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TRADITIONAL PARMESAN CHEESE RECIPE

Homemade Parmesan Cheese

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Parmesan cheese is familiar to most people as a sharp, hard cheese, usually shredded or grated and used as a garnish or accent. The long aging period develops the flavor.


2 hours

2 hours

10 servings



INGREDIENTS AND EQUIPMENT AVAILABLE AT CULTURES FOR HEALTH

Thermophilic Direct-Set Starter Culture

Cheese Thermophilic Direct-Set Starter Culture

Thermophilic Starter Culture

$11.99

This useful culture makes a variety of hard cheeses, including parmesan, romano, provolone, and swiss.


Digital Thermometer

Cheese, Kefir, Kombucha, Sourdough, Tempeh & Soy, Vegetables, Yogurt Digital Thermometer

Digital Thermometer

$19.99

Temperature is extremely important when it comes to baking.  Eliminate any guesswork with this instant-read digital thermometer so you can keep track of your dough temperature, ambient temperature!  

*Requires 2 AAA batteries, not included


Cheesecloth

Cheese Cheesecloth

Cheesecloth

$4.99

A looser weave than our butter muslin, this 100% cotton cheesecloth is great for wrapping cheeses and draining whey from all sorts of cultured foods.


Liquid Animal Rennet

Cheese Liquid Animal Rennet

Liquid Animal Rennet

$9.49

High quality single strength animal rennet. This non-GMO animal rennet is preferred for aged cheese as it creates a more desirable flavor and aroma during the aging process. Each bottle contains enough rennet to set (12) 2-gallon batches of cheese.


Liquid Vegetable Rennet

Cheese Liquid Vegetable Rennet

Liquid Vegetable Rennet

$5.99

Double-strength liquid vegetable rennet. Each bottle contains enough rennet to set (24) 2-gallon batches of cheese.


Vegetable Rennet Tablets

Cheese Vegetable Rennet Tablets

Vegetable Rennet Tablets

$7.99

Rennet tablets are used to coagulate dairy products, usually for cheesemaking. Each pack of vegetable rennet tablets will set approximately (20) 2-gallon batches of cheese. Store rennet tabs in the freezer between batches, and they'll keep for up to 3 years.


Cheese Salt

Cheese Cheese Salt

Cheese Salt

$4.99

An easy-to-dissolve, iodine-free salt perfect for cheesemaking.






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EQUIPMENT FOR HOMEMADE PARMESAN CHEESE :

INGREDIENTS FOR PARMESAN CHEESE RECIPE:

INSTRUCTIONS ON HOW TO MAKE PARMESAN CHEESE:

  1. Heat the milk to 87°F. Add the thermophilic culture and lipase, and stir well. Cover and allow to ferment for 45 minutes.
  2. Check temperature and make sure milk is no warmer than 90°F. Stir to homogenize the milk, and slowly incorporate the diluted rennet using an up-and-down motion with your spoon to ensure that the rennet works its way through all the milk, so you can get the highest possible yield.
  3. Allow the cheese to set for 30 to 45 minutes at 90°F, or until the whey begins to separate from the curd. You should see a layer of mostly clear whey floating on top of the curd, and the curd should be pulling away from the sides of your pot. If you use lipase, this may take a little longer.
  4. Using a long knife, cut the curds into 1/4-inch cubes.
  5. Stir the curd with a whisk, slicing it into small pieces. The pieces should all be roughly the same size.
  6. Over the next 25 minutes, slowly heat the curds to 100°F, stirring frequently with your wooden spoon. As you stir, the curds will shrink.
  7. Slowly heat the curds to 125°F, stirring to prevent matting. The curds should be small, and if you bite one it should squeak in your teeth. When they have reached 125°F, turn off the heat and allow the curds to rest for 5 minutes.
  8. Pour the curds into a press lined with cheesecloth, and press at 5 pounds of pressure for 15 minutes.
  9. Using a fresh piece of cheesecloth, flip the cheese and press, again, at 10 pounds of pressure for 30 minutes.
  10. Repeat this process again, at 15 pounds of pressure for 2 hours, rinsing your cheesecloth in clean, cool water each time and hanging to dry.
  11. Finally, press at 20 pounds of pressure for 12 hours, or overnight.
  12. Mix 2 Lbs.of sea salt with 1 gallon of cold water to make a brine. Place the cheese in the brine and let it soak for 24 hours.
  13. Take the cheese out of the brine and age at 55° to 60°F for at least 8 months. (Click here for practical methods for aging cheese.) Coat the cheese daily with olive or coconut oil, and if mold appears wipe it off with a clean cloth dipped in salt water or vinegar.

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