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Jersey James Posted - Nov 01 2014 : 3:53:08 PM
We won't have our Cow Kitchen book until Tuesday or Wed. I thought I ordered it but didn't hit the final button on Amazon until today. We want to make our first cream cheese tomorrow. We have cream cheese recipes and the required culture. Does anyone have any special hints tips or advise? Thank You!

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Jersey James Posted - Nov 05 2014 : 06:54:43 AM
We used the Oy-Le! (tm) Sour Cream Cheese in an eggplant quiche as a substitute for heavy cream and it was a home run. Thanks again Ron for the recipe and thanks to everyone for your input. Cant wait to make Queso Fresco! =)
maryjane Posted - Nov 05 2014 : 05:35:33 AM
It would be divine as a dessert. It has become our new obsession. We're testing to see how long it lasts in the fridge and if it freezes well. Soon we'll be ready to share the recipe!
farmlife Posted - Nov 04 2014 : 7:33:42 PM
I had queso fresco in Paraguay a few years ago. They ate it with either dulce de leche or guava jelly. Either way it was definitely dessert!
NellieBelle Posted - Nov 04 2014 : 08:18:19 AM
Queso Fresco or Quesa Fresco, either way, can't wait! Appreciate all of the work that Ashley and yourself put into the cheese making and recipes. Thank you so much!
maryjane Posted - Nov 04 2014 : 07:56:50 AM
Ashley just called me on the intercom to say it's Queso Fresco. Seems like I'm always trying to feminize things. Heifers, not bulls, Quesa Fresca.
maryjane Posted - Nov 04 2014 : 07:47:29 AM
Wait until you taste the new recipe Ashley is working on again this morning, Quesa Fresca. Coming soon to a chatroom near you.
Jersey James Posted - Nov 04 2014 : 07:43:57 AM
Great idea! It's almost like quark which most people have never tasted (real quark). Thanks for the 411 about rennet. That makes total sense based on our observation. Time for a unique bagel. Oy-le!
Ashley Posted - Nov 04 2014 : 07:34:26 AM
I thought I would jump in here too. The rennet in the cream cheese recipe makes it coagulate faster, so the cream and milk culture for just long enough to give a little bit of cultured flavor, but not so much that it tastes like sour cream. Also, I've found that if something cultures for too long, it can turn grainy. Since the amount of time it can take something to thicken on its own can vary, it is easy to have that happen.

Don't get me wrong, sour cream tasting spread sounds delicious. Stir in some chives or roasted garlic and slather it on a bagel...yum!
Ron Posted - Nov 04 2014 : 06:44:52 AM
( the old drum noise). Bababoom
Jersey James Posted - Nov 04 2014 : 06:37:17 AM
Note to self: Renit Init!
maryjane Posted - Nov 04 2014 : 06:35:15 AM
When we invented our cream cheese recipe we tried that version also. Pretty much we tried everything we could get our hands on and then some. In the end we decided to shoot for creating a recipe that comes-as-close-to-the-cream-cheese-we're-all-used-to. That's why ours ended up with rennet in it.
Jersey James Posted - Nov 04 2014 : 06:30:51 AM
Ron, that cream cheese came out interestingly good. It's like sour cream whipped together with cream cheese. If I had thought to make such a concoction before - Ida done it and had "south of the border bagels". It's great. I doubt we could duplicate the result if we tried =). It took an extra 12 hours to really firm up so hence the sourness (I think). Mistakes are the genesis of some truly wonderful experiences...
Ron Posted - Nov 02 2014 : 4:37:57 PM
You too James. You and yours be happy and well.
Yeah, used to live east and Wife said She will not go any further south than I90. Lol, so as you say " happy Wife.........." :)
Jersey James Posted - Nov 02 2014 : 4:28:15 PM
That sounds so interesting. Winter is really nice here but it gets too dry. Summer is brutally hot and humid and way too wet. Have a great night and stay warm!
Ron Posted - Nov 02 2014 : 12:42:52 PM
We are on the Cheyenne River Siuox a Tribe reservation. One reservation to the north one to the south. Really nice area. Wide open, many good things about it. Weather is the main downside. Always extreme, too dry, too wet, too cold, too hot, too windy, too many grasshoppers. Lol..always said if you can make it happen here you can make it happen about anywhere.
Jersey James Posted - Nov 02 2014 : 10:43:09 AM
I think I read that the entire county is in two reservations? That last sentence is a real brain teaser! =)
Ron Posted - Nov 02 2014 : 05:50:38 AM
That is us.Ziebach County. They say one of the poorest counties in the nation. I love that. No one wants what they think you don't have. :)
Jersey James Posted - Nov 02 2014 : 05:36:42 AM
Good morning Ron! Are you in Ziebach County? I read those books as a child. We should introduce them to Maka.
Ron Posted - Nov 02 2014 : 05:20:35 AM
Good morning James. Always extremes here on the northern plains. I can't even imagine how the folks dealt with things in previous generations. The has not been a State that long and I look at the history books and stories of the sod homes and burning buffalo chips for heat during long winters..brrrrrr.. You guys ever read the little house on the prairie book Series? Makes for good family reading and gives you an idea of homesteading on the plains.
Jersey James Posted - Nov 02 2014 : 05:07:45 AM
LOL. We got a good chuckle at "heat wave". We have our first fire in the fireplace and went out all bundled up to feed our tribe. It's all relative. Coming from Hawaii, we were freezing when it got down to low 60's. Ines is German and she's become a bigger cold wimp than I am. It's all good. I think 52 is the lowest low forecast for the coming week. Stay warm up there!
Ron Posted - Nov 01 2014 : 6:24:00 PM
Thirty nine! Heat wave! Was 19 here the other morning with 50 mph wind gusts taking the wind chill down to, well you get the picture. Life on the northern plains. No bugs,low taxes, no all good if you
Jersey James Posted - Nov 01 2014 : 5:48:23 PM
A big Mahalo Ron! I could not read the page 61 but Ines was excited to see the recipe in the second post because it requires no rennet. Her words, "cool, I'll try it tomorrow!" You are affecting life way down in the far southeast. Butterfly wings. Nice. Stay warm. We go down to 39 tomorrow. Brrrrr.
Ron Posted - Nov 01 2014 : 5:23:44 PM
Here is another on for now.
Ron Posted - Nov 01 2014 : 5:21:28 PM
Hi James, not much help but page 61 of MJ's book.