“Homemade Goat Cheese Mousse with Peppercorns”

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This creamy goat cheese mousse is served with balsamic strawberries and strawberry gel and is topped with granola.

1 to 2 hours preparation time and 1 – 2 hours cooking time. This recipe serves 4.

Special supplies:

  • a vacuum pack bag
  • silicone mat

Ingredients for granola:

  • 1¾oz rolled oats
  • 1oz peeled walnuts, roughly chopped
  • 1oz peeled hazelnuts, roughly chopped
  • 1¾oz unsalted butter
  • 1 oz. Dried cranberries, roughly chopped
  • 1 oz.dried apricots, roughly chopped
  • 1 oz. Dried bananas, roughly chopped
  • 1 oz. Freeze-dried strawberries, roughly chopped
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 tbsp honey

Ingredients for mousse:

  • 2½ fl oz goat milk
  • 5½ oz caster sugar
  • 5½ oz double cream
  • 5½ oz cream cheese
  • 1 oz pink peppercorns, crushed
  • 4½ oz soft goat cheese

Ingredients for balsamic strawberries:

  • 1 punnet of strawberries
  • 3½ fl oz white balsamic vinegar
  • 5g lemon balm, finely chopped

Ingredients for strawberry gel:

  • 4fl oz strawberry purée
  • 2¼ oz caster sugar
  • 2g agar-agar

Ingredients for Tuile:

  • 3½ oz Isomalt
  • 25g liquid glucose
  • 32g caster sugar

To serve:

  • fresh lemon balm

Directions:

  • For the granola, preheat the oven to 225 degrees F
  • Toast the rolled oats, walnuts and hazelnuts in a dry frying pan until golden-brown.
  • Remove from the pan and then heat the butter in the frying pan until foaming.
  • Mix the toasted ingredients, along with the cranberries, apricots, dried bananas and freeze-dried strawberries in the foaming butter, maple syrup and honey until coated.
  • Place on a baking tray and bake in the oven for 45 minutes.
  • Remove the granola from the oven and allow to cool. Pulse in a food processor until broken up into pieces.
  • For the mousse, add all of the ingredients to a free-standing food mixer and beat until the mixture thickens and comes together. Place in the fridge to chill for 30 minutes until needed.
  • For the balsamic strawberries, slice the strawberries and add to a vacuum pack bag with the balsamic vinegar and finely chopped lemon balm. Seal and leave to marinate for 20 minutes.
  • For the strawberry gel, add the strawberry purée, caster sugar and agar-agar to a pan and boil for one minute.
  • Remove from the heat and allow to cool and set, before blending to a smooth gel.
  • For the tuile, add the Isomalt, liquid glucose, 1fl oz water and caster sugar to a saucepan and heat to 320 degrees F. Pour onto a baking tray lined with a silicone mat and leave to set. Break into desired shapes.
  • To serve, make quenelles of the chilled goat cheese mousse and roll in the crushed granola and then place onto a serving plate. Arrange slices of balsamic strawberries to the side. Dot the plate with strawberry gel. Place the sugar tuile on top of the mousse. Garnish with lemon balm.
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What is Provolone Cheese?

Pronounced: proh-voh-LOH-nee

If you can imagine mozzarella with a fuller flavor, then you have imagined Provolone. It is a semi-hard Italian cheese, aged for a minimum of six months, and originated in Casilli near Vesuvius  where it is still produced in various shapes as in 10 to 15 cm long pear, sausage, or cone shapes. A variant of Provolone is also produced in Japan and North America.

Smoked cheese makes a wonderful addition to sandwiches. Now, you can create this great taste with the step-by-step instructions for the best homemade smoked provolone cheese.

Ingredients:

  • 4 gallons of raw goats milk
  • 1 teaspoon of type K or KL lipase powder dissolved into 1/3 cup of cool, non-chlorine water
  • 4 teaspoons of citric acid powder dissolved in 3/4 cup of cool, non-chlorine water. Allow this to sit for 5 minutes or more.
  • 1 teaspoon of rennet mixed in 1/4 cup of cool, non-chlorine water

Instructions making the provolone cheese

  • Warm 2 gallons of the milk to 86 degrees F
  • Mix in the dissolved lipase powder.
  • Keeping temperature at 86 degrees F, let milk set for 1 hour to incubate.
  • Add the dissolved citric acid to the remaining 2 gallons of cold goats milk.Then, add the cold milk to the 2 gallons of warm milk and bring the temperature to 86 degrees F.
  • Add the dissolved rennet to the combined 4 gallons of milk.
  • Allow to sit for 15 minutes or more. Whey will cover the top of the curds.
  • Now you are ready to cut the curds into 1/2 inch cubes.
  • Allow curds to settle to the bottom of the pot, and then slowly raise the temperature to 115 degrees during a 30 minute time frame while stirring.
  • And now, using a large dipper or stainless pot with a handle, remove the whey from the curds that have settled to the bottom of the pot. Leave enough whey to cover the matted curds.
  • Prepare ice water in a pan long enough for the desired length of your provolone cheese log.
  • Meanwhile, heat the whey that is covering the provolone log that you have begun shaping. Use a cloth that you drained the curds into to turn the log of provolone in the heated whey. Remove the heated whey and the provolone cheese log from the heat. Continue to lift the cloth to aid in shaping the log of cheese.
  • When cheese becomes smooth and firm enough to handle, place the cheese into the ice water. Avoid handling the cheese log as much as possible.
  • Do not rush the cooling process! If you have a wooden mold 3″x3″ and 10″ long, place the cheese log into the mold. After the cheese log chills, remove and rub with iodine free salt and cover with plastic wrap. Place in refrigerator at 45 degrees and redress every two days for 8 or 10 days. If you are going to smoke the provolone cheese, do not uncover the cheese log.
  • After 10 days, wipe the cheese with cool water and pat dry.

