Anyone make their own cottage cheese?

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  1. AznRyda

    AznRyda キモかわいい!

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    Seems simple enough...

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    The following recipe represents the ultimate in simplicity in cheese making. It will produce a delicious cottage cheese that resembles ricotta and is excellent fresh or used in cooking Italian dishes such as lasagna. We recommend that beginners start with a cottage cheese to get the feel for the basics and for the instant gratification of being able to enjoy the product immediately.


    Ingredients:

    1 gallon 2% milk
    1/2 cup vinegar
    1 tsp salt

    1. Heat the milk to 190F. You will need a thermometer for other cheeses but you can get by here turning off the heat just before the milk begins to boil.

    2. Add the vinegar and allow the mixture to cool.

    3. When cool, pour the mixture, (which now consists of curds and whey as in Miss Muffet food) into a colander and drain off the whey.

    4. Pour the curds into a bowl and sprinkle on the salt and mix well. You may wish to use less salt or more. It is simply a matter of taste which is the next step. You can add a little cream for a silky texture.



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    COMMENTS:
    What we have just made is really cheese but short circuits the process in several ways. The vinegar provides the acid that causes the milk to curdle and produces the acid flavor. The traditional method of producing the acid is to use a culture of acid producing bacteria. This is more complicated and takes longer but as it is alive, the cheese will continue to improve in flavor with age. This is of little consequence in a cheese made for immediate consumption. More on cultures later.
    We have also made small curd cottage cheese because we left out another ingredient called rennet. This is an enzyme the produces a harder curd. It was originally made from calf stomachs but is now synthesized and available in liquid or tablet form. I believe the cottage cheese sold in supermarkets as large and small curd is a fiction because the ingredients on the label for the two products are exactly the same. More on rennet later.

    Because both the bacteria and rennet can be destroyed by temperature, the traditional process requires several ripening steps at lower temperatures and a curd cooking step at a higher temperature. Because vinegar is inactive, we went immediately to the cooking stage and saved a lot of time.

    Finally, the difference between soft cheese and hard cheese is that the latter requires pressing the drained curds in a cheese press, drying the pressed cheese and then aging for several months.
     
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    xpinchx hes got a nice cock, on the thin side but its stil

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    I'll try this tomorrow. :coold:
     
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    I'll try it after someone else does. :noes:
    How much cc does this leave you with? :dunno:
     
  4. AznRyda

    AznRyda キモかわいい!

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    I tried it. it tastes alright and it was simple enough.
     
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    i always thought cottage cheese was simply expired milk :dunno:
     
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    fusion210 New Member

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    Works the same for skim milk? :naughty:
     
  8. AznRyda

    AznRyda キモかわいい!

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    I used skim milk. I used a little less than half a gallon and I got over a cup of cottage cheese. :o
     
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    AznRyda キモかわいい!

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    I just wanted to try it out. :o
     
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    AznRyda キモかわいい!

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    found on another site.
     
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