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    A rich and creamy tasting fresh cheese from your goats milk.

    CULTURE INCLUDES: lactose, (LL) lactococcus lactis subsp. lactis, (LLC) lactococcus lactis subsp. cremoris, (LLD) lactococcus lactis subsp. biovar diacetylactis, microbial coagulant enzyme

    YIELD: 1 packet sets 1 gallon of milk and makes approximately 2 pounds of cheese.

    DIRECTIONS: Heat 1gal. milk to 86ºF, add 1 packet of culture to your milk and let rehydrate for 1-3 minutes. Stir into milk and let set for 6-12 hours. Drain in Butter Muslin (U2) for 6 hours and refrigerate for up to a week.

    STORAGE: Keep packets in the freezer, they will last up to 2 years.

    DISCOUNTS: If you really love this culture you can buy 12 or more 5 packs and receive our price break of $4.95 for each.


    FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

    Q. How do I determine when the chevre is ready to drain?

    A. Goats milk fresh from the farm may be quite variable coming from different farms. Because of this the time to form a proper curd wil vary. Variations may also0 be found from thye same farm as the seasons change due to weather and changing diet.

    So how do we determine when the proper set is reached?
    Our guidelins for 12 hours is simply a guide. The actual time may vary substantially. What we need to look for is a firm curd with a very thin layer of whey on the surface. What you will obseve during this coagulation is:

    • First the milk forms into the initial gel
    • Second a few drops of whey form on the surface
    • Next the why bgins to collect in small pools and clear whey appears between the curd and pot edge
    • Finally, the whey forms a thin layer on the surface and some cracks may develop in the curd body

    At this point the curd is ready to drain.
    This may be at 8 hours or it may be at 24 or more hours, it really depends on the milk and time of year.
    The best plan is to watch the curd and drain/mold as you see it develop as described above.

    If after the 6-12 hrs. the curd has not formed well or perhaps has overset with lots of whey on top, check the temperature and times. More time or a bit warmer temp will improve the weak curd formation. This may be extended to 24 or even 36 hrs in extreme cases. If the curd is too firm with much whey, then it could be possible the milk had developed too much acid on its own before making cheese. Also check the time and temp and reduce these if needed.

    The ideal time to ladle and drain this cheese is when a bit of whey (1/8-1/4") has pooled on top of the curd and perhaps the curd pulls slightly away from the pot edge or cracks.
    Fresh milk will perform differently as seasons and weather changes.

    Q. I just started making goat cheese. At first I tried lemon. Then I tried vinegar. Didn’t like it. I just ordered your chevre culture and tried again. Better, but not excellent as most people report. Not sure what I am doing wrong. Rather than a fresh tangy flavor, it is more a sour-ish flavor, with a not so great after taste. The milk is fresh local organic, the goats are mostly the LaManche breed. We live in southwest Arizona where it is very arid. The goats do not graze but are penned and fed.

    A. It may be that you allowed the cheese to ripen or drain too long. This will allow the acid to develop too much producing a sour/acid and dry cheese. Also make sure you watch the temp that this is done at because warmer temps will cause a faster acid development.

    Q. I purchased chevre culture from you last year that I have kept in my freezer. I had some others left over previously from an earlier order a year or two before that I used first last year and that worked well. However, twice this spring in using a chevre culture that I got from you last year, there was a failure in getting the cheese that I expected. It didn't firm up as much and became more of a yogurt consistency such that essentially it went back to a liquid form when I poured it into my cheese colanders. This happened first 2 weeks ago and also two days ago. I have previously had very good results with my chevre production with your culture. Please advise.

    A. Not a lot of details in the inquiry, such as your milk source, but if this is a local raw milk the problem could be early season milk. This can vary form year to year. This can also be the result of a raw milk that has not been used in the first day or so and hence develops its own character, mostly from proteins breaking down from natural lipase in the milk, as well as certain bacteria that do fine at low temperatures.
    Also, when you do not see a proper curd forming, wait to see the whey rise slightly to the surface before cutting or ladling the curd. This can take an extra 12-24, or even more, hours. This is common in early and late season milk. If you do not see a firm curd then something may be inhibiting the culture (alkaline milk) or the cultures may be stressed for some reason. My guess is that you ladled the curd way to soon.

