28 May 2012, 00:00

Poutine Cheese Curds Recipe

Ready in : 1/2 day

Quantity: approx. 1 pound (454g) of cheese per 1 gallon of milk


  • 1 gallon of whole milk (or non-homogenized raw milk)
  • 1/4 tsp calcium chloride Buy from Amazon
  • 1 packet of thermophilic culture (lactose, S.Thermophilus, D.S.Bulgaricus, L.Helveticus) Buy from Amazon
    • Note: 1 packet can process up-to 2 gallons of milk
  • 1/4 tsp Rennet Buy from Amazon
  • 2 tbs water
  • Kosher salt to taste (or coarse sea salt)

Note: these ingredients are probably also available at your local grocery store.


  • 1 large stainless pot
  • 1 large stainless spoon
  • 1 thermometer
  • 1 large strainer
  • 1 cheesecloth (approx. 12pouces X 24pouces (30cm X 60cm))
  • 1 long stainless knife

** All stainless equipment should be very clean. Sterilize if possible. **


  1. Pour milk in the pot and start heating at the lowest setting until the temperature reaches 85°F (30°C).

  2. Add calcium chloride and the envelope of culture and mix well (rinse spoon with cold water)

  3. Turn off the stove so that the temperature stop rising.

  4. Let stand for 45 minutes.

  5. Mix 1/4 tsp of Rennet with 2 table spoon of water

  6. Add rennet mix to milk and mix well (Rince spoon under cold water)

  7. Let stand for another 45 minutes.

  8. Check the condition of the curd by planting the thermometer and the emerging at an angle of 90 degrees. If the break is sharp, the curd is ready. Otherwise, wait another 15 minutes.

  9. Start the heat at the lowest setting

  10. Cut the curd into slices about 1/2 inch across the width of the cauldron. Rotate a quarter turn and cut in the other direction, so that the curd is completely diced 1/2 inch wide. Then cut diagonally downward in both directions.

  11. Let stand for 10 minutes.

  12. Stir gently every 2-3 minutes, until the temperature reaches 110°F (44°C). This step is long and laborious, but it is allowing the whey out of the cheese and prevents the curds from clumping.

  13. Close the heat when the temperature reaches 110°F (44°C)

  14. Check the texture of the curd by taking a piece between your fingers. If it collapses well, without gelatinous texture and it is spongy but still firm, it’s ready. Otherwise, keep going (with the heat off)

  15. Cover the strainer with cheesecloth folded in two (to form a square) and pour everything.

  16. Let drain about 10 minutes and then squeeze with your hands to release the whey. This step is also quite long! (30 minutes to 1 hour)

  17. When everything seems to be out, break your cheese curds with your hands and put it back in the pot

  18. Salt to taste with coarse salt (I used 1 tsp)

Your cheese is ready for tasting! It will keep at room temperature for 24 hours, it is advisable to refrigerate afterwards.

Sources: http://www.travelblog.org/Oceania/Australia/New-South-Wales/Sydney/Bondi-Beach/blog-349194.html and http://www.cheesemaking.com/Recipe_CheeseCurds.html.