UCLBS logo

UCLBS Recipes

Sue's Goat Cheese

Make a batch of goat yogourt.

I drain several cups of yogourt in a sieve lined with about ten layers of damp cheesecloth.  (I've tried the cotton bag that came with the Yogurmet and a teatowel but I prefer cheesecloth).

I have found goat's milk yogourt to be much more liquid than cow's milk yogourt and intially it drains quickly. But the tiny molecules that make up goat milk soon form a slick dense layer and draining slows down. I use a small rubber spatula to turn the mixture from time to time so that the draining will continue.

When it seems to have slowed down completely I gather up the corners of the cheesecloth and holding the 'package' gently in my hands I squeeze the liquid out of the cheesecloth as much as possible without making the yogourt squish out the top. I open the cheesecloth and the drained yogourt layer next to the cheesecloth is solid enough that I can carefully pry it up and scoop the whole thing up and turn it over back onto the cheesecloth so the more liquid layer is now down.

When I can do nothing to promote further drainage I gently squeeze the 'package' in my hands again.

The yogourt may be drained but it is still very, very soft and gooey. I take another ten or so layers of damp cheescloth and put them on top of the yogourt 'thick goo' on the original cheesecloth and flatten it out somewhat. I place this 'package on top of 4 layers of paper towel, place four more layers of paper towel on top and place a weight on top (i.e. a small pot full of water).

When the paper towel has become saturated I replace it with fresh paper towel and continue until the cheese is as dry and firm and dense as I want. I put it on wax paper and form it into a log and VOILA - chevre (or pretty darn close). It is possible to make a cheese dense enough to cut in cubes.

The cheescloth can be rinsed clean and reused.

The name UCLBS was inspired by the wit of the Upper Canada Lower Bowel Clinic in Toronto, a respected group of gastroenterologists. The UCLBS is, however, an independent group of Ontarians who are following the Specific Carbohydrate Diet to treat inflammatory/irritable bowel problems, and does not represent therapy recommendations of the clinic.