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Cooking something from your very own kitchen to give others is a special way to show someone how much they mean to you. When fresh from the garden herbs are added, what a wonderful bonus for the recipient to be able to indulge in love shared straight from your home & your outdoor space. Farmer cheese is one of the easiest & tastiest things you can make. Top salads, crostini toasts, grilled steak or sandwiches with the homemade treat. The next time you’re planning to visit a friend, whip up a small batch to share.

rebecca gordon buttermilk lipstick Southern Recipes & How To's Easy Tailgate Recipes RebeccaGordon ButtermilkLipstick Handcrafted Lemon-Dill Farmer Cheese
makes about 6 ounces

This particular cheese making method produces a spreadable cheese similar to ricotta. For a more compact crumbling cheese similar to queso fresco, press as much of the liquid from the cheese curds as you can to produce approximately a 4-ounce disc of fresh cheese.

1 quart whole milk
1/2 tsp kosher salt
2 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
2 {14-inch} pieces of cheesecloth
1 Tbsp fresh chopped dill, packed
1 tsp lemon zest
1 small garlic clove pressed

Cook the milk & the salt in a 3 1/2-quart saucepan over Medium-Low heat to 180 degrees,
stirring the bottom of the pot on occasion, for 10 to 12 minutes. Turn off the heat.

just a note
if you overshoot the temperature & bring the milk to a boil
know that it will bubble up vigorously… quite possibly out of the pot
keep a good watch over the progress as the milk gets hot

Slowly add the lemon juice, about 1/4 teaspoon at a time.
Gently stir the mixture with a rubber spatula as the curds begin to form.

the curds will begin separating from the whey

Remove the pot from the heat & let stand 20 minutes,
gently stirring the mixture on occasion.

Place a fine wire mesh sieve over a tall bowl.
Line the sieve with the cheesecloth in an X shape.
Pour the cheese curds into the cloth.
Let stand 20 minutes.

Gather the cheesecloth & gently squeeze the curds together to drain further.
Place the cheese curds in a small bowl & stir in the dill, the lemon zest & the garlic.

taste the curds…
add additional kosher salt if you’d like to

Return the cheese curds to the cheesecloth & press together tightly to form a disc shape.
Place back in the sieve over the tall bowl. Refrigerate for 2 hours.
Transfer the cheese to a container & cover.
Spread over crostini toasts, sandwich bread or spoon small bits over salads.

Note: The cheese has a shelf life of about 7 days.
I used regular pasteurized, homogenized milk.
Raw milk may also be used.

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Everyday items make all the difference.
Follow my pointers for success in your own home.

The Technique

Choose a jar style you would like to use.
Small glass containers meant for organizing kitchen spices are excellent choices.
Run the jars through the dishwasher to sanitize them.

Prepare the Handcrafted Lemon-Dill Farmer Cheese as directed.
Before refrigerating the mixture to chill, portion into glass jars & top with the lids.

Cut round circles from burlap & place over the jar lids
Tie with butcher twine. Add a tag & a note, if desired.

Expect one recipe to yield enough for two small gifts.

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