Almost Jackpot


I’ve been messing with this ‘quick farm cheese’ recipe – off and on for several months. I’m trying to achieve a cheese that is sliceable, grateable, melts…..and can be made with a minimum of attention, minimum of pressing, ready same day.
I make a ton of soft cheese. Lots of Creole Cream Cheese. I clabber a lot of milk for the chickens, make tons of butter.
The ‘hard’ cheese has eluded me – at least a hard cheese that I like.
I’m sure I could make a decent cheddar – problem is – time. I haven’t much to spare for cooking the curd, milling the curd, pressing, flipping and re-pressing, and the interminable wait while it ages – all the while hoping it turns out.
This particular cheese – as many times as I’ve made it – barely passed my criteria. Bruce likes it – but then he’s not hard to please. I found it too bland, too rubbery…..yesterday I threw caution to the wind (cheese is supposed to be a fairly exacting science) – and tossed an entire quart of jersey cream into two gallons of whole milk.
Win win! Almost a Havarti style texture, reasonable flavor, slices beautifully. Not perfect – but darn close.
Next batch I make I’m going to try a ratio of 1.75 gallons whole milk – to 2 quarts of cream.
I’ll let you know how it turns out 😊


About valbjerke

Farmer, Transmission Rebuilder, Self Sufficiency Nut. Like the old school way of doing things. "Fast is fine - accuracy is final" (quote by some way back famous gun-slinger - likely just before he got shot dead)
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10 Responses to Almost Jackpot

  1. Pat says:

    Wow, if the pictures is actually YOUR cheese you made, it’s damn perfect. Feels awesome when something works out by taking the initiative and winging it!! Well done.

  2. That cheese looks pretty good to me. And no aging? Wow!

  3. you should share notes with Cheryl Beida, a friend on Facebook

  4. Bill says:

    It looks good to me. Too bad we aren’t closer. I’d tell you to feel free to send on over any that you aren’t satisfied with. 🙂

    • valbjerke says:

      Thanks 😊 its an awful lot of cheese to get through for my household – there’s a fellow that comes by my work that’s game to try all my experiments thank goodness – I’m taking half that round in with me today.

  5. Carrie says:

    Just thinking of having another go at ‘farmer’s cheese’ and wondered if your new and improved recipe is shareable yet? If not, no worries.

  6. Carrie says:

    Great, thanks. Probably I won’t get around to cheese stuff until the weekend, so no great rush.

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