Making Squeaky Cheese Curds From Scratch
¼ tsp mesophilic culture
2 mL (½ tsp) calcium chloride* dissolved in 60 mL water
2 mL (½ tsp) liquid rennet dissolved in 60 mL water
Salt, 1% by weight of finished curds
In a Bain Marie bring milk to 33°C (91°F).
Sprinkle culture into milk, and allow to ‘bloom’ for 5 minutes.
Stir to dissolve completely; cover and hold at 33°C (91°F) for 40 minutes.
Uncover and sprinkle calcium chloride solution into milk, stirring until completely incorporated.
Sprinkle rennet solution into milk, stirring until completely incorporated.
Cover and hold at 33°C (91°F) for 45 minutes.
Check for ‘clean break’ by making a slit with a knife and then pushing up (as seen in video), if the cut isn’t clean hold for another 5 minutes and test again.
Cut curds into cubes, using a curd cutter or a knife, somewhere between .5 cm and 1 cm square.
Cover and allow curds to ‘heal’ 5-10 minutes.
Uncover and gently stir the pot while increasing the temp over 30 minutes to 39ºC (102ºF)
Once 30 minutes is up and temperature is reached cook curds for another 40 minutes, stirring gently every 5 minutes.
Rest for 15 minutes.
Pour into a cheesecloth lined colander over another pot, and drain for 15 minutes.
You need top save the whey and heat it to 45ºC (115ºF).
Place the colander overtop the heated whey, (don’t let the whey touch the curds) and cook for 15 minutes.
Lift the curds out and cut in half widthwise.
Flip half of the loaf over the other half, place back in the colander, cover with cheesecloth, and cook for another 15 minutes.
Repeat this process 4 times.
Cut loaves into random lengths and widths, factory curds are shredded and all random sizes.
Weigh, and add salt, 1% by weight of finished curds.
Shake the curds and salt around so that all of the salt is absorbed into the curds.
Store the curds for up to 24 hours on the counter at room temp.
The flavour will develop over 12-14 hours, and by 24 hours they will not longer squeak.
So eat them quickly.
The Mesophilic Culture I used: https://cheesemaking.com/collections/starter-cultures-for-cheese-making/products/mesophilic-starter-culture-for-cheese-making
The Rennet I used: https://cheesemaking.com/collections/rennet/products/liquid-animal-rennet
*Calcium Chloride helps pastuerised milk produce a firmer curd, which is easier to cut and produces a larger yield.
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