How To Make Feta Cheese At Home?
Learning how to make feta cheese at home is essential if you want to make original delicious crumbles for your salads and pasta. Today feta cheese that is available in the supermarkets are all made of cow’s milk whereas originally feta cheese is made of either sheep’s milk or with a mixture of sheep’s milk and goat’s milk. But then also homemade cheese is healthier and tastier. Check out these steps to make Feta cheese at home.
What would you need for making feta cheese at home?
- Fresh Goat’s Milk – 1 gallon
- Plain yogurt- 1 tablespoon
- Rennet – Half tablet
- Salt – 1 ½ Cups
- Cooking thermometer
- Take goat’s milk in a large container or saucepan. Heat the milk until it attains 85 degrees.
- Whisk yoghurt and mix it in the milk.
- Remove the milk from the stove and keep it aside for two hours. This allows the milk to set.
- Take 3-4 tablespoons of cold water for dissolving rennet tablet in it. Add it to the milk and whisk. Stir the milk mixture continuously for about 5-6 minutes. Again let the milk to set for about 1-2 hours or until the milk gets converted into firm curd that can be cut neatly with a knife.
- Using a long knife cut the curd into small cubes of the size of dice and let them firm up; it would take around 10 minutes for firming.
- Gently stir the curd and cut larger pieces of curds into small cubes. Let the curd sit for 30 minutes but stir it occasionally.
- After half an hour, pour the curd onto a colander to drain out the whey. Do line the colander using muslin or cheesecloth. Let the curd sit for 5 hours in the colander to drain out whey completely.
- After draining out the whey, you get feta curd that needs to be pressed to form feta cheese. Put it in a 1 inch shallow rectangular box with a tight cover. Cover the box with the lid and let it refrigerate for one and half hour.
- After refrigerating cut the feta in small cubes as you desire.
- Prepare a brine solution by dissolving 1 ½ cup salt in ¼ cup of warm water. Chill it completely to get brine solution.
- Soak your feta cheese cubes in brine for at least 6 days and maximum of 30 days. As the feta cheese age, they become more crumbly.
- After ageing your feta cheese cubes they can be removed from the brine solution. Pat them dry using paper towels and store in air tight container.
Feta cheese is the most popular cheese in the world. A lot of salads and recipes make use of feta cheese for its crumbly texture and strong flavors. As you learn how to make feta cheese at home you can enjoy eating feta cheese more often than before.
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