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Offline marsbar07

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Cheese making for Biology
« on: February 18, 2014, 08:12:28 PM »
Hey folks - I'm a Biology professor and for our fermentation lab we traditionally make yogurt.  However, I'm bored of it and wanted to try making cheese.  Was planning on neufchatel cheese but need to get it down to a 3 day process (class on Monday and then again on Wednesday).  We have milk, buttermilk, rennet tablets and lots of beakers/thermometers/hotplates.  Any tips or pointers?

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Re: Cheese making for Biology
« Reply #1 on: February 18, 2014, 09:03:10 PM »
I've not made cream (or neufchatel) cheese but from what I know it (1) requires a culture and (2) differs from classic cheesemaking because there's no formation of curds.  I'm sure there will be other suggestions but mine is to make chedder cheese curds which is a pretty easy 3 day make.  The one I've used that has always met with great reviews is a recipe for Cheddar-Jalapeno Cheese Curds from Mary Karlin's book.  You will need some Meso II or equivalent culture.   If you want to avoid a cultured cheese a queso blanco or ricottta would be fun.

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Re: Cheese making for Biology
« Reply #2 on: February 19, 2014, 04:18:10 PM »
Yes I agree with making something like cheddar Colby or Monterey Jack if you don't want to age it make something like ricotta which doesn't need culture just citric acid which I am sure a lab would have :)
If cheese was as easy as boiling an egg 8)

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Re: Cheese making for Biology
« Reply #3 on: February 20, 2014, 12:53:28 AM »
The other option is to make Haloumi.
No cultures required, just salt, rennet and milk! Plus you can eat it almost immediately.
One day I will add something here...