For a fun DIY project, make your own goat cheese with just a few ingredients in about an hour. Once the cheese is made, you can mix in fresh lemon zest, herbes de Provence, dried lavender, or other spices to your taste.
Note: It's important not to use ultrapasteurized milk because it doesn't contain the cultures that acids interact with to make cheese.
Recipe Ingredient Details:
1 gallon goat milk (NOT ultrapasteurized)
1/2 cup acid (fresh lemon juice or white vinegar)
1/2 teaspoon salt
Heat milk slowly until just boiling, stirring frequently to prevent scalding. Add acid; stir gently and remove from heat. Let mixture sit for 10 minutes until curds settle below the liquid (whey).
Pour mixture into a cheesecloth-lined colander to separate curds from whey. Once it's cool enough to handle, use the cloth to squeeze remaining moisture from solids. Discard liquid.
Unwrap cheese and place in a bowl. Stir in salt to taste. Knead by hand until smooth (not grainy); shape into a thick log. To store, cover in waxed paper and then plastic wrap; refrigerate.
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