Homemade Goat Cheese

By • December 12, 2012 • 9 Comments

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Author Notes: One of my main goals as a cheesemaker is telling everyone how lovely and healthy and versatile goat cheese is. But there's one more secret-it's super easy to make for yourself! I learned how to make it from an artisan with decades under her belt, but you can perfect your own technique with some practice in your kitchen! Whether you make your own, you use Belle Chevre or any other goat cheese, I want you to enjoy and feel at home with this beautiful cheese!Tasia Malakasis

Makes 1 log

  • 1 gallon goat milk
  • 2 teaspoons citric acid, rounded
  • 2 teaspoons salt (or to taste)
  1. Mix the citric acid with 1/2 cup of water. In a heavy-bottomed, nonreactive pot, combine the goat milk and citric acid to 185 degrees over medium heat, stirring continuously.
  2. Once it reaches this temperature, turn off the heat and allow to sit for 15 minutes.
  3. Lay out a towel or several layers of cheesecloth in a bowl. Pour in the milk mixture. The curds simply resemble curdled milk at this point.
  4. Tie the ends of the towel together so it becomes a bag. Hang it on a wooden spoon and let the bag hang free. The whey should strain for at least two hours, but for best results you can leave half a day. This makes forming easier and results in a denser cheese.
  5. Before taking the cheese out of the cloth, squeeze the cloth to extract more liquid from the cheese. Transfer the cheese from the cloth to a bowl and season it with cheese salt to taste. To shape into a log, simply place on a clean smooth surface and begin to roll out gently, like a playdoh snake.
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over 1 year ago ColoradoCook

Thanks so much for the recipe! A couple of questions since this didn't quite turn out as I expected. The texture was very creamy despite having left it to hang for over 6 hours. Perhaps it could be the fact that I left it in the fridge? Will try room temp next time. Second, it lacked the "tang" that is so distinctive of chèvre, and tasted more like a goat cream cheese. It was still delicious and we ended up adding lemon zest and using it in salad and on toast with honey. Yum, but would like to try again. Any tips or ideas on where I may have gone wrong?

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almost 2 years ago Tasia Malakasis

The whey is a great substitute in many recipes, such as you suggest: smoothies, even for cooking grains...and it's very healthy!

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almost 2 years ago mjdelcas

Is the whey good for anything? Smoothies etc? I've used cows milk whey for smoothies, but not sure about goat whey flavor.

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almost 2 years ago winegirlnc

The article that features this recipe says "However, if you are without [citric acid] at home, you can also use the juice of one lemon."

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almost 2 years ago elizisme

I've been having difficulty finding citric acid - is lemon juice an appropriate substitute? If so, how much? Thanks so much! I can't wait to make this cheese!

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almost 2 years ago Tasia Malakasis

Room temp is perfect!

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almost 2 years ago winegirlnc

Should it be at room temperature while it's hanging, or should it be in the refrigerator?

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almost 2 years ago Tasia Malakasis

Alina-
Whatever goat milk you use in this recipe, you will get cheese. That said, I find the best cheese results from using fresh, happy, full-fat goats' milk. Le me know if you have any more questions!

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almost 2 years ago Alina Haitu

Thank you very much for the recipe, I do cook everything from scratch, prefer homemade over store products, and this recipe will be so handy to have.... I do have a question: does it make a difference the % of fat in milk? Thanks:d