Urban homestead cheese

The Worlds Easiest Cheese (Vinegar Cheese)

1. With frequent stirring, heat one gallon of milk to 185 degrees F.

2. Add 1/4 cup vinegar, stir briefly.

3. After 10 minutes, strain through a cheesecloth-lined colander.

4. Hang to drain. VOILA!! One and 1/2 pounds of cheese in about two hours!

Courtesy: Saanendoah (thanks for sharingFern)

Jordanne showed me this cheese recipe which was posted on a goat forum she frequently visits. Of course, “easiest, ”  “in 2 hours” and noticing there was no rennet caught my eye — I had to try this recipe for myself.

:: Tip From the Urban Homestead ::

What to do with the leftover milk (whey) after cheese making? Here’s a tip that was passed on by an old timer we met a few years back.   If you have chickens, put the milk into a covered pal or bucket and let it sour until it curdles (this may take a few days or week). This soured milk/whey is excellent protein source for chickens and they just love it.  

Or you use the leftover whey with an addition of buttermilk to makericotta cheese

President Bush’s Texas Ranch Is Off-Grid, Eco-Friendly {}

Amazingly, given his oil industry links, Bush’s ranch is off-grid, boasting a range of eco-features including geothermal heating and cooling, that would make Leonardo di Caprio proud. The passive-solar house is positioned to absorb winter sunlight, warming the interior walkways and walls. Does his inside knowledge lead him to suspect that he will need it to survive a downturn very soon?“Wastewater from showers, sinks and toilets goes into purifying tanks underground — one tank for water from showers and bathroom sinks, which is so-called “gray water,” and one tank for “black water” from the kitchen sink and toilets. The purified water is funneled to the cistern with the rainwater. It is used to irrigate flower gardens, newly planted trees and a larger flower and herb garden behind the two-bedroom guesthouse. Water for the house comes from a well. The Bushes installed a geothermal heating and cooling system, which uses about 25% of the electricity that traditional heating and air-conditioning systems consume. Several holes were drilled 300 feet deep, where the temperature is a constant 67 degrees.” Even portions of the home are made from waste materials from a local quarry!
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  1. Florence says:

    The greening of the Crawford house was due to Laura Bush not her husband.

  2. Stephanie Griffith says:

    How was the cheese? I think I am going to try making it.

  3. Anais says:

    Hi Stephanie

    I would recommend adding a bit of salt or herbs to flavor the cheese. I will be experimenting with different herbs. Also, it’s best to make cheese with raw milk (which will give the cheese more flavor) or if you can’t find raw milk at least organic whole milk.

    Let me know how it turns out for you.


  4. Danielle says:

    The Kansas Milkmaid makes lemondade with her whey.

  5. Amy says:

    Whey is also great for adding to soups, soaking beans, lacto-fermenting veggies. Glad to hear about the ‘chicken cheese’ idea, too!