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How To Dry Cheese

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Drying cheeseHow to dry cheese so as to increase its shelf life without spoilage or loss of nutrient value? Dried cheese can also be powdered and used. Let us examine the methods used for drying cheese…


 


 


 


 



Natural Drying of Cheese


Cheese curd can be dried naturally with the help of warmth from sunlight. Cheese is either hung or placed on trays and plastic wraps in a warm place with plenty of air circulation.


 


Dry Cheese in a Conventional Oven


  1. Preheat oven to 140 degree F.

  2. Cut cheese into uniform blocks or pieces.

  3. Place the cheese on baking trays or racks and cover with cheesecloth.

  4. Keep trays or racks in the oven and let cheese dry for 6 to 10 hours.

  5. Keep oven door open.

  6. Rotate the racks for even drying.

  7. Make sure skin formation does not occur on the cheese surface since this can slow down the drying process.


 


Drying of Cheese in a Dehydrator                                                                  


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Dehydrated cheese is very nutritious and can be stored in the pantry for a long time.


  1. Cut cheese into pieces of ¼-inch thickness.

  2. Place cheese pieces on dehydrator racks and make sure no two pieces touch each other.

  3. Set dehydrator to lowest temperature setting.

  4. Turn cheese pieces and rotate trays every 3 hours for even drying.

  5. Remove cheese when completely dry.

  6. Store in airtight containers.


Dry cheese appears a shade darker than fresh cheese. When drying soft cheese, place cheese pieces on a plastic wrap spread on the dehydrator racks. Spread cheese on this wrap and dry as instructed in the steps outlined above. Remove cheese when it is dry to touch.


Dry cheese can be used in various recipes   like chicken parmesan, and as seasonings on pizzas, salads etc.


 


 


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4 Comments

Anonymous's picture
Great post.. I had no idea about the different processes of drying up cheese.
Anonymous's picture
Why should we actually dry cheese?
Anonymous's picture
Really amazing. Never thought I could preserve cheese for long. No one likes cheese in my family except my granddaughter and often the cheese gets a strong odor due to condensation, thus I have to throw it away. This is very helpful information.
The.Hungry.Soul's picture
Does the cheese dry to become like powder? Can I grind the dried cheese to get cheese powder which is used for popcorn and chips?!