So, I’ve been looking online at all the things that we can do and make at home because the cost of everything has gone up. So to begin Tamavalevale’s series on 1samoana HOMEMADE PRODUCTS – here’s a recipe for CHEESE. (Because cheese in NZ right now is like $15 a 500gram block.)

Homemade cheese


2.15 litres whole milk
150ml full cream
½ cup white vinegar
½ Tablespoon sea salt
¼ cup sundried tomatoes (drained of oil and finely chopped)
¼ cup fresh herbs, torn if using basil or chopped finely for rosemary, thyme or parsley


Put the milk and cream into a large saucepan and using a candy thermometer bring the mixture up to 90C. Remove from the heat and slowly stir through the vinegar to separate the curds and the whey.

Have a colander lined with the cheesecloth ready in the sink to pour the mixture into. When most of the liquid has passed through, add the salt, herbs and sundried tomatoes and stir to combine.

Bring the cheese cloth together and twist to encase the cheese applying a little pressure. Push this nice and snugly into the plastic container and then weigh down with a plate or disk that fits within the container and full tins to aid the remaining moisture to be pushed through the drill holes in the bottom of the container.

Place the container on a rack with a catchment dish underneath and place in the fridge overnight.

To serve, turn the cheese out onto a platter and drizzle with some extra virgin olive oil and a garnish. 

(Courtesy of Waikato Times)

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