My big milk drinker moved out, I only get 2 gallons a week now compared to six but last week we were dipnetting and we didn't drink all our milk. When it came time to get our next two gallons we STILL had a gallon left. It's my milk so I keep picking it up but I needed to use up a gallon fast. My ice cream maker died, apparently in February but I just discovered it 3 weeks ago, so my go to use for lots of milk is now homemade yoghurt.
I rarely buy yoghurt and I prefer to just make small batches with leftover milk. This week I had a bumper batch of yoghurt. I decided to make fresh cream cheese or yoghurt cheese with a quart of the finished yoghurt. I'll give you the recipe for the yoghurt and directions for the cheese because homemade yoghurt is just so good and inexpensive. Plus the fruity variations you can make at home are so much better for you and your kids.
1 quart of raw whole milk-or store bought whole milk
2 TBSP of yoghurt, plain store bought with live active cultures
sterilized one quart jar and lids (wash thoroughly and pour boiling water in the jar and over the lid)
small cooler or insulated lunch box
in a large sauce pan over medium heat bring the milk to 85˚
cool to 55˚
whisk in the yoghurt
pour in to the sterilized quart jar
place the cooler keep warm by adding warm water or setting the lunch box on a heating pad you need to keep in at 50˚ for 8-12 hours
I sometimes place the jars in the oven and turn it to warm for about 1 minute every hour or so-this works well for me but I'm pretty sure I just gave every Home Economist in America a heart attack so use this method at your own risk-I'm also pretty sure that yoghurt was invented in some overly warm living space occupied by teenage boys thousands of years ago
Cream Cheese/Yoghurt Cheese
simply line a colander with 2 coffee filters
set it over a bowl to catch the whey draining off
pour yoghurt in and let it set overnight
in the morning the leftover solids will be your cheese
scoop it in to a bowl and serve on fresh bagels
one quart of yoghurt produced about 1 cup of cheese
the whey that drained off is good for you, use it in cooking or soaking grains or simply drink it!
Peace and Love--