Making cheese sounds like a difficult task. You might be thinking: What about the bacteria?! How do you even go about acidifying something!? Rest assured, you can make this simple cheese, called paneer, with just a few simple ingredients. No bacteria or acid required.
Here’s what you need:
- 2 Cups of whole milk
- 4 teaspoons of vinegar or lemon
Bring two cups of milk to a boil in the saucepan while stirring. Make sure to keep stirring the milk so that it won’t burn. Once the milk has boiled, turn off the burner, but leave the saucepan on the stove. Pour in the four teaspoons of vinegar or lemon, into the boiled milk, which will create curds and whey. Stir it well with the spoon and allow it to sit on the stove (with heat turned off) for about ten minutes. Pour the curds and whey through a cheesecloth or handkerchief to strain it, to separate the curds from the whey. Drain and press on the cheesecloth to drain it of any excess liquid. Open the cloth and add some salt or other seasonings that you might desire and mix. Press on the cheesecloth again to make sure moisture is gone. At this point, you have your cheese. You can either mold it into a ball or put it into a container as a mold to make it a uniform shape. Then, refrigerate, and voila! Paneer cheese!
Paneer cheese is a firm cheese, so it is a good meat substitute. It is great when made into Indian recipes and is also good in salads or just put onto bread. The simple flavors and fun textures make this cheese great for kids.
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