After reading about making cheese in Barbara Kingsolver's book, Animal, Vegetable, Miracle (which I cannot recommend highly enough...definitely a must read) we decided it was something we wanted to try. So after hunting around a bit in our local natural food stores for cheese making supplies and coming up empty...we decided to mail order a kit from Ricki Carroll a.k.a the Cheese Queen. I ordered the ricotta/mozzarella starter kit as well as the goat cheese starter kit. They arrived last week and I decided to get started today with a simple ricotta. It was so incredibly easy and turned out quite delicious! Basically, you take two litres of milk...we used organic homo milk...add 1/2 tsp of citric acid (food grade) and 1/2 tsp of cheese salt...put it in a pot on the stove...bring the temperature to 195 degrees...ladle the curds into a colander lined with cheese cloth..
then hang it for about 30 minutes in the cheese cloth and voila...fresh ricotta cheese!
I think to make it completely worthwhile, it really makes sense to have our own animals to produce the milk...but maybe someday!
So we mixed our lovely cheese with one of our hen's eggs and this...
and ended up with this delicious dinner...
which was completely inspired by my friend Heather's creation which you can see here. Thanks Heather!
A diary of the projects, hurdles, rewards and family life at we recorded at Wise Acres, our former homestead in Horsefly, BC. (Careers and teenagers have forced us back into the city, at least for a little while.)