10 Litre Gouda Cheese Recipe



Makes one 1kg cheese


Milk: 9 liters whole milk with approx. 3.5% cream. Use milk not more than an hour after milking. If you need to store the milk, make sure you cool the milk as quickly as possible to 4°C and then re-heat to 32°C. Make sure the milk is at 32°C.

Culture: Add 1/3 small tsp DVS CHN22 culture to the milk and let it stand (pre-ripen) for 1hr at 32°C.

Rennet: Add 36 drops (4 drops per liter) or 2.25ml liquid rennet, H063 or H066, to a little cool water and add this to the milk. Add annatto now if you wish to colour the cheese. Annatto (ANS) 0.5ml per 100 liters


Let the milk stand, covered, until set like jelly – 45min to 1 hour, the milk should not cool to less than 29°C.



  • Using a knife, cut the curd gently into little cubes the size of a small dice. Cut down and then across and then at an angle. Cut for approx. 3-5 minutes.
  • Let the curds settle for ten minutes



  • Draw off about 1 to 2 liter of whey. Slowly add 1 to 2 liter water at 60°C while stirring the curds gently until the temperature reaches 34C. Stir for 10 minutes from the time you add the water.
  • Let the curds rest for ten minutes.
  • Draw off about 2 liter of whey. Slowly add about 2 liter water at 60°C while stirring the curds gently until the temperature reaches 36°C but not higher than 37°C.
  • Stir for 10 minutes from the time you add the water.
  • Let the curd stand covered for 30 minutes at 36°C.



  • The curd should have a dull yellowish colour now. Drain off all the whey, fill the H027 mould with the curds, put the lid on and let stand upside down for a few minutes. All the curds might not fit into the mould the first time – repeat this process.
  • Remove the cheese from the mould and wrap it in the cheesecloth and place it back in the mould.



  • Press the cheese in the H210 Cheesepress at 1.5kg for 2 hours and then at 3kg for 2 hours.
  • Hang the weights from the groove in the arm of the press. The cheese must be turned and replaced in the mould at least 3 times during the pressing.



  • Take the cheesecloth off the cheese and place it back in the mould upside down and let it stand overnight in a cool place.
  • Remove the cheese from the mould and place it in a 20% brine solution (see brine method) for 12 hours.
  • Brine the cheese in the fridge or at 10-15°C.



  • Place the cheese on the H050 draining gauze, in a cool place, 10-12°C, and turn it every day for the first 2 weeks. (The fridge will do if there is no other alternative).
  • If some mould develops, remove it with salt, vinegar or orange gel. Then turn the cheese once a week.
  • Store for a total of 6 weeks before eating.
  • If the cheese becomes too dry, apply some H075 cheese coat 2-3 days after brining. Apply to one side of the cheese with a sponge or cloth.
  • When dry apply cheese coat to the other side. A H003 label can be placed under the cheese coat. The label can be marked with the date made.



Clean all equipment well after use. Rinse in cold water, wash in hot water with a good detergent such as orange gel and the rinse in a weak solution of sodium hypochlorite – 25ml Jik/5 liters of water. Air dry. Before use rinse well in clean water and towel dry with a paper towel. Be careful to avoid any sodium hypochlorite solution residue on the equipment.