Making soft cheese from fresh, raw milk is not only easy, it’s creative! You can add almost anything to our basic recipe, below, to create a unique and enjoyable appetizer. Here are some of our ideas (the list could go on and on!) to create one of a kind cheese for your next party. It’s mix and match, like picking toppings for a pizza, so go ahead, add what you want and be creative!
~Fruits and Nuts Cheeses~
chopped dates or figs
chopped peppers, such as jalapeno
chopped bell peppers
finely chopped garlic
finely chopped onion
crushed red pepper
Raw Milk Soft Cheese from One Ash Homestead
1 gallon raw cows milk
1/2 cup white vinegar, lemon juice, or a combination
salt to taste (about 1/2 tsp.)
Bring the milk just to a boil, stirring consistently to avoid scorching.
Remove from the heat and stir in the vinegar.
Let sit until curds develop, stirring gently.
Pour mixture into a cheesecloth lined strainer and drain off the whey (liquid).
Pulling the corners of the cheesecloth together, form a cheesecloth bag
around the curds and gently squeeze off the excess whey.
Continue this process until you have the desired moisture level
in your cheese, or hang your cheesecloth bag of curds to drain.
Pour the cheese curds into a bowl and salt to taste.
Add any additional ingredients and mix thoroughly with a spoon or pastry blender. Spread on your favorite cracker, or a slice of our French Bread!