Our technical advisor, Jim Wallace read this one over and made a change to the amount of culture called for in Kim's recipe. Of course, there are millions of variations in cheese recipes. Our motto: A recipe is just the beginning of your cheese making adventure. Create!!!
I asked Kim to tell us a bit about himself:
I live in Esquimalt, British Columbia, Canada. (Esquimalt is a township within the Greater Victoria BC Area) here on the west coast of Canada. I am with the Canadian military; My trade is called Resource Management Support Clerk. I wear the Navy uniform and my present rank is Leading Seaman.
I was into beer and wine making before, but since I live in an small apartment with a tiny kitchen, I had to give that hobby up. I started cheese making just a few months ago because I wanted to do a hobby with my brains and hands.
I give away most of the cheeses I make, since I want other people's opinion or suggestions and I can't eat that much cheese. :D
How I ended up making the chocolate cheese: I was wondering one day if anyone had made a chocolate cheese. I went onto Google to search and I found an article which I can't find again.
In this article, they told how they tried to make chocolate cheese from milk and cocoa powder and it was a disaster. I decided to try myself, except that I would use the store-bought pre-made chocolate milk. So I tried it and it worked well for me.
|Kim's chocolate cheese|
4L (1 gallon) chocolate milk*
1L (1 quart) whipping cream 33%**
2.5mL (1/2 teaspoon) calcium chloride mixed with 30mL (6 teaspoons) distilled water
1.25mL of Kazu 1000 culture direct (produces a slightly nutty flavor found in aged cheddar, parmesan, gouda and asiago type cheeses)
Kosher salt and crystal sugar mixture (about 15mL (3 teaspoons) salt to 65mL (13 teaspoons) sugar)
Pour it into the pot and mix in the calcium chloride solution (mixed with the distilled water). I use a balloon whisk.
Turn on the stove and slowly bring up to 33C (91F), stirring with the whisk if the cream starts coming up.
* Ref: Island Farms Chocolate Milk - http://islandfarms.com/product/chocolate-milk/
** Island Farm Whipping Cream - http://islandfarms.com/product/whipping-cream-33-percent/