Fresh Mint-Infused Soft Cheese: A Simple And Wholesome Recipe
Explore the art of crafting your own soft cheese using fresh, raw goat's or cow's milk. This versatile recipe offers a delightful twist with the addition of organic mint, creating a unique and flavorful cheese reminiscent of the beloved Halloumi from Cyprus.
Fresh raw goat's or cow's milk (2 Quarts)
3 tablespoons organic cider vinegar or 3-4 drops of vegetable-based rennet
Clean cheese cloth or strainer cloth
Organic sea salt (to taste)
Pinches of powdered organic mint (to taste)
1. Prep the Milk:
Bring raw milk to room temperature.
Optional: Skim the cream from the top for additional use in butter-making.
2. Heating the Milk:
Pour 2 quarts of milk into a clean pan (glass or stainless steel).
On low heat, gradually warm the milk to 85-99 degrees(F), avoiding temperatures exceeding 105 degrees(F) to preserve beneficial bacteria.
Once the milk froths and lightly bubbles, turn off the heat.
3. Acid or Rennet Addition:
Stir in 3 tablespoons of organic cider vinegar or 3-4 drops of vegetable-based rennet.
Cover with a lid and let it sit for up to 25 minutes.
4. Draining the Curds:
While waiting, prepare a clean cheese cloth or strainer cloth.
Drape it inside a fine stainless steel colander placed over a glass or stainless steel bowl to collect whey.
Pour the curds and whey through the cloth-lined strainer.
Allow whey to drain into the bowl, then gently twist the cloth to remove excess whey.
5. Rinsing the Curds:
Rinse the curd-filled cloth under cold water to freshen the curds and enhance their longevity.
6. Seasoning the Curds:
Season the curds to taste; suggested additions include a couple of pinches of powdered organic mint and organic sea salt.
For a creamier texture, incorporate a few teaspoons of fresh, raw cream into the curds.
7. Storage and Enjoyment:
Place the seasoned curds in a clean, dry glass or stainless steel container and refrigerate.
Pour the whey into a glass jar for consumption or feeding animals.
True raw soft cheese made by this method is best consumed within 3 days for optimal flavor.
Also called Farmer's Cheese
For advanced cheese-making techniques, consider classes and workshops offered by Angeles Crest Creamery.
Purchase organic raw, whole goat's milk from Mary in Apple Valley Email: email@example.com
Indulge in the satisfaction of creating your own fresh mint-infused soft cheese. This simple recipe not only allows you to savor a unique flavor but also provides a wholesome experience, from crafting cheese to enjoying the nutritional benefits of whey. Elevate your culinary skills with this delightful and rewarding cheese-making venture.