    Q. We just started milking a friend’s goats and will get 2 gallons a week of milk. We made chevre this week using your mesophilic culture and love the flavor, but it’s pretty crumbly. I’m wondering whether we should use the chevre culture or if we should use some kind of mold to form it in. We hung the curds over a bowl after we’d poured off the whey through cheesecloth overnight. So should we switch cultures, use a mold after hanging, or do something else? We used 1/4 tsp culture and 4 drops rennet for the 2 gallons of milk. Thanks!

    A. If the cheese tastes overly acid, you will want to reduce the culture amount or ripen for a shorter time before draining. If the cheese is just dry, drain the cheese for less time to retain more moisture.

    Q. I just finished my first batch of chevre using the C20G- Chevre culture,top quality milk from Redwood Farms, and the recipe on your website. Temps maintained within 1.5 degrees. The cheese came out of the cheesecloth after 12 hours, clinging to the sides, kind of rubbery about the edges, softer in the center, and tasting rather bland.
    I added 1.5 tsp salt which made it too salty to enjoy. The result is the consistency of cottage cheese that has been drained dry. Other than reducing the salt, do you have any suggestions to improve the taste and consistency next time?

    A. I know Jennifer from Redwood Hill and the quality of her milk quite well. Your texture problem could be from draining at too warm a temp. The exterior dries too quickly, causing moisture to be trapped in the center. If you open the bag of draining curd midway and mix the curd it will be more homogenous. Also, the bland flavor may be due to not ripening the curd long enough before draining. Try letting the curd set a bit longer before draining. You are looking for a thin layer of whey on top when it is ready. The salt can easily be adjusted to taste next time.

    Tip from a customer!!
    "Just a tip for long incubations requiring temperatures of 86-100F: If your oven has a Proofer setting, you can use that. If not, you can use a poor mans proofer, in which you boil 2 cups of water in a pot or large glass measuring cup, cover it and put it in the oven for 15 minutes while you heat your milk. Remove the pot and put in the cultured milk. The oven will stay a balmy 92-96F for hours!!"

    Jim, our tech man, had this to add: There are many other ways to do this as well. Mine is to use an insulated cooler with bottles of warm water to hold the temps. This will keep your oven open for use and you can move the cooler out of the way.


    Making Chevre, Freezing It and Using it in Recipes

    Spring means goat's milk!



    And goat's milk means chevre. Lots of it! As you know, sometimes you just can't eat it all. In fact, you make so much that you have to freeze some of it. Not to worry! It will change texture slightly but it will still be great in recipes like the ones below.



    When you freeze your cheese, wrap it carefully in waxed paper or plastic wrap and put it in a freezer bag. Plan to use it within a few months. When you are ready to use it, leave it in the fridge for one or two days to thaw gradually.



    Simple enough? Of course, you have to make the cheese first, so here's Jessica Durff's description of a basic chevre recipe (I think her photography is amazing!). Then, after you've made it, you're ready for the following 4 recipes, originally presented by chefs at their fabulous websites (they were kind enough to share them with us). All of these chefs have many more recipes at their sites, so check them out!




    Fresh Chevre
    By Jessica Durff
    applesandbutter.com



    2 quarts pasteurized goat milk
    1/2 packet of chevre culture meant for 1 gallon of milk
    Lots and lots of cheesecloth
    Twine




    Heat the goat milk in a stainless steel pot to 86F and whisk in the chevre culture. Remove from heat and let sit at room temperature for 12 – 24 hours. I let mine sit for about 20 because I kept waiting for the curds to form. It turns out that hard curds will not form, but you will notice a much thicker, creamier texture to the milk.



