Homemade Cheese Spread Recipe

Serve this easy homemade cheese spread at all of your summer gatherings for a delicious appetizer to top off your favorite crackers, bread, and more!



From "Fermentation Revolution"
April 2018

Preparation Time: 10 min

Yield: 16 servings

Fermentation Revolution: 70 Easy Recipes for Sauerkraut, Kombucha, Kimchi and More (Robert Rose Inc., 2017), by Sébastien Bureau & David Côté is the ultimate guide to fermentation. The book teaches readers a variety of inexpensive ways to practice home fermentation by providing 70 easy recipes, the science behind fermentation, and different types of fermentation processes. The following excerpt is from Chapter 6, "Dairy and Nondairy Milks."

No cheese is easier to master. You'll regret that it took you so long to try your hand at making it!

Ingredients:

  • 16 cups (4 L) whole milk, unhomogenized if possible
  • 1 packet cheese or yogurt starter culture or 2 tbsp (30 mL) fresh cheese or yogurt
  • 1/4 rennet tablet (sometimes life is complicated)
  • 3 tsp (15 g) sea salt, or to taste

Equipment

  • 16-cup (4 L) pot, thermometer, dehydrator or oven, strainer, cheesecloth, 2 plates, airtight container

Instructions:

  1. In the large pot, heat milk over medium heat to 95 degrees Fahrenheit to 104 F.
  2. Add starter culture, then rennet. Mix together. Cover and let stand for 4 hours, without stirring.
  3. Place covered pot in dehydrator or another incubator (for example, the oven of an electric range, with heat off but oven light on) at 90 F to 104 F. Let ferment for 4 hours. The milk should be solidified and the unmistakable aroma of cheese should be apparent. To check, scoop up a spoonful; the curd should maintain its shape on the spoon.
  4. Using a knife, cut solidified curd into cubes, like a chessboard. Let stand for 15 minutes. Stir very gently without breaking pieces, then let stand for another 15 minutes.
  5. Transfer cheese to a strainer lined with cheesecloth and let whey drain off for 30 minutes. Add salt to taste, stirring to blend.
  6. Make a knot in cheesecloth to form a bundle. Press down a little with your hands to release whey. Transfer bundle to a plate and lay another plate on top as a weight. Refrigerate for 3 hours.
  7. Transfer solids to an airtight container and mix until texture is uniform.

Spread generously on one (or several) wood oven-baked Montreal bagels. Keeps for 2 weeks in the refrigerator.


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Courtesy of Fermentation Revolution: 70 Easy Recipes for Sauerkraut, Kombucha, Kimchi and More by Sébastien Bureau & David Côté © 2017 www.robertrose.ca. Available where books are sold.