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Velveeta

Velveeta Cheese (Copy Cat) in Asia

Servings 1 Brick

Ingredients
  

  • 4 Liters Whole Milk
  • 1 Packet Mesophilic Culture Buy Here
  • 1/4 Tab Rennet - Tabs dissolved in 1/4 cup cool water - Buy Here
  • 3 teaspoons Baking Soda
  • 3 teaspoons Cheese Salt To Taste - Buy Here
  • 2 tablespoons Butter
  • 1/2 cup Lite Cream Optional
  • Cheese Coloring - Buy Here
  • Cheese Cloth Buy Here

Instructions
 

  • Heat the milk to 86-degrees. Turn off the heat. Add the mesophilic starter and mix thoroughly. Add one teaspoon of the diluted rennet and stir with an up-and-down motion.
  • Put the lid on the pot and let it sit for 12 hours.
  • Scoop the curds into a large cheesecloth lined colander.
  • Tie the ends of the cheesecloth and hang to drain for 12 hours.
  • In a large bowl, mix baking soda and salt into the cheese curds. BEAT WITH AN ELECTRIC MIXER. Yes, really.
  • Let sit for 30 minutes. The cheese will be light and airy after the baking soda is mixed in. Melt the butter in a large saucepan and add the cream (if using), stirring to combine. I use a big stir-fry (wok) pan.
  • Add the cheese and stir to combine with the butter and cream. Melt on low heat. Add cheese coloring, if you like, while the cheese is melting. If you choose to add coloring, add as much as you like until it looks how you want it to look. You can use the cheese white, if you prefer. I used about a dozen liquid cheese coloring drops to make it look like Velveeta. In about three minutes, you should have a beautiful, smooth cheese ready to go into whatever you want to use as a mold–or just scoop into plastic tubs. If you use a mold where you can take the cheese out easily, you can slice it.

Notes

This is a smooth, easy-melting cheese that is perfect for everything you’d use Velveeta for–and a lot of other cheeses. Macaroni and cheese, nachos, casseroles, soups, enchiladas, hot dips, grilled cheese sandwiches, anything! Leave it white, no cheese coloring, and use it on pizza like mozzarella. And unlike the “real” Velveeta, it’s not processed. It’s real cheese.
Finally, Velveeta that a mom can love as much as a kid!