Will you brie my valentine? Adventures in cheese making!

Tis the season for couples and love. It’s all wonderful yet still enough to get a single gal down but it’s also important to remember that anything a couple can do on Valentine’s day you (and I) can do too! YES! I really wanted to spend this Valentine’s day doing something special and came across Farm Steady’s DIY kits and knew this would be the best way to celebrate! Seriously- no single sadness this year, just cheese, lots of cheese! For all the couples out there too- grab a kit and get making together. You’ll win bonus points for doing something other than making a reservation and enjoy every bite that you made together!  The kits they have are the cheese kit, an everything bagel and cream cheese kit and soft pretzel kit (all of my favorite foods).

Farm Steady is from our friends at Brooklyn Brew Shop (who makes the most amazing brew at home beer kits) and they also have the best description about the company on their site and their mission: “For lovers of all things handmade. For devotees to great food made simply. For fans of getting their hands dirty. For the curious. For would-be know-it-alls and practicing scientists. For chefs. For followers of recipes and creators of new ones. For those who wing it. For keepers of window boxes and curators of raised beds. For weekend believers. For rooftop, urban and backyard farmers. For those taking their crush on farming to the next level, there’s FarmSteady.”

Wow. Isn’t that great? It’s easy, accessible and for everyone and I love that because good, easy food should be for everyone too!  Like a good relationship, good food shouldn’t be hard. I just realized I related a successful relationship to food but it’s so true isn’t it?

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The kit comes with enough supplies to make four types of cheese! YES- FOUR. Dream, I know. Ricotta, marcapone, mozzarella and burrata.  I already had a special dish in mine for my solo Valentine’s day celebration so decided to make some ricotta. The best part is there is still leftover supplies for when I want to make another batch! Here’s what you need:

Additional Equipment

  • Stock Pot
  • Rubber Spatula

Additional Ingredients

  • 1/2 Gallon (2 L) Whole Milk
  • 1/4 Cup (59 mL) Heavy Cream (Optional)

STEPS


1.

Combine milk, cream and 1/2 teaspoon (2.5 ml) cheese salt in a pot. Mix thoroughly.

Note: The addition of cream makes a more indulgent cheese, but it can be left out.

2.

Heat slowly on medium-low until milk reaches 185° – 195° F (85° – 90° C), occasionally stirring with rubber spatula and scraping the sides and bottom of the pot.

3.

Once at temperature, remove from heat, add 1 1/2 teaspoons (7 ml) citric acid to milk. Mix thoroughly and let sit while milk separates into curds and whey, about 10 – 15 minutes.

4.

Line a cheese basket with cheese cloth, and place over a large bowl.

5.

Pour curds and whey into lined cheese basket. Discard whey (or reserve it for another project).

6.

Sprinkle remaining 1/2 teaspoon (2.5 ml) cheese salt over draining curds and gently stir to incorporate.

7.

Drain 15 – 20 minutes or until desired firmness is reached.

8.

Transfer finished ricotta to a bowl. Enjoy right away or store in the fridge.

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My beautiful ricotta! Oh FarmSteady, will you be my valentine? Here’s hoping and I already have a super easy recipe I’m going to whip up tomorrow night and share with you for Valentine’s day using this cheese so I hope you’ll be back tomorrow to check it out then.

 

You can get these awesome kits here 

 

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