Bonnie has been in milk since Oct 2019, she isn't giving much but I want wait until she is confirmed bred before drying off. Anyway, I want to make some cheese until then and wondered if there is anything I need to do different w/the milk when making cheese being she is so late in her lactation.
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I tried the same thing with Cricket - wanted to stash a few cheeses in the fridge for dry time - but I couldn't get her milk to set a curd, no matter how hard I tried. I guess it has to do with the high SCC. If you figure something out, let me know, because in my experience, the only thing I can do with late lactation milk is drink it. Might be able to make yogurt, but I didn't try because I wanted some cheese.
#1- Add calcium chloride. Ensures a nice firm curd. Use about 0.75 ml/gallon of milk. Dilute in water and add before the rennet.
You may need to increase the rennet amount by a tiny bit (like 0.05-0.1 ml/gallon).
You can also increase culture or culturing duration by a little.
Depending on the recipe, you may need to increase cook temp or time. For example, with Tomme I'll heat to 101 or 102° in late lactation versus 100°, and hold an additional 5-10 minutes during the stirring phase before forming wheels.
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Post by Meadow Creek Mama on May 2, 2021 14:29:19 GMT -5
My cows usually run an 18 month lactation, Bells did 24 months once. Once upon a time I would use calcium chloride as recommended for late lactation milk. I ended up finding it unnecessary for hard cheese and mozzarella but helpful for soft cheeses such as cottage cheese.
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