Monday, November 2, 2009

Goatucations: Making Goat's Milk Cheese - Chevre

It's Goatucation day. I know how much you all like to be goatucated.  Today's post is about making delicious cheese from my rich milk.  The publicist likes to make many kinds of cheeses and she tells me that my milk makes lots of tasty tasty things.  Chevre is the easiest cheese she makes.

First she measures out my rich milk and puts it in her stainless steel pot. This time she made a double batch so she used 2 1/2 gallons. 





After she warmed it up to 80*F she added in 1 cup of cultured buttermilk




and 4TBSP of a diluted rennet solution.
Then the milk mixture sits for 8 to 12 hours until it looks like thick yogurt. 
Like this....




The publicist lines her stainless steel colander with cheesecloth


 

and then she pours it in. Doesn't it look like the blob?






Then the male person and his able assistant help her tie it up


The male person ties much better knots than the publicist. And Sherpa is a great supervisor...


 

The cheese ball hangs until the dripping stops.  Since this was a double batch it took about 12 hours.



 When she opened it up it looked like this....




She cut it up and froze some for later - it freezes very well - and is saving the rest to mix with her dehydrated tomatoes or some garlic or whatever else catches her fancy.

I hope you liked learning how the publicist makes chevre.

Tomorrow: An update on Farm kitten Sherpa.

17 comments:

  1. i have to do this. where does one get goats milk and rennet? i mean, i know goats milk comes from goats but i am fresh out of goats! thanks so much for showing this. i used to make indian paneer and it is made a similar way.

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  2. Hey great minds think alike I made some on Saturday. I like to make cheesecake with it. My sweet tooth is going to kill me someday.

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  3. Thank you! I can't believe that "blob" thing turned into real cheese! It looks delicious, and I may have to go out and get some today. But it won't be as good as yours.

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  4. That looks great!I can't wait to try and make some.Mine may not turn out as good since I don't have a kitty supervisor to make sure everything goes right!

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  5. That is SO interesting! I like the assistance provided by Sherpa. ;)

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  6. Wow. Popping over from SITS. This was so educational and fascinating. Does it taste yummy?

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  7. How great! I bet it is absolutely delicious. Can you make all the same cheeses with goat's milk that you can make with cow's milk? Or is the type of cheese defined by the type of milk?

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  8. I used to make ricotta cheese in almost the same way, only with cow's milk (sorry Pricilla - I had no goats).

    Only difference is that I never added the rennet. I guess the rennet makes it a bit more solid, right?

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  9. I always wondered how to make cheese! It sounds really good. We had somebody come look at llamas this summer and they have a goat dairy and brought me a small wheel of herbed goat cheese that was fabulous! Thank you for the goatucation today.

    Thank you for voting for me on Cafe Handmade Virtual Craft Show!

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  10. MMM! we want some goat cheese! my moms favorite is Feta but me, i would take any of it!

    ..i really got to get me a pet goat!!! maybe for christmas?

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  11. Gees, how does she know how to do all this stuff??? I'm very impressed. And do you think Sherpa is getting a little big for the shoulder rides???

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  12. So my question now is... what style does Chervre taste like?

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  13. That's so interesting how cheese is made. Does it taste like other cheeses or does it have a distinct flavor?

    Sherpa is just too cute! Angel is 3 years old and still rides all over the house on my shoulder.

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  14. That looks like fun. I took a cheese-making class once, but we made mozzarella. It was very stringy. But enjoyable. Funny cat!

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  15. jaz - the publicist gets her rennet from Hoeger's Goat Supply. She gets her goat's milk from me. heh heh But you can sometimes find goat's milk in cartons at the store.

    Carolyn - the publicist has a sweet tooth too and so far she is doing OK.

    JD - cheese can be very blobby before it's done.

    Melodie - the kitty supervision IS the most important part.

    blueviolet - everyone needs a supervisor kitty!

    Life with Kaishon - thank you for visiting my blog.

    Anne - some cheeses are defined by the milk used. The publicist will make it a goatucation post for you.

    Daisy - the kitties here like the cheese a little bit.

    Aunt Vicki - I heard that the publicist emailed you.

    Split Rock - it was my pleasure. I am glad you liked the goat cheese.

    Grumpster - the publicist makes feta quite often. She and the male person really like it. I think getting a goat would be smart.

    Lin - she reads a lot. The more important point is that Sherpa doesn't think he is too big.

    Julia - chevre tastes like slightly sour cream cheese.

    Beaded Tail - each cheese the publicist makes is unique in taste. Sherpa is a crazy cat!

    Frogs - the publicist hasn't been able to make mozzarella yet. All her efforts have resulted in caulk.

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  16. I think we may have to get into this goat cheese thing here :O)... it looks wonderful!!

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