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Queso Fresco- Cheese Recipe

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Contributor:  
Contributor:  
Patricia Monson

Category:
Category:

Ingredients:  
Ingredients:  
1/2 Gallon (2 liters) whole milk
1/4 Rennet tablet or 1/4 tsp rennet liquid
1/4 cup distilled water
1 Tbsp kosher salt

Directions:
Directions:
Crush or mix the rennet in 1/4 cup of cool distilled water, set aside.

In a heavy pot heat the milk over medium heat until temperature of 90 /32 c. Stir often to avoid scorching.

Add the rennet solution to the warm milk stirring gently and slowly for about 5 seconds. Do not stir too much as this can disturb curd formation. Let the curd sit covered in warm place for 40 minutes, until it forms a thick mass.
Check for a clean break with a spatula and gently lift. It should split a clean line ( not too milky or soft). If not quite firm enough, cover and sit another 10 minutes.

Using spatula cut the curds into 1/4 inch cubes. Heat the curds and whey over low heat for 15 minutes to temperature of 110-115 ( 43-46 degrees), stirring occasionally. The curds and liquid whey will separate.

Ladle the curds into colander to drain with bowl below to collect whey.
Using fingers gently mix in salt to combine.

Transfer the curds to a cheesecloth lined mold with holes or a colander. Place a clean heavy weight on top, such as pie weights or a canning jar filled with water.
Let sit for 4-6 hours to allow moisture to drain.

The cheese is now set and is ready to eat or refrigerate and store for up to 2 weeks.

Number Of Servings:
Number Of Servings:
approx. 1 cup
Preparation Time:
Preparation Time:
1 1/2 hours
Personal Notes:
Personal Notes:
I love making Mexican and Spanish food but I can never find queso fresco so I decided to make it myself. It really is easy and worth the time.
The first time I made it I used 2 tablespoons of kosher salt and it was too salty for us. Add salt to your taste.
We like it crumbled in Mexican dishes or on top of salads and use it in place of feta cheese also.

 

 

 

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