September is upon us and now is the time for new beginnings, the start of school, returning to work from vacation and in Cheesepalooza land it is time for a new Cheese Challenge. If you could not tell by the title it is Chèvre, or what people often just call Goat Cheese. I like Chèvre I will sometimes buy the smallest amount you can and eat it myself. I have had Chèvre on my list of cheeses to make for a long time, but as I have said before, I skipped the fresh cheeses so this again was first for me.
First off I want to say that this is not the Challenge Cheese for September, but it is one of the ones listed for that month. Secondly this is my first real attempt at making a cultured fresh cheese. So here we go.
I decided on making a Crescenza because friends of mine asked me to make some cheese for a party they are having and they wanted some soft/spreadable cheese. I figured that if I was going to make them a cheese, then I should try to make one prior to doing it for them. So off to get our trusty book for Cheesepalooza and away I went making cheese.
Not making Cheese this month is making me antsy so it was reading a nursery rhyme to my daughter made me think of something cheese related I could post about.
Little Miss Muffet sat on her tuffet, eating her ‘curds and whey’.
Yes the by-product of cheese making can be eaten with your curd, or even drunk. The first few cheeses that I made I poured this wonderful liquid down the drain wasting the potential uses that were contained within. Then I woke up to the possibilities of what I could make and do with this sweet and savoury gift from the milk that has given me my cheese. There are several applications of whey that can help you with cheese making and with every day things in your house. I have tried several of these and others I have researched and are on the list of must try.
What is in whey to make it so useful? Whey contains most of the lactose leftover from the milk, it contains proteins, and it also contains starter culture and other additives (your mould powder if you are making blue cheese). What can whey be used for? Here are a few things you can do with whey: