Cheese. Need we say more? Gooey or crumbly, mild or sharp, aged or fresh, it undeniably makes every dish just a little bit better. Unfortunately, it can also make our wallets feel pretty thin.
Fortunately for us, this amazing recipe below lets you make cheese at home… and for a fraction of the cost.
To start making your own cheese at home, you’ll need a gallon of whole milk, a quarter tablet of vegetable rennet, a teaspoon of cheese salt, and one-and-a-half teaspoons of citric acid powder. thriftytreasuresDissolve both the citric powder and the rennet in separate quarter-cups of room-temperature water.
Pour the milk and citric acid mixture into a stainless steel pot, and keep over medium heat.thriftytreasuresIf you have a thermometer, try to keep it around 88°F and stir.
As the milk starts to curdle, add the rennet mixture and raise the temperature to around 100°F.thriftytreasuresSet another pot of water to just below boiling. When the first mixture reaches near 105°F, turn off the heat and let it sit.
Let the first mixture sit until the curds have separated from the whey (that’s the yellow-ish stuff).thriftytreasures
Take out the curds and put them into a separate strainer.thriftytreasures
You’re halfway there! Find the last few steps on the next page!