We love any excuse to get together with family and friends, and what better way to do it then with a day of feasting, celebrating and giving thanks! With all the amazing cookbooks lining the shop shelves, we know you guys have the main course covered, so we thought we would take care of the mid-game snack, go Hawks! Combined with some fresh fruits and hearty bread, this goat cheese is the perfect amuse-bouche and will seriously impress your guests.
The kit includes: cheese making supplies, citric acid, cheese salt, french chevre molds, firm goat cheese recipe, glass dairy thermometer and cotton cheesecloth. All you need to do is grab two quarts of pasteurized goats milk and you are ready to mix, stir and shape. Let's get started...
Heat your milk to 190°F on a medium setting, stir often to avoid boiling and adjust heat if needed. For firm goat cheese, mix one tsp. and a pinch of citric acid into half a cup of water, stir and set aside.
Turn the heat to low and quickly stir in your citric acid mix and stop stirring once mixed. Without stirring, hold at 190°F for two minutes, you should see some subtle curdling. Do not allow the temperature to go over 195°F or the milk will boil over.
Remove the pot from the heat, cover and leave to settle for ten minutes. Gently pour the curds and whey into a cloth-lined colander and let it drain until it looks like oatmeal. Mix in your salt and herbs and stir the curds gently until they look like dry mashed potatoes. Taste and adjust seasoning if needed. Check out the booklet included in the kit for full instructions and top tips.
Time to shape and press or eat as is! If you are shaping your cheese, spoon your curd evenly into both molds. Place the molds on a plate to allow any extra whey to drain. Allow the cheese to cool for ten minutes then gently unmold by holding them upside down on a plate and firmly tapping. Serve on a cheese board with the usual trimmings and enjoy. Goat cheese in less than an hour, it's that easy!
If you loved this as much as we did, or if goat cheese isn't your thing, check out the Mozzarella and Ricotta kit. It's great for gifting, home made pizza nights or just a fun thing to do with the lil' ones.
If it's Friendsgiving or Thanksgiving that you are celebrating, eat well, enjoy and be safe! xo - Pigment