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Hooked on Cheese: Three Butters You Need to Know

Hooked on Cheese: Three Butters You Need to Know

I like butter. Good butter at the very least – but great butter is my norm. I fixate on its potential in my favorite recipes. I even quest for great breads to pair with my butter. And I know I am not alone.

As we all know, butter is delicious alone on a warm biscuit, layered on a baguette sandwich, in sauces, on pancakes...the list is seemingly endless. Butter adds a special satisfying richness to anything it touches, and the better the butter, the better the dish. This article is on three of my favorite butters: one classic French, one Vermont homestead and one artisan-crafted by a California Chef for the guests at his world-renowned restaurant.

Échiré
This butter is named for the small village that is home to the Coopérative Échiré in the Deux-Sèvres region of western France. The co-op has been making butter since 1894, and they only use milk from fifty farms that fall within a twenty-mile radius of the dairy. It is made in very small batches, and then cold-packed so as not to change the texture of the finished butter. It is rich, creamy and elegant. In addition to traditional formats, this butter is available in single-use portions and packed in Limoges China with a silver spreader. This is the butter served exclusively to guests at the Ritz-Carlton in Paris, so you can be assured of its standard of excellence.

Vermont Butter and Cheese Cultured Butter Sea Salt Baskets
When Allison Hooper, the co-owner of Vermont Butter & Cheese, worked in Brittany, France, she learned all about making great butter, and has thankfully brought that knowledge back home to Vermont. At VB&C, she makes incredible cultured butter, topped with big, crunchy sea salt crystals. This butter has the highest butterfat content of any American-made butter: a whopping 86%. It is made in small batches, cultured until the sweetness of the cream is just right, churned delicately and topped with Celtic Sea salt for the perfect balance. Then it is packed in the most adorable little basket you’ve ever seen – complete with gingham! – just like the kind you’d imagine taking to your grandmothers house.

Manresa Butter
I recently received Manresa: An Edible Reflection, the new cookbook by Chef David Kinch, from some very dear friends. It is an amazing book, with great recipes, interesting stories about the Chef and the restaurant and high-art photographs.

It also includes the recipe for the house butter Manresa makes and serves to their guests. Reading the recipe made me recall the last time I was in Los Gatos and saw Chef David. He was so proud to show me his butter and let me know he was making it on-site at the restaurant; they even own cows just to get the cream. The process is a long, slow culture, which develops a depth of flavor you can’t achieve in a shorter-make process.

My favorite part of their description for making this butter is, “It will take some time and a bit of practice to smack the butter properly.” Luckily for us, Manresa certainly knows how to smack it properly! I remember this butter’s flavor right now as if I had just eaten it; it is truly memorable. Since this is a house-made butter only served at the restaurant, it’s not easy to get a taste, but if you happen to find yourself in the San Francisco Bay Area and want to really treat yourself, book a reservation at Manresa and just wait for the butter to arrive. I guarantee it will be a taste revelation.

Additional reporting by Madeleine James.


There’s More to Blue Cheese Than What You See, Taste and Smell

You know you’re a cheese connoisseur when you’re in a monthly cheese club, can pair a cheese sample plate to perfection, and can even list the fancy terms used to describe the vast array of cheese varieties. But how much do you really know about your cheeses history. Sure, you can throw together a delicious platter of cheese and crackers, but do you know the ins and outs of how each slice of delectable dairy came to be? If not, this one’s for you.

Blue cheese (or rather, bleu cheese) is highly recognized for it’s pungent aroma, intense flavour and flecks of blue-mold. However, this cheeses’ history is just as outstanding as it is delicious. So, grab a glass of wine and a wedge of cheese. We’re about to take a blast to the past.


Comments

Ok. I realize this is a well-informed tutorial on compound butter making, but I need to ask – have you tried cooking dried mushroom powder in a small amount of butter, then letting that cool before whipping it into the room temperature butter? If not, why would you eschew this approach, and if so, how does it compare with the re-hydration method?

Hi Carla, great question. There’s a few different reasons I haven’t made mushroom butter with mushroom powder, I’m going to try and keep this as brief as possible.
1. Dried mushrooms can contain grit.
Grinding them to powder doesn’t remove the grit. If you meticulously clean mushrooms before you dry them, it’s not an issue, but I may dry mushrooms specifically because they were too dirty or laborious to clean fresh, reconstituting them ensures I can rinse away any and all debris before serving them to someone. At home, in a casual situations this isn’t a problem, and depending on what sort of terrain you pick mushrooms in, you may not even notice, but morels picked in sandy soil can be very difficult to work with. I have seen guests break teeth and crowns on debris from wild food, and the restaurant will always be picking up the bill in those situations. Those situations are rare, but even a single crunch of grit is unacceptable in professional kitchen scenarios when it could’ve easily been removed by rehydrating, IMO.
2. The flavor of mushrooms is more soluble in water than it is in fat in an oil form. Cooking mushrooms in oil, from my experience, will yield a less potent finished product, I did some experiments trying to develop flavored oils with different species a few years back, only boletes seemed to give off anything noticeable, and it wasn’t nearly as good as the flavor derived from rehydrating.
3. Adding water to the butter in the form of re-hydrating mushrooms helps ensure a quicker, and more enjoyable melting for service/eating.
No one wants to eat a cold chunk of butter. If I were to cook butter with some mushroom powder, as the butter melts, the emulsion is denatured/compromised, and the dairy moisture/water will start to evaporate, concentrating the fat. Pure fat/solidified oil/lard at room temperature has a greasy mouthfeel to me. Part of the reason soft butter spread on bread is tastes so good is that the emulsion of dairy solids and fat together gives soft, room-temperature butter it’s enjoyable feel. Adding more pure fat to soft butter will make it harder, as opposed to soft. When I put a slice of butter on a piece of meat, I want it to be at the perfect point of melting for the guest to enjoy it. If they have to wait for firm, cold butter to melt over their piece of meat, it can cool it down, and run the risk of the plate bouncing back to the kitchen. This is less of an issue where the butter will be used as a cooking medium, or folded into something that it can easily re-emulsify into, like cream sauce or a gravy bound with a strong emulsifier like flour or roux. Relating again back to no#2, the flavor of purees of dried mushrooms is strong and is a dependable way for me to control flavors.
4.Look/texture.
The morel butter here includes a proportion of the re-hydrated mushrooms that are folded back into the butter. With morels especially, people associate them not only with their flavor, but with their spongy honey comb texture. Using only mushroom powder means that I can’t have physical pieces of mushroom in the butter itself, which I think adds to the attractive, and versatile-ness of the finished product. Guests ordering something that says morel on it will likely get more enjoyment out of eating a dish using mushroom butter if there are physical pieces of mushroom in it, and not just a puree or powder, IMO.
There’s my extra long two cents. Again, thanks for your question.

Well, thanks for that full reply! My current project is a flavor comparison between the many dried boletes on my mushroom shelf. To compare their flavors I’d decided to make mushroom butter out of them all and then taste side-by-side, which would inform my future foraging efforts. But then your post popped up, and now I need to reconsider my method for making said butters.
1) The grit thing isn’t an issue for me I clean my finds meticulously.
2) Flavor extraction is really my main concern, so I may well find this is so, and that would be reason enough to re-hydrate.
3) I had not considered the ease of melting issue, but it’s another argument to re-hydrate.
4) While you’re obviously right about disappointment if something didn’t resemble a morel in the morel butter, in my application, where I want to make everything the same except for the flavor, fine grinding actually works in favor of this experiment. There’s no reason I can’t puree the bejezuz out of the sauteed mixture to achieve a very fine and even texture.
In consideration of these things, I think I’ll do a pre-experiment with a bolete I have in quantity, B. nobilis, where I make a butter using the powder method and one using the re-hydrate method. Obviously I’m leaving out the alliums and herbs, although I’m sure they’d be delicious. I’ll report back when I know something.

