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Offline John (CH)

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Feta Cheese Recipe #3
« on: June 09, 2008, 03:36:26 AM »
Note, may be too salty for some people . . .

INGREDIENTS
  • 2 US gallons Goat Milk
  • 1 packet Mesophilic Culture
  • 1/4 tsp. Lipase Powder
  • Rennet of your choice and amount as per directions or your experience
  • Kosher or Sea Salt
  • Brine: 1/2 cup Kosher or Sea Salt per 1/2 US gallon of water (boiled and cooled to below room temp) + if want ½ tsp Calcium Citrate to prevent the feta from crumbling in the brine

DIRECTIONS
  • Heat milk to 145 F and hold for 30 minutes.
  • Cool in ice water bath to 86 F.
  • Add culture and Lipase Powder and allow to rest at 86 F for one hour.
  • Dilute rennet in 1/2 cup water, add to milk and set aside for 45-60 minutes to set.
  • When get clean break, cut curd in 1/2 in/1 cm cubes, allow to rest ten minutes.
  • Stir every ten minutes and hold at 86 F for 45 minutes.
  • Pour off as much whey as possible into clean jars.
  • Drain curds in cheesecloth lined colander, then hang for 3-4 hours.
  • Flip curd wet side down and re-hang.
  • Place cheesecloth wrapped ball of feta in bowl in fridge overnight.
  • Gently cut feta ball into large cubes, salt gently with salt and place in sealed container in fridge for one week.
  • Make and cool brine in gallon jug. After feta has aged one week, gently put cubes of cheese in brine and store refrigerated.

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Re: Feta Cheese Recipe #3
« Reply #1 on: June 09, 2008, 03:34:28 PM »
It sounds good.  I may have to try this next.  I have found a source for raw goats milk and it's something that I could finally eat fairly quickly.

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Re: Feta Cheese Recipe #3
« Reply #2 on: June 18, 2008, 04:22:50 PM »
If the feta is too salty, just soak in milk for upto an hour before eating.

Must say that this recipe is completely different to the one that i use.  Must try it sometime and see what the difference is.

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Re: Feta Cheese Recipe #3
« Reply #3 on: June 18, 2008, 06:11:18 PM »
Feel free to post your frequently used one and let us know which you prefer . . .

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Re: Feta Cheese Recipe #3
« Reply #4 on: September 07, 2008, 05:26:23 PM »
Thought I might try this recipe and see what the difference is between this and the recipe that I usually use.
Noted with interest though, there is the addition of calcium citrate to prevent fetta from crumbling in brine.  This addition seems optional, and I am wondering if maybe this is what everyone is experiencing.
Will have to look this up as I haven't come across it before, and I think two control batches would need to be made before any comparisons could be concluded.

On second thoughts, I think that I will wait to get the calcium first before giving this a go.  Then I will make them both from the same batch of milk, same conditions, everything, and see what the difference is.