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NORWEGIAN GOAT CHEESE from HÅØYA NATURVERKSTED

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in Norway

The following is an easy do-it-yourself recipe for soft fresh goat's cheese! We travelled all the way to the island of Håøya Naturverksted to document this recipe. Håøya Naturverksted is island farmstead in Oslo, Norway where you can find some of the best goat cheese in Scandinavia. Lise, co-founder and cheese technologist, created this unbelievable recipe with a lot of love! The cheese's lunar interior is mild, soft, and creamy, while the fluffy white rind will leave you with a finishing piquant punch to keep you coming back for more. We recommend that the cheese to be paired with marmalade, nuts, and some crunchy homemade bread. Visit your local dairy farm to get the best raw milk for the recipe. If you can't find raw milk locally, just make sure the milk thatyou buy is not ultra-pasteurized. If the milk that has already been pasteurized, we recommend adding a little calcium chloride to your milk.

Before you begin:

 

Remember sanitation is key! Making cheese is a hygienically delicate process that requires a high level of sanitation. Anytime you are fermenting food or drink, you have to be ultra cautious of bacterial contamination.

 

That means:

 

  • Always wash your hands when dealing with cheese, 

 

  • make sure to wear gloves and wash anything with boiling water or a dishwater that will come into contact with the cheese, 

 

  • and don't touch your face or anything that hasn't been thoroughly cleaned while dealing with the milk and cheese

INGREDIENTS NEEDED

 

  • Freeze Dried Candidum Culture

 

  • Rennet

 

  • Raw Milk (or fresh whole milk NOT ultrapasteurized)

METHOD:

1. Milk the goats

 

Milking the Goat

2.

Strain the milk into a large container

Goat Milk for Cheese Making

Milk

 

1.

 

3.

Pasteurize (optional) the goat milk by heating it to 145° F for 30 minutes, then cool it down back to room temperature.

Heating Goat Milk for Cheese Making

Milk

 

1.

 

4.

Add the freeze dried culture to the milk

2 deciliters (dl) for every 13 liters of milk

Freeze Dried Culture for Cheese Making
Milking the Goat

5.

Add the rennet

Rennet for Making Cheese

1 drop of rennet per liter of milk

Milking the Goat

6.

Stir the milk, culture, and rennet together.

Stirring Goat Milk for Cheese Making
Goat Milk for Cheese Making

7.

Cover and store the milk for 12 hours in a cool dark place  (61°-64°F or 16-18° C) 

8. Remove the free fat floating on the top.

Removing Fat From Goat Milk for Cheese Making

*At this point, the milk should look and have a similar texture to yogurt. What you have now is whey (the liquid) and curd (the congealed mass of milk that looks like yoghurt).

Coagulated Goat Milk for Cheese Making

*The molds that you use to shape the cheese should be slightly perforated so that liquid whey can effuse from the cheese. 

Image of Moulds for Cheese Making

9.

Using a ladle, gently scoop the milk curd into the individual cheese molds. These molds should have small holes so that the whey can drain from the curd. Fill the molds 80% full.

Ladling the Goat Milk Curd into the Moulds
Ladling the Goat Milk Curd into the Moulds

10. After 30 min carefully flip the cheese onto your hand, then place the cheese back into the cheese mold. * The first flip is the most important and hardest because the cheese will still be very liquidy.

Flipping the Goat Cheese

FLIPPING THE CHEESE

Continue to flip the cheese every 10 hours. After the 3rd flip, the cheese will no longer need to be placed back into the mold, since it's shape has been formed and will hold. At this point you will only need to flip the cheese on a drying rack, which has holes for the whey to efuse the cheese. We recommend using a gridded oven rack and placing a sushi mat atop. You can lay the gridded oven rack over your sink.

1. Flipping the Goat Cheese
2. Flipping the Goat Cheese
3. Flipping the Goat Cheese

11.

Two days after the first flip, your cheese, Made with Love, will be ready to share with family and friends! If you prefer a harder and stronger cheese, let the cheese sit out for longer!

Goat Cheese

FINAL TOUCHES

Add an extra taste to your cheese by decorating it with different flavorful designs! Lise at Håøya Naturverksted adds crushed juniper needles, cuckoo flower and charcoal to her cheese!

1. Final Touches on Goat Cheese
2. Final Touches on Goat Cheese
3. Final Touches on Goat Cheese

LOVE TIPS:

Gardening Pot for Cheese Strainer

Buy 3-5" perforated gardening pots to use as your individual cheese molds. I found some perfect ones at amazon.com, click on the picture to be brought to the link!

Sushi mats for draining whey to make cheese

Tip: Buy some sushi rolling mats for straining the whey from the cheese! I found some perfect ones at amazon.com, click on the picture to be brought to the link!

Written by  The Recipe Hunters:

Leila Elamine and Anthony Morano