Glad you could pick some nuggets out of that diatribe. Keep me in the loop, would to hear about your results.

My initial results are: The powdered mushrooms actually lent much more intense, nutty flavor to the butter, but they also made for a fairly gritty textured butter, not due to dirt, just owing to the fact that they were never re-hydrated. The re-hydrated then pureed mushrooms made a better textured butter, but lacked the depth of flavor of the powdered ones. I think the next thing I’ll try is 1) powder, 2) re-hydrate the powder with as water as possible, to form a paste 3) saute the paste in butter 4) cool 5) whip with softened butter.

Interesting, since I found purees in baking were much more effective. Will be interesting if you can make a nice puree by just hydrating and blooming the powder. Keep me posted! I’d love to add a variation to the post.

How about re-hydrating with milk, I often do this with my dried morels overnight.

You can definitely rehydrate with milk for this recipe, but I would keep in mind that milk is perishable, and could possibly shorten the shelf life of the butter if it’s refrigerated. Cream or half and half would work fine too, cream would be the most stable since it’s the closest in fat % to butter.

I’ve seen several warnings about consuming wild mushrooms with alcohol. This is disturbing because I need a nice libation with my Morels! What do you think about that? The compound butter looks great

Hi Valerie! From my experience, the only mushrooms I know of that you need to avoid are those in the Coprinus genus, mushrooms like Coprinus atramentaria. That being said, there is some debate as to whether all Coprines cause the same reaction, and my assumption is no, since I have consumed alcohol on plenty of occasions eating Coprinus comatus/shaggy mane. I do not eat common ink caps/Coprinus atramentaria as I enjoy alcohol to much to have to worry about being violently sick for the sake of eating a single mushroom when they’re are lots of mushrooms available. I have never heard of an alcoholic reaction to morels, or any other mushroom except Coprinus atramentaria and very closely related species. So basically, you’re good, just don’t eat common ink caps if you like to drink! Remember that sensitivity varies greatly from individual to individual, and mushrooms should always be served in small doses to those that have not enjoyed them before, especially with more obscure species. Hope that helps.

Dear Valerie and Alan,
In fact there is at least one other species suspected to cause gastric upsets in combination with alcohol for some, but not all, people. Another is Suillellus luridus (formerly Boletus luridus) – one of the blue-staining boletes. I have eaten tonnes of this mushroom, with accompanying wine, with no ill effects. One of my friends had an unfortunate event after a dinner of pasta and mushrooms at our place. Of course we cannot KNOW that it was the bolete and the glasses of wine that caused this because we do not intend to repeat the experiment with her to check whether it happens again …
Nonetheless. this is not a general problem with mushrooms, just with a very few particular ones and I have never heard that this is a problem with morels.

WOW. That’s news to me. Makes me wonder if other blue-stainers can have reactions in some people. Thanks for that great piece of info Jacqui, I stand corrected.

It’s actually even mentioned on Wikipedia, but with lots of uncertainty. Of course nobody wants to do the well repeated and properly controlled experiments after throwing up the first time … so who knows if it’s true?
But once again, this is not a standard feature of blue-staining boletes. Neoboletus luridiformis (aka Boletus luridiformis aka Boletus erythropus … the taxonomy is a MESS) is widely consumed here in France and I’ve never heard of problems.

Thank you Alan and Jacque!

A wonderful post! I’m heading to the oantry now with nettles just starting to appear again, it’s a heady thought, pairing such a butter with those first fresh greens. I’m thinking too, of topping moose tenderloin. Thank you!

Nettles and a little more butter is a great idea, and I hadn’t even though of that. I’m definitely going to be making. Thanks Deborah.

Great post, chef. Are you looking for any reduction in the mushroom liquid when you bring it up to simmer? In my head, not having tried the recipe, 1.5 cups of liquid to 1lb of butter seems like a lot. I do like the point you make in the comments section about how the added liquid makes the butter melt faster.

That’s a good question. 1.5 cup is a good amount of liquid but the mushrooms absorb a decent amount and the simmering further reduces it a bit. The final pureeing of the mixture emulsifies it so that there isn’t anything to worry about incorporating it into the butter, as long as it isn’t too hot.


Cheesy Hanukkah Recipes

Yes, yes, everyone knows Hanukkah means latkes and doughnuts. But for my family it also means cheese. That’s because of the story of Judith, daughter of Yochanan the high priest, aunt of the Maccabees. Though most of us know the tale of the great Maccabee victory and the oil that miraculously burned for eight days, somehow, this valiant woman’s story is often overlooked.

So here it is: Judith visited Holofernes, the enemy general, on the pretext of asking for protection. She was so beautiful that he asked her to dine with him, which she did, and she made sure he ate plenty of cheese. The cheese gave him such a powerful thirst that he drank too much wine and fell asleep. Judith cut off his head with his own sword and ran to tell the men when to strike, assuring their victory.

It sounds grisly, I know, but when you have two daughters, as I do, it’s important to underscore how and when women have made their mark, even when the world held them back. My daughters, and now my granddaughters (and grandsons) hear the Judith story every year as we light the menorah.

In the early days, Hanukkah celebrations included both cheese and fried foods. But in the northern countries like Russia and Poland, where so many Jews were poor, few people could afford cheese. So when they prepared the traditional latkes they substituted shredded potatoes for the cheese. The rest, as the sage says, is commentary.

Both potato latkes and cheese latkes are a Hanukkah must at our house. We eat a vegetarian dinner that night, which might also include Eggplant, Mushroom and Tomato Gratin or Spinach Pie (there’s a recipe in my book, Hip Kosher). Dessert: maybe a cheesecake or cheese strudel, but I often cook something au courant, like Baked Goat Cheese with Cranberries and Honey. It’s a full smile meal.


Lemon-Cottage Cheese Pancakes (from Hip Kosher)

You’ll Need:

1-1/3 cups dry curd cottage cheese, pot cheese, or farmer cheese
3 large eggs
1 cup milk
1-1/2 tablespoons finely grated fresh lemon peel
1 cup all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
Butter for the griddle

Instructions:

1. Combine the cottage cheese, eggs, milk, and lemon peel in a bowl.

2. Add the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt and mix to combine ingredients.

3. Heat a griddle over medium heat and add a small amount of butter.

4. When the butter has melted and looks foamy, working in batches, pour about 1/4 cup batter onto the griddle for each pancake.

5. Cook the pancakes for about 2 minutes per side, or until they are golden brown, adding more butter to the pan as necessary. Makes 4 servings.


Roasted Eggplant, Tomato and Mushroom Gratin

You’ll Need:

1 medium eggplant
5-6 tablespoons olive oil
salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
3 tomatoes, sliced
6-8 ounces mushrooms, sliced
2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
1/2 cup grated Mozzarella cheese
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Instructions:

1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.

2. Cut the eggplant into slices about 3/8-to-1/2-inch thick.

3. Brush the slices lightly, using about 4 tablespoons of the olive oil.

4. Place on cookie sheets and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Roast for about 15 minutes or until the eggplant has softened, turning the slices once.

