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Cheese is my downfall.
I’m trying very hard to keep my weight at a sensible level and can turn down alcohol, chocolate and all sorts of sweet treats – but reject cheese? Never!
Pork Belly’s a turophile too and you may remember we had great fun a few months back making our own soft cheese with a goat cheese kit.
Regular readers will be saying at this point: “Whoa, hold on a minute, Rosemary can’t tolerate cows’ milk products!” And of course you are right. So enter A2 milk which is a viable option for me (although it wouldn’t be for everyone).
The mascarpone selection is still out for the moment, until we can find a plant-based, sheep or goat cream that is rich and thick enough to take the place of double cream (any suggestions anyone?) so instead we plumped for the ricotta, whose creamy smoothness I have long-missed since my diagnosis.
As with the goats cheese kit, the instructions are clear and easy to follow. The ricotta is probably the easiest to make; no messing about with rennet, kneading or stretching, and is great for first-timers to tackle.
The kit gives you almost everything you need but here are four essentials for you to bring to the cheese-making party:
- A big, non-aluminium pan with a substantial bottom (no rude comments please!). To make a sensible amount of cheese you will need 8 pints of milk and that’s a helluva big pan. Don’t have one? Do what we did and borrow one from a friend or neighbour (thanks Muddy T).
- Time. It’s not complicated but the curds do need a good 20 minutes to half an hour to drain thoroughly and once you’ve shaped your cheese it will need a few more hours resting in the fridge to get to just the right consistency.
- Patience, grasshopper. Rome was not built in a day nor will cheese magically transform from milk to white-gold instantaneously. Chill yourself as well as the cheese.
- Plan ahead for what to do with all that delicious whey that drains off – the list is endless. Use it in baking or as a muscle-restoring post-exercise smoothie. I’m told it gives a lovely gloss to your hair and if you have cats, they’ll love it.
Are you ready to have a go yourself?
Simply enter our competition and you could win an Italian Trio cheese-making kit, which retails at £24.99, courtesy of The Cheesemaker’s Choice.
Enter now – but please note this competition is restricted to UK residents only and only entries made via the Rafflecopter widget below will be considered.
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Closes: Midnight UK time Friday 29 January 2016.
We’ll contact the winner by email on Saturday 30 and pass on the details to the company so they can send the kit out.
Full terms and conditions here.
Disclaimer: We were sent a cheese making kit free of charge by The Cheesemakers’ Choice. All opinions above are our own.
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Muddy T– a gluten free Sussex based long distance trail running blog (and general all-round pal who lent us his stockpot!)