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Easy Chèvre: How to Make Goat Cheese At Home

Perfect for spring, goat cheese is lively and lemony. It’s ridiculously easy to make at home, and you’ll never have it fresher.
By Tabitha Alterman
March/April 2011

Hang homemade chèvre in cheesecloth or muslin to drain. The more it drains, the firmer your cheese will be.
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Perfect for spring, goat cheese is lively and lemony. It’s ridiculously easy to make, and you’ll never have it fresher.

Equipment 

Stockpot (large enough to hold a gallon of milk)
Thermometer
Slotted spoon
Butter muslin or high-quality cheesecloth
Colander
Cheese forms (optional, for making logs or other shaped cheeses)

Ingredients 

1 gallon whole goat milk
1 packet direct-set chèvre starter
Optional: fresh herbs, roasted garlic, cracked pepper or other flavorings

Instructions 

1. Heat milk to 86 degrees, then remove from heat. Sprinkle packet of starter over heated milk and stir in gently.

2. Cover milk and let sit at room temperature for about 12 hours. An easy method is to mix in the starter in the evening, and proceed to the next step sometime in the morning.

3. At this point, the curds should have separated out of the whey. Line a colander (or cheese forms) with muslin or cheesecloth. With a slotted spoon, ladle the curds gently into the cheesecloth.

4. You can let the curds drain directly in the colander or in your cheese forms. Or you can tie the cloth up into a bag and hang it to drain with the help of gravity. Allow cheese to drain for 6 to 12 hours. The more it drains, the firmer your cheese will be. A chèvre drained for 6 hours will have a cream cheese-like consistency. Chèvre that drains longer is more firm and can be shaped into a ball or log, if you like.

5. If you wish, you can stir in herbs, specialty salts, cracked pepper, roasted garlic, roasted peppers or other flavorings at this stage. Your chèvre will keep in the refrigerator for about a week.

Yield: About 1 1/2 pounds fresh goat cheese

Did You Know?  

Not all milks are created equal. Goat milk contains more butterfat and protein than cow’s milk, but less lactose. It’s also naturally homogenized, all of which makes it easier for many people to digest.

Resources 

Find Cheesemaking Supplies 

The Cheesemaker 

Glengarry Cheesemaking and Dairy Supply 

New England Cheesemaking Supply 

Read Up 

Cheese Connoisseur magazine 

The Cheesemaker’s Manual by Margaret Morris

Culture magazine 

Hay Fever by Angela Miller

Milk by Anne Mendelson 








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