Thursday, December 9, 2010

Homemade Cottage Cheese!

At first, the very thought of it made me sick.  Leave milk sitting out at room temperature for three days?  However, as mentioned in this post on making varenyky or pyrohy, homemade dry cottage cheese is an essential ingredient to creating an authentic Ukrainian taste.

At my husband's convincing, we scaled down the recipe to use only a half gallon of milk to make sure that it would turn out before using two gallons of milk.  Good thing, because it turned out to be just the right amount for the number of pyrohy that we decided to make.

Here is the recipe we used (makes approximately 12 ounces of cottage cheese):
  • 1/2 gallon of 1% milk
  • 1/2 pint of buttermilk
Day one:
Mix all ingredients together in a pot or dutch oven.
Set aside in a warm room and leave covered.

Day three:
Approximately 72 hours after mixing ingredients together, place dutch oven on the stove top.

This is what the cottage cheese will look like after sitting at room temperature for three days.
Bring the mixture to a boil.  When the ingredients start to curdle, turn off stove and remove from heat.
As the milk starts to curdle it will look like this

More views of curdled milk!
Once your have gotten your fix of looking at curdled milk, go ahead and use a ladle and cheese cloth to drain excess liquid.  You want to make sure that you have enough cheese cloth to hold all of the cottage cheese that you have made.

Doesn't it look delicious?

Once all of the cottage cheese has made it's way into the cheese cloth, let it sit for another 24 hours.

Day four:
Yay, your work is almost done.  Simply dump your cottage cheese into a container and store in a refrigerator.  (Yes, it is now allowed to be kept cool).

If you are feeling extra ambitious, go to this post and use your homemade cottage cheese to make some varenyky.

Happy holidays.

Live the moment, love life!

1 comment:

  1. well the pictures did not seem to appetizing, but I'm sure it will be delicious! I might share this with my dad. He loves cottage cheese!