6/27/13

Fresh Goat Cheese: Easy as 1...2...Yep, Just 2

We are flowing with goat's milk now, so it seemed irresponsible to put off learning how to make goat cheese any longer. Well, good news. There is not much to learn. It is so simple that it is almost anti-climatic. I have put it off this long because I have no idea where to find rennet. Turns out, that is unnecessary for this particular goodie. It has two ingredients. Goat's milk (which we have established that I have in abundance) and lemon juice. Turns out the hardest part of this whole project was getting a flattering picture to share. This stuff is truly the original Easy Cheese..no spray can needed.

Heat about a quart of the milk to 180 degrees. Then pull it off the heat and add 1/4 cup lemon juice. It will immediately separate into curds and whey. I let it sit for 10 min, just in case.

 
Next, dump it in a flour sack cloth. Or cheese cloth whichever you have. Hang it from the rafters, or if you are vertically challenged, like me, from the knob on the kitchen cupboards.
 


Let all that whey drain.  It is done when the whole quart of milk you wrestled out of your ornery goat is reduced to a handful. No wonder the stuff is so expensive! I let it go about an hour which was a bit too long. My cheese was quite dry, rather than the spreadable consistency I was envisioning. I read online that you can add some whey back into it. But the whey smelled like goat. So, why on earth would I do that? I added a few T of water and stirred until creamy. I also added 1/2 clove of crushed garlic, some salt, pepper and Italian seasoning. Happy to announce that the cheese tastes just like cheese. No goaty flavor at all, for which I am most thankful. What a waste that would have been.


My kids have had this once before and loved it. They couldn't wait to try it. But I don't buy crackers anymore. And am not exactly itching to make my own. So, what to do with it? I thought up a great way to use it:


No, that is not a goat burger. That is Big Mac, who gave his life for our family. He is even better topped with caramelized peppers and onions.

 
Grass fed (mostly) beef burgers with fresher than fresh goat cheese. Mmm, that's one sweet dinner!

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26 comments:

  1. I had no idea it was that easy to make goat cheese. I am planning on getting a few goats for milk in the near future and really wanted to learn to make goat cheese (which is my favorite cheese of all). I didn't get to the goat cheese preparation part of my study, now just working on care of the goats. Guess the cheese making will be the easiest part, Haha!

    Enjoy your cheese!!!

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  2. Yep, getting the milk out of the goat is definitely the hardest!

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  3. I just got some goat milk from a friend who has excess- I have been wanting to try cheese but thought I would have to buy a bunch of stuff online for it. Thanks so much for the info! Is this like cream cheese?
    Thanks

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    1. Cream Cheese is the closest comparison Lori. But it is not even really that. Just a really soft cheese spread.

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  4. Well that was easy. No need to find the rennet after all. Glad it turned out well!

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  5. Thanks for sharing!! We are going tomorrow to reserve our goats. One will be in milk, while the other will be just a baby. I'm excited to make the goat cheese! I will be trying your recipe first.

    Found your website from One Sharendipity Place blog hop.

    Blessings,
    Jennifer
    http://www.mamaeconomics.net/

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  6. Wow! I can't wait to try this!!! Thank you so much for linking up with us this weekend at One Sharendipity Place!!
    Sue @TheT2women.com

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  7. Awesome! I had to snicker at your " It is done when the whole quart of milk you wrestled out of your ornery goat is reduced to a handful" comment. I have passed many an hour spent in that very activity. It is a wrestle! Thanks for sharing. I am visiting from Think Pink Sunday!

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  8. I have to admit that somewhere deep inside I have a secret desire to make my own cheese, lol! I already made my own butter once! ;) (Just once)

    Also just popping back over to say that the new "Making Your Home Sing Monday" linky party is now live and ready for your posts! http://www.momstheword--livingforhim.blogspot.com/2013/06/when-your-husband-wont-pick-up-after.html

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  9. Where can I buy goat milk ??? LOVE goat cheese. Always $1 an ounce now. Thanks

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  10. The only place I have seen to get goat milk is on Craigslist...depending on the state you live in. I have heard you can purchase it in stores, but have never seen it myself. We get ours from our own backyard. Anyone else know how to get goat's milk to make goat cheese?

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  11. I love goat cheese, and when we buy our own place, I want to have goats. I was wondering if you can milk a goat indefinitely, or only after it has recently kidded (is that a word? :))
    Thanks!

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    1. We will refresh our goats each year. If you milk them for too many months, the fat content in the milk drops off and it is not as rich. There are some breeds that can be milked continuously. I am not sure which ones, however. This is our first spring milking, so I am still learning as I go.

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    2. We have a Nubian/Lamancha cross that we milked for several years; this past spring she kidded for the first time in three years. I've been pregnant and I sure wouldn't want to do it every year!

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    3. But don't you wish it only took us five months? Did your milk taste the same for three years in a row? Curious. we are very new at this!

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  12. We shared your post at homesteadlady.com

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  13. What does goat cheese taste like? We used to drink goat milk when we were young, and it seems it tasted stronger than "regular" milk.

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    1. To me it most closely resembles the taste of mozzarella. the texture of cream cheese. Very mild. Our milk is very sweet and not strong at all. We are very careful in how we handle it and the kids say it has better flavor than cow milk. The cheese will be a refection of that. "goaty" milk makes goaty cheese.

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  14. I make my own yogurt and with that, make my own cheese. It is SO much better when goat milk is available! Thanks for sharing this post at Tuesdays with a Twist! -Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures

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  15. Does the milk need to be unpasteurized? Getting fresh unpasteurized milk is troublesome around here.

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    1. Pasteurized milk should work fine, although I have read that ultra-pasteurized will not. I honestly do not know why.

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  16. Seeing your tutorial linked up at the Creative HomeAcre Hop was great! Thanks for joining us and we hope you'll come and party creatively again on Sunday at http://mumtopia.blogspot.com/2013/07/the-creative-home-acre-hop-23.html
    I wonder if you would perhaps like to write a guest post for Mumtopia. Please let me know - I'm sure my readers would benefit from what you have to say. For more information, please read the "Be My Guest" page at Mumtopia: http://mumtopia.blogspot.co.uk/p/write-for-mumtopia.html#.Uc3dNzvOZwQ

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  17. I wish I had access to goats milk! This would be awesome to make. Thanks for sharing this recipe on Wellness Wednesday :)

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  18. My mouth is watering! This looks wonderful.

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  19. Good Morning! I love this tutorial!
    YOU have been featured at Tuesdays with a Twist this week. Hope to see you again!

    http://back2basichealth.blogspot.com/2013/07/tuesdays-with-twist-14-is-here.html

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  20. Great step by step...thanks so much for linking at Make Bake Create!

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