Cheese curds is a type of cheese that is consumed fresh, typically within less than 12 hours of its manufacture. It is considered to be a delicacy in many parts of Midwestern United States and Canada. Cheese curds is similar in texture to cottage cheese, but it has a more mild flavor and a rubbery texture.
The consistency of the cheese curds is such that it can be savored as a snack. It can also be flavored with jalapenos, dill, black pepper and chilies to create tasty appetizers. It is not that difficult to prepare cheese curds at home. All you need are a few essential items and you can prepare this healthy and tasty cheese at home. Here we give you step by step instructions on how to prepare cheese curds.
Making Cheese Curds at Home
2 liters cow’s milk
½ teaspoon Rennet
2 tablespoons fresh buttermilk
½ teaspoon salt
1 In a double boiler, heat the milk until it reaches a temperature of 86 degree Fahrenheit. In case you do not have a double boiler, you can use two saucepans with lids. The saucepans should be of different size, and the smaller saucepan should fit inside the larger one. Fill the larger saucepan with water and the smaller saucepan with the milk. Make sure that the base of the smaller saucepan does not touch the water in the larger saucepan. Add the buttermilk to the milk. Let the milk heat at this temperature for around an hour.
2 Once the milk is heated to the required temperature, the next step is to add the rennet. Add ½ teaspoon of the rennet to ¼ cup of water. Make sure that you use cool water and not hot or chilled water. Mix the rennet into the water. Pour this rennet mixture into the warm milk. Stir the milk carefully, keeping in mind not to agitate the milk too much.
3 Remove milk from flame and cover it with a lid. Do not disturb the milk for 40-45 minutes. After 45 minutes, the milk will have curdled and formed into curd. Heat the milk once again at a temperature of around 100 degree Fahrenheit. Stir periodically with a ladle for another 20-25 minutes. Once large curds are formed, line cheesecloth into a colander and pour the curd into the colander. The excess water and whey will drain through the colander and you will be left with a mass of soft curds.
4 Next, tip this curds into a cutting board and cut them into ½ -1 inch square pieces. Be very careful while cutting the cheese curds, as it is quite soft and might crumble. In a large bowl, add some hot water (not boiling) and tip in the cheese curds into the bowl. Allow the cheese curds to remain in the hot water for 1-2 hours. Once in a while, stir the curds around so that they do not stick to each other. Remove curds from water and place them on a parchment sheet to dry out. After 2 hours, place the cheese curds in a bowl and add ½ teaspoon of salt. Toss to coat the salt evenly. Enjoy cheese curds with glass of wine.