I raise goats on our five acre homestead in the North Cascades wilderness, where I make many different kinds of hard cheeses like Gouda, Tomme, Cheddar and Manchego. I’ve taught hundreds of people how to make cheese, either on our homestead or online. Although hard cheese is not hard to make with the right directions and guidance, it might be best for a beginner to start out with soft cheese like Chevre.
Chevre, a french style soft goat cheese, is one of the easiest cheeses to make. You can make it with cow milk, but then it’s not called chevre (meaning “goat” in French), but Farmer’s cheese.
Chevre is a creamy spreadable cheese that tastes wonderful with herbs and spices added to it. You can also use it for deserts paired with fruit, and it can be used like cream cheese, since it has the same consistency. My vanilla cheese cake made with Chevre is out of this world!
I will show you how to make this yummy cheese with either 5 quarts of milk (which will make about 2 pounds of Chevre), or 2 quarts of milk if you don’t want use as much milk. Before we get started, let me tell you some tips.