Transform your ordinary milk and other dairy product into yummy, mouth-watering slabs of home-made cheese. We have taken the liberty of compiling nine simple DIY kinds of cheese, so get your aprons ready and start your stovetop burners!
9 Mouthwatering Homeade Cheese Recipes
1. Farmer’s Cheese
Farmer’s cheese typically refers to any un-ripened, un-aged, soft or semi-soft, white cheese. This is one of the easiest cheese recipe one can whip up in the comforts of your own kitchen. Essentially, this type of cheese is made by by combining milk with an acid and heating it until the curds (solid) separate from the whey (liquid).
This is an incredibly versatile cheese with a mild, milky and buttery flavor. It is great for use as spread on crackers with or without other fruit or veggie spreads.
2. Queso Fresco
Queso Fresco is a traditional Mexican Cheese and is a quintessential part of Mexican cuisine. It tastes slightly salty and mildly tangy, similar to Farmer’s Cheese. Quesco Fresco is a simple, quick cheese and is a perfect complement to a variety of dishes. Making this cheese takes no time at all — acidify the milk and leave to curdle, then strain in cheesecloth and press! Voila!
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3. Cottage Cheese
Cottage cheese has long been a staple, especially to the health conscious population. Cottage cheese has a mild flavor which makes it the perfect component for a delicious, light breakfast or lunch and can be consumed on its own or added to sweet or savory recipes. Making homemade cottage cheese is fairly simple and once you discover how easy it is to make you’ll never pick up that cottage cheese tub in the supermarket again!
4. Cream Cheese
Cream cheese has a soft, spreadable texture, and mildly acidic flavor. Cream cheese is fantastic spread on crackers and bread, or as a base for dips, cheese cake, or frosting. This is a great option for beginners in cheese making as it is very easy to make!
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5. Cheddar Cheese
Cheddar cheese is the most widely eaten cheese in the world, indicating it’s also the most liked cheese! It is a relatively hard cheese with a slightly crumbly texture. Cheddar cheese can be used in several ways: sliced, grated or chopped into plain bite-sized pieces. Making homemade Cheddar Cheese may take a little time but the taste gets sharper as it matures.
6. Mozzarella Cheese
A staple to salads, sandwiches, and pizzas, Mozzarella cheese is another versatile cheese popular in the kitchens of many American homes. Mozzarella follows a similar process to cottage cheese but with a bit more complexity. Making Mozzarella Cheese at home may seem very intimidating at first, but once you get the recipe down it will assert its starring role on your everyday panini sandwich.
7. Parmesan Cheese
Parmesan Cheese is a hard, dry cheese made from skimmed or partially skimmed cow’s milk. Parmesan Cheese is a useful cheese to have around the house but making it may take a little time. The maturing process takes about 8-10 months.
8. Chèvre Goat Cheese
Chèvre is a soft cheese made from goat’s milk and is perhaps one of the easiest cheeses to make at home. Chèvre doesn’t require any aging but it does require a bacterial culture. Soft versions of chèvre may be herbed or spiced and is served as a table cheese, as cheese spread or as salad dressing.
Ricotta Cheese is very quick and easy to make meaning it is a perfect for treat for an after-cheesemaking snack. Since ricotta does not undergo any ageing and generally does not contain added salt, it has a very light and sweet flavor that’s a perfect pairing for savory dishes like lasagna.
No matter what cheese you choose for whatever recipe or occasion, we’ve got all your cheese-making basics covered! With a little practice and memorization you won’t even need the recipes any more! You can also buy this Cheese Making Kit for a simple way to get started.