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How to Make Thistle Rennet for Cheesemaking
Did you know that you can make a perfectly good rennet substitute from a weed that might be growing in your yard?
This recipe uses Bull Thistle (cirsium vulgare), a purple thistle that is considered a weed in most places. Check books on wild foraging or edible weeds for proper plant identification.
Harvesting Bull ThistleRemove the thistle flower head after it has browned a little on the plant. Pick the head before it starts producing thistle down. Take the flowers in and dry them well in a dehydrator, or merely in a sunny, ventilated place in your house. Once they are fully dried, pick off the stamens or the purplish threads from each head. Put the harvested stamens in a clean, completely dry jar with an airtight lid.
Instructions for Making Thistle Rennet:
How to Use Thistle Rennet in Cheesemaking
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