This soft-style homemade cheese recipe made with Lactaid® Milk makes a savory lactose free cheese spread for crackers or bread. Try it in your favorite cheesy dishes or spooned over steamed vegetables or baked potatoes!
- In a 5-quart Dutch oven heat LACTAID® Whole Milk, salt, and cumin seed over medium heat just until boiling, stirring frequently. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 5 minutes. Remove from heat. Stir in lemon juice. Let stand for 15 minutes.
- Line a large strainer or colander with several layers of 100-percent cotton cheesecloth. Strain milk mixture; discard liquid. Gently squeeze the cheesecloth to remove as much liquid from the curds as possible. Wrap cloth around curds. Place wrapped curds in a large strainer or colander set in a large bowl. Put a weighted bowl on top to help press out any additional liquid. Let stand, covered, in a refrigerator for at least 15 hours.
- Remove curds. Discard liquid. Form curds into a flat rectangle or press into a large bowl to shape. Store in refrigerator, tightly wrapped, for up to 10 days. Makes 1 pound (2 cups).
Try making different flavors of this fresh homemade cheese. Prepare recipe as above, except omit the cumin seed; stir 1 to 2 teaspoons snipped fresh herbs (such as basil, sage, or thyme) into 1/2 cup cheese before serving. Or, for a creamy fruit dip, stir 1 to 2 tablespoons of honey or maple syrup into 1/2 cup cheese; stir in additional LACTAID® Whole Milk, 1 teaspoon at a time, until desired consistency.
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