The Ultimate Feta mould.
Everyone needs a break at a time like this and therefore we are offering you this mould for feta or mozzarella at 50% discount while stocks last. You may have extra milk to spare so why not make an easy cheese like Feta in bulk – read on for our easy Finest Kind Feta Recipe. The large feta mould can be used to make 1.5kg cheese from 15 liters milk per mould. Feta is one of the easiest cheeses to make and very well suited to hot climates as it is stored in brine. Its origin goes back to Greece 8000 years ago and the process has not changed much since then. Feta literally means “slice”. By making the cheese in this mould, can make a nice square block. Once its drained and dry, cut the cheese in blocks with a sharp knife and place in a brine. Alternatively place the cheese in a bottle with olive oil and herbs such as rosemary, thyme, chilli and lemon peel or you can use our delicious Italian Mix. While maturing all the delicious flavours intensify. Enjoy.
FINEST KIND FETA CHEESE
|H202B||10 x PH STICKS|
|H980||LARGE RECTANGULAR MOULD / 15 liter milk|
|H108||FLOATING DAIRY THERMOMETER|
|H10B||FLOATING THERMOMETER COVER|
|H110||BRINE METER ( OPTIONAL)|
|HC50CHN22||CHN 22 DVS STARTER CULTURE|
|H063||LIQUID ANIMAL RENNET|
|H214A||CALCIUM CHLORIDE ( includes instructions)|
|And many more herbs to choose from on our pricelist.|
- 5 – 4% milk at 32°C
- Add 2% mesophilic culture
- Add rennet
- Stir 2 minutes
- Set 1 hour
- Cut 5 minutes
- Stand until ½ curd, ½ whey
- Mould until pH 4.6
ADDITION OF STARTER CULTURE AND RENNET
15 liters full cream 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.
Cut one corner of the culture packet open. Add 1/4 teaspoon DVS CHN22 culture to the milk and let it stand (pre-ripen) for 1hr at 32°C. Stick down the packet with sticky tape and store in a plastic container in the freezer.
Add 60 drops or 3.75ml (4 drops per liter) liquid rennet, H063 or H066, to a little cool water and add this to the milk.
Let the milk stand, covered, until set like jelly, 45min to 1 hour. The milk should not cool to less than 30°C.
CUTTING THE CURD
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 rest for 2-4 hours or until there are approximately as many curds as there is whey.
- The smaller the curd is cut, the drier the feta will be
- The longer you let the curd rest, the drier the feta will be.
FILLING THE MOULDS
Pour off the whey. At this stage you can add herbs and stir them into the curds. There are plenty to choose from. Some interesting ones are the pesto mix and tzatziki mix. Place the curds in mould such as H980 . https://www.finestkind.co.za/product/large-rectangular-mould/ .If one is making cheese every day, two moulds are required since the cheese remains in the mould for at least two days.
Fill the mould to the top with curds. Handle the curds gently. Let the curds drain for 48 hours or until the pH is 4.7 -4.6.
The whey should now have a pH of 4.7 – 4.6 (can be tested using the H202A pH measuring sticks). The cheese should not be placed in the brine before the pH is 4.7 -4.6. Rather let the cheese drain for another day or more.
In winter you might have to drain the cheese up to five days before a pH of 4.7 is attained. The cheese can be taken out of the mould after 48 hours or when it is firm enough and kept in the fridge until the correct pH is attained.
SALTING AND MATURING THE CHEESE
Remove the cheese from the mould, cut it in blocks, and place in a 10% brine solution, (see brine method). This can be measured with a H110 brine meter. Mature for 1 to 3 months at 10°C – 12°C. The cheeses should be totally immersed in the brine during the maturation period. The bucket in which the cheeses mature should be filled to the top and should have a fitted lid. H121 food grade buckets are available from Finest Kind.
The cheese will “melt” in the brine if the cheese does not have the correct acidity before it was placed in the brine and if there is no calcium chloride in the brine.
- The softer (wetter) the feta, the more salt it will absorb.
- Make the brine using less salt if your feta is too salty.
- The creamier the milk, the softer (wetter) the feta will be
- Make the brine using less salt if your feta is too salty.
Clean all equipment well after use. Rinse in warm water, wash in hot water with a little HD001 orange gel and then soak in a solution of HD013 iodine antibacterial. Air dry. Before use rinse well in clean water and towel dry with a paper towel. Be careful to avoid any anti-bacterial solution residue on the equipment.
FUNCTION OF THE SALT
- The cheese becomes firmer and retains its shape better.
- The cheese is preserved and less susceptible to bacterial infestation.
- The taste of the cheese is improved – the more mature the cheese, the saltier it becomes due to the loss of water.
PREPARATION FOR NEW BRINE
- Use a plastic, enamel or st/steel container.
- Fill the container with the right quantity of water at 12 – 15°C.
- Add salt at the rate
- 20% solution: 2kg per 8-9 liter water e.g. gouda cheese
- 10% solution: 1kg per 8-9 liter water e.g. feta cheese
- 5% solution: .5kg per 8-9 liter water e.g. feta cheese
- Stir well.
- One can control the strength of the brine with the brine meter (H110).
- Now add 150ml Calcium Chloride (H214) per 10 liters brine.
- Measure the pH of the brine with pH sticks (H202A). The correct pH is the pH below the pH of the cheese. For Feta the pH is 4.5. To obtain this pH you can add citric acid until you receive the correct pH.
MAINTENANCE OF BRINE
Brine can be used for years if it is properly maintained.
- Keep the brine at 12-15°C.
- Check the salt content with the brine meter (H110) on a daily basis. It should read 18-20 for a 20% solution for instance. Add salt on a daily basis.
- Measure the pH on a regular basis. Keep the pH at 5 or below.
- Keep the brine clean by lifting out any floating substances like insects.
- Keep the edge of the brine bath clean.
- A clay like substances can collect at the bottom – this is not serious but one can remove this layer by filtering the brine.
- The brine should be clear and will be clear if the salinity and pH is correct.