    When you see that thickness, drain the milk in a colander lined with lots of cheesecloth set over a bowl. Rather than pouring the milk through the colander straight from the pan, use a ladle to gently pour it in. You may only be able to fit half the milk in at a time. That’s fine. You’ll hang the first batch before laying out more cheesecloth to drain the second.



    After the milk has drained slightly and you see some whey collected in the bowl, gather the cheesecloth together and secure with twine (as shown in the picture above). Use the twine to hang the cheese where it can continue to drain for 10 hours.



    Do not try to rush the draining process, it takes time. Repeat until all the milk has been drained and is hanging. After 10 hours has passed, open up your cheesecloth packets to find creamy, tart, fresh (!) goat cheese. Salt and season to taste or use as is.




    Recipes:



    Goat Cheese Macaroni
    By Rachelle (Shelley) Teller
    thepamperedkitchen.blogspot.com



    Ingredients:

    1/2 lb. elbow macaroni
    1/4 cup butter
    1/4 cup flour
    3 cups milk, heated
    1 cup sun-dried tomatoes
    8 oz. goat cheese
    1/4 cup roasted garlic
    1 tsp. chopped thyme
    1 tsp. chopped oregano
    1 cup Mascarpone cheese
    1 cup heavy cream
    2 cups fresh breadcrumbs
    1 clove garlic
    1/2 cup fresh, grated Parmesan cheese
    1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
    1 tsp. chopped parsley



    Methods/Steps



    Preheat oven to 325F. Cook macaroni in salted boiling water until just tender, drain. Run under cold water, then drain very well and set aside. In a heavy saucepan, melt butter, then add flour stirring to combine. Cook 2 to 3 minutes on moderate heat. Add milk, slowly stirring. Simmer 10 to 20 minutes until flour taste has gone. Strain sauce into bowl and cool. Soak tomatoes in hot water until soft, slice into 1/4-inch strips. In a large mixing bowl, place macaroni and half of white sauce. Crumple goat cheese over top. Add tomatoes, garlic, thyme and oregano. Work together gently by hand. Add Mascarpone and heavy cream. Season with black pepper and salt. The mix should be soft but not sloppy, if it is too dry add more white sauce. Put in 10 inch baking dish. In food processor, grind bread and garlic together, then add olive oil and parsley, and pulse in processor just to mix and sprinkle on top of macaroni. Bake 20 to 25 minutes.



    Additional Tips
    Ready in 1 hour, 15 min prep




    Potato-Goat Cheese Gratin
    By Joe Schreiber
    desertculinary.blogspot.com



    Ingredients:



    1 tablespoon olive oil
    1 1/4 cups thinly sliced leeks
    1 1/2 cups milk
    1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
    1/2 teaspoon salt
    1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
    1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
    1 large garlic clove, minced
    2 1/4 lbs Yukon gold potatoes, cut into 1/8" thick slices
    4 ounces (about 1 cup) crumbled goat cheese
    1/3 cup panko breadcrumbs
    1 ounce (about 1/4 cup) fresh grated Parmesan cheese



    Directions:



    In a medium skillet, heat oil over medium-low. Stir in leeks and cook, stirring occassionally, until tender and beginning to brown, about 18 to 20 minutes. Remove and set aside.



    Meanwhile, preheat oven to 400F.



    In a medium bowl, whisk 2 tablespoons of the milk into the flour. Pour in remaining milk - whisk in salt, pepper, nutmeg and garlic until combined.



    Arrange of the potato slices in a 2 quart baking dish coated with cooking spray. Scatter the top with the cooked leeks and crumbled goat cheese. Pour half of the milk mixture over the top. Arrange remaining potatoes over the top - pour remaining milk mixture all over. Cover pan with foil and place into the oven to bake for 45 minutes. Remove foil and continue to bake until the potatoes are tender, about 25 minutes.