5. Place the slices in a baking dish. Cover with the tomato slices and mushrooms.

6. Scatter the top with the basil, parsley, Mozzarella and Parmesan cheeses. Drizzle with remaining olive oil.

7. Bake for about 25 minutes or until top is golden brown. Makes 4 servings.


Baked Goat Cheese with Cranberries and Honey

You’ll Need:

8 Walkers Highland Oatcakes (or use Kedem Tea Biscuits)
4 ounces goat cheese
1/4 cup honey
3 tablespoons dried cranberries
2 tablespoons finely chopped toasted almonds or walnuts
mint leaves

Instructions:

1. Preheat the oven to 350°F.

2. Place the crackers two together on a cookie sheet.

3. Slice the cheese into four equal rounds and place one on top where the crackers come together.

4. Bake for about 10 minutes or until the cheese has softened and its edges ooze slightly.

5. While the cheese is baking, combine the honey and cranberries in small saucepan over medium heat and cook for a minute or two, until warm.

6. Gently transfer the cheese crackers and cheese onto dessert plates and drizzle with the honey mixture.

7. Scatter the nuts over the ingredients. Garnish with mint leaves. Makes 4 servings.

And if cheese doesn’t float your boat on Hanukkah, try out our oven-fried latkes, Hanukkah beignets, and delicious cookies.


Colonoscopy Diet Sheet Tips

An October 2018 study published in Medicine says that "diet restriction is one of the difficult parts of bowel preparation for colonoscopy" and that patients should start to prepare a few days before the colonoscopy.

Three to five days before the colonoscopy, start eating a low-fiber diet that completely eliminates beans, whole grain bread or pasta, brown or wild rice, cereals, shredded wheat, granola, nuts, dried fruit, raw fruits or vegetables, popcorn, tough meat and fatty foods.

Additionally, avoid eating seeds which can stick to the intestines and mar results. It is also advised to steer clear of high-fiber foods. You should also stop taking any vitamins, herbal or iron supplements at this time.

The day immediately before the colonoscopy procedure, you should eat no solid foods and consume only clear liquids like clear broth or juices such as apple or white grape, clear bouillon, black coffee or tea, water, clear sports drinks and popsicles.

On the afternoon or evening before the colonoscopy, drink a liquid that will trigger the process of bowel-eliminating diarrhea. Your doctor will have likely provided these prep instructions or a prescription. On the day of the procedure, consume only clear beverages and do not eat or drink anything at all a few hours before the colonoscopy.


Hooked on Cheese: Three Butters You Need to Know - Recipes

Usually making something like fresh cheese at home is done because it's higher quality, and much cheaper. Today's video recipe for making Fromage Blanc, or Farmer's Cheese, flies in the face of that conventional culinary wisdom.

If you consider the fact you need to buy a package of cheesecloth, along with the dairy ingredients, the cost of your cheese is no less expensive than at the store. And, while the results of your homemade cheese adventure will be rich, creamy, and delicious, there are some fantastic brands of fresh cheese available in the better markets, so it's hard to argue that our version will be "better."

So, why bother? Because, for any self-respecting foodie, making a batch of homemade cheese is definitely on the culinary "bucket list." Before you cash in your apron for good, you should experience the magic of watching a pot of milk turned into cheese. And if all this sounds kind of cheesy, so be it. Enjoy!

Ingredients:
1 quart fresh, local whole milk
1 cup active-culture buttermilk
2 tsp lemon juice or white vinegar, more if needed
3/4 tsp salt, or to taste

197 comments:

A pity they don't sell buttermilk in France, or at least around here.

You reckon yoghurt would work? I remember curdling milk trying to make yoghurt for my dad by putting on the yoghurt in the milk when it was too warm.

If one uses goat's milk will one get a reasonable facsimile of goat cheese?

I had no idea it was that easy. I had a peppered goat cheese while I was in Malta a couple of years ago. It was a soft tangy cheese with cracked black pepper pressed sparsely onto the outside. Served on a rooftop in the Mediterranean with friends, and some home made wine, it was quite the fond memory, and something I definitely haven't found here. Do you believe this method would lend itself to that kind of cheese?

yes, it should work with goats milk.

And yes, I believe active culture yogurt would also work fine.

without buttermilk it will still curdle from the acid, but will lack the taste and texture the buttermilk adds I believe.

The milk here is definately key! Local fresh whole milk makes all the difference in the world.

At my house we don't use the lemon juice and we call it ricotta. BTW chef you sound so un-Italian when you say it, but you were probably trained in classic French-I still like you. :)

What kind of Italian name is Jeff? Yeah, I should have pronounced it like Tony Soprano. "Rig-goat"

I'm in the witness protection program!

Actually it wears off when you get to the third generation-we just have to get by Nona and we're good. Thanks for showing everyone how easy it is to make such a cool dish.

Jeff.
Valentino(the Italian part)

You're welcome! I'm not sure who said it, maybe it was me, but "we're all Italian in the kitchen!"

more seinfeld jokes please

more Seinfeld jokes please

I LOOOOVE that you posted this recipe! Just had to say =)

the spreading-the-cheese-on-the toast act is really bothering me! now I want toast with homemade fresh cheese. I don't really like salty cheese, though, so if I ever made it, I'll omit the salt. I fancy cheese with a hint of sweetness..hmmm..

Hey, Chef John. I should have figured this out on my own. I have the ingredients and haven't gotten around to experimenting. Maybe you know all about this, though, and can offer some advice.

I keep getting lemon-flavored cheese. Three times, anyway. *Kept getting. I probably added too much lemon juice. This video, where you say the temperature has to be 175 first, makes me think maybe I didn't get the milk hot enough and thus had to add more lemon juice to make the milk curdle. My solution at the time, though, was to buy powdered citric acid and try using that instead of lemon juice. (I haven't tried yet.)

Now, my question: Is powdered citric acid really any better or worse than lemon juice?

This was kind of a dumb way to get around to the question, but I think it's a good one to ask.

i've never used the powder, but I really don't think its needed. I would heat the milk on low until you see it begin to simmer (not boil!). then turn it off. You can also use plain white vinegar if you like lemon, but with 2 tsp per quart it shouldn't really taste that lemony.
It may also be the milk. Dont use ultra pasteurized, just regular pasteurized.

Now I'm confused. Over here (http://www.instructables.com/id/S4WVGUAF11S8QGP/) they are making plastic just the same way you make cheese :-o.

This looks easy enough. I'm gonna try.

This is a keeper recipe in my book. I would be so proud of myself if I made cheese!

I really appreciate the videos you post. I am going to try the hommade cheese this weeked. Thanks for posting the how too's!

First off, thank you for this video. I can't wait to try this in my own kitchen.

I'm writing because my boyfriend told me that you had said that you are planning to do mozzarella, which I was/am really looking forward to. I'm not sure where he got this information, but he is so devoted to your blog that I tease him about having a little man-crush on you. Are you indeed planning to show mozzarella cheese making?

Please consider doing it - I'm not sure that Brian could take the disappointment! Keep on rockin'.

that was a case of bad editing - I said I would show how to make the fresh cheese (which you saw), but when I said it, the mozzarella came on the screen. I may do a demo, but have had a hard time finding fresh cheese curds nearby.

P.S. I appreciate the man-crush mention. Give him a big bear hug for me. just don't hold it too long.

What exactly does it taste like??

like a cross between ricotta and cream cheese.

Very tasty. used it in the savory crepe recipe.

Easy to make, with awesome results. We're smitten. Thanks Chef John!

