06 January 2012

fresh goat cheese

making cheese
Fresh goat cheese is wonderful! I thought the farmer's cheese that I made a bit ago was nice, a bit bland but probably best I would get for homemade cheese. Dead wrong. Homemade goat cheese is fabulous. Of course not as wonderful as you would get from the store, but so nice non the less. It's creamy, has that tangy aftertaste, just a bit crumbly but spreads perfectly on a baguette. I thought it would be a challenge to find goat's milk, but the Trader Joe's right next to my work carries it, which could lead to me being their new favorite customer. I would call first if you are looking for goats milk, I haven't been able to find it in all stores. 
making cheese
You can really flavor this with any herbs or seasonings that you like. Obviously similar to my farmer's cheese post, but with such different results.
The kinds I made with this cheese are plain, lemon, rosemary, sage, thyme, sea salt and pepper, pepper and dried cherry with honey. 

It's the last few days of my week off, back to work on Tuesday. Most of my days have spent baking and photographing. The first few days I wasn't happy with the photos I was getting. It's hard to get back into the swing of food photography. After the holidays and working full time, it seems like I hadn't taken photos in ages. But finally things were starting to work out and I was happy with my results. Lots of editing to do now so I'll be able to have more posts coming up this first month of 2012.
It is already the 6th! In 9 days this blog with be one year old, in less than a month I will be 24; I hope this month goes by at a glacial pace so I can get all the stuff done I that I need to. 
making cheese

recipe found online

29 comments:

Angela @ thefairybreadchronicles said...

yum! i am in love with goat's cheese at the moment - so sharp, and it's got a lovely texture too. yours looks fabulous!

Candice said...

Perfect! I've just finished putting through an order for goat's milk from my local grocer with plans to turn it into cheese so your recipe couldn't have come at a better time :)

Louise Bates said...

I went to buy goat's cheese in the grocery store the other day, took one look at the price, and choked. It was SO not this expensive when I was a kid. Maybe buying milk and making my own cheese will be the way to go!

Laura said...

So once the milk starts curdling and you let it sit for 20 minutes, should the burner be turned off? Or do you keep it going at medium-low? So excited to try this.

Julie Marie said...

Laura: once it reaches 180, take it off the heat and do all the rest of the steps. I'll update the instructions soon. Thanks for pointing that out :)

Eggton said...

Hi there! Awesome. I have a question: when you did lemon, did you just use lemon peel, or did you candy the peel or something? Cheers-- happy weekend.

Julie Marie said...

Eggton: when I did the lemon, I just used the fresh peel. You could use candied lemon peel too, it would just lead to a more sweet cheese rather than savory

Dylana Suarez said...

Amazing blog!

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Sue/the view from great island said...

I can't believe Trader Joe's has goat's milk, what don't they have? I'm excited to try this. I'm hopin that homemade goat's cheese might taste like the expensive 'chevre doux' we buy at our local cheese shop. It's not as tangy as normal goat cheese. Thanks for the idea!

Mrs M said...

Oh my Im looking forward to 2012 just to see your inspiring recipes and photos..lovely job x

Just waiting for toast said...

They look so delicious! Looking forward to seeing what is in store for this month and the rest of 2012! Happy belated new year! xo

Jenn's ice cream sundae said...

Preparing your food than buying from shop is more safe and fresh.

Heather said...

Oh yes, time to make goat cheese. I'm thinking Rainbow carries goat's milk? Thanks for the recipe (and the gorgeous photos)!

vitra said...

goat cheese?? I've never tried this
look's delicious and fresh :)
everything

Twinks said...

Julie never really tried goat cheese. Sure sounds good though. And healthy!
Hope you had a good day at Pt. Reyes.....
love, Grandma Twinks

Mary said...

I have also been able to find goat's milk at Whole Food's and Market of Choice. Local heath food stores have carried it as well. I really like this post. I am new to your blog, so I took some time to browse through your earlier posts. I'm so glad I did that.You've created a great spot for your readers to visit and I really enjoyed the time I spent here. I will be back. I hope you have a great day. Blessings...Mary

Ash said...

Oh wow!! I MUST must try this!!

Deb said...

I had no idea how easy it would be to make goat's cheese! Can't wait to try the recipe.

Naomi said...

I found your blog via Pinterest, and I am already in love with your food styling and photography! You've got yourself another follower, I can't wait to see your future posts as well!

Jordan said...

LOVE the blog! I am your one THOUSANDTH follower! woo woo! Congrats.

kankana said...

It's like Paneer ! At least that's how I make paneer at home :) The photos are stunning as always!

Liska said...

I love your blog. I've just found it and it's stunning!

Julie Marie said...

Liska: thank you! I have been following your blog for a while now :)

Lauren from Baklust said...

I'm not a fan of goat cheese, but this post has me thinking I should try making cheese!

Alexandra said...

These look so good!

foodess said...

Mmmm... I find cheesemaking so satisfying! I use the same method with cows milk to make homemade paneer for curries. Deeelish!

pippisinthekitchenagain said...

Making this recipe was delicious and really exciting! Thanks for posting it!

mywildpony said...

beautiful styling and photos.

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