30 minutes, until curds are firm. Stir sparingly during this cooking time.
  7. Allow the curds to settle undisturbed for 5 minutes at 102°F. Line a colander with clean cheesecloth and pour the curds into it. Let the whey drain in the colander for several minutes.
  8. Rinse the bag of curds in a bowl of very cold water to cool them, then allow them to drain again for several more minutes.
  9. Pour the drained curds into a bowl and mill them a bit with your hands to break up any clumps or matted bunches.
  10. Salt curds and add a Tbsp. of cream for a creamier texture.
  11. Store in a refrigerator for up to 2 weeks, tightly covered.

At A Glance

PREP: 18 hours
COOK: 1 hour, 45 minutes
TOTAL: 19 hours, 45 minutes
YIELD: Makes 1 block of cheese.