Glad you gave it a go. It is whey cool.

would you also show how to make fresh mozzarella? Thank you!

Would there be a special/proper way to age this cheese that would avoid horrible things growing in it? And how long could it be done for?

Sorry I'm anonymous (don't have time to register). Just to be clear, my name is James and I live in San Francisco. Point made.

Anyway, wonderful video! My question is when you leave the cheese to sit awhile to "ripen," are you leaving it at room temperature or in the refer? I can wait to try your recipe and plan on adding dried blueberries to sweeten thing up.

Chef John you ROCK. I just caught this video by chance on youtube, I don't even remember how but it caught my eye. I thought it was going to be some 20 step process impossible to accomplish at home. but no. It was so simple! KUDOS!

I'm tempted to try it. But i dont see it going so.. smoothly lol

Hi Chef John,
Is there something I could use instead of buttermilk? I heard some people just add lemon-juice to regular milk. Is that ok? In your recipe there is already lemon-juice so I suppose I can just make it without buttermilk. I would really like to try this recipe because I love cheese but there's no buttermilk my country! :(

I love your "death by chocolate" recipe! [a.k.a. "chocolate lavacake"]

give it a try without or use yogurt instead.

This is strictly a fresh cheese, not meant to be aged. It's good for about a week.

i just tryied 2 different sortes of this cheese.
the first one i left blank and just added the salt.
but on the second one i added salt and chives.

well, i am going to try them tomorrow, so i am really looking forward to it.

What's the difference between this cheese and the Lebanese Labneh? Because I saw that it is about the same way to be done, with the cloth etc..

all cultures fresh white cheese are made the same basic way.

can you make chocolate cheese using chocolate milk? I'm sorry, the though crossed my mind a week before I saw this!

chocolate cheese? I've never tried or even thought about it. I suppose you could, but that has lots of other "stuff" in it so it may not be too good. I think you should try!

Dear Chef John, Thank you for enlightening the masses. I used white wine vinegar b/c that's what I had on hand. Otherwise, followed inst exactly.
My cheese is a little dry, not creamy at all. It only sticks together when cold and compressed. At room temp, it quickly separates into little round pieces, similar to foam 'beans' in a stuffed toy.
What did I do wrong?
Jennifer in Alabama

Hi, Chef John. Loved the vid, have always wanted to have a go making cheese, this looks so simple. In NZ dairy prices have rocketed, it now costs $17 a kilo for a cheddar. I can get my hands on milk straight from the cow and have some ?'s. Can I use unpasteurised? Can I age the cheese made this method. Thanks so much, Kiwi from Nz

I would google some cheese expert sites. Check out about.com's cheese site. Tell her Chef "American Food Guide" John sent you.

Chef, does the temp of the buttermilk have any effect either way? Is it better to have it room temp or cold? Thanks
Nanci in Atl

I just tried it, initially it was a lil crumbly and the taste was ok. But when I cooled it a few hours in the fridge! OH MY GOD. It was a lil creamier, and was soooo good. I'm gonna mix a spoonful of cream in it to smoothen and add chives. THANK YOU CHEF JOHN. HUGS!!

the temp of the buttermilk isn't a huge factor, but not ice cold. I measure it out and leave it out while the milk is heating up.

I just made this, i was kindy sad when the milk started to curdle it was not like i saw in the video but when i took it off i was beautiful, its in the fridge now but it tastes good now :).
Thanks

saw it - did it - loved it.
right now i am doing it again.
Thanks Chef John!

For some reason, I also thought you were going to make mozzarella :(

I've always wanted to make my own mozzarella but I have no idea where to get rennet and citric acid except online, and I haven't yet gotten over my reluctance to eat things that came from the internet.

thanks so much for this recipe Chef John! I FINALLY MADE CHEESE.

Chef John, this recipe was an instant hit in my house. I used vinegar instead of the lemon juice and ended up with a fantastic cheese!

This was the first recipe I've tried on your site (newbie, obviously, lol), so now I'm thinking I'll check out your site to add a new dish to the menu every week. Thank you for a great recipe site!

thanks! please tell a few hundred friends about the site!

My husband just made this cheese an hour ago after seeing the video on YouTube. I'm looking forward to trying it.

hi,
i tried your method, and im in norway, i din quite get the milk,but i got yogurt and i think it turned out quite well, moreoever i was wondering, how long could the cheese last?

I just made this and mixed some chili and chives though. mmmmm..

You should have your own NPR show, like your voice and poise.

Ok, I used goat's milk instead of buttermilk but it never curdled or wheyed. It's still liquid hot milk. I used 2 tsp of lemon juice then another tsp. but no more. I didn't want lemon cheese. Should I try next time to put half cup buttermilk, half cup goats milk into the cup of milk? I had also used lowfat milk. Not sure if that affects it. thanks.

I don't believe lowfat will work as well, and also it may be ultra pasteurized instead of pasteurized. But, the most important factor is the butter milk. You can't sub goat's mil for it, there not the same acidity and the goats milk has not active cultures.

I spoke too soon Chef John. In one last desperate attempt, I added vinegar and turned up the heat. I poured the mixture in the strainer and let it drain and before I knew it, Goat cheese appeared. It sort of snuck up on me. I thought for sure I had ruined it with all the vinegar I had put but I decided. to follow your instructions. so the next day I put a little olive oil and cracked pepper on top and it tasted devine. Thank you!
Next time I will certainly use the buttermilk and pasteurized whole milk. Thanks for your quick response. your'e the best! Take care :O)

I made this with fat free buttermilk and skim milk. It's all I had, so I figured I would try it. I had to add probably twice the amount of vinegar, but then it separated great. I ate it warm with some crackers.

Mine tasted very much like mozzarella. It even had the same texture and fell of mozzarella. It wasn't creamy at all. I assume that the skim milk and fat free buttermilk was the issue.

My whey never became as clear like video. Instead of laddling I poured slowing from pan and was able to gather all the curdes. I now can say I made cheese before I died! I'm going to crush some fresh garlic and dried basil and stir in. Oh and Chef John, I think I've fallin in love with you. Ok thats a bit over the edge, but I have fallen in love with your video recipes.

thanks, I'm flattered! But, it happens all the time, it's quite normal. the love, not the whey.

I saw this on youtube. and i just ahd to try it. I'm adding my own herbs to it. I was wondering if there is a difference if you use milk bought from the store (like the name brand milk. ) or the milk you get from like.. a farmer. I just used what milk i had on hand heh.

Well! we'll see how it turns out. ^_^

Chef John I can also now say I made cheese before I died! Mine was made exactly per your recipe but unlike in your video the whey remained as white as the curds. Do you know why this is and does it matter? The cheese was great!

Tried this today and it worked PERFECTLY.
1 litre milk + 250 g natural yoghurt + 40 ml lemon juice + salt to taste

I followed all indications, temperatures, times, and everythuing went perfect. Nothing strange with the flavour nor the texture. Now it's resting overnight, so I will try it tomorrow to see how the flavour developed.

Thanks for the excellent, detailed and clear indications. Now teach us how to make other types of cheese, please!

so one day during the summer my boyfriend and i were supposed to go to the beach, but instead it rained and we found ourselves on youtube, learning how to make cheese. so, we had to try. that night, we had our homemade cheese and tomatoes and toast for dinner. romantic, i know, hahahaha but it was so awesome to do it ourselves. ive been hooked on your site since, and have made the french toast, the pizza dough. ciabatta bread, mushroom ragout, and about a gazillion other things including mayo. youre awesome, and keep posting! we love you!
:D <3

okay so im not sure if this will work but here goes. I'm doing this speak and show for 4-H and its about making sheep cheese or at least hopefully i might have to change it if this dosent work out.So can i use sheep's milk? ugh this is really driving me bonkers please answer quickly.

