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Every week we feature a fun and/or educational activity you can try at home or in the classroom. This week’s activity offers two ways to make DIY goat cheese for National Goat Cheese Month.

The gift of cheese is a nutritious way Heifer International participants balance their families’ diets and generate additional income. They can make cheese from the milk of their cows, goats, sheep and water buffalo.

Make Goat Cheese

Photo credit: cheesemaking.com
Photo credit: cheesemaking.com

What you need

  • Colandar
  • Cheesecloth
  • Wooden Spoon
  • Medium saucepan
  • Candy thermometer
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1/2 clove of garlic, grated
  • 1 quart pasteurized goat’s milk
  • Salt to taste, a few pinches should do
  • Rosemary, chives, or parsley for flavor

Follow these steps

  1. Slowly heat the goat’s milk in a medium saucepan until it reaches 180 degrees on a candy thermometer
  2. Remove from heat and add lemon juice
  3. Let stand for milk to curdle, about 20 seconds
  4. Place cheesecloth in a colander and place over a large bowl
  5. Put milk into colander
  6. Tie the cheesecloth’s corners together and hang over a deep bowl using a wooden spoon
  7. Let drain for 1-2 hours
  8. Add salt and herb(s) of choice
  9. Serve or refrigerate

Or try this DIY kit from Belle Chevre.

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