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Cooking From Scratch: Cheese!

This recipe requires only two ingredients! Yes, that’s right. Two.

Milk and lemon juice.

Follow the instructions below and within no time at all you will have a big hunk of homemade cheese, otherwise known as curd or paneer.

Curd is a fresh, unsalted white cheese. It requires no ageing or culturing. This means that it is healthier & much easier to digest than the salt-laden processed cheese you find on the supermarket shelf.

Like halloumi, curd doesn’t melt when cooked, so you can fry, grill or bake it into dishes. It is a satisfying meat substitute, but unlike soya substitutes it has a creamy taste, a mild, milky flavour and a dense crumbly texture.

Curd is extremely versatile and goes great in curries, stir fries, sandwiches, pies, samosas, pastries, veggie kebabs, salads, and many more.

Here we go!

 

INGREDIENTS
6 pints milk
125 ml lemon juice
(you will also need a cheese cloth — you can find these in any kitchen utensil shop or online)

METHOD
Pour the milk into a tall, thick-bottomed pan on a high heat
When the milk starts to froth, BE READY with the wooden spoon and lemon juice!
When the milk starts to rise, immediately remove from heat
Pour in the lemon juice and gently stir, making sure it is evenly distributed throughout the pan
Put a lid on and leave to sit for 10 minutes
Remove the lid and gently prod inside the pan with your wooden spoon – the milk will have separated into curds and whey
The whey will be a yellow/green colour and there should be no milky liquids left
Put your cheese cloth into a colander
Strain the curds and whey* – your curds are now ready!
You can either use your cheese immediately or leave it to strain more overnight with a heavy weight on top. This will allow the cheese to compress & then it will be ready to cube up and bake, fry or grill as you desire

 

*You can save the whey and keep it to use in soups, curries, lentils, etc. (one handy tip is to freeze it in ice cubes for easy accessibility and use later) and then nothing goes to waste!

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I hope you enjoy this recipe! Curd can be used in so many different dishes so get creative in the kitchen and don’t forget to share your ideas and inspirations in the comments!

I’ll be back next week with another Cooking From Scratch recipe.
Please share this recipe with your friends and don’t forget to get in touch with any curd-related tips & recommendations or any ideas on what you want to see me cook from scratch: you name it I’ll cook it!
You can check out the cheese recipe video and the Cooking From Scratch playlist on our YouTube channel – don’t forget to like & subscribe!
Can’t wait to see you next week.
Hema x

 

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