Homemade Paneer Cheese

| 1/20/2016 9:29:00 AM

Tags: homemade cheese, Indian cheese, curry, Renee Benoit, Northern California,

Renee-Lucie BenoitI was gifted with a couple gallons of cow's milk recently. Friends had bought some for the youngsters that were visiting with their parents. The said youngsters did not drink much of the milk and not being milk drinkers themselves or wanting to waste it they asked if we would like the milk. I said yes of course and set about figuring out what to do with it. Time was running short when all of a sudden the answer popped into my head. Paneer cheese! So easy to make and so good in many dishes, especially East Indian. Here's how I do it and a suggestion for what to do with it afterwards.

Makes a little over a pound of cheese.

1 gallon whole milk (not UHT pasteurized)
1/4 - 1/2 cup lemon juice
1/4 salt or to taste

Big heavy bottomed pot
Slotted spoon
Mixing bowls
Small flat plate & weight (can be a can of something)

How to:

Pour the milk into the pot and set over medium heat. Bring the milk to just below boil at around 200 F. Stir the milk occasionally, scraping the bottom of the pot to make sure the milk doesn't burn. Use a thermometer if possible. The milk will be steamy when ready.

4/11/2016 10:11:53 PM

Hi Perry, There's a large hook coming out from behind the curtain to get you for telling such a joke! Wuh, wuh! Truth be told I laughed so keep up the good work! The jury's still out on the whey question. I for one would certainly not waste it by letting it go down the drain. Maybe that's what's behind the tale: Don't waste a whey! There! You've got me doing it, too!

2/24/2016 2:24:16 AM

Why are people wasting a whey? (Sorry.) It can be heated to produce ricotta, or fed to the animals (pigs and chickens love it). Considering what ends up in a septic system, I doubt whey will do much in there. I'm more curious about what someone I met at the supermarket told me once: he buys yeast cakes (the refrigerated live yeast, not the dry stuff), and pours it down the drain every six months "to keep the septic tank healthy".

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