Thursday, June 5, 2014

Creamy Home Made Cheese With Herbs And Spices

I have always loved cheese. Soft cheese, hard cheese, fresh ones and smelly ones, goat or cow, you name it.

There are recipes out there for cheese making at home, but a lot of them require long processes, coagulation, the use of rennet, cooking, etc.

Not only don´t I have the time for those, but in our household, we like things simple and as natural and fresh as possible.
So I totally love this simple recipe and more importantly, Jachym and I both love this cheese.
And the fact that it is cheaper than the store bought, chemically preserved cheeses, is the icing on the cake :)

You will need:

1/2  liter (or 2 cups) plain white yogurt (I use 3% fat)
1/4  liter (or 1 cup) Creme Fraiche (sour cream)
freshly ground mix of peppers (black, green, white and red)
three long strings of chives

You can also use other spices: fresh basil, coarsely ground red pepper, chilli pepper, garlic - are a few of my favorites. Use your imagination! :)

- mix yogurt with sour creme thoroughly together
- add salt and pepper to your liking (I use a pepper mill and give four to five proper twists to it as we love the pepper taste and spicy touch it gives the cheese)
- chop the chives and add to the mixture as the last ingredient
- put the mixture in a canvas cloth, make a knot and hang it on a wooden cooking spoon in a deep pot or bowl, so that the cheese mixture is not touching the ground, allowing space for the whey water to drip out
- place in a fridge and allow 24 hours to drip

I prefer to close the pot with a lid, so it doesn´t pull in the smells of the fridge.

When it´s ready, flip your nice soft, fresh creamy cheese in a jar with a lid and store in a fridge. 

The whey can be used for making soup or other meals.

It is wonderful, with all the spices blending in over the night!


Anny said...

Very good cheese...........

Sandy said...

Will try this with daughter's goat milk yogurt...Looks yummy

Katerina said...

oh, goat milk yogurt sounds awesome, Sandy! I bet that your cheese is gonna be awesome.
Let me know how it turned out and how you liked it :)