After my recent yogurt and cream cheese making post, I was motivated to try again. Reading all the great comments and suggestions there (from YOU), I was determined to make my homemade yogurt come out with a better consistency.
Well, I didn’t exactly succeed…
I didn’t have any yogurt starter, so for my first batch I used the Yogourmet packet – one packet for 2 quarts of milk, just like it said on the package, and the same as I’ve always done. I kept it warm in a crock pot full of water overnight on “warm”, and covered it with towels. The next morning it hadn’t thickened at all, so I let it sit on the counter TWO more days, and still it hadn’t thickened even as much as I normally get. I went ahead and poured it into the cheesecloth to drain for TWO or THREE days, it just wouldn’t drain all the way! I don’t know what I was doing wrong, but I figured I’d better just call it good enough and the extra whey left in the cheese would be good for us, anyway.
I put the whey in the frig (I love having some on hand), and as I scooped the cheese into a bowl, I realized it came out sort of in between a sour cream and a cream cheese consistency… and that’s how it tasted, too, it was so good! I added garlic, some onion powder, sea salt & pepper and ate it with crackers and celery for a dip, Mmmm. Then for dinner I made spaghetti (with ground beef and ground heart in the sauce for more nutrition – no taste difference, HONEST!), and served this cheese with it. It reminded me of a very creamy garlic Boursin cheese, but homemade!
It was DELICIOUS…all from a big flop!
This was one of those meals I felt so good about serving my family – full of nutrients from the ground beef and organ meats in the sauce, along with some frozen local tomatoes from last summer, enzymes and probiotics in the homemade raw cheese, not to mention all the garlic health benefits.
Kent didn’t agree with me!
I almost finished writing this post before asking Kent what he thought, and here was his response: “That’s terrible whatever you did to that cheese.” Apparently I added a bit too much garlic for him…you might want to be careful with that.
TELL ME ABOUT YOUR FLOPS IN THE KITCHEN!
Were you able to salvage any part of it?
(photo credit: pabo76 – you'll just have to picture chunks of meat in the above picture and a big dollop of creamy homemade cheese, because once again, I forgot to take a picture before we ate it!)