Smoking the provolone cheese

  • Cold smoke your provolone cheese for approximately 4 hours. You can use small hickory chips, fresh from the woods or small sassafras twigs from sassafras trees.
  • Cold smoking cheese and meat is simple and inexpensive.
  • All you need is a clean metal bottomless garbage can and a soldering iron. Take an average size can of vegetables and partially cut the lid, leaving enough of the lid attached to close the can after filling it with wood chips. Be sure to remove the outside paper from the can, then wash and dry it.
  • Use tin snips to cut a round slot in part of the lid to allow you to put the soldering iron into the can filled with wood chips. Fill the can with small hickory chips or small sassafras twigs and place soldering iron into the can. Place garbage can on gravel and place the can with chips and soldering iron just under the metal bottomless garbage can. If you have a smoker, it will also work just fine.
  • And now, this is what makes it a cold smoker. Take a large box that will cover the top of your smoker and cut a hole in the bottom of the box, about a 6 inch diameter circle. Place the box on top of the smoker making sure that the box will receive all of the smoke. Place a rack a few inches above the bottom of the box and place this rack as far away from the 6 inch diameter hole as possible. This to allow the cheese to absorb the smoke and remain cool.
  • After about 15 minutes, unplug the soldering iron. Check the cheese, and if the cheese is dripping, then remove the cheese, place in a plastic bag and refrigerate.
  • Repeat the process until the cheese starts making a rind. The color of the cheese will have a slight yellow cast. Do not let the rind become too dried out and hard. Wax the cheese after it is smoked, so that other cheeses that are being aged do not become smoked. Age 6-8 months or more from date of being waxed.

Enjoy! The best Smoked Provolone Cheese.

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“Homemade Goat Velveeta Cheese”

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Velveeta is the brand name of a processed cheese product. Velveeta cheese has been a favorite of families since 1928, and is famously known as a type of American cheese with a texture that is smoother and softer. It is ideal in dips, sauces and grilled cheese sandwiches.

How to make goat velveeta cheese?

First and foremost, make lactic goat cheese. Lactic cheese requires at least 12 hours to make and 12 hours to drip. But, you can shortened the drip time by constantly pressing the cloth that contains the curds. The drier the curds, the firmer the cheese will set.

Ingredients:

  • 1 gallon plus 1 pint of raw goats milk
  • 5 drops of liquid single strength rennet
    dissolved in 1/3 cup of non-chlorine or distilled water.
  • 4 tablespoons mesophillic C1 mother culture
  • 1 tablespoon butter (no goat butter or margarine)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • *Optional: 20-25 drops annatto

Directions:

  • Heat the milk slowly to 86 degrees. Turn off the heat and set the pot of milk aside. Add the mesophilic culture. Stir thoroughly.
  • Take 1 1/2 teaspoons of the well-dissolved rennet from the 1/3 cup mixture of rennet. Add the 1 1/2 teaspoons of rennet mixture to the milk at this time. Always stir the milk after adding rennet to prevent the milk from coagulating unevenly.
  • Put the lid on the pot and let it sit for 12 hours. This amount of time allows the cheese to become lactic.
  • After 12 hours or more, scoop the curds out and into a cloth-lined colander to drain for 10 to 20 minutes. Then, grab all 4 corners of the cloth holding the curds and hang to drip for 12 hours.

Ready to make Velveeta cheese!

  • Place the cheese in a mixing bowl, add the baking soda and salt and beat with mixer. Let sit for 30 minutes. The cheese will have a fluffy texture. Taste the cheese for flavor. Cheese will have a very smooth texture.
  • Now, use a double boiler over medium heat. Add 1 tablespoon of butter. Stir the cheese until the cheese begins to melt.
  • As cheese begins to soften, add annatto (*optional), which is yellow cheese coloring. Do not let the cheese melt too long. Spoon the semi-soft cheese from the pan into a small square plastic container.
  • Now, place the container down into shallow hot water. Water should not be very hot, but warm enough to soften the cheese within your plastic container. After cheese has settled in the container, use a large spoon and remove the butter and liquid that will be floating on top of the cheese.
  • Note: Decide what form you want to mold your cheese in, making sure it can be easily removed.
  • Place a small piece of plastic wrap on top of the cheese before placing the lid on the container. Allow the cheese to sit in the refrigerator for 4 hours or more. Let cheese sit out for about 5 minutes or more and remove.
  • Pour warm water over the bottom of the container to loosen the cheese.

Taste and enjoy Goat Velveeta Cheese!

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Labneh, also known as Yogurt Cheese, is probably the simplest of all cheeses to make. To begin with you will need a quart of yogurt. You can use plain or flavored yogurt, and either homemade or buy from the grocery store.

However, if you buy yogurt for making labneh, make sure yogurt does not contain gelatin, as the gelatin will prevent the whey from draining.

Ingredients:

  • 1 quart yogurt
  • 1 tsp. Salt

Special supplies:

  • cheesecloth
  • strainer
  • bowl

Begin by shaking or stirring the yogurt until it is thoroughly mixed and smooth. Mix in 1/2 to 1 teaspoon of salt, to taste.

Next, place a strainer over a pot or bowl, and line with cheesecloth. Pour the yogurt into the cheesecloth.

Cover, and let the yogurt drain for 24 hours in the refrigerator.

Remove the cloth from the strainer and scrape the cheese to form a mound in the center of the cloth. Then, using the cloth for handling, form it into a ball or log and place onto a plate.  Store in the refrigerator.

It does not get any easier than that!

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