Prep 20 mins
Cook 1 hr 30 mins
This homemade caraway cheese tastes good on homemade bread or Knackebrod or on crackers. Making farmhouse cheese takes about 24 hours, it is not labor-intensive and it yields a superior product. You will end up with a creamy white cheese with a tender curd and a fresh, tangy flavor. Mix it with cream for a creamed fine-curd cottage cheese or eat fresh, perhaps flavored with snipped fresh chives or lemon balm. You can find rennet tablets in the baking section of the grocery store.
- TO MAKE THE CARAWAY CHEESE: Make sure the farmhouse cheese is DRAINED WELL in cheesecloth.
- (Do not add any cream to the cheese after draining.) Place the butter, baking soda, and salt in the top of a DOUBLE BOILER over SIMMERING water.
- When the butter is melted, add the cheese, and continue cooking, whisking occasionally, until the cheese has melted, about 1 hour.
- The butter and cheese will be separated.
- Beat in the sour cream and caraway seeds until the mixture is blended well together.
- Pour into a large loaf pan or a crock.
- Cover, and refrigerate for at least 1 hour, until the cheese is firm.
- Turn out onto a serving dish, if you like, bring to room temperature, and serve.
- TO MAKE FRESH FARMHOUSE CHEESE: Warm the whole milk and buttermilk over low heat in a large saucepan or stockpot until they reach 90 degrees on an instant-read thermometer.
- Pour 1/4 cup of this mixture into a glass measuring cup and heat it in the microwave for 10 seconds on high, or until it is 115 degrees; alternatively, heat the 1/4 cup milk in a small saucepan until it reaches the same temperature.
- Crumble the rennet tablet into the warm milk in the measuring cup and stir to blend.
- Pour this mixture back into the large saucepan and stir well.
- Remove from the heat, cover the pan, and let the mixture sit overnight, for at least 14 hours.
- In the morning, return the pan to the heat and remove its cover.
- For a larger curd cheese, bring the mixture to 130 or 140 degrees over medium heat; for a smaller curd cheese, bring the mixture to about 115 degrees over low heat.
- Continue cooking, stirring occasionally, at the desired temperature for 1 to 1 1/2 hours, or until the curds have separated from the whey.
- Meanwhile, line two colanders with a double thickness of cheesecloth.
- Tie or clip the cheesecloths to the perimeters of the colanders to keep them from slipping inches Gently pure half of the mixture through 1 colander and half through the other.
- Let the whey drain off the cottage cheese for about 1 hour.
- Spoon the drained cheese into two 1-pint containers.
- Stir in some fresh cream, sour cream, or whole milk, if you like, for a softer consistency and flavor.
- The cheese will keep covered in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.
- Makes 8 cups.
- Home Cooking.