Crumbly Chevre

Discussion in 'Cheese & Dairy' started by tmfinley, Jul 2, 2008.

  1. tmfinley

    tmfinley Member

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    I have made 4 bathes of chevre so far. The first turned out very dry because I lost my mind and squeezed the liquid from the cheese instead of letting it drip.

    The next two batches came out rubbery. The temp was higher than they should have been when they were setting up though, so maybe that effected the texture.

    This last batch was better, much creamier when first drained, but after it drained and we started using it the cheese became very crumbly and maybe a bit dry.

    I am using the recipe from fiasco farms with the mesophilic DVI Culture "MM" and 1/5 a drop of rennet. Any tips? Should I change recipes? I notice the recipe here for chevre adds buttermilk. I would rather not have to add store bought buttermilk to the cheese if possible.

    Also, what do you add to your chevre for taste? Which herbs work well with it?

    Thank you,
    Tiffany
     
  2. cmharris6002

    cmharris6002 Guest

    The variable with using dilute rennet makes for unreliable results. If you want perfect Chevre every time try a culture packet that contains rennet. Also, cooler temps make creamier cheese, keep temps at 86F.

    Christy
     

  3. BlissBerry

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    How long are you hanging your cheese? I find that when I only hang for about 6 hours I get really creamy chevre.

    Sara
     
  4. Rose

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    Herbs de Provence is my favorite herb addition.
     
  5. Nancy

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    Dill and the powdered ranch dressing are our favorites. Like Sara said you could hang it a shorter time so it won'tbe so dry.
     
  6. tmfinley

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    Yes, I think I hung it too long, like overnight. I'll try again today.

    Thanks,
    Tiffany
     
  7. Leo

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    Lipton's french onion dip is super good, but I only use half a packet per lb of cheese
    Megan
     
  8. coso

    coso Guest

    A lot of times we only hang ours 3 or 4 hours. Also I put a little bit of Flora Danica in it sometimes and that seems to smooth the texture out more.

    oooh, That sounds good I'll have to try that sometime. I wonder if anyone has ever tried putting the mix that you make ranch salad dressing in some. You guys are making me hungry. :D
     
  9. Rose

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    Mix dried cranberries and cinnamon sugar in your chevre!
     
  10. BlissBerry

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    Yum, that sounds good. That would be a great breakfast cheese on a bagel or even on graham crackers as a snack.

    Sara
     
  11. tmfinley

    tmfinley Member

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    Those are great ideas! Rose how much cinnamon sugar for the cranberries and cinnamon and sugar chevre?

    tiffany
     
  12. LynninTX

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    Ohhhh I need to try a cranberry I bet it would be great fall/winter!

    hang shorter
    whip in the mixer when adding flavors

    flavors -

    garlic/green onion
    range ( I can post the spices if you want them... good on fries too... :lol)
    strawberries & powdered sugar
    pineapple, pecans, and brown sugar
    dehydrated onion & fresh ground pepper
    dill (I am experimenting)
    taco... includes spices & tomato paste

    Taco Cheese
    1/2lb cheese (1c)

    1/4t garlic
    1t dried minced onion
    3/4t chili powder
    1/2t salt
    1/4t crushed red pepper
    1/8t cumin
    2T tomato paste

    this is my *range* seasoning blend... I blend my own spices... incl chili powder...

    Texas Range Seasoned Salt
    6T black pepper
    6t onion granules
    3T granulated garlic
    3t cumin
    3T parsley
    3t paprika
    3T chili powder
    1c salt
     
  13. NubianSoaps.com

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    And it was all delicious. The garlic and onion was the first to go, then the pecan, pineapple and brown sugar even the boys ate this I put it on vanilla wafers. I took away the taco from my son and the range which to me tasted like ranch and is good, so we can have it tommorrow! Now Lynn!!!!! go post your ice cream reciepe in the GM Ice Cream thread :) vicki
     
  14. Rose

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    Oh, dear. I didn't measure the cinnamon sugar. Just add till it looks right. :D
     
  15. Leo

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    Mmmmm. Cranberries/cinnamon, and the range look really good.
    Megan
     
  16. LynninTX

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    Thank you for the cranberry suggestion!!

    I am working on *Cranberry Harvest*... batch 1 was too heavy on the pecans. We used cranberries, pecans, a bit of brown sugar, and some orange juice concentrate...

    sent out some *samples* so I'll see what I hear...
     
  17. LynninTX

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    Hmmmm has anyone ever done a chocolate cheese spread? Pondering for the holidays.... hmmm a Chocolate Silk cheese spread??
     
  18. tmfinley

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    Ohh, the chocolate does sound good. Right now the cranberries are the favorite around here.