Homemade Goat’s Cheese | Chevre Cream Cheese

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Homemade Goat’s Cheese, also referred to as Chèvre (french for goat), is easy to make and tastes deliciously sweet and creamy. It’s also a fun project to keep in mind for the school holidays and festive soirees. The kind I happened to host a couple of weeks ago for a couple of blogging and foodie friends.

Homemade Goats Cheese

No matter whom I have spoken to recently, everyone shares the same sentiment – the year has gone by too quickly. We all seem to have more to do and less time to do it in. My story is not much different… And then my dear readers, there is you.

I feel like I have moved my digital existence onto Facebook and Instagram in the last month and a bit. In fact, I mostly have. My silence has not been a case of writer’s block or a much needed time off. It’s a result of an enormous workload I have committed to in the past few months. A workload that has seen me developing and writing over 220 recipes for various cookbooks – many of which I would have loved to have shared with you, but I can’t for a while yet. I promise to let you know all the details as soon as I can. I’ve been shooting for other projects as well as, you know, having a life with my family.

I’m sorry for being quiet – I hope that this has given you a little time to browse through the recipe archives, there are some real gems there and cook from my eBooks. I hope to return to more regular recipe updates from January. My focus will continue to be on bioindividuality with an occasional full-blown (okay, somewhat out there) indulgence. I also have a few exciting things planned for the second part of next year, so stay tuned.

Homemade Goats Cheese

To break the cycle of being stuck in the kitchen testing, or in the studio shooting and editing, back in November I decided to throw a little festive soiree for a handful of blogger and foodie friends. Everyone brought a plate of their favourite recipe or samples of some of the things they make and sell – I’ve even included Sally’s Fit Mixes and Cindy’s Luk Beautifood natural make up in the gift guide coming your way next week.  We chatted about  real food, exchanged Kris Kringle gifts and had a fabulous time, face to face!

To make things a little more exciting Arlo from Om Nom Cheese Making came along to teach us how to make homemade halloumi and goat’s cheese and she was fantastic! Such a bright and knowledgeable tutor. The halloumi was brilliant, but the goat’s cheese, my gosh, it was something else!

Homemade Goats Cheese

The cheese was similar in texture to a creamy and smooth chevre, but with a mild flavour of ricotta. We served it fresh with a little seasoning of fresh oregano and thyme from the garden and a good sprinkling of smoked salt. A side of Fine Fettle Flats (how cool are these?) was all that was needed to scoop up its creamy deliciousness. Amazing and so simple to make. Jars of leftover whey were handed out too – they are great for baking and adding substance to smoothies.

As part of our class each of us received a cheese making kit to take home (they are available from Arlo’s website and she can ship them Australia wide). I was lucky enough to be left with a second batch coagulating in my pantry overnight. I strained it in a cheesecloth-lined sieve and pressed into a ricotta basket. It made it a little more fancy.

If one of your new year’s resolutions is to make something from scratch, I would wholeheartedly encourage you to make this cheese. Impressive, easy  – truly simple despite the BIG head note there and so, so good!

Homemade Goats Cheese

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Homemade Goat's Cheese
This particular recipe is for soft (cream) goat's cheese and makes about 1 cup. Specific cheese making ingredients can be found online (in Australia you can get them from Om Nom Cheese Making) or good gourmet delis and cheese making stores. Calcium Chloride is added to rebalance the calcium content of milk as the manufacturing processes of pasteurization, heating and rapidly cooling the milk, and homogenization decreases the amount of calcium in the milk and can affect the clotting properties.You can purchase grass-fed milk powders online, I like to use the Organic Times brand. Note on equipment and measures: You will need a digital kitchen thermometer, a 1m-capacity syringe, cheesecloth or a large suqare of sterile gauze (available from pharmacies). Measurement conversions: If you don't have a 1ml syringe, use regular kitchen measuring spoons where 1 teaspoon is 5ml. For 0.3ml calcium chloride use a quarter of an 1/8 (5ml) teaspoon, for 0.5ml rennet use just under half of an 1/8 teaspoon. For 1/4 drop spoon (1/64th of a teaspoon) use the amount equivalent to about 2 sesame seeds.
Homemade Goats Cheese
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Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 3 minutes
Servings
cup
Ingredients
  • 1 litre goat's milk
  • 2 tablespoons skim milk powder optional
  • 0.3 ml calcium chloride see note above if you don't have a 1ml-capacity syringe
  • 1/4 drop spoon mesophilic culture see notes above if you don't have a drop spoon
  • 0.5 ml liquid rennet or 1/16th tablet rennet (diluted in 1 tablespoon cool non-chlorinated water), see note above if you don't have a 1ml-capacity syringe
  • Flavoured salt and herbs to taste, optional
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 3 minutes
Servings
cup
Ingredients
  • 1 litre goat's milk
  • 2 tablespoons skim milk powder optional
  • 0.3 ml calcium chloride see note above if you don't have a 1ml-capacity syringe
  • 1/4 drop spoon mesophilic culture see notes above if you don't have a drop spoon
  • 0.5 ml liquid rennet or 1/16th tablet rennet (diluted in 1 tablespoon cool non-chlorinated water), see note above if you don't have a 1ml-capacity syringe
  • Flavoured salt and herbs to taste, optional
Homemade Goats Cheese
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Rating: 5
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Instructions
  1. Place milk and skim milk powder, if using, in a heavy-based saucepan. Stir in calcium chloride.
  2. Heat the milk, stirring, to 22C (71.5F). Add the mesophilic culrure, rennet and stir through the milk for 30-60 seconds. Set aside at room temperature for 16-24 hours until the curds have visibly separated from the whey into a block.
  3. Line a sieve with the cheesecloth and strain the mixture into the cloth. Add flavoured salt and herbs, if using. Gather the edges and hang to strain over a bowl, in the fridge, for 6-12 hours (similar to this method here).
  4. Transfer to a cheese basket if using, pressing in and unmould before serving. Store the cheese in an air-tight container in the fridge for 5-7 days.
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6 Responses to Homemade Goat’s Cheese | Chevre Cream Cheese

  1. Mel A says:

    Yay! Welcome back! I’ve been following you on Instagram and loving all your posts there. Good to hear you’ve been trying to keep the family balanace in check despite being one busy lady! This recipe sounds amazing.

  2. Sophie says:

    I’ve never made cheese but really love goat’s cheese so this is definitely going into my recipe folder. Thanks for sharing.

  3. Bec says:

    I am a cherve nut and have been so tempted to make cheese at home.. thanks for sharing. I’m not dreaming of cherve with dill on crunchy seedy crackers and some good quality seasonings. YUM! Bec
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  4. I love making cheese but I’ve never used goat’s milk. I’ll have to look around up here and see where it might be available. I’d love this.
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  5. Bec says:

    This recipe speaks to me.. I am loving cherve at the moment and feel I am ready to move on from my labneh making!
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  6. Totally love goats cheese. A few years ago i watched my aunt in the village in Greece, milk the goats and a little later on use the milk collected to make it into cheese. This post as well as being a great recipe brought back some amazing memories.
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