This is my quest this week. I think living in the heartland of the Midwest, we’d fare better than the other parts of the country.
Nearby are the Amish who have lived for decades and more without all the technology we surround ourselves with. They are very nice people. If something happened, we already have individuals that know how to survive.
I know people that run a dairy and I looove their cheese. I know someone that runs a strawberry farm. I have friends that have horses. I have friends that farm. If our resources and knowledge were pooled, we’d survive. Okay, they’d survive without me, lol, but extra hands to do work are always welcome.
So, cheese. Living in Wisconsin, I ought to know. But I am a city girl here! I know how to make butter and ice cream. But what is life without cheese????
The first recipe I looked at is from The Milk Maid. The blog gives examples of what you need. I had the first one correct-milk! Go, ahead, roll your eyes. I’m snickering. Click on the name and it will take you there.
It mentions milk, acid, coagulants, curd, harp knife, removing whey, salting and aging the cheese.
Sounds hard! But the directions give you natural, fairly easy to find ingredients and directions. Go ahead! Make your own cheese curds (YUM!) and/or cheese.
So when you get down to it, you need milk, vinegar, sap from a milk thistle, a knife, cheese cloth, salt and patience!
Here’s a video on how to make 10 minute cheese at home!
Here’s how people made cheese in the early 19th century (farm house cheese)
Here’s another one made in the kitchen. It shows how much cheese you’ll get from one gallon of milk, 1/3 cup of vinegar, and one tablespoon of salt. It takes about an hour to do.
There are all sorts of video’s! How to make cheddar and mozzarella, two of my favorites!