    Meanwhile, stir together panko and Parmesan cheese in a small bowl. Scatter onto the tender potatoes and continue to bake, uncovered, until the topping has browned, about 15 minutes. Remove from the oven and let sit for 10 minutes before serving.



    Makes about 4 to 8 servings, depending if served as a main dish or side.




    Spinach Goat Cheese Lasagna
    by Deborah Mele
    italianfoodforever.com



    Serves 6


    Sauce:

    3 (14 oz) cans chopped Italian tomatoes
    3 cloves garlic minced
    2 tablespoons olive oil
    5 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
    pinch of red pepper flakes
    salt & pepper

    Pasta Dough:

    3 cups unbleached flour
    4 large eggs
    pinch of salt

    Other Ingredients:

    1 (16 oz) bag fresh spinach
    1 (6 oz) log goat cheese
    1 1/2 cups grated Mozzarella
    1 cup grated Parmesan cheese

    Directions:

    To make the pasta, mound your flour on a large pastry board, or the counter with the salt, and make a well in the center. Break the eggs into this well, and start to scramble each egg with a fork as it is being added. Start to incorporate the eggs and flour by slowly bringing more flour in from the inside edges of the well. Continue adding the flour to the eggs until they are no longer runny. Using your hands now, bring the outside edges in, forming a large mass on your board. Use only the amount of flour needed to form a soft ball.

    Begin to knead the ball of dough as you would bread, pushing it down with the heel of your hand. Continue kneading until the dough is smooth and satiny, for about 5 to 7 minutes. Wrap the prepared dough in plastic wrap, and let it sit for about 30 minutes.

    Use a pasta roller or roll by hand to make long sheets of pasta 1/4 thick. I use my Kitchen Aide table mixer with the pasta attachment and roll my pasta to the third last position or to number 6 on the dial. After rolling, cut into 12 inch long strips. Precook in boiling water for 30 seconds, then place in ice water. Dry and set aside on clean kitchen towels.

    To make the sauce, cook the garlic in the oil until it is tender. Finally add the tomatoes, basil and seasonings. Bring everything to a boil and then reduce heat to a simmer. Cook for about 10 minutes until thickened.

    Cook the spinach by either steaming it or by using the microwave. Allow to cool and squeeze to remove as much of the liquid as possible. Coarsely chop.

    To assemble the lasagne, add about 1/2 cup of sauce to the bottom of a large lasagne pan. Add a little water and mix. Make an overlapping layer of the noodles across the bottom of the pan. Spread a large spoonful of sauce on top, making sure the noodles are well covered. Take about a quarter of the spinach and layer on top of the sauce. Sprinkle some of the mozzarella on top. Add the next layer of noodles, then sauce, then break up some goat cheese on top. Sprinkle with some of the parmesan cheese. Continue layering in this fashion, alternating spinach and goat cheese layers. Spoon enough sauce to cover the top, and then sprinkle on the last of the parmesan and mozzarella cheese. Drop small dollops of the goat cheese to finish. Cover the dish with foil and refrigerate until ready to bake.

    Preheat oven to 350F. If the lasagna was refrigerated, allow it to come to room temperature before baking. Bake for about 30 minutes. Remove the foil topping and bake an additional 15 minutes or until the top is lightly browned and the lasagna is bubbling. Let rest 10 minutes before cutting.


    No-Bake Lemon Vanilla Goat Cheese Cheesecake
    By Nathan Lyon
    growingagreenerworld.com

    Have on Hand:

    one 8-ounce bag Mi-Del brand gingersnaps (I use my blender to blend them, or crush the gingersnaps in a heavy zip bag) 2 cups
    4 tablespoons butter, unsalted
    3 tablespoons dark brown sugar, divided
    1.5 cups chilled heavy whipping cream
    1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
    1 tablespoon honey
    11 ounces goats cheese (chevre), room temperature
    zest of 1 lemon, wash the lemon first, 1 teaspoon

    1 nine-inch spring-form pan, sprayed lightly with non-stick spray
    honey, garnish
    mint, garnish

    Directions:

    For the crust, in a small bowl mix to combine the gingersnap crumbs with 1 tablespoon brown sugar, plus the melted butter. Dump that right on in the prepared spring-form pan, then, using the inverted plastic cap of the non-stick spray can, evenly press the crust into the bottom of the sprayed 9-inch spring form pan, then pop it into the freezer which will help the crust set while you make the filling.

