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Homemade Feta Cheese

Easy homemade feta cheese recipe for beginners

Feta is a good homemade cheese for beginners. It involves all the steps involved in cheesemaking, but doesn’t require any special techniques or ripening. It is fast, affordable and delicious!

Ingredients

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For the cheese

  • 2 Liters of milk (goat, sheep or cow milk)
  • 1/8 tsp of mesophillic starter or 1/4 cup of milk kefir
  • 1/8 tsp of calcium chloride in 2 tbsp filtered water
  • 1/4 tsp of liquid rennet in 2 tbsp filtered water (see notes)

For the brine

  • 1 cup filtered water
  • 1 1/2 tbsp salt (non-iodized)

Instructions

  1. Heat the milk to 86 F (30C).
  2. Stir in culture. Keep at 86 F for 1 hour.
  3. Stir in calcium chloride, then the rennet. Mix thoroughly.
  4. Maintain the heat and leave to sit for 1 hour for the curd to set.
  5. When the curd show a clean break, cut the curds into 1/2″ cubes.
  6. Cook the curds by stirring every 5 minutes for the next 1/2 hour, slowly raising the temperature to 90F (32C).
  7. Line a strainer with butter muslin and pour the curds and whey into it.
  8. Either pack the drained curds into a feta mold or hang the curd in the butter muslin.
  9. Allow to drain for 8-12 hours. If you are using a mold, flip the cheese at least twice to ensure even drainage.
  10. Prepare the brine ahead of time to make sure that all the salt has dissolved.
  11. After the cheese has finished draining, cut it into 2-4 pieces and place it in the brine. Store it in the fridge and allow it to ripen for at least 5 days.

Notes

  • Please read up on the detailed processes involved with cheesemaking if you are uncertain about any of the steps in this recipe.
  • Follow the instructions on your rennet package to set 2 liters of milk.
  • If you find that the feta is too salty, simply reduce the amount of salt in your brine to 1 tbsp, or rinse the cheese before using it.
  • Feta will last for at least a month in the fridge. However, because it contains a living culture it will continue to ferment and sour over time.

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