Tuesday, March 6
Make Your Own Cheese (Garlic and Herb Spreadable Cheese)
My mom introduced this cheese making method to me a couple weeks ago, I've been anxious to make it ever since.
How many of you buy "Pub Cheese" ? Something nice and soft filled with lots of flavor that you can spread on your crackers?
That's exactly what this tastes like.
You'll be stunned to see how easy it is and how very yummy it can be!
How to Make Your Own Yogurt Cheese
-1 tub of plain yogurt (make sure it has live cultures no added flavors) I bought mine from a local farmer at the market.
-1 large bowl
-Cheese cloth (or a t-shirt or nylons will work)
-A dowel or wooden spoon
-Optional herbs and spices.
1) If your cheese cloth is really thin you may need to double layer it. Line a large bowl with it.
2) Pour your yogurt into the cheese cloth.
3) Bring all four edges up, bundling the cheese. Securely tie the edges together.
4) Wrap and tie your pouch of yogurt around a wood spoon or any other long dowel.
5) Place the dowel/spoon on top of a deep bowl letting the yogurt pouch drop. If you need to weight it down to ensure it doesn't fall place a 2nd bowl on top or anything else with weight.
6) Let the yogurt sit for 18-24 hours on your counter. This is going to separate the whey. At the end you will have a bowl filled with a yellowish liquid. Discard it.
7) Cut open cheese cloth, what is left should be a soft spreadable like cheese.
8) In a clean bowl mix cheese with a pinch of salt, and any desired herbs and spices. I used 1 tbs of roasted garlic, 1/2 tbs of dill, 1/2 tbs of fresh basil. You could also add fruit, honey, to make a sweet cheese. You can try sun dried tomatoes, roasted red peppers, olives, chives, scallions.... the list is endless be creative!!
9) The cheese will be good for 2-3 days in the fridge. Makes about 1-1.5 cups of cheese.