Homemade Paneer

I made cheese the other day to use in an Indian recipe.  I hadn't made this in years and I'm not sure why because it is really very simple.  Pour 2 liters of whole milk into a heavy pot.  Bring it to a rolling boil.  Keep a close eye on it so it doesn't boil over.

As soon as it boils, pour 1/2 cup of buttermilk into it.  let it sit for about 10 minutes to form curds.

If it doesn't entirely curd, add a bit of lemon juice.

The curd should separate from the yellow whey.

Strain it through cheesecloth and collect the whey.  You can use the whey to make bread or even as a stock in soups or stews.  Or you can feed it to your pig if you happen to have one.

I usually weight my cheese but I thought this time I would try pressing it in my tofu press and it worked perfectly.

It slowly pressed out all of the liquid.

And leaves you with a nice brick of cheese.

Here is the collected whey which you can refrigerate until you are ready to use it.

Check this out!  This really cracks me up.  I am and have always been very photo phobic.  I just hate cameras.  I think some people are just naturally like this but for me, photos have always made me feel very sad.  So, I do not have many of them at all.  I spent yesterday cleaning out big drawers in my craft area and was really surprised to come across this one.  This is me from around 1972.  Check out the collar on that blouse! I remember the exact day and place that this was taken.  A real walk down memory lane.


Anonymous said…
ha ha, you forgot about the facial, lol, but you remembered the pig, lol, that press worked beautifully!!! You asked if I knew what the name was for the fresh cheese my family makes and I remembered , it was something like topken, something like that,
what a beauty you are, its always fun to see the faces of the people we come to know of as friends in blogland, do you still have that lovely long hair?
Mary said…
I like many, have this exact photo, except I would have long blond hair. I too have very few photos, I still cannot stand to have my photo taken. Looking back we , I, looked so much better in 1972, hahaha, than now. Making cheese too adventurous for me.
Leeanna said…
OMG! You are quite beautiful. I never thought of making my own cheese. Thank you! It's easier than I thought. I'll try this.
Anonymous said…
I'm like You, I rather stand behind the camera. I actually only have four or five photos of me :-)

Perhaps I should try to find a tofu press like that! It would be su much easier to make cheese if I had one!

Have a great day!
Texan said…
I always find it interesting the reaction I get when I say I don't do the whole photo thing, I don't keep them, I don't do albums, I don't like my photo taken, we have zero photos in frames out in our house. LOL. So yep I get it.

The cheese looks wonderful and I have that tofu press (love that thing) but never thought of using it for cheese! Thanks :O)
That's a lovely photo and hoo boy, yeah, do I remember those collars too!
Susan said…
I remember that collar, you cutie, you. It was so hip! Great use of a tofu press!
The paneer looks great. What a lovely photo of you. LOVE the blouse. I had a few like that back in the day.
sandra said…
That picture should be framed! You look beautiful and witchy (in a good way, lol ) in it!!
Deb said…
I always imagined you as dark and slim! This is a sweet photo.

Love the paneer instructions and use of tofu press. One of my favorite Indian dishes is saag paneer -- I order it often from my takeaway. I think making it is a better idea.
Ashamed to say I have never made cheese in my life. My mother used to..I never have. Now it's too late as I've gotten way too lazy. The picture. Your hair style..I remember that style so welland the times. I don't photograph well and the older I get the worse it is. I think that is one of the nicest pictures of anyone I've ever seen. The setting..the relaxed way you were sitting. It's just a special photo. One your children will cherish. Why is it not framed and sitting on your husbands desk???? :)