$15 Worth of Milk and What I Did With ItNovember 24, 2008 at 1:32 pm | Posted in Cooking, science, Test | Leave a comment
Tags: Cheese, Fresh, Homemeade, Milk, Queso Blanco, Raw
Ok, so somehow I got it in my mind to make some homemade butter. A little research told me all I needed was some good heavy whipping cream and a jar to shake it in or a food processor. The latter two I have on hand. The first of these, as I know all too well from my previous culinary adventures can be hard to obtain in this part of the world. At least if by cream you mean something with a lot of butterfat and no non-dairy additives to “make it creamier” or whatever crap the marketers of dairy products would have you believe.
So, as usual that plan got changed into something slightly different as I discovered more information. Turns out that there is in fact a way to buy raw milk in this part of Arizona. All it takes is a twenty minute drive during rush hour and a little over twelve bucks a gallon. I rounded it up to 15 to account for gas and time.
Obviously I rushed right over and procured a gallon of this liquid miracle. They did not have any cream so I left for home with a half-cocked plan to make mozzarella. All I needed was some rennet, an enzyme that is probably sold at the same place I bought the milk, but I was in a hurry to check into this farm fresh milk idea so I didn’t ask. As you might have assumed – my search for rennet and pure citric acid was going nowhere fast the next day and I refused to mail order any supplies as that would mean more fridge time for my lovely gallon of milk that was not pasteurized, and Thanksgiving is coming so I needed the space!!
Enter – Queso Blanco. A fresh, white cheese made with just milk and vinegar, or lemon juice. I opted for lemon juice as my research showed that might make it “tangier” and I love tangy cheese. So, this is where my storyline will give way to the educational format offered by pictures and text of my first adventure in cheese making.
Boiling everything that will touch the ingredients for 20 minutes.