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Ingredients:

  • 18 pints (around 10 litres) raw Guernsey milk
  • 4ml vegetarian rennet

I recently learned through twitter (thanks @KarenHomer!) there was plenty of tasty raw milk available at the Notting Hill Farmers market from Hurdlebrook.

So come Saturday morning, we made the trek from South East London to pick up 20 pints of excellent Guernsey milk!

There was another raw milk supplier at the market – Buffalo Organics which may well get a visit soon for their raw buffalo milk!

Defrosting the chilly milk

Defrosting the chilly milk

20 pints of Hurdlebrook

20 pints of Hurdlebrook

Raw Guernsey

Natural and untreated

Measuring the pH

Measuring the pH

The milk was heated to 29C, at which point the pH was 6.5.  Add previously rehydrated Penicillum Roqueforti, Geotrichum Candidum and a small amount of DVI and stir well.

Penicillum Roqueforti

Penicillum Roqueforti

Adding the moulds

Adding the moulds

After around 45 minutes, add the 4ml vegetarian rennet, diluted in previously boiled and cooled water.

Vegetarian rennet

Vegetarian rennet

After a clean break was achieved, cut the curd into progressively smaller pieces until the curd ends up pea-sized.

Leave the curd to heal (sit in the whey) for an hour or so at around 28C, then scoop out into cheesecloth and leave to drain.

Cut curd

Cut curd

Scooping out curd

Scooping out curd

Draining curd

Draining curd

Once the curd has expelled most of it’s whey, and consolidated into a single mass, remove from cheesecloth.

Consolidated curd mass

Consolidated curd mass

Mill the curd mass into progressively smaller cubes, leaving pea-sized curd pieces.

Slicing the curd

Slicing the curd

Milled curd

Milled curd

Salt the milled curd, and transfer into clean moulds.

Milled curd in moulds

Milled curd in moulds

Leave to drain unpressed for 5 days, flipping each day.

Will update the post with the “rubbing up” next weekend!

Update: after 5 days of daily flipping, it’s time for “rubbing up”!

Finished draining

Finished draining

Rubbing up

Rubbing up

“Rubbing up” involves smoothing down the sides with a flat surface, to seal up the holes left by the curd settling.

This is to allow the rind to form cleanly.

Rubbed up

Rubbed up

Place in a cool, humid environment (12C @ 90% humidity) for a few weeks until the rind begins to form.

Will update once the rind has developed!

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