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Colby Jack cheese

Colby Jack Cheese recipe. This versatile and flavorful cheese will elevate your culinary creations to new heights. Crafted with love, this recipe promises a creamy texture, a perfect balance of Colby and Monterey Jack flavors, and an irresistible meltiness that will have you hooked from the first bite.

Exciting Story: In our cozy little kitchen, Colby Jack Cheese has become the heart and soul of family gatherings. My husband and I stumbled upon this recipe during a lazy Sunday afternoon, and little did we know, it would soon become a cherished staple. I vividly remember the first time we melted it over nachos during a movie night – the gooey goodness was an instant hit. Since then, it has graced our cheese boards, pasta dishes, and grilled sandwiches. Our little family can’t get enough of its homemade charm, and I can’t wait for you to create your own cheesy memories!

Why This Colby Jack Cheese Recipe Rocks: Unleash the Cheesy Magic with This Homemade Delight!

Selling Points:

  • Distinctive Blend: Experience the perfect harmony of Colby and Monterey Jack cheese, creating a unique flavor profile that sets it apart.
  • Creamy Texture: Say goodbye to store-bought blandness – our Colby Jack is luxuriously creamy, making it an ideal companion for various dishes.
  • Versatility: From tacos to salads, this cheese adapts like a chameleon, enhancing every bite with its delightful melt-in-your-mouth goodness.
  • Homemade Goodness: There’s something special about crafting your own cheese. Embrace the satisfaction of serving a dish with your homemade Colby Jack.

Ingredients:

  • 1 gallon (3.8 liters) whole milk
  • 1/4 rennet tablet, dissolved in 1/4 cup cool, chlorine-free water
  • 1/4 teaspoon mesophilic starter culture
  • 1/4 teaspoon calcium chloride, diluted in 1/4 cup cool, chlorine-free water
  • 1/4 teaspoon liquid annatto coloring (optional)
  • 2 teaspoons cheese salt

Directions:

  1. Warm the milk to 88°F (31°C) in a large pot.
  2. Sprinkle the mesophilic starter culture over the milk’s surface and let it rehydrate for 1-2 minutes before stirring it in.
  3. Add the diluted calcium chloride and annatto coloring (if using) to the milk, stirring gently.
  4. Pour the dissolved rennet tablet into the milk and stir using an up-and-down motion for about 1 minute.
  5. Let the milk set undisturbed for 45-60 minutes until you get a clean break.
  6. Cut the curd into 1/2-inch cubes and let them rest for 5 minutes.
  7. Slowly heat the curds to 102°F (39°C) over 30 minutes, stirring gently.
  8. Maintain the temperature at 102°F (39°C) and continue stirring for another 30 minutes.
  9. Drain the whey, salt the curds, and mix thoroughly.
  10. Press the curds for 6 hours, flipping every 30 minutes.
  11. Allow the cheese to air-dry for a day, then wax or vacuum-seal it for aging.

Notes: Feel free to experiment with aging times – a longer aging period intensifies the flavors. Additionally, if annatto coloring isn’t your thing, skip it; the taste remains superb.

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Frequently Asked Questions:

Q: Can I use skim or low-fat milk?

A: Whole milk works best for the creaminess, but you can use lower-fat options, keeping in mind that the texture may vary.

Q: Is annatto coloring necessary?

A: No, it’s optional. It adds a vibrant hue, but skipping it won’t affect the taste.

Q: How long can I age the cheese?

A: Aging for at least two weeks will give you a mild flavor, while longer aging (2-6 months) results in a sharper taste. Enjoy experimenting!

Colby Jack cheese

Colby Jack cheese

Recipe by Alexandra
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Servings

4

servings
Prep time

30

minutes
Cooking time

40

minutes
Calories

300

kcal
Total time

0

minutes
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Ingredients

  • 1 gallon 1 (3.8 liters) whole milk

  • 1/4 1/4 rennet tablet, dissolved in 1/4 cup cool, chlorine-free water

  • 1/4 teaspoon 1/4 mesophilic starter culture

  • 1/4 teaspoon 1/4 calcium chloride, diluted in 1/4 cup cool, chlorine-free water

  • 1/4 teaspoon 1/4 liquid annatto coloring (optional)

  • 2 teaspoons 2 cheese salt

Directions

  • Warm the milk to 88°F (31°C) in a large pot.
  • Sprinkle the mesophilic starter culture over the milk’s surface and let it rehydrate for 1-2 minutes before stirring it in.
  • Add the diluted calcium chloride and annatto coloring (if using) to the milk, stirring gently.
  • Pour the dissolved rennet tablet into the milk and stir using an up-and-down motion for about 1 minute.
  • Let the milk set undisturbed for 45-60 minutes until you get a clean break.
  • Cut the curd into 1/2-inch cubes and let them rest for 5 minutes.
  • Slowly heat the curds to 102°F (39°C) over 30 minutes, stirring gently.
  • Maintain the temperature at 102°F (39°C) and continue stirring for another 30 minutes.
  • Drain the whey, salt the curds, and mix thoroughly.
  • Press the curds for 6 hours, flipping every 30 minutes.
  • Allow the cheese to air-dry for a day, then wax or vacuum-seal it for aging.

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