How to Make Goat Milk Cheese

How to make goat milk cheese, including tips on making cheese, supplies, utensils and sources for cheesemaking.

| June/July 2002

Learn how to make goat milk cheese, including supplies, utensils and sources for cheesemaking.

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My first attempts at cheese making were less than successful, to say the least. The first batch I made was simply terrible. My dear husband tried, bravely, to eat it. I finally threw it out to the chickens, who eyed it suspiciously and left it for dead. I think a poor possum finally finished it off.

We learn through trial and error, and now I turn out a mighty fine goat cheese. Learning how to make goat milk cheese is easy with the right supplies.

Cheesemaking is now routine when the goats are producing milk. I make extra and freeze it for the winter. You can also freeze the milk in plastic gallon jugs. The curd made from the frozen milk isn't as solid, but it's nice to be able to make a fresh cheese when the goats are dry. Thaw and shake well to redistribute the cream. Then make cheese as usual.

2/7/2011 1:23:31 PM

When making cheese, you need to use buttermilk from the store, because it contains the live cultures that you need. You can also make more buttermilk with a small amount of store-purchased buttermilk and whatever other milk you want. It's wonderful for making Ranch dressing, the best pancakes you'll ever make, and wonderful cakes, even from a mix, and you can even cut down on the amount of oil used in the cake, so it's not as bad for you!

1/18/2011 11:57:09 PM

Good Question K.M. Hall I would be interested in the answer to that as well.

K.M. Hall
9/26/2010 9:31:06 PM

Question: Your goat cheese recipes call for buttermilk, is this referring the the left over milk from making butter or the thick product bought in the stores? Thank you for the great articles you present.

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