Making cheese yourself is an integral part of self-sufficiency and a frugal life. There are many ways to make homemade cheese, and each method has its own benefits and level of difficulty. So here is what you need to make this delicious homemade cheese?
You will need 1/4 fresh cream, 1/8 teaspoon mesophilic starter culture, very fine cheesecloth, and sea salt
Before you start making your own cheese, you must first make the mesophilic starter culture. also can use over-the-counter cultures; However, you are better off making your own.
Pour fresh, unpasteurized milk into a clean, dry glass container. · Close the lid very loosely, making sure to leave a small gap. Leave on the counter until the milk begins to thicken.If you are lucky, you may be able to get milk within 24 hours, sometimes longer up to 30.
Once the milk thickens, it should look like yogurt. Once it’s that consistency, you need to stir it up and pour it into a new cube tray to freeze.
Each of these cubes gives you nearly an ounce of mesophyll starter culture.
Now take one-quarter of fresh cream in a clean bottle, and gently add the Mesophilic starter culture.
Now take a quarter of fresh cream in a clean bottle and carefully add the mesophilic starter culture. Do not close the bottle tightly; Just let the cap sit loosely on the bottle. Leave this bottle for at least 8 to 12 hours for the culture to begin to develop.
You’ll know it’s ready when the mixture starts to resemble thick yogurt. Gently pour this heavy cream over cheesecloth; Make sure the serum pours for at least 10-12 hours.
Remember, the longer you drip the cream, the thicker and firmer the cheese will be. Now slowly discard the cheesecloth and sprinkle with salt (as needed). Store this cream cheese in an airtight container for future use on .