How Do You Make Cheese?

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Cheese is made in about 12 processes, depending on the kind of cheese being made, and the first step in making cheese is getting milk. Learn about when to put cheese into molds with help from the manager of a cheese shop in this free video on cheese production.

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How are you doing? We're here today to talk about how cheese is made and how do you make your home cheese at home? Well cheese is made pretty simply. There is about twelve processes depending on what cheese you are making. First of all you have to have milk. The most common milks used out there is cow, sheep, and goat. Now there is other different kinds of milk out there but let's just stick with those. You start off by getting a metal vat to be boiling point and dump all the milk into it as you can and this point you would probably go to about 88 degrees. You can go a little big higher, little bit smaller, depending on the milk. Most milks will actually tell you what the boiling point is. At this point you want to boil it for about 45 maybe close to an hour then at that point you turn off the heat and let it set to the side. Now during this time the cheese is going to start curdling on the very top and it is going to become very thick and thin and just looks kind of disturbing but don't worry about that, knowing about when it is ready, about 15 minutes later, take your finger and poke through the top of the milk. If your finger can break it up, you are ready to move forward. Next you take the curds. Now when you have taken those curds this is where you are at a point where you add runette, the citric acid, or other things to give it flavor. Well from this point they put it in molds. There are some cheeses you know that are molded into just a wheel. There is actually some out there that actually take rope and wrapping it around it giving it a nice flavor and also a good look to it. There is some out there that just use little plates or whatever and let it sit there and at this point on this is where the aging starts. Most cheeses are out there and are usually aged over 30 days but there are some out there that are really fresh and only 10 days old. There are some goat cheeses like are very very, about ten days. There is also like stuff like three years like Parmesan and other hard cheeses. From this point it is what you want to do with it. Most cheeses are put into a cave, a barn or somewhere with a high humidity and a low climate. Therefore, it makes a cheese mold but not in a bad way.

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