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Making Queso Fresco, and a lot of it..

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con Lenni (professional), Sadith (local), and Andrea (Apprentice).. nice Saturday morning.

1500 L tank almost full with fresh raw milk from local families.  They stop accepting milk at about 10am each day and pay out about $ 0.30 per liter.

1500 L tank almost full with fresh raw milk from local families. They stop accepting milk at about 10am each day and pay out about $ 0.30 per liter.

Dust on top 20 packets of Cuajo (or Rennet, in english) with a couple spoonfuls of salt..  wait 30-40 minutes and milk firms up (coagulates)

Dust on top 20 packets of Cuajo (or Rennet, in english) with a couple spoonfuls of salt.. wait 30-40 minutes and milk firms up (coagulates)

Start cutting with strainer and to release the suero de leche (whey or milk serum)

Start cutting with strainer and to release the suero de leche (whey or milk serum)

Suck/siphon out the liquid whey (as seen here), add plenty of salt (about 40 kg) and a couple cups of sodium nitrate for preservative, mix well

Suck/siphon out the liquid whey (as seen here), add plenty of salt (about 40 kg) and a couple cups of sodium nitrate for preservative, mix well

And collect the remaining curds (solids) in strainers.  Then let the curds sit 10 minutes and form into more solid form.

And collect the remaining curds (solids, called ‘cuajada’ in spanish) in strainers. Then let the curds/cuajada sit 10 minutes and form into more solid form.

Flip together 2 strainers to produce nice looking queso fresco wheels that will be ready to bag and ship out to Lima the following day.

Flip together 2 strainers to produce nice looking queso fresco wheels that will be ready to bag and ship out to Lima the following day.

About a 3 hour process, but worth it.

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Written by galbavy

May 6, 2013 at 1:09 am

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