Garlic & Chive Cheese

spread on crackers, eat on its own, just get it in your belly

Confession time. The first incarnation of this cheese didn’t exactly go according to plan.

I’d originally intended to make a goat’s milk cheese because, well, who doesn’t love goat’s cheese?*

But somehow it failed to curdle (I blame Dog who was sleeping on his back nearby, all paws in the air waving madly as he twitched his way through a nightmare. It was very distracting).

suspending the cheese, collecting the whey

I switched to cow’s milk and all was well, it curdled beautifully and gave a nice, moist flavourful cheese.

Proof that you don’t have to be a ruddy, hands-in-the-soil, earth mother type (or Little Miss Moppet) to know your curds from your whey.

chive is the smallest species of edible onion (thank you Wikipedia)

Tips: experiment with other flavours such as parsley, thyme or tarragon.

*hubs, but that’s ok – more for me!

just about any herbs will work

Garlic & Chive Cheese (makes about 2 cups)

*inspired by Journey Kitchen

  • 1/2 gallon whole milk (of course raw and fresh would be best but I just used store-bought organic and it was fine)
  • 3-4 tsbps fresh lemon juice
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 2 tbsps fresh chives, finely chopped
  1. Bring the milk to a gentle boil in a large, heavy saucepan over a medium heat. It should be a rolling boil rather than a full out foaming mess. Let it gently bubble for a minute.
  2. Stir in the first tbsp of lemon juice, then the second. At this point it should turn a bit greenish but don’t despair if it doesn’t, just keep adding the juice. With the third, and final, tbsp of lemon juice it should start to separate into curds.
  3. Take the milk off the heat at this point and let the curds form gradually, separating from the greenish whey.
  4. Pour the curds and whey into a collander lined with cheesecloth. Carefully draw the ends of the cheesecloth together so that all the curds are caught in it and there’s no leakage. Tie the cheesecloth with some twine and suspend over a bowl or your saucepan.
  5. Leave it hanging for about 20 minutes as it drains off the whey (keep your whey, it’s great in smoothies, compost, or just to drink later).
  6. Take the cheese down and unwrap it from the cheesecloth. It should still be a bit sloppy at this point, that’s ok. Transfer to a bowl and fold in the garlic and chives. Bundle back into the cheesecloth and suspend again as before.

    just about to add the accompaniments

  7. Let it fully drain for a further 10 minutes then take down and place between two heavy objects to further drain and flatten into its round shape. I put mine between two cutting boards and put a saucepan on top for extra weight. Don’t get too excited and build your own Jenga tower – if it’s too heavy the cheese will become dried out.
  8. Let it sit like that for 40 mins then remove from cheesecloth and eat or store in the fridge for later. It keeps for up to a week.

    the texture should be soft, but not runny

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This post also appeared on the Weekend Gourmet Blog Carnival


7 thoughts on “Garlic & Chive Cheese

  1. Ok I am totally excited about this post!! I am going to make this, it looks amazing and great photos. I need lots of photos to see exactly how to do things and how they need to look. Awesome blog!!
    This will be a first!

    • I did worry about how well I’d explained things – this sort of cheese isn’t difficult, it’s just a little convoluted 🙂 I usually wait for a lazy weekend afternoon so I can take my time and enjoy it. Hope you like the results, let me know how it turns out!

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