[Sca-cooks] Almond milk cheese
euriol at ptd.net
Tue Jun 17 15:01:25 PDT 2008
Well I did a little more digging around (making cheese, as some may recall,
is still quite new to me) and I found this email from last year... I
thought it worth noting.
So it seems that a fresh type of cheese or butter can be made with an acid,
but that the rennet will not likely work.
P.S. I still think it would be neat to do a side by side comparison between
animal milk and almond milk for a fresh cheese.
Date: Wed, 23 May 2007 10:54:13 -0400
From: Karstyl <karstyl at gmail.com>
Subject: Re: [Sca-cooks] butter from almond milk?
To: Cooks within the SCA <sca-cooks at lists.ansteorra.org>
Phil Troy / G. Tacitus Adamantius wrote:
> On May 22, 2007, at 7:33 AM, Tasha wrote:
>> I've previously made and used almond milk a few
>> times and was intrigued to find a web site that
>> said it could be churned into butter but I can't
>> find instructions for making it. I've
>> successfully made butter before with an electric
>> mixer and I tried to do the same with the almond
>> milk but all I got was frothy almond milk. How is
>> butter made from almond milk?
>> (finally making her first post)
> Hello, Eyd?s!
> From what I can see, the process for making "butter" from almond
> milk is probably more like making cheese from milk than it is like
> making butter from milk or cream or grinding "butter" from nuts.
> *Snip a couple or recipes*
> In both cases you're mixing almond milk with acid after contriving to
> warm up the aggregate mass, presumably to help the curdling process,
> then draining off the clear whey. In the second recipe you're
> chilling the end product before serving to firm it up, perhaps to
> make the illusion more successful.
> Hope this helps!
I guess I will de-lurk on this thread, as it was stared by someone doing
the same. I have made this, and it worked rather well. I got the
almond milk boiling, added lemon juice (any acid should work, lemon
juice was the one I had on hand,) I think I used about 1Tbs for a quart,
boiled it for a while longer, maybe 10 min. or so. I then drained it
thru muslin, it took a while to drip, the curds are small and would go
right through a big weave or a strainer, but they did plug up the muslin
some. I had to wring it to get the last of the liquid out (a press
would also work, but I don't have one.) Fresh and room temp it was soft
and creamy with a light almond taste, after it was chilled the texture
was like a fine-grained ricotta. It was very yummy on bread. Some of
the period recipes call for adding rose water, which would go very well.
A few points:
I would make sure the almond milk was well-strained before hand or it
could get grainy, I used the same cloth to strain the milk and cheese.
It does not melt like cheese.
It does brown a bit, but not bubbly like cheese, more like it has a
Rennet does not work, and annoys the housemates when left out overnight.
Just boiling the milk thickens it some, but it does not curdle the same,
I am not sure you could get a cheese-like product out of it. But it is
yummy with chick-peas.
The quart of milk got me about 1.5 cups of cheese, but this is from
memory so the amounts are an estimate.
On Tue, 17 Jun 2008 17:08:34 -0400, euriol <euriol at ptd.net> wrote:
> Well, I have not attempted it, and I don't have the book handy at work to
> confirm. What I do remember is that it talked about the fat in the almond
> milk reacts in very similar ways as the fat in animal milk. It would be
> interesting side by side experiement. However, since the Liber cure
> does have a recipe for Almond Butter that resembles a cheese recipe using
> vinegar I would say that there is some basis to suggest that rennet may
> almond milk. Now I suppose I should order some rennet to test this out.
> On Wed, 18 Jun 2008 08:58:26 +1200, Antonia Calvo
> <ladyadele at paradise.net.nz> wrote:
>> euriol wrote:
>>>I was playing and reading on almond milk just last week. You should be
>>>to take any cheese recipe and just substitue the almond milk for the
>>>of milk called for.
>> Are you sure? Does rennet set almond milk?
>> Antonia di Benedetto Calvo
>> Habeo metrum - musicamque,
>> hominem meam. Expectat alium quid?
>> -Georgeus Gershwinus
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