From someone going bonkers!lol

sorry, i have no idea, ive never used sheeps milk.

dang. well thanks for answering so quickly chef John i think ill try it anyways.
bye.

Thanks for all the great recipes. Can you double or quadrouple this recipe? I have a one gallon (4 quarts) milk jug.
Thanks,
Matt

This is a fantastic recipe! How would one go about infusing other flavors/ingredients such as peppers or garlic to this cheese?

I've used this recipe a few times the last few days. I keep getting a cheese that is not very smooth, it comes out very crumbly.

I've tried vinegar and lemon juice. Can lemon juice be from concentrate?

Also I've seemed to need closer to 4 teaspoons of vinegar.

Any suggestions on how to make it smooth and creamy like in the video.

I imagine it's the quality of the milk and/or the fat content. The lemon juice should be fresh, but it's probably the milk.

I've made cheese accidentally a few times, lol. But thank you for the recipe, I can't wait to try it intentionally! :D Will let you know how it goes!

Could this cheese be used to make Kanafa, my favorite middle eastern desert made of soft cheese, filo, and sugar syrup? WOW!

ive never made, it but sure

Thanks for this recipe. I substituted homemade yogurt for the buttermilk, since that is unavailable here. I had a bite and it was really good! It's in the fridge now and I will try it tomorrow. Where I am cheese is very expensive, so this is actually about 1/4 to 1/8 the price of cheese in the grocery store!

I was watching yogurt making videos on YouTube and saw your video. I went to your site and looked for the recipe and read it about ten times before I got it! Cheese Whiz! You are too funny! I'm looking forward to seeing more of your work.

Im Ricka, Hi, thanks for teaching the delight in making one's own cheese. I think the Youtube presentation is wonderful, thanks again for airing it. One update/comment please, if you don't mind. If yogurt is used instead of buttermilk, you may also substitute low or nonfat milk,it makes a delightful cheese called Paneer, India's version of farmers cheese.

I have just had my first two bites of this cheese on my (finally) cooled no knead bread. Amazing.
It worked exactly as in video, although I substituted an equal amount of yogurt for buttermilk and vinegar for the lemon juice.

Now I will have to think of something else to say on my death bed.

Hi chef,
One of the children at Kindergarten(3-4 years old NZ kindy) wanted to have some cheese for the basket she'd made. I suggested she could make some, so we googgled youtube and got your video, perfect. I got together the ingredients last night and she and her friends made it with me today. We've just popped it in the fridge.

After looking up whey we found you could have it as a protien drink. It tastes like natural yoghurt.

Any other suggestions for the whey?

I've never really used it for anything, but i hear its a very nutritious drink, and that people feed it to their pets!

Excellent recipe! Thinking of herbs to go into the next batch has been fun.

When is a very useful if you ferment veggies. My favorite salsa is fermented and packs a tangy punch with the fresh, spicy flavors. Also, it is good for soaking or sprouting grains. We never throw out whey and usually do not have enough!.
Next up I am trying the French Onion soup, something about fall makes me crave it.

Excellent recipe! Thinking of herbs to go into the next batch has been fun.

When is a very useful if you ferment veggies. My favorite salsa is fermented and packs a tangy punch with the fresh, spicy flavors. Also, it is good for soaking or sprouting grains. We never throw out whey and usually do not have enough!.
Next up I am trying the French Onion soup, something about fall makes me crave it.

You have a wonderful site. Just came across this recipe. We make it all the time from childhood and buttermilk is not a must to add. Just lemon juice or white vinegar added to boiling whole milk in a thick base pan works equally great. One can add herbs too before adding lemon juice to get herbed cheese.

is it really necessary to use fresh local milk, i don't have access to it.

Just make sure it's not "ultra pasteurized" and you should be fine.

Hah! I made this once and didn't even know it--I was trying to make yogurt but heated the milk too much and it separated when I put it in the yogurt maker. The sad part is that I threw it out because I thought it was ruined yogurt. yogurt I had planned to put in cheese cloth and make labneh with (fresh middle eastern cheese). Silly me.

I went online looking for how to make butter with my 5 year-old and after learning about that I decided to move on to cheese when I saw your link. I'm wondering if I can use the buttermilk that I strained off of the butter to make the cheese? I'm guessing that would not be "live cultures", but since some of the comments say it can be done without buttermilk at all, do you think this would work? It would be a great way to save another trip to the market for buttermilk and the cost too.

I honestly don't know! Sorry, i've only done it this way.

Thanks for the recipe! I made this cheese with my daughter (she's almost 4) both at home and at school and she and her friends loved it. Here's my short report about this: Making cheese at home.

I would like to thank you so much for this whole site but really this cheese video mostly. I have made this cheese to spec and it turned out great! I would also like to say I kept it in the fridge for almost two weeks by compressing it in a small container and smothering it with olive oil, and covering it with plastic wrap, and it kept great. Thanks again John! :)

Could you explain the different between Active Cultured Butter Milk, Cultured Butter Milk, and Butter Milk? I only can find Cultured Butter Milk in the store but not the other two.

not sure, you better google that one. All i know is mine says "active culture" good luck

Hi Chef John,
I am late to this thread but i was wondering if using UHT milk would affect the results. Right now I live in Thailand and its practically impossible to find now UHT milk. Thanks.
-Andrea

I'm sorry, but I really have no experience using it. So, not sure.

Another successful cheese-maker here! Awesome recipe, very easy for a beginner cook like me. Thanks Chef.

Got here through your french toast video (which was amazing!) and I went out and got the ingredients for this as soon as I finished making the french toasts and I'm curious, what am I doing wrong if the whey isn't clear?

It's not suppose to be totally clear. Does it look like the video?

Sorry, I should've been clearer (pun unintended!). The whey is still quite milky, in fact, it looks like a really watered down milk, so no, it doesn't look like the video.

then its not right, but I don't know why. Maybe the milk, or not enough acid, or the temp, etc. No way to tell from here.

I'll keep trying then. Thanks!!

Hey chef John , this looks like a very cool recipe ! I always wanted tomake my own cheese !
I'm deffinitely going to try this recipe so I have two questions :

1. If I use a fresh farm milk (not from the store) do I have to boil it first (to get rid of the bacteria),let it cool and then start the recipe? And if I do that what do I do with the kaymak that's going to form on top ? Somebody told me that that's essential for making cheese.

2. When is the moment when I can add something to the cheese (like nuts or some herbs or anything)

Thanks for your help chef John ^^

sorry, youll have to check with a cheesemaking site for 1. im not sure.

i'd add flavoring at the end, or after the curds are drained.

What can i do with the leftover whey?

I though someone talked about that. I've never used whey personally.

Hey Chef John,
Thanks for posting this. It was easy and the outcome was delicious!

For those who are interested in what to do with the whey, I found a few suggestions on Chowhound: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/549139.

Shoot! Wish I didn't toss out the whey:( I'll definitely save it next time I make this lovely cheese.

Thanks again for the post, Chef John.

We are getting a milk cow and I can't wait to try this with fresh milk! As for the whey, it is very healthful for pets. Our chickens will be the happy recipients of ours. :) Thanks for the great video!
Blessings!
Amy

You can use the whey to bake bread. (Just sub in the whey for some of the liquid.) You can feed it to pets and pour it on houseplants, I'm pretty sure too.

