Stirred-Curd Cheddar Cheese

cheese making
This is a recipe for making a homemade Stirred-Curd Cheddar Cheese with three simple ingredients, buttermilk, whole milk and rennet. This recipe is for intermediate cheese makers.  The pressed curds need to dry for 2-3 days. The waxed cheese should age for 2-6 months.
Recipe By: Arielle's Recipe Archive
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  • Total3hr 45min |
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Heat milk to 90 degrees, add culture (1/2c buttermilk per 2 gals milk) Cover and hold at 90 degrees for 45 minutes.

Add rennet, hold at 90 degrees for 45 minutes.

Cut curds and let sit 15 minutes.

Stir curds and warm to 100 degrees over the next 30 minutes.

Hold for 30 minutes at 100 degrees.

Drain curds and put back in pot. Add salt (1T per gallon milk) and stir to mix it in, separating curds.

Allow curds to sit at 100 degrees for 1 hour (stir when necessary to keep curds from sticking together)

Press curds and allow to dry 2-3 days

Wax curd and age (2-6 months, even longer for sharp cheese)
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