How to Make Marinated Feta Cheese

We recently purchased a Mad Millie’s home cheese making kit and finally got around to making some Marinated Feta. The kit comes complete with the following items:-

  • a ceramic cheese pot with ceramic pressing plate and lid
  • cheese mould
  • plastic colander
  • a piece of cheesecloth,
  • thermometer
  • vegetarian rennet tablets
  • citric acid
  • cheese salt
  • recipe card.

So you have everything you need to get started. The contents are packed inside a French artisan themed box which makes this kit an attractive gift.  But this one is for me and I love it. Everything is kept nice and neat inside the box so I don’t have to go hunting for things the next time I want to make cheese. We decided to start with the Marinated Feta recipe.

And remember you don’t have to have a kit, you can use items you have in the home, but the kit makes it soooooo much easier, especially if you are just starting out.

So lets go through the steps that we took to make the cheese – the recipe can be found at the bottom of the post.

The first thing to do is heat the milk to 95°F  (35°C). Make sure you stir the milk while it is heating.

Cheese Making

testing-the-milk-temperature

After sprinkling the citric acid over the top of the milk we added the diluted rennet. To dissolve the rennet tablet we crumbled it into 1 Tbsp of non-chlorinated water 

rennet

dissolve-rennet

After stirring  in the rennet we had to wait for 30 mins to allow the curd to form.  Once the curd was formed I cut it with a long knife.

cut-the-curd

 There is a fair bit of hurry up and wait when making cheese so it has to rest undisturbed for 5 mins once you cut it into cubes.  Then you stir it gently for 1 min and leave it to sit again for another 5 mins.

stirring-the-curd

During the resting time I lined the colander with the cheese cloth and then carefully poured the curd into the colander.

pouring-the-curd

pouring-the-curd-1

curd-in-colander

Once all the curd was poured into the colander its time to pull up the corners of the cheesecloth in preparation for hanging from the tap. This allows the excess liquid to drain nicely from the curd.

bringing-the-cheesecloth-ends-up

the-curd-hanging

Once the liquid has drained for around 30 mins or more, place the cheesecloth with the curd into the plastic cheese mold and place it in the ceramic cheese pot.

curd-in-cheese-pot

Open up the cheese cloth and place the pressing plate directly on top of the curd. Bring up the ends of the cheesecloth and place on top of pressing plate.

add-pressing-plate

ends-on-top

Now its time to apply some pressure to squeeze out the last drops of liquid and to do this we add 8lbs (3.5kgs) of weight.   I couldn’t find anything on hand so resorted to filling up two Tupperware containers to equal that weight. And they worked just fine.

weighting-the-curd

After the cheese has been pressed for a couple of hours – until it is firm – remove the the chess mold from the  cheese pot and rinse out the pot.  Now it’s time to add the salt brine to the cheese pot.

brine

Remove the cheese from the mold and the cheesecloth and cut it into 1/2 in (2.5 cm) cubes. Put the cubes back into the mold (without the cheesecloth) and place the mold into the salt brine that is  in the cheese pot.

Leave the cheese for 30 minutes until it becomes noticeably firmer and salty in taste. Remove the cheese from the brine and pat it dry with a wet towel.  I forgot to do this important step and couldn’t make out why the cheese was a bit wet and crumbly. So do remember to do this before adding the cheese to the jar. You can see in the picture that my cubes aren’t as nicely cubed as they should be as they are a bit damp.

curd-in-jar

Sprinkle all of the herbs over top of the cheese and then cover it in oil and seal.

add-herbs

add-oil

oil-added

Leave for a week before sampling. Well the is what the recipe says but we kept some aside to have with crackers and it was really tasty and delicious just as it was. a However, I am looking forward to the end of the week when we can open the jar and sample the oil and herb soaked cheese.

cheese-and-crackers

It really isn’t complicated if you just follow the steps in the recipe.  And I think its well worth it. You know exactly what has gone into your cheese and that’s a plus in my book.  Bon Appetit.

 

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Mad Millie's Marinated Fetta Cheese
How to Make Marinates Feta Cheese
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  1. Heat the milk to 95°F (35° C) while stirring. Then remove the pot from the heat.
  2. Sprinkle in the citric acid and then the diluted rennet. Stir for 1 min.
  3. Allow to set for 30 min.
  4. Cut the curd with a long knife into 1 inch cubes (2,5 cm) and leave to sit undisturbed for 5 mins.
  5. Stir gently for 1 min then leave to sit undisturbed for another 5 mins
  6. Line a colander with cheese cloth and slowly pour the curds and whey into the cheese cloth lined colander.
  7. Tie the corners of the cloth together and hang on a tap over the sink. Leave to drain for 30 mins.
  8. Transfer the cheese cloth holding the curds into the cheese mold and place the mold into the ceramic cheese pot to drain.
  9. Place the pressing plate on top of the cheese curd and place the cloth corners on top of the plate
  10. Fill a suitable sized jar or bowl with water to use as a weight ( need apprize alb weight (3.5 kg). Place this on top of the pressing plate and press the chess for 1-2 hrs, until firm.
  11. After pressing, remove the cheese mold from the cheese pot. Rinse the cheese pot and use it to prepare the salt brine by dissolving 3.5 oz (100 g) of cheese salt in 2 cups of cool water.
  12. Remove the cheese from the chess mold and cut into 1.2 inch (2.5 cm) cubes.
  13. Transfer the cubes back into the mold and place the mold inside the cheese pot with the salt brine.
  14. Leave the cheese in the brine for 30 mins until the cheese becomes firmer and salty in taste.
  15. Remove the cheese from the brine and pat dry with a paper towel before putting the cheese into the jar
  16. Add all the herbs to the jar then cover with oil and seal the jar.
  17. Marinate the chess for at least 1 week in the fridge.
  18. Store the marinated cheese in the fridge and eat within one month.
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