Basic Vinegar Cheese

Basic Vinegar Cheese

1 gallon goat milk
¼ cup vinegar – different vinegars will have a different flavor cheese
(Distilled, apple, red wine)

In a double boiler (so the milk won’t burn) heat the milk to 185 Degrees. Add vinegar and stir briefly. Let it sit for about 10 minutes and strain through cheese cloth-lined colander. Hang to drain. This
will make about 1 ½ pounds of cheese. The draining takes roughly 2 hours. Can be stored in refrigerator for about 2 weeks.

Options you can add:

Salt -without salt a bit bland but sweet

Borusin: place basic cheese in a blender and add garlic, thyme and salt

Cream Cheese: place in a blender and add cream or milk

Ricotta: place in a blender and add a pinch of nutmeg and a little cream or milk

Desert Topping: place in a blender and add a pinch of nutmeg, cream, sugar, vanilla

Pie Filling: Same as above adjust ingredients to taste; add chocolate, fruit, or use your imagination

Cheesecake: add ½ cup of Amaretto to milk and proceed with basic vinegar cheese recipe

Herb Cheese: add spices and herbs to milk then proceed with basic vinegar cheese recipe

The following can be added after the cheese has drained- great with crackers

Jalapeno cheese: Jalapeno peppers, garlic or onions, salt

Onion cheese: 1 T. minced garlic, 1 T. parsley flakes, 1 T. chopped onion, ½ t. garlic salt, ½ t. onion salt, ½ t. celery salt

Hidden Valley Cheese: add a package of Hidden Valley Ranch Dressing-variations; add 1 t. lemon pepper, 1 t. dill weed, ½ t. garlic salt

Smokey Bacon Cheese: ½ cup bacon crumbled, ½ t. liquid smoke, ½ t., celery salt, ½ t. garlic salt

Taco Flavored: 1 package dry taco seasoning mix – variations; 1 t. lemon pepper, 1 t. dill weed, ½ t. garlic salt

Lemon Cheese

5 quarts goats milk – fresh or frozen
1 cup lemon juice concentrate or fresh
salt optional

Heat milk to 165 degrees to 200 degrees. Add lemon juice a little at a time and let the curd set for 1 hour. Pour into cheesecloth lined colander and then hang to drain for about 2 hours. Crumble the curds with your fingers and add salt.

Mexican Cheese Queso

1 gallon milk
3/8 cup vinegar or lemon juice or a combination of both or lemon juice and Jalapeno juice together

Heat milk to 180 degrees, slowly add vinegar. Let sit until curds form and drain in cheese cloth lined colander, hand to dry. This makes a great recipe for fried cheese sticks: roll into sticks, and roll in
beaten egg, cornmeal and seasonings. Deep fry until golden brown.

Recipe: Cheese Tip

If you raise the milk over 150 degrees the cheese will not melt. So if you want a melting cheese keep this in mind.

Have fun! experiment, try new flavors! great with crackers

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