Many people do not realize they can make homemade cheese, but it is very simple to prepare, and since it is ready-to-spread it can be mixed with herbs and other flavorful ingredients. Stop buying expensive spread form the store, and try this easy homemade variety that my grandmother used to make. It contains five simple ingredients, and this homemade version tastes fresh, it is preservative-free, and absolutely delicious.
Necessary Ingredients for Homemade Cheese
To make old-fashioned homemade cheese you will need one quart of whole milk, two large eggs, and a cup of buttermilk. Also required is a half teaspoon of salt and one-quarter teaspoon of granulated sugar. You will also need a slotted spoon, a colander, or cheesecloth for separating the whey from the solids, a large saucepan, a wooden spoon, and a container with a tight-fitting lid for storage.
Begin by lightly beating the eggs. Stir in the buttermilk, sugar, and salt. Set this mixture aside near the stove.
Next, heat the milk while stirring it constantly until it comes to a boil. Turn off the heat, and pour the egg mixture into the hot milk. Stir it, and cover the pan tightly. Let the homemade mixture sit undisturbed for seven or eight minutes.
The next step is to stir the heated mixture very slowly. This is when the solids will separate from the whey.
With the help of an extra pair of hands, pour the homemade cheese into clean cheesecloth to separate it from the whey. This is the old-fashioned way. Alternately, the homemade cheese can be removed from the pan with a slotted spoon or poured into a colander.
Press the cheese into a container with a lid, and place it in the refrigerator to allow it to set and cool. Store the cheese in the refrigerator, and use it to spread on crackers, bread, and raw veggies. It can also be enhanced using the following homemade stir-in and flavor-enhancing preparation ideas.
Stir-In and Serving Ideas
Do you like cheese spread with chives? Snip off fresh chives, or use the dried variety, and stir in a generous amount. The chives will give the cheese spread tremendous flavor.
Honey tastes great with this tasty homemade cheese. Spread the cold homemade cheese on a piece of soft white bread, and slather on a generous amount of pure honey. This will become an addictive treat and an old-fashioned homemade favorite.
My grandmother used to serve her homemade cheese with molasses, and it was absolutely delicious. Spread the homemade cheese on a soft slice of white bread, and top it with real molasses. This is a treat that takes me back in time, and it satisfies my sweet tooth. It is even better when the bread is homemade!
Do you like the flavor of dill? Mix in fresh or dried dill with this tasty cheese. Spread it on dark bread, and top the bread with thin slices of cold cucumber. They can be served as an appetizer.
These are just some of the many ways to enhance the cheese my grandmother used to make. Stir in your favorite ingredients and flavors, and come up with your personal favorite. No other cheese is as easy to make as this, and it is far better in every way than anything similar from the store.