Homemade Cheese

From: Makers of LACTAID® Brand Products
Homemade Cheese

This soft-style cheese makes a savory spread for crackers or bread. Its also delicious spooned over steamed vegetables or baked potatoes.

  • Serves: 16 servings
  • Prep Time: 30 Minutes
  • Total Time: 15 Hours 45 Minutes

Ingredients

  • 12 cups LACTAID® Whole Milk
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cumin seed, crushed
  • 1/3 cup lemon juice

Preparation

  1. In a 5-quart Dutch oven heat LACTAID® Whole Milk, salt, and cumin seed over medium heat just until boiling, stirring frequently. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 5 minutes. Remove from heat. Stir in lemon juice. Let stand for 15 minutes.

  2. Line a large strainer or colander with several layers of 100-percent cotton cheesecloth. Strain milk mixture; discard liquid. Gently squeeze the cheesecloth to remove as much liquid from the curds as possible. Wrap cloth around curds. Place wrapped curds in a large strainer or colander set in a large bowl. Put a weighted bowl on top to help press out any additional liquid. Let stand, covered, in a refrigerator for at least 15 hours.

  3. Remove curds. Discard liquid. Form curds into a flat rectangle or press into a large bowl to shape. Store in refrigerator, tightly wrapped, for up to 10 days. Makes 1 pound (2 cups).

NOTES

Try making different flavors of this fresh homemade cheese. Prepare recipe as above, except omit the cumin seed; stir 1 to 2 teaspoons snipped fresh herbs (such as basil, sage, or thyme) into 1/2 cup cheese before serving. Or, for a creamy fruit dip, stir 1 to 2 tablespoons of honey or maple syrup into 1/2 cup cheese; stir in additional LACTAID® Whole Milk, 1 teaspoon at a time, until desired consistency.

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Nutrition Information

Serving Size: 2 tablespoons(1 Ounce)

Amount Per Serving
 
Calories
120 
Calories from Fat
60 
Total Fat
7g 
Saturated Fat
4g 
Cholesterol
25mg 
Sodium
380mg 
Total Carbohydrate
10g 
Dietary Fiber
0g 
Sugars
9g 
Protein
6g 
Calcium
226mg 
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