I am going to try this cheesy recipe tomorrow. I can't wait! :)

**THIS IS A SERIOUS QUESTION**
I have for some time wanted to make cheese with breast milk. Don't know why I guess i just want to try it. Would this be a good recipe for it or Should i maybe look for a more complicated bacterial fermentation?

hi chef John. Been a follower of your video/blog now, been great! I've tried your lemon curd recipe and now I've just tried your cheese recipe (wt adapation).

Im in Malaysia so we don't really have buttermilk (if we do, it's VERY expensive :( ) I do however make homemade yoghurt. so armed with that, we attempted the cheese!

my prob is that I didnt have a wooden handle or rod to hang it, I used the colander and improvised somehow to squeeze (I used my kids to squeeze, they enjoyed that haha), and used muslin cloth (cant get cheese cloth here) instead.

started earlier in am, now it's solid(ish) and the kids snuck a quick taste, u can actually taste the "cheesy-ness" -subtle but it's there. I think if I could hang it up, it wld work better.

seasoned with salt/pepper and some herbs, left it in the fridge now till 2mrw, hopefully it will thicken even more. YAY!

cheese is very expensive here (imported mostly), so this is something we like to keep try at.

Was just wondering if adding the lemon juice/vinegar make it thicken faster? I used UHT milk to make the yoghurt.

Thanks again for the videos etc (just wish the site was more "search-friendly") and good luck for the Food Network contest!

Been following your blog/videos for a while now. Attempted the lemoncurd (success!)and I enjoy watching and learning from your videos.

Made homemade yoghurt and been wanting to try making home made cheese as it were.

Made yoghurt using UHT milk.

I used: muslin cloth. colander. Yoghurt. a bowl.

I didnt have a rod to hang it off so I had to improvise (I may "conveniently" break my mop? haha). I got my sons (twins 8yrs n 1x 5yr)to take turns gently squeezing out the whey (there was quite a lot). then tried various ways to raise it or use weights of a kind.

After several hours (left it in fridge, I live in Malaysia so the heat prob isnt a good idea to leave it out, not sure), it was really thick. I've kept aside the whey for baking etc as suggested by a few folks here.

Kids and I snuck a taste, u can faintly taste the cheesiness.I've put it into a container (do not scrape the muslin cloth, that bit doesnt taste so good haha) and seasoned it. hopefully it wld set to soft cheesy goodness!

I was wondering if adding lemon juice/vinegar would help it along more? Im not sure. I had used cold yoghurt as well. help?

Thanks again for this! I must find a way to hang it properly so it can drain properly.

good luck with the Food network contest btw, kids and I love watching and learning together from your videos!

I would like to make a smoked cheese from scratch. I often take store bought cheese and smoke it but want to go from scratch. Also would like to add home made chipotle that I have smoked and dried and crushed at home.

So how do I expand the recipe into a hard cheese and press it? At what point would I smoke and/or add the pepper or other flavor?

Sorry, no idea! This is the only cheese i know. Hard cheeses are WAY more complicated.

how good is this, i have only just recently started making my own ricotta this is great and so similiar to ricotta making, will enjoy.

I was wondering if you had to use live cultured buttermilk. Is there a reason why i would not be able to use the buttermilk i get off making butter?

Hi,
It is now 01:35 in the morning, no I don’t usually cook at this hour, and in fact I don’t cook at all. I just wanted to surprise my wife and kids with your cheese recipe.
Can I ask a question? I have made my own buttermilk from 1 cup of milk with 2 tea spoons of the cream of tartar and three tea spoons of lemon juice.
I then took 2 pints whole milk and brought to the simmer and added the home made butter milk and some more lemon juice and left it all for about ten or so minutes. And then it curdled the whey separated and I sieved out the curds. I have just tasted it and it seems to be a bit grainy. Is this correct or have I done something wrong?
Regards
Paul
I can now hopefully die in peace.
If this has been asked before could you direct me to where it is, as I have looked but could not see it?
It is now 02:12 and I am going to bed, night night.

You just made fake buttermilk, it doesn't have the active bacteria cultures like real buttermilk. Maybe the problem. Not sure!

can u let your cheese age for awhile? so it wil develop more flavour?

great , i'll try this right now
thanx :D

this type of cheese is eaten fresh, but you can let it sit a few days if you want.

I must say, I just made this cheese, and it was. Amazing. I thank you fine sir for sharing this.

This is wonderful. We've made it a number of times and the last time we made it - it was not spreadable, but instead crumbly. Can you tell me what we did wrong?

no way to tell. maybe the milk.

Hi Chef John
I want to use raw (unpasteurised) milk to make my cheese - in the hope of producing something similar to the home-made cheese sold at the roadside in Morocco where I lived for eight years.
My question is whether the raw milk will already contain the active bacteria cultures?

This was a great recipe and entertaining video. Making the Fromage Blanc was pretty easy.

The ingredient quantities listed made more cheese than it seemed you yielded in the video. And I had some this morning on toast. :)

Hi john ,,
Thanks for this nice&easy recipe,, It works for me & i am now enjoying eating my homemade fromage after adding some thym and olive oil )
Thank you for taking the time to share with us!
kari,

omg the cheese is soooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo good!

I'm a beginner cheese maker. I haven't tried this one yet.

But to answer a question, I have been told by cheese makers that it is a good idea to use pasteurized milk. not ultra-pasteurized, in which the protein structure is broken and will not make good cheese.

Milk from the farm is great for cheese, and you can pasteurize raw milk from the farm by bringing it to 180 degrees, I believe. You can research this quite easily to make sure of the temp.

Some people make it from raw milk, but there is a danger of bacterial contamination that is quite dangerous. lysteria, I think it's called.

In any case, it's good to have the best milk you can find. organic is best.

I use dried buttermilk (SACO brand) - it's called "cultured buttermilk blend for cooking and baking" - for breadmaking. Do you think that would work for this cheese?

Chef John, I am so glad we found you. Where have you been on my searching for recipes all these years. So we were looking for an easy cheese recipe and found yours. Am going out now to get the ingredients. Have you ever made this will a flavoring of wine or beer. I remember a Guinness cheddar that a cheese maker in Oregon makes.

This recipe sounds wonderful to me.

I understand that this will turn into a kind of cream or cottage cheese however, I would like to know, how to make actually mozzarella cheese? Or do you say that this recipe can be used for mozzarella.

Sorry, not sure. This is the extent of my cheese making skills!

Hey Chef John:
If I were to flavour the cheese, say with dill, when is the time to add it? I suspect about the same time the salt is added, but would like to hear what you have to say about it.
Cheers,
-mike
(My first batch of the cheese is now in the 10-minute wait period . )

Cheese was great! I had some similar issues to those posted above. Whey was still cloudy, too salty. You can read about my cheese-making adventure on my blog if you like! I'm just ready to make another batch! Thanks for the instructions.

Did you buy the lemon juice or did you squeeze out and use the juice from a lemon? Can you use juice squeezed out from a lemon? Does the vinegar you use have to be white vinegar, or does it matter using cider vinegar? Interesting video clip!

you could prob use any lemon juice. I used fresh. It's more about the acid in the process than the flavor.

i am 11 and im making some cheese yay

hi chef john, how much is 1 quart?

This was the second time I've made cheese using this method. it's easy and tasty..

