Cheese · Cheesemaking

Lactic Cheese

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Yum.

I was a little concerned (maybe that’s too strong a word) when I smelled the curd for this one.  It smelled like yogurt, and I was worried that it would have a yogurty texture even after draining.

But, happily, I was wrong.

And there I go, getting ahead of myself again…

As I mentioned yesterday, I made a batch of soft cheese called, as you’ve already figured out, Lactic Cheese.

It’s very simple to make – just some milk, mesophilic starter, rennet, and a little time.

The previous post ended with the cheese hanging in some butter muslin, draining a-whey.  (Sorry.)

At about the four hour mark, I removed the bag o cheese from its wooden spoon hanger and took a peek.

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Mmm…cheese.

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It looked wetter on the inside, so I stirred it around a bit before re-tying it and hanging it again.

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I don’t know what it is, but there’s something about the pictures of soft cheese draining from a wooden spoon that I really, really like.

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Which is probably why I take so many of them.

Anyway, I let it hang for nearly another four hours, and then I decided it had drained enough.

Time for the unveiling.

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One last bag-of-cheese-hanging-from-a-spoon picture, and then…

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Mmmm, pretty cheese.

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I tasted it – tangy, with a texture like softened cream cheese. 

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I added some salt and ground black pepper to it, and tasted it again.

Yum.

It’s really good.  Reminds me, like I said, of soft cream cheese.

Only better.

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