Best Chevre Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 2 quarts of goats milk
  • 1 packet of mesophilic direct-set culture
  • 1 drop of liquid rennet mixed with 1/4 cup of water

Supplies:

  • 2-quart (or larger) stainless or non-reactive pot
  • Thermometer that registers up to at least 165 degrees
  • Large spoon (not wooden or aluminum)
  • Butter muslin or fine-grain cheese cloth
  • Bowl and colander

Instructions:

  • Heat the milk to 75 degrees F (or pasteurize – heat to 165 degrees and hold temp for 30 seconds or 141 degrees for 30 minutes).  If you pasteurize bring temperature down to 75 degrees.
  • At this point add mesophilic culture and allow to dissolve on the milk for approx 2 to 3 minutes.  Once dissolved thoroughly mix into the milk.
  • Add the rennet mixed with water.  Using up and down strokes (do not stir).  Incorporate the rennet into the milk.  Do not over mix.
  • Cover the pot and allow the mixture to culture for 14 to 16 hours at kitchen room temperature (about 72 degrees)
  • After 14 to 16 hours the cheese should look like yogurt.  You see some whey separating from the cheese.
  • Place butter muslin (doubled) in a colander in a bowl.  Gently spoon the chevre ito the muslin.  Gather up the corners of the muslin and tie knots to secure. Hang the butter muslin filled with the cheese over a bowl so they whey can drain.  If you have a very deep pot to can place a long spoon thru the knots and hang over pot or tie a string to the muslin and hang from a cabinet knob.
  • Allow the chevre to drain for 6 to 12 hours to reach the desired consistency.  I find the 6 hours gives you a very creamy product.  Place chevre into a covered bowl and store in frig for up to one week.  Mix herbs or whatever you like to change up the flavor.
  • I purchased a kit from Cultures for Health that included rennet, mesophilic culture, cheese salt, butter muslin, thermometer and directions for making chevre and feta.
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