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« on: January 29, 2017 09:59:09 AM »

My mom and I occasionally make cheese. This time we decided to up the ante from making the usual mozzarella, curd, ricotta and yogurt to Raclette cheese!
I found a recipe and the bacteria online from New England Cheese and began the process.
It wasn't hard to do but just took forever. Fortunately we have a large stainless steel pan big enough to hold the 7gallons required per recipe. We made a double batch and some curd, ricotta, butter and yogurt on the side. The raclette is currently sitting in my cheese cave and will stay there for another 3-4 months before i can sample it but Here it is at 1 month!



The process involves making a buttermilk and a yogurt first then adding them to the main body of milk before adding rennet and cooking it into curds. The curd is then removed and strained and pressed. The whey meanwhile has vinegar added in to make ricotta. After pressing the cheese is soaked in a salt brine then placed in a cheese cave for 4-6 months. Everyday for the first while you salt it and flip it then it becomes twice a week salting. I used a spring form pan with a cheese mat underneath to get the shape and a pail of water and mountain of bricks to press it to the 50lbs. The cheese cave i built from a wine fridge with a hygrometer that i modified and hooked up to a cool mist humidifier.
The recipe can be found here : http://www.cheesemaking.com/raclette.html


Heating the Milk


Cutting the curd


Pressing the Curd


Soaking the cheese in a salt brine

Straining off Ricotta


Curd, Mozzarella, Butter, Ricotta, Yogurt, & Raclette


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« Reply #1 on: January 29, 2017 10:35:02 AM »

Whee! I've only made farmers cheese but I so want to try other kinds. You are awesome!
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« Reply #2 on: January 29, 2017 04:26:03 PM »

Wow! What a process. I can't wait to hear how it turns out.
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« Reply #3 on: January 30, 2017 01:24:16 PM »

Mmmmmm......cheeese. You say it's not hard, but it certainly doesn't look easy!
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« Reply #4 on: February 20, 2017 12:25:19 PM »

This is so cool. It's awesome that you make your own cheese.
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