(Homemade) Cheese Please!

Homemade Lavender Rubbed Goat Cheese

Homemade Lavender Rubbed Goat Cheese

A year or so ago, my husband bought my mom one of those DIY kits to make goat cheese. While things like cheese molds and citric acid were included, she wasn’t sure where to buy the goat milk necessary for the project. Since Portland has ample co-ops and natural food stores, it seemed like the perfect adventure for her most recent trip down to visit me.

I’ve actually made cheese before….a single batch of paneer cheese in culinary school more than 10 years ago. So, yeah we are far from professionals!

And yet, our very first attempt turned out much better than I could have ever hoped. The kit has directions for two different types of goat cheese, one firm and one creamy. It’s good to keep in mind though that the goat milk used as well as other variables can affect the texture of the cheese. And so the guide tells you “if your creamy cheese is firm, and your firm cheese is creamy, just rename them” — advice I can get behind!

We tried to make more of a creamy cheese but it turned out fairly firm, more of the consistency of feta though less tangy. My husband said this most because our goat milk was raw, instead of pasteurized. But the salt content was right on the mark so we were successful with that aspect at least!

Our batch actually produced two small wheels. We cut one into cubes which were then marinated in EVO, chili flakes and lemon zest. After sitting overnight, we tossed them in a simple green salad for lunch the next day. So good!

The other wheel was cut down the center. One half I rolled in lavender and the other in fennel pollen. I’m not sure which I liked better — they were both pretty fabulous.

Anyways here’s some pictures from our adventure:

Raw Goat Milk for Cheese Making

Raw Goat Milk for Cheese Making

Cheese in the Making

Cheese in the Making

Straining out the curds

Straining out the curds

Homemade Goat Cheese

Gently press curds into cheese molds

Gently press curds into cheese molds

Fresh homemade goat cheese, unadorned

Fresh homemade goat cheese, unadorned

Lavender Rubbed Goat Cheese with Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Lavender Rubbed Goat Cheese with Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Fennel Pollen Rubbed Goat Cheese

Fennel Pollen Rubbed Goat Cheese

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9 thoughts on “(Homemade) Cheese Please!

  1. I love love love that you make cheese with your mom 🙂 Looks amazing. Tell me more about the flavor imparted by the fennel pollen coating. Intriguing!

    • It was definitely a fun experience — and tasty results made it even better. The fennel pollen gave it a slightly sweet floral note. I was really happy with how it turned out. The lavender was also delicious — and I think would have been great with some honey drizzled over the top. Guess we’ll have to do it again very soon!

  2. Bravo! We tried our hand at cheese-making a few years back when we had a way to get raw cow’s milk. It was such a fun thing to do, even if they didn’t always turn out great.

    • Thanks — I figured even if they were “meh” tasting, it would still be fun. I always like hanging out with my mom and this seemed like a good adventure for us. And happily they came out pretty perfect!

  3. Pingback: Kitchen comebacks are almost as easy as renaming a cheese | Attempts in Domesticity

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