This week the kids and I spent time at a local farm, in our garden, and began our Farming week with Charlotte's Web. I'd like to say we did more farming type things than that, but with camp and the rain, we didn't, and since it's summer, I'm not really that concerned. Where the real learning happened was today, in the kitchen, and it was mostly for the mama, although I did have help here and there.
Maybe you'll notice in the pictures that I'm using two different pots. That's because I made two different batches. The first time I was not great about following the directions. Actually, I was using three different recipes. I don't know why- because that's me. Don't do as I did unless you want a very tasty cheese spread.
But the second time...
What you should do is:
1. Follow this recipe
2. Start with some simple ingredients
3. First it looks like
If you come out with cheese spread at first, don't be dismayed. It's lovely. And try again, because it is clearly one of those things that with time, becomes much easier. I attempted to make ricotta with the whey with no success. Next time. The whey can also be used to water plants or feed to livestock.
Price wise, it cost us $16.00 for the start up, but I will be able to make at least 10 batches with it and the thermometer we'll use for other things. So let's say $10 for the supplies. Our organic milk is $6.00 + $1.00 for the supplies (if I get 10 out of it). So, it made a lb of cheese for about $7.00. If I can figure out the ricotta, that is a pretty good deal.
Either way, it was so fun and got my brain working.
Happy cheese making to you!