The absolute best part of this cheese recipe-there’s no stove work involved, at all! So they’ll be no sweating over the stove, or heating up the homestead during these hot summer months, with this recipe!
Chèvre is my go to cheese! I milk the goats, go inside and filter it right into a jar, and start the cheese from that very point! The doe’s body temperature is just perfect for starting the cheese on your countertop. And it doesn’t get much easier than that!
If you do not have dairy goats, and choose to buy from a neighboring farmer, you can use cold milk right from them, if you need to, and you can STILL start it on the counter from a colder temp!
Chèvre is a French word that literally means goat. And through the cheesemaking years, this French word has now been associated to goat milk cheese! Chèvre is a raw, bright and tangy, soft goat milk. It’s so versatile, as you can can enjoy it plain, or make it sweet by adding berries, or savory, by incorporating your favorite fresh herbs from your garden.
You can make it from cows milk too! You just can’t call it chèvre anymore. It’s now-farmer’s cheese, you could say.
With a culture and some rennet and some milk and a few days, you too, can have your very own cheese!
I love ferments and culturing, because for me-you don’t have to remember much, and you can even forget it for a day or two, because it easily forgives! And for this specific cheese, all you have to do to make your very own, nutritiously packed, raw cheese- is mix the cultures in, put a breathable lid on your milk, and set it in a dark, warm spot for a couple days. And that’s it!
The easiest cheese for beginners!
Not only delicious, raw cheeses are incredibly good for us! They are full of beneficial bacteria and enzymes. Often, but not always, people who are lactose-intolerant can even enjoy raw cheeses. This is because during the culturing stage, bacteria consume much of the lactose.
The cheese also contains lactase, the enzyme needed to digest lactose, which helps if there is any lactose left. It is marvelous that raw dairy foods bring with them the necessary enzymes to aid digestion!