Thanks Chef John! (Unfortunately no "man-hug" today. but a big thank you!)

Good going and thanks for all of your videos.

What do they mean when they say "unpastuerised milk cheese" the heating at a certain temperature at a certain time would pastuerise the milk even if in the first place unpastuerised milk was used? Is that not so?

Just did it. It really was just as easy as it looked, but I do have a question. I saw someone do something similar but with rennet. He kneaded the cheese afterward like dough and it came out more of a mozzarella consistency. Could I dod that with this kind of preparation or is it apples and oranges .
Great recipe,

no, you need a different kind of curd. This is the extent of my cheese knowledge. :-)

no, you need a different kind of curd. This is the extent of my cheese knowledge. :-)

Whole milk yogurt or
Greek Yogurt are good substitutes for buttermilk. Even instant dry whole milk powder will work. use 1 cup of powdered milk. The SACO buttermilk powder doesn't dissolve well. I tried that. yuk! We can't get fresh buttermilk here in Puerto Rico so I use homemade Greek Yogurt for the buttermilk.

To make Mozzerella you need Rennet, comes in tablet form. I found it at walmart in the pudding and also in the canning and preserving isle. And , yes you do knead it to work the water out. You can also flavor it by adding garlic, chives, smoke flavoring, etc. Saw the demo at a dairy museum in Sulphur Springs, TX. 2 retired farmers gave the demo. Cheese was great, and yes you need to add some salt to give it 'taste'.

Hi Chef John
Just saw the video on how to make fromage blanc. My question is if you cannot get buttermilk or yogurt culture what can I use? I live in country where most yogurts are either fruit or plain. Can I use plain yogurt?
Thanks

This is just wonderful on bagels :D

Gosh I didn't think that milk would ever simmer. :) But it did and we had success! This was so simple I used it with my Kindergartener for his school fair project. He received an "Excellent" ribbon - we both thank you!

Sure, this cheese might be a little expensive to make, but it is SO DELICIOUS. While there are many different kinds of cheese at the store, I've never found anything as fresh and just delicious as this homemade cheese. Yum.

You can use a clean cloth napkin, but the cheesecloth works best! Good luck!

The real question is: Is there a way to dehydrate the isolated whey to make protein powder?

This is fantastic. I have access to raw milk from our local farmers here and have been looking for a easy recipe for making cheese. Thank you Chef. I do have one question though do you need the buttermilk if you have raw milk for the active cultures? I understand the part about making it creamier. I was considering mixing sour cream in when adding the salt for creaminess if buttermilk was not needed.

Thank you Chef John. I have been looking for a recipe for making home made cheese as I have access to raw milk for our local farmers. I do have one question for you. With using raw milk would i still need the buttermilk for the active cultures to help it curdle or would it do so without it? Again thank you.

Hi, this is Mike from Italy and thank to you Chef John I can say I made cheese (and it was very good).
I also wanted to thank you for the great recipes and the good fun that is listening to your cooking lessons.
I'd also like to share something that I've found while making cheese this way: I started with 2 quarts of raw whole milk and used skim fresh yogurt for the buttermilk, which I don't have here. One quart I did with lemon juice, the other with vinegar. The lemon one came a bit creamier, while the one with vinegar had drier curds and a mozzarella-like texture, it made a bit more cheese and left a clearer liquid. Also I left the the cloudy liquid from the lemon batch sit for a couple of hours, then I brought it to a boil again and filtered out another two full scoops of homemade ricotta. All the cheese that I got managed to end up on homemade ciabatta or bruschette, not before being mixed with chopped fresh chives or dried chili pepper flakes (yes, the seeds too). YUM!!
Not having any cheesecloth or suitable napkin/clean kitchen towel, I used four plies of new sterilized cotton gauze which I had leftover from the few months I spent in the hospital after being run over by a stupid driver. The gauze worked flawlessly: it's sterilized, with a very open weave and by design it doesn't loose any strand or cottony bits, might as well use it for cheese instead of taking room in the med cabinet besides I really hope I don't have a proper need for it any time soon.

Sorry for the lenghty post, many greetings and keep up the excellent work.
And as always.. we do ENJOY.

I found your video and am so excited to make cheese with my food science classes. I am a chemistry teacher who likes to cook, so I am now teaching a 4th science here in Texas. I have 15 groups who are going to make cheese in a few days. I will let you know how it works out.

hi chef john. m from india. and we make this kind of cheese at home most of the time. we call it "paneer" here. just thought i should share. by the way, your special touches are awesome. this type of cheese tates awesome with spinach n a bit of fresh cream.. its called "palak paneer"

Great way to make Canna-cheese also John. Medical-Marijuana users eat it is reduce pain and promote natural healing.

Grind the marijuana fine and add to milk as it is heating. Try to hold at the simmer for a short time to allow the active ingredients of the marijuana to transfer to the fats in the milk. Use a strainer to remove a majority of the marijuana before going on as normal with the recipe.

The finished product should have a slight green tint to it with few green flecks throughout the cheese and the taste is awesome.

Ok so I was wondering would it still have the same out come with soy milk? Or any lactose free milk?

Chef John,
I didn't read the comments here before making this, and I used ultra pasteurized milk. It actually came it really well. I was really pleased with the outcome.
I'm not sure why you kept stressing here to not use ultra pasteurized.
-Ariel

Hello Chef John, Discovered your cheese making recipe today. I live in the UK and did not have any buttermilk at home so, used less 2% fat milk 3 cups and less 1% fat milk 1 cup. For buttermilk used ( 1 cup less 2% fat milk to 1 tbp lemon juice. Leave to sit for 5 mins) and then followed your recipe from then on. I was a bit heavy handed with the stirring so got some brown skin into the cheese but it makes it look pretty. I got cheese alright but noticed that my whey was not as clear as when l make greek yogurt. The whey was milkish. Could this be because l used a lower fat milk?

Thanks again for the recipe.

Just wondering, will ultra pasteurized milk work as well?

Not sure! I've heard mixed results.

Not sure! I've heard mixed results.

Not sure! I've heard mixed results.

"Cheesecloth is like the fishnet stocking of kitchen equipment." - Chef John

Truer words have never been spoken, demonstrating once again the steamy link between the kitchen and the bedroom. Some things from the kitchen are made more delicious in the bedroom, and some things from the bedroom are enhanced in the kitchen!

Howdy Chef. I found your google video when searching for how to make cheese. Your video and ingredients were spot on. We added the buttermilk to the whole milk before we turned the heat on, it didn't seem to make a difference as we got plenty of curds. We're just waiting the 30 minutes until all the way has drained. This was a simple recipe and a good activity on a Sunday. I can now RIP knowing that I have made cheese from scratch!

I've watched a couple of your videos on youtube before, but this is the first time I've tried one of them out. I was a little nervous, but the cheese came out perfectly! I mixed in some chives, parsley and garlic before chilling it, and it is DELICIOUS! And I would say cheaper than a comparable store-bought cheese (in Canada, anyway). Thanks Chef!
-Ashley

Can you tell me approcimately how much finished product there is after using the measurements described in the recipe? Have you ever doubled the recipe and would you recommend that?

Maybe about a cup? Yes, you can double!

I did it. I am so excited. I didn't check here for a reponse, so I didn't double it. It is straining now. The whey was much cloudier, so I am not sure if I should have added more vinegar. Am going to try again. Looks great so far. Thank you thank you thank you. And any advice about the cloudy whey. I was trying to read through all the comments to find an answers but. didn't look clsoe enough

Can you do a video how to make homemade mozzarella chess and how to make homemade butter.

i found some video in you tube but i like your video more..lest talking and straight to the point.. and also your video is so clear(hd)..

