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« on: April 25, 2013 05:11:34 AM »

A few people have asked me about making chevre so I thought I'd do a quick post about it.  I just started milking two of our Nubian/Alpine mix dairy goats for the season.  Here's Hermione on the milking stand.  They had (adorable) kids a few months ago who are almost weaned.  Daily milking keeps their milk coming. 



The recipe I use calls for a gallon of pasteurized milk (that's a process that I do ahead of time). 



The pasteurized milk is heated to 75 degrees and powdered cheese culture is added.  After mixing the culture in really well, rennet is added.   Both culture and rennet are available from a cheesemaking supplier. 



The cultured milk comes off of the heat and sits a few hours until a nice curd forms, one that you can cut with a knife.



I cut the curd and ladle it into chevre molds.  These are basically plastic cups with holes drilled into the sides which allows the whey to drain off overnight.



The next morning, the whey is gone and you're left with cheese!  These rounds get salted then stored in the fridge.



It's immediately ready to serve in oh so many ways. 



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« Reply #1 on: April 25, 2013 05:54:13 AM »

I knew that was you as soon as I saw the goat! LOL! I bet that cheese is yummy!
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« Reply #2 on: April 25, 2013 05:59:58 AM »

That looks so good!  YUM!
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« Reply #3 on: April 25, 2013 06:14:29 AM »

Looks so delicious! It is so impressive to me that you make so many of the foods you all eat, from your farm.  Smiley
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« Reply #4 on: April 25, 2013 06:20:01 AM »

I can vouch for the deliciousness! And that is an awesome picture of Hermione!
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« Reply #5 on: April 25, 2013 06:23:56 AM »

I milked Hermione!  It is tough work but to be able to make yummy goat cheese is just too awesome for words!

Thanks for the tutorial...it gives me a great appreciation of what it takes to eat fine things like this!
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« Reply #6 on: April 25, 2013 06:45:57 AM »

Fun. I'm not sure if I'd have the patience to make my own cheese. And I don't think I'd dare milk a goat because I'm a chicken. Though maybe goats are easier to milk than cows.  Either way I'm very impressed with all the cheese you make.
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« Reply #7 on: April 25, 2013 07:09:49 AM »

Thanks guys!  Milking isn't hard once you build up your upper arm and hand strength.  I've never milked a cow, Mellerific.  They are very large animals, I might be chicken too.   Cheesy
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« Reply #8 on: April 25, 2013 07:29:18 AM »

Fabulous! The cheese turned out beautifully! I love reading about the process.
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« Reply #9 on: April 25, 2013 07:56:47 AM »

That is way cool!
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