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The feta curd draining in cheesecloth

The feta curd draining in cheesecloth

  • The feta curd draining in cheesecloth
  • The finished product

By Melissa Pellegrino, contributing editor

March 23rd, 2009

For the past month I have been babysitting feta cheese.  I know that this may sound a little odd, but we've been working on a feta cheese story in the test kitchen.  At first I was skeptical about the practicalities of homemade feta.  On top of it all, I had to transport this hunk of stinky curd from work to home—even on a weekend trip to my family’s house in Vermont—then back to work again. 

The first two batches were reason enough to hold on to any uncertainties I harbored.  But then we sampled the third batch, and let me just say, all the previous doubts melted away with that one little bite.  The cheese was creamy, yet crumbly, the way feta should be, tangy, salty and downright delicious.  We're still working out all the kinks, but for now I can truly affirm that homemade feta rocks—and it's well worth the effort.  

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Comments (5)

BlueCat writes: The New England Cheese Making Supply Company (in Massachusetts) not only sells 2 cheese presses - they also sell the plans for making one. As their name implies, they sell all sorts of cheese making supplies and kits. You can find them at Posted: 9:21 pm on April 6th

Jolka writes: I quite regularly make yogurt cheese, farmer cheese and cream cheese. My favourite is farmer cheese but I can't get it as dry as I would like it. A nice small cheese press would do the trick but it's rather unheard of to buy anywhere so I am working on my husband to build me one. I am looking forward to see what FC will have to say about squeezing the extra moisture out of homemade cheeses. Posted: 5:15 pm on March 26th

Pielove writes: Cheese!! Hooray!! I just made a batch of homemade fromage blanc last week and am getting excited about making cheese again after a break during pregnancy. I have been hoping that FC would do a cheesemaking article-- it would make a great weekend project. The last time I tried feta, it completely dissolved in the brine, so I am really looking forward to this article. My suspicion is that the brine needed more calcium.
Posted: 10:01 pm on March 25th

illbebaking writes: Can't wait to try it! I am looking forward to the article! Posted: 11:59 am on March 24th

LisaWaddle writes: And I know you've enjoyed all the cheese-related jokes you've had to endure. Posted: 10:33 am on March 24th

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