For those of you long-term Got to Be Gourmet readers (thanks for sticking by me!!), you might remember one of my very early blog posts about making halloumi at home. If not, you can take a read here (please excuse the low-res photos, it was a long time ago!). I made it with a handy kit from The Big Cheese Making Kit.
Recently they got in touch again to ask if I’d be interested in trying out another one, and of course the answer was yes! The first time around my halloumi was a big success, which I was seriously surprised by considering I’d never attempted making any kind of cheese before. It did feel like a lot of effort but I was very proud to be able to dish up halloumi that I’d made with my own fair hands.
The Goat’s Cheese Kit arrived with everything I needed to make the cheese – Step by step instructions (and a recipe booklet), Citric Acid, Organic Sea Salt, Butter Muslin, and a Dairy Thermometer. I just needed to provide two litres of goat’s milk which I bought easily from the local supermarket.I won’t give the step by step method (that would somewhat defeat much of the point of the kit), but it was very easy to do. I don’t know if it was because it was my second time making cheese, but I found this one even easier. You just need to be incredibly precise with timings, temperatures and making sure you stir properly. It’s a science, after all!
I was a bit more adventurous when I was making the goat’s cheese and at the point in the instructions where it said to add the salt, I decided to add some lavender from our garden. I just sprinkled it into the curds as they were draining, before being pressed.
Once it had finished pressing, I moulded the cheese into cling film in these little pottery yoghurt pots – they’re about £2.00 from Sourced Market in St Pancras station and I’ve been having them for breakfasts for a while and saving the pots. I was finally able to put them to good use!
And the final result was a beautifully rich and creamy goat’s cheese, with a nice lavender flavour throughout – perfect served with oat cakes.
If you’re looking for a Christmas present for a foodie or cheese lover, these kits make a great gift. They start from £22.50 and they’re beautifully presented. You can find out more on their website here. I’m working out how to experiment with my next batch of goat’s cheese, I’m thinking of doing some rolled cheese with herbs on the outside. There are so many options!