I tried to make crottin. It didn't really work out as expected. But I would be greatful if you can give me some pointers and tell me if I am on the right track? I have only made mozzarella and yoghurt/kefir cheeses and butter before, so don't really know what to expect.
1. Used one gallon of unhomogenized goats milk from the store. Probably not as fresh as optimal.
2. Heated to 32 degrees celcius/89 Fahrenheit.
3. Mixed in a couple of tbs kefir and a small amount of vegetable rennet.
4. Let it sit at room temperature for two days. The curd had coagulated, after a couple of hours, shrank a bit and sank with some whey on top.
5. Put in a small piece of rind from an old crottin I had in the refrigerator to get some mold spores.
Now the problems begin.
6. I tried to scoop over my curd into some home made cheese molds, made from plastic honey jars which I had poked holes through the sides and bottom. The curd was too loose and the whey did drain from the holes really really slow...
7. ... so after a day I decided to put the curd in some cheese cloth to drain it.
8. Back to the molds for a day.
9. Tried to dump the cheese out of the molds. Cheese still too soft...
10... so I formed the cheese with my hands and salted, put on a sushi mat, turned after some time and salted again.
I have no idea if the cheeses will hold together or if they are just too soft.
So next weekend if I try again should I:
- Use more rennet?
- Drain in a cheese cloth from start after two days?
- Maybe drain it more?
- Skip the molds or drill larger holes?
I'd be happy for any suggestions.
And oh, the cheese tastes great as is, btw.