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http://www.jewish-food.org/recipes/farmches.htm FARMER'S CHEESE Source: 'A Jewish Mother's Cookbook' by Elaine Radis; published on disk by ONE COMMAND SOFTWARE, 1995.
How to make it:
- 5 quarts buttermilk, low fat
- Place the five quarts of buttermilk in a non-corrosive pan (i.e. enamel or stainless steel).
- Pour water at least half way up the sides of the containers (use cardboard ones; not glass bottles). Bring to a boil and let it go for 20 minutes.
- Turn of and wait until the water is tepid.
- Hang the cheesecloth strainer over the sink or over a large pot. You will need help here.
- Pour each quart of 'cooked' buttermilk into the strainer and let it hang at least 12 hours.
- What you will have left in the bag is a very dry cheese, similar to farmer's cheese.
- Edith (my stepmom) sometimes adds a bit of sugar to the cheese. If you put it in the food processor and zap it with a some milk you have a creamy spread; similar to cream cheese. We use this in blintzes and in place of ricotta in some recipes. It would be wonderful if you need farmer's cheese and can't get it.
- You'll need buttermilk in 1-quart cartons, unopened. The recipe below was for more than I could use, so I only used 2 quarts. Also, I was afraid the cartons would explode or melt wax, but they did not. I set the quarts in the strainer part of a spaghetti pot and made sure they were half covered with water. I boiled them (unopened) for 20 minutes. Then I shut the stove burners off. It took about 4 hours for the water to reach tepid. Then I dumped the resulting mass into a plastic strainer (over a bowl) with a clean cotton towel to drain. I kept draining off the whey. I made a beautiful lasagna. I will make cheesecake and blintzes. I also will flavor with fruits because I can't have yogurt. Also will make a lovely substitute for cottage cheese or wonderful dips, maybe even a sour cream substitute. There are other recipes on the Internet for Farmer's Cheese, but I think this is the simplest. It turns out great!