    Using the whisk attachment of an immersion blender, hand mixer, or stand-mixer, whisk together the remaining sugar, vanilla extract, plus the cream, until a very thick whipped cream is made. Thicker than normal. Add the room temperature chevre, the honey, plus the lemon zest and continue to whisk until incorporated. Scoop the lemon-vanilla goat cheese deliciousness into the prepared spring-form pan. Spread it evenly, then smooth the top off.

    Wrap with plastic wrap and back in the fridge it goes. Chill for 7 to 9 hours, or, heck, over-night wouldn’t hurt either. When serving, I like to have a pitcher of hot water and a towel at the ready. Un-mold the cheesecake, then soak the knife in the hot water for 30 seconds. Wipe dry then slice into the cake. Return the knife to the water, wipe dry, and cut. You get the picture. Nice even slices. Serve with a drizzle of honey, plus some picked mint would be nice too, don’t you think? Heck yeah! Enjoy.

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    Allergens

    Description of Components


    X Wheat
    X Other Cereals containing gluten
    X Crustaceans
    X Eggs
    X Fish
    X Peanuts
    X

    Soybeans

    X Milk (including lactose)
    X Nuts
    X Celery
    X Mustard
    X Sesame Seeds
    X Sulphur Dioxide & Sulphits (> 10 mg/kg)
    X Lupin
    X Molluscs
    X Corn corn derived ingredient
    Based on 86 Reviews
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    So Easy

    First time making cheese - had no idea it would be this easy.

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    From: Dummerston VT

    Consistently Dependable

    I have been using this culture to make Chèvre for more than three years. This culture has never let me down. It is as dependable as sunrise. I continue to use the basic recipe that Jim described in the recipes section of the site.

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    • SUPER easy to make and use!
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    • None so far!
    From: Texas

    Makes AWESOME Chevre!

    This is my FAVORITE product from anyone for making Chevre! Easy and accurate! AND OOOHHHH so good!

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    From: Elkin, NC

    Very consistent cheese

    I have been using the chevre culture at least once a week since the beginning of March and never had a bad batch! Super easy cheese to make and tastes great!

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    Tasty goat cheese

    Makes wonderful chevre, very creamy. Easy to make cheese. Don't always have access to good goat milk, but luckily the culture stores in the freezer forever so can keep it on hand for when I can use it.

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    From: Altadena CA

    Always petfect

    I have tried starter from several other companies with only marginal success. Rain shine, hot or cold. This starter works!

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    • great flavor
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    Wonderful product!

    I made chevre all the time and this is a wonderful culture. I like to experiment with dry time, etc. There are some very helpful hints on the website.

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    This is a great product and great service

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    • Easy to make. Tastes great!!
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    From: New MexicoI

    This is my favorite Cheve starter!

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    From: Black Oak Farm, Guthrie, OK

    Perfect Chevre every time!

    Love these cultures. Never fail. I get panicky when down to my last 2 packets. This is the one I use the most, but use lots of others. Never a failure.


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    An absolute must have!

    I always have this culture on hand in my freezer, I may goat cheese at least once a week and it comes out fantastic every single time. Or use it in place of butter cream cheese and peanut butter and like to have fun by mixing different herbs and spices into it. I highly recommend it, your family and your friends will love the finished product .

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    • Easy and Delicious
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    Delicious

    I originally ordered this to try the Belper Knolle recipe that's in the recipes section. A few balls of it never managed to make it to aging and now the family asks if I'm making it every time we get together. Time to order some more.

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    • Easy to make
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    • Cant keep enough starter in the house.
    From: Too far from San Francisco, and missing it!

