Hold the Press!

22 Sep

Breaking news!  I have a new toy!  With more milk in my future, I decided I wanted to branch out and try some new cheeses again.  But I’m kind of at the point I would need a cheese press.  As luck would have it, my dear blogging friend Patty from Broken Teepee (great book reviews and recipes) had a cheese press she was no longer using.  She sent it to me!

I decided I’d work into the pressed cheeses a bit and try making a queso blanco (or queso fresco).  That way I could use the press but it’s still a fresh cheese, so I don’t have to wait to try it out!  I started by rigging a double  boiler from a big pot and a bigger pot.

That worked well, so I added my vinegar.  It started curdling like it’s supposed to, but it didn’t get any whey separating.

I don’t know why.  After I did this, I remembered I failed at using vinegar as a coagulant when I first started making cheese.  I kept trying though, and it eventually ended up like cream of rice.

There’s no way anything this soupy is going into a cheese press, so I gave up.  We’ll see if I get brave and try again.  I did find a different recipe for queso blanco that calls for rennet.  That might work better.  I’ll let you know if the second time is a charm.

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5 Responses to “Hold the Press!”

  1. Jeanne September 22, 2018 at 8:24 pm #

    Well! That cheese press looks very nice! I hope your next experiment will work better. Be sure to let us know….

  2. Eileen Wise September 23, 2018 at 6:54 am #

    You know what they say, practice makes perfect. Happy Sunday, enjoy your day and the new week ahead.

  3. Margaret Birding For Pleasure September 23, 2018 at 7:21 am #

    As they say in films – Take 2

  4. WolfSong September 23, 2018 at 11:18 am #

    So exciting!
    Can’t wait to see what you make with the cheese press. 🙂

  5. Nilzeitung October 8, 2018 at 10:30 am #

    Toll !!Y>Y>Yami seht sehr gut-aus !!

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