Monday, November 9, 2009

Goatucation: Goat's Milk Cheese - Feta

The publicist is really taking over my Goatucation day! But she noted that you all were very happy with her post on how she made chevre cheese with my rich milk so now she is going to show you how she makes feta cheese with my rich milk.  So here you go...

She puts 1 gallon of milk in her heavy, non reactive pot and heats it to 86*







Then she adds buttermilk and lipase powder that has been mixed in water. The lipase powder is what makes the feta cheese stinky. She and the male person like stinky cheese. Then the mixture sits for an hour. At this point she adds 1/2 teaspoon of rennet that has been diluted in 1/4 cup of water.




She lets it rest until it coagulates. Then she cuts the curds







and lets it rest some more. Then she has to stir the curds for 20 minutes while keeping the mixture at 86*.  







After this the curds get poured into her cheesecloth lined stainless steel colander.







Then the curds get tied up and hung for 8 - 12 hours to drain.







When the bag is cut open the cheese ball looks like this







Then it has to be cut into three pieces, salted and left in a bowl for three days.







After that she uses one piece and the other two pieces go into a brine until she needs them.


I hope you liked learning about how to make goat's milk feta cheese.


Tomorrow: I have my date with Luke!

20 comments:

  1. That was really interesting! I also didn't know it would be stored in brine until needed. How long can it be stored?

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  2. mmmmm! this is making mom especially mad that she does not have goats! she would be 300 pounds if she did though cuz she would eat Feta for breakfast lunch and dinner! haha

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  3. Wow...you are so handy in the kitchen with a jug of goat's milk! The cheese looks really yummy. I love Feta cheese but nobody else in the family likes it so I have to eat it all by myself...ha! Lucky me!

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  4. I really need to make some cheese today as we're getting an abundance of goat milk in the fridge. I think I'll go with mozzarella since that is what I've got the stuff to make. Then I see pizza in our future...
    ~Jenny~

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  5. Yummy yummy yummy I need some cheese in my tummy.

    I haven't made Feta yet.

    But I don't have much milk now to try. I guess I'll have to wait until spring.

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  6. That looks yummy!
    Woohooo!!!It is finally date night!Think twins,think twins!

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  7. My Mommeh likes feta cheese in salads! I usually do not enjoy eating that kind of cheese though.

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  8. mmmmm ....

    I will say it again -- the publicist is amazing!

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  9. This was very interesting!

    I'm not a fan of feta because I don't like "chunks" -- is that funny or what? No feta, no blue cheese, no 1000 Island dressing...

    It's amazing how much you can do with goats milk.

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  10. The publicist's cheese is absolutely gorgeous! I bet it is delicious. It is so fascinating how the publicist makes different kinds of cheeses.

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  11. Wow - interesting... I bet it is yummy!!

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  12. That is so cool and I LOVE feta cheese. I can't believe how many new things I learn just by stopping by here.

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  13. wow...this is sooooo cool!!!! what can't you do?

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  14. I had goat's milk feta cheese for the first time last weekend. It was pretty good and I enjoyed learning out it is made today. Now I wish I could try your cheese!

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  15. Can you make me some Lithuanian cheese?? We call it "sooty" because it has caraway seeds and well....uh....it's just what we call it. I like feta too, but sooty is my fav. Gosh, I can't believe you know how to do all this. Can I come to Camp Pricilla next summer??

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  16. Pricilla? What can't the publicist make???????

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  17. I will print this off! I am thinking I reallllllllly want to try the goat cheese making thing!

    I need to print off the other goat cheese making process you shared as well!!

    Thanks :O)..... We LOVE Feta cheese so I don't know why we wouldn't love this!

    We like stinky cheese too LOL

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  18. I love feta cheese and had no idea how it was made..until today! Thanks for sharing!

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  19. blueviolet- it can be stored for about a couple of weeks but then the cheese gets too salty. Then it comes out of the brine and goes into a bowl.

    Grumpster - it takes a lot of exercise to take care of goats so that helps.

    Split Rock - both the male person and publicit love feta cheese.

    Jenny - the publicist sucks at mozzarella. Hers is caulk.

    Carolyn - feta is easy. easier than hard cheeses.

    Melodie - I am an old goat. I think a single doe would be OK

    Daisy - we have to do a cheddar one for you then. How's that?

    Aunt Vicki - the publicist is tired.

    Cute - oh, that's a shame. The publicist loves bleu cheese.

    Anne - she thanks you. She does keep busy when she isn't sleeping.

    Together - thank you for visiting my blog.

    Theresa - I am glad we can goatucate you.

    jaz - heh heh. lots

    BeadedTail - You just need to come to Montana!

    Lin - you can come to Camp Pricilla any time you want.

    Julia - money!

    Texan - if you want a more detailed recipe just email the publicist.

    Debbie - it was my pleasure. We are here to goatucate.

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  20. I LOVE Feta Cheese AND I love this blog...so I've awarded The Maaaaa (of Pricilla) a Best Blog award. Really, we're thinking about getting some goats for our farm next Spring! And I always learn something new here!
    Meanwhile
    http://willoaksstudio.blogspot.com/2009/11/best-blog-award.html

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