I somehow just slipped into this challenge Urban Farm challenge and this is my second month. The first month was all about soil building, and this month is all about home dairy. I already make my own yoghurt in my yogi thermos system, but I have always wanted to try to make cheese.
Ok so this weekend I did it! I made cheese! I read up so much about it and then in the end just dived right in. (It was raining and so I couldn't get out into the garden) I pretty much followed the instructions from Eating rules but used citric acid in water instead of the lemon juice. I started with three liters of milk. I wanted to make paneer and it seemed that you make whole milk ricotta and paneer the same way. After it was drained I reserved half for the paneer and the only extra step was to press the liquid out and then cut it into squares.
Curry - many ways recipe I like this idea as most of the time involved in cooking curry is all the chopping and sauteing, this way you only have to do it once for two curries. I have the other half in the freezer to see how it freezes and will update when I use it.
So back to the ricotta - I now realize just how much salt must go into cheese that you buy over the counter. The ricotta was pretty bland until quite a large sprinkle of salt was added. It was good on crackers, but we try to shy away from things like cheese and crackers. We had some broccoli that needed to be used up, so I made pasta with broccoli. I boiled it in some of the whey as the whey retains a lot of the water soluble nutrients.
Next month is gardening, anyone want to join me on this challenge?