If you are Venezuelan and wondering what is this? I wanted a dessert recipe … I’m sorry, but this recipe is about homemade Chilean Queso Fresco, which in Chile is sold everywhere and we grew up eating daily.
I can tell you without hesitation that the Chilean Queso Fresco or Quesillo is what I miss most from Chile, and although I have tried many kinds of cheese here in the U.S., none are the same. And so, from time to time, I make it at home and enjoy it to the fullest. The recipe is a little long. If you have questions, leave a comment. The ingredients are as I find them in the U.S.A.
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- 1 gallon of 2 % milk
- 1 tablespoon of salt
- 1 tablet of Junket Rennet (affiliate link)
It is essential to sterilize all instruments and the cloth first, boil everything for 10 minutes in the same pot used later to make the cheese. Do not forget:
- Warm the milk in a large pot over medium-high heat until it reaches a temperature of 31-34 degrees C (91F). It is essential to have a thermometer to control the temperature of the process. It took 7 minutes in my kitchen, but it will depend on the flame and the pot you use. Turn off the heat.
- Dissolve a tablet of rennet in 1 tablespoon of water. Add the rennet to the warm milk, stir for 3 minutes. Let stand without stirring for 1 hour and a half until you can cleanly remove a piece of the surface with a knife and it is set. The time is variable depending on the kitchen’s temperature; it can take up to 2 hours and something in winter.
- Cut with a table knife from the top to the bottom of the pot in 2 x 2 cm. Let stand 15 minutes more in the pot, shaking gently every couple of minutes to “release” the serum.
- Cover the colander with the cheesecloth. Strain the curd and let drain without stirring for 5 min, then lift with the cloth forming a ball to drain more liquid. Add the salt and stir gently.
- Again make a ball with the cloth and squeeze gently. Notice that the cheese has already decreased a lot in volume. The process starts with 3.8 Lt of milk, and I collected more than 2.5 Lt. of serum.
- Put the curdled milk in the plastic mold with holes that allow drainage, giving it a proper shape. Put some weight (can be a pair of cans). Let it rest in the refrigerator for at least 6 hours or overnight.
- The next day, remove from the mold and cut.
- Keep refrigerated. It is usual for the fresh cheese to release more serum, drain. It lasts only a couple of days.
- Prep Time: 2 hours
- Cook Time: 20 minutes
- Cuisine: Chilean
Keywords: Chilean Fresh Cheese