I saw your video first when I googled for making cheese. I watched several, then came back to yours because I liked your recipe using buttermilk. I am very familiar with making my own yogurt so I heated my milk to 180 degrees. I then poured the room temp buttermilk and 2 Tbls. of Braggs Apple Cider Vinegar (instead of the lemon juice) My cheese instantly curdled into curds and greenish whey! I have it draining now but I can already tell it was a complete success…..yippee! Thank you for posting this video, I will never go back to the store for farm cheese/ricotta again! As a side note, I didn’t have whole milk today so I used 3 cups of 2% and 1 cup of heavy cream to equal my quart of milk. I do believe the more milk fat the better the results.

Can I use skimmed milk instead of whole milk to make the homemade cheese?


Mascarpone is Italian Cream Cheese made from cow’s milk. It is off-white in color and very spreadable. Instead of using butter in your frosting try using Mascarpone to make mascarpone frosting. This frosting is similar in look compared to Cream Cheese Frosting or Italian Buttercream Frosting but has a different taste. Mascarpone is not as tangy as cream cheese but has its own delicious flavor.

Plus this type of frostings is stable and holds its shape at room temperature and remains soft when refrigerated. Mascarpone can also be used to stabilize whipped cream for piping on cakes.

The ratio for mascarpone frosting is usually 8 ounce of mascarpone cheese to 1 cup of heavy whipping cream and 1 cup of powdered sugar.


Blueberry Ricotta Coffee Cake

This Blueberry Ricotta Coffee Cake is simple to put together and a great treat to have on hand. Firstly, you will need to grease a 9 x 9 inch baking pan. Alternatively, you could use a springform pan or large cake pan for this recipe.

Next, cream together the butter and brown sugar, until light brown in color. Then, add in the ricotta cheese. It is super important that you beat in the ricotta using a hand mixer or stand up mixer for about 5 minutes. You want to incorporate air into the batter, otherwise you risk the cake being dense.

Add in the eggs, one at a time, then vanilla and lemon. I like to use both lemon zest and juice for this coffee cake, however you could omit it all together if you wanted a cake with less lemon taste.

After you stir in the dry ingredients, pour the batter into the greased baking pan. Then, use a spatula or butter knife to spread the cake evenly into the pan. Set aside and make the streusel topping.

Oatmeal Streusel Topping

This simple oatmeal streusel topping only has three ingredients: rolled oats, brown sugar, and butter. To make, simply combine the ingredients in a bowl and stir together using a spoon or crumble using your hands.

Next, sprinkle the oatmeal streusel topping overtop of the batter. Bake for about 50-55 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean.

You want to let this cake cool for about 20 minutes on a wire rack before cutting. The warmer the cake is, the more chance it will crumble. However, once cooled, the cake can easily be cut into squares.

Refrigerate in an airtight container for up to a week. Alternatively, you can freeze in an airtight container for up to a month.


What is Chicken Cordon Bleu?

Ever since I first had Chicken Cordon Bleu in college, I’ve been enamored. It was such a wonderful mixture of flavors and textures–crunchy exterior, tender interior, with a melted center. I’d never had such an amazing combination before! Of course, what I had in college was a processed version. Now I’ve learned to make an authentic Chicken Cordon Bleu, the easy way!

For traditional Chicken Cordon Bleu, you pound a chicken breast until it is thin. Then you lay some ham on top, and cover the ham with slices of Swiss cheese.

Then you roll it all up, cover it with breadcrumbs, and bake.

The problem with this method is that it’s messy (all that chicken-pounding), and it’s really hard to get the chicken to stay together and not have all the cheese leak out while baking. When I’ve tried doing it the traditional way, it ended up looking like a Voodoo doll with a bunch of toothpicks sticking out of it everywhere!

I’ve got a WAY easier method for you that doesn’t involve flattening or rolling chicken, and helps avoid that tragic cheese loss!


Arkansas Cheese Dip

Each week in 2020 I’m sharing a recipe inspired by one of the 50 states. So far I’ve covered Alabama, Louisiana, Utah, Minnesota, Colorado, Idaho, Hawaii, South Carolina, Illinois, Iowa, Alaska, New Mexico and West Virginia. (If you want to see all the “state recipes” listed in one place you can go here). Today I’m sharing a recipe inspired by The Natural State–Arkansas.

Funny thing…I’ve never actually been to Arkansas. Greg and I like to travel around and see different areas of the country. We had a trip planned in May to Arkansas along with some surrounding states but as of now that’s not looking like it will end up happening. Sad day. I’ll have to reschedule in the future.

When I think of Arkansas I think of Little Rock. And specifically that song “Little Rock” by Collin Raye. You know the one?

“I think I’m on a roll
Here in Little Rock
I’m solid as a stone
Wait and see
I got just one small problem
Here in Little Rock
Without you
Baby I’m not me”

Collin Raye

I also think of the show Counting On on TLC, Walmart, Bill Clinton, the Razorbacks and good southern folks. Did you know Maya Angelou and Johnny Cash are from Arkansas?

So today’s recipe is cheese dip! According to the internet, “Invented in 1935, cheese dip was created by the owner of Mexico Chiquito restaurants, Blackie Donnelly. The popularity of cheese dip grew, and it is now available at most restaurants across the South. To this day, the World Cheese Dip Championship is held in Little Rock each year.” I don’t know exactly what happens at the world cheese dip championship but I’m pretty sure that I want to attend!

My recipe for cheese dip tasted so good that Greg and I could barely take a picture before we ate up everything on the plate. It goes beyond the normal Velveeta-Rotel dip. With the seasonings and other additions like peppers, tomatoes and cilantro the dip is brought to a whole new level. Now I’m not saying I would win the cheese dip championship or anything but I’d win the cheese dip at home quarantine championship at my house for sure.

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The Danish came into being as a result of a kitchen mishap and a workers’ strike. In the early 1600s, a French baker forgot to add butter to his flour at the “right” time, and in an attempt to salvage his pastry, he folded chunks of butter into his flour mixture. He inadvertently created a delicious flaky puff pastry dough. From there, Danish-like pastries were made in France, then Italy and Austria.

A few hundred years later during a labor strike in Denmark in 1850, business owners hired bakers from abroad to replace local workers. Several such Austrian bakers began making Danish-like pastries, and when the strike was over, Danish bakeries continued to bake and improve upon these newly beloved pastries. In 1915, a Danish immigrant chef baked Danishes for Woodrow Wilson’s wedding to great success and acclaim. Soon after, the same baker encouraged a New York Jewish restauranteur to start selling the pastries at his establishments. Danishes have been a staple in bakeries and delis across the country ever since.

Danishes are typically made with puff pastry, which is a buttery laminated dough. If you love baking projects you can make this recipe with homemade puff pastry. For a quicker and easier Danish, pre-made puff pastry is ideal. Any store-bought frozen version will work, but using an all-butter puff pastry will yield better quality and flavor. These pastries are crispy on the edges with a buttery flaky dough, and soft in the middle with a fruity cheesecake-like filing. Always a crowd pleaser, they’re perfect for any holiday brunch or lunch spread.

Note: Danishes are best eaten the same day they are made, and can be stored at room temperature. If you have leftovers, they can be reheated in an oven or toaster oven the next day.

Photo credit: Sonya Sanford


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