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Milk for paneer won't curdle

I heated the milk to almost boiling then added lemon juice by incremental tablespoons, as I have done in the past. The milk thickened and "broke" very slightly but no curds are forming. It was whole milk, low pasteurized. Any fixes??

asked by gluttonforlife over 4 years ago
5 answers 15045 views
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added over 4 years ago

Did you heat it enough; it needs to be at least 175F. I find I usually need at least a tablespoon per quart. If you are using fresh lemon juice, it may not be acid enough; if you are using bottled lemon juice which is old, it also may not be acid enough. Try adding a little white vinegar - just a little, since you have acid in already from the lemon juice.

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added over 4 years ago

The milk was steaming, just on the verge of boiling, I used fresh lemon juice, then added a little white vinegar. All to no avail. Can I reheat and try again, or is this a wasted batch? Thank you!!

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added over 4 years ago

The milk needs to boil, wait for that dome of milk to rise. switch off the heat and add the lemon juice.

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added over 4 years ago

Thanks for asking this since it sounds like the same problem I had last time I made ricotta. I assumed it was a problem with the milk (ie ultra pasteurized). Good to know the answer.

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added over 4 years ago

OK, recap! I made this again today and let the milk develop the "dome", as per Panfusine, which happened at upwards of 200 degrees. I added in the lemon juice and it worked like a charm. Thank you!

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