How to Make Farmer's Cheese
©David B. Fankhauser, Ph.D.,
Professor of Biology and Chemistry
University of Cincinnati Clermont College,
Batavia OH 45103
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Created 15 February 2001
This simple cheese has several aliases. Two common ones are soft
farmer's cheese and "chevre." They both are rather loose names.
"Farmer's cheese" can refer to any of a number of different soft home-made cheeses which are eaten fresh. "Chevre," which actually means goat, could refer to many different
cheeses. This recipe for "Farmer's Cheese" is nearly identical with Neufchatel
Cheese, the recipe for which I posted some time ago on my Cheese
I have modified this recipe from one I got from Julia Farmer a year or
two back. She states that she got it from a book by Jean-Claude Le Jaouen,
but did not mention the name of the book.
Two gallons goats milk
1/4 cup cultured buttermilk
½ tablet Rennet (or two drops of liquid rennet)
Julia Farmer further says that you can
Warm milk to room
Dissolve 1/2 of a rennet
tablet in 1/4 cup luke warm water.
Stir in buttermilk, mix thoroughly.
Stir in rennet, mix
thoroughly, cover, let sit for 24 hours.
Check for clean break.
The curd should be firm enough to cut
into 1/2 inch cubes (see page on
5 gallons of milk into cheese for pictures). Some recipes call for
stirring the curds into a slurry, and pouring into a fairly tight weave
bag to drain. However, if the weave is too loose, such as with a single
layer or two of cheese cloth, the fine curd will run through at first.
I far prefer to cut the curd as it makes for more easily separated curds
ladel the curds into a sterile cloth in a strainer (or colander), and suspend
in a refrigerator or cool place.
Let the whey drain for 24 hours in a cool place.
Salt to taste (about
1-2 teaspoons), store covered in the refrigerator for a week or two. This
cheese will not keep for much longer.
press into small cheese molds for little cheeses
roll them in ashes, place in a jar with garlic and herbs, cover with extra
virgin olive oil
Use it in cheese cake
whip the cheese up with some powdered sugar, vanilla extract and a bit
of lemon juice until its well blended and then serve as dessert with sliced
strawberries over the top.
"You can add a pinch of penicillium mold with the starter and cure them
at 50°F for a Brie/Camembert clone." I have not tried that one yet,
but have made Blue Cheese with these
curds with great success.
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