Blessed are the cheesemakers! 🧀 Ready to dive into the cheesy world of homemade feta? With just a few ingredients, a bit of patience, and a sprinkle of fun, you can whip up a batch of this tasty delight.
Let's get started!
- 2L Non-homogenised milk (available at Woolies, Coles and IGA's)
- 2ml Calcium chloride (ever wondered what this is?)
- ¼ of a sachet of mesophilic culture (get it separately from the kit here )
- ½ a tablet of rennet for every 2-3L of milk
- Everything except the milk is availble in a kit here
Choose Your Batch Size: You can go for a 2L, 4L, or 6L batch. Personally, I go big with 6L because, let's be honest, if I'm making cheese, I want lots of it!
Heat Things Up: Pour that non-homogenised milk into the pot. Add 1ml of calcium chloride for every 1L of milk. Slowly heat it to a cozy 32 degrees, stirring regularly to keep it smooth.
Culture Time: Once it hits 32 degrees, take it off the heat and add ¼ of a sachet of mesophilic culture for every 2L of milk. Let it rehydrate for a few minutes before giving it a good stir.
Rennet Magic: Mix rennet with a bit of water, then add ½ a tablet of rennet for every 2-3L of milk. Stir well and let the curd set for about 1 ½ hours.
Curd Check: Test the curd with a curd knife – you want a clean break. Cut the curd to your feta style; smaller cuts mean firmer feta. I go for about 1 cm for that perfect firmness.
Drain and Flip: After cutting, let it sit for 5 minutes, then gently stir and heat to 38 degrees. Spoon it into feta moulds or a colander lined with cheesecloth. Let it drain, flip, and repeat.
The Waiting Game: Leave it overnight, then slice, salt, and refrigerate. If the weather's cool, you can let it chill on the bench for a day or two for that extra flavor kick.
Flipping and Salting: Keep flipping and lightly salting for a couple of days until it reaches your desired texture. Don't forget to drain off the excess liquid.
Get Creative: Finally, slice and marinate or let it soak in brine. Not salty enough? Add more. Too salty? Give it a milk soak overnight.
There you have it, your own batch of homemade feta! Enjoy the cheesy goodness and have a blast experimenting with flavors. If you want more Australian Cheese Making Recipes, have a look at this book