    Milk and honey...yum!

    We've made chèvre about a half-dozen tiimes now, following the directions on the starter package. Our favorite so far? Adding local honey and fresh Meyer lemon juice to taste once curds are drained. Can barely keep ahead of the eating crew! Especially when there are bagels in the house. I've now started ordering the chèvre packets 10 at a time. So glad I found you folks! (And your customer service is awesome, but you already know that!!!).

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    From: Kentucky

    Yummy and easy!

    This is incredibly easy to use, with instructions right on the bag that holds the culture packets. I use fresh raw goat milk with this, drain in the butter muslin, and add seasoning (if desired), before shaping. A mild chevre that takes well to crackers and grapes. Our household is divided on which they love best...plain or seasoned with salt, pepper, garlic, and chives! Will definitely be buying this again!

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    From: North Adams, MA

    Renet & Culture Packets

    I absolutely love the little packets they take all the measuring and guess work out of cheese making. Follow the simple directions and use fresh quality goat milk and you'll have a perfect cheese.

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    • EASY
    • TASTY
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    From: Belgrade, Maine

    Newbie heaven

    I have to say starting out with goats milk and trying to learn to make cheese is a bit of a challenge for the newcomer. This culture packet is just what a new cheese maker needs to gain confidence and learn the basics of making beautiful cheese. The process couldn't be simpler and it is such a pleasure to realize its not as hard as you think it is. Try it...you wont be disappointed!!

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    From: Southwick mass

    Goat cheese addict

    I am a goat cheese addict! Love it on almost everything!! Since I started making my own this these packets, I won't buy it at the store anymore! My parents also love it. They will randomly stop over will a gallon of goat milk as a hint for me to make them more!! And it's so simple!!! Anyone can do it, but I like my family thinking I'm just doing something amazing, so I don't tell them that!!!

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    Pros:
    • Easy
    • tastes wonderful
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    • None
    From: WI

    1st cheese making adventure

    used this culture for my first cheese making adventure. The culture worked despite my lack of knowledge and the resources and sharing of knowledge on this site are hands down the BEST out there. Follow the advice on this site and YOU GOT THIS!

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    Great culture, has worked well every time!

    I use our fresh raw goat milk, and have never had a issue. Sets up a nice textured curd, with a mild tangy taste.

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    • ease
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    • I don't continue the culture.
    From: NE Iowa

    Always Great!

    This is my go to for fast and delicious chevre! Now that I have 3 small people in the kitchen things can easily go unfinished... but this, this I get done every time! And there is always so much curd! Make it a real crowd pleaser by adding fresh herbs and salt... serve it on oatcakes for a fairy fest!

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    • Easy to follow instructions
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    • Remember to refrigerate right away
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    First try fantastic!

    I milked my first goat this month and made my first batch of chèvre. It was easy to make and came out delicious!

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    • great consistant product
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    • dream of bulk jars to measure from
    From: Colorado

    Very consistant flavor

    I can't decide whether I like Chevre or Crème Freche better! They are both mild, very VERY versatile cultures (as in plain, sweet, savory, salty, spicy addition friendly), as well as completely consistant (like all things from NE Cheese! :) )

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    Best. Ever.

    This starter allows you to experiment easily with different consistencies of chevre - slightly higher temps or lower temps and slightly longer or shorter draining times and you get different consistencies and flavors. Excellent packet to start experimenting, or just have what you know and love as chevre.

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    Chevre

    Needed to start with the easier cheeses, so this is my first. This culture makes it simple!

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    • Reliable & Flavorful
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    From: Chepachet, RI

    Great even for cow's milk cheese

    I am still fairly new at home cheesemaking, but I couldn't be happier with my results using the chevre culture. I don't have access to fresh goat's milk, but this makes an excellent cow's milk cream cheese with a bit more tang and interesting character than your typical cream cheese. It definitely sets my own creations apart from the typical store-bought fare.