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Making Goat Cheese

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It's easier than you think. Seriously. In 20 minutes the work is done and you're on your way to fresh goat cheese. In under two hours, it's done. All you need is a thermometer and cheesecloth. And it's pretty easy to get around those things. This recipe is from Serious Eats.

1 Quart of Goats Milk (Trader Joe's, Whole Foods - surprisingly Ukrop's didn't have it )
1/4 Cup Lemon Juice (about 1 1/2 lemons)
Coarse Salt
1/2 Fresh Grated Garlic Clove

Other Flavorings:
Fresh Cracked Pepper
Herbs of your choice


Heat goat milk on stove top, slowly bringing up to temperature. Start out on low, then increase up to medium-low, the slowly up to medium. I never had to get above medium. Bring milk up to 180 degrees. (This is also the temperature milk simmers if you don't have a thermometer).

Have a cheese cloth laid out over a kitchen sieve or colander waiting. If you use grocery store bought cheese cloth, use two layers, and you might need to do two separate batches since it's a narrower cloth. (you can probably use paper towels if you don't have a cheese cloth.) You'll want to have this set over a large bowl to catch the whey that will drip out of the cheese.

Remove from heat when milk has reached temperature and pour in lemon juice. Give a quick stir and let it set for about 30 seconds. It will start to thicken and curdle. If it hasn't after about 30-45 seconds, add a little more lemon. I didn't have any trouble. It won't be thick or lumpy curdles, but it's thick enough that it will "set".

Slowly ladle to milk/lemon mixture into the cheese cloth. Tie the ends, and hang over a bowl, (I tied it around a wooden spoon) and let it set for 1 to 1 1/2 hours, until it's finished dripping whey.

Remove goat cheese from cheesecloth into a bowl. Congratulations. You have goat cheese. Now to make it better.

Add a few pinches of coarse salt and grate 1/2 clove of fresh garlic over it. A microplane grater is perfect for grating the garlic small enough, but any grater will do, or a very fine mince. Stir/press the salt and garlic into the cheese with a flexible spatula (I found this to be the best tool).

Voila. Now add any herbs and stir to combine.

I added rosemary (because The Wife has a rosemary fetish) and fresh cracked pepper to the goat cheese as well. It tastes fresh, creamy, and slightly tangy.

I sliced a baguette, drizzled with olive oil and baked until slightly crispy; then spread the goat cheese over top.

So easy and so good. And how impressive is it to serve homemade goat cheese at your next cocktail party?

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  1. Riddle me this, I have tried making goat cheese, but the stuff TJ's had was ultra pasturized, which won't work (at least not for what I did) do they now carry non-ultra pasturized?

  2. What I used was Meyenberg from TJ's. It was ultra pasteurized, but it set just fine.

  3. hmmmm,very interesting. Ultra pasteurized will not work for the recipe I have (it said so, I didn't believe them...however they were not lying :( ) That said, I am going to try yours. Very excited. I love to make cheese and have felt particularly sad I can't make one of my favorites!!

  4. This doesn't have the bite of a traditional Chevre, but it is rich and tasty. Let me know how it turns out.

  5. Okay not sure what happened. But went to TJ's did it, but it does not set up for me. The curds are to small, and I pour it though cheese cloth and am left with nothing behind. the whey separates, it just never produces thick enough curds. :( I am moving on to buttermilk cheese...let you know what happens there.

  6. hmmmm...Are you using fresh squeezed lemon juice? I wonder if that makes a difference?

  7. Yeah, sigh. I do not have a thermometer (It died one time while making cheese). while making the buttermilk cheese (I will get that post up tomorrow and send a link to you) I was reading that depending on the fat content, there can be a big difference in how much heat it will need for the curds to set up right?? I dunno. clearly I did not hold my tongue just right :( However the buttermilk cheese did have that nice tang of goats cheese. I will try again, but I will get a thermometer first.

  8. I finally got my cheese post up and threw a link to y'all. Sorry it took so long!!