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I am making an overly-elaborate drink recipe. That recipe will end up with a pile of milk curds as a byproduct.

I want to try making those curds into a cheese instead of discarding them. However, they have already been chilled, prior to pulling them out. Usually (if I recall right), you need the curds to be hot when you start pressing them into cheese.

Is there any good way to use cold curds as a basis for cheese?

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  • With mozzarella, you soak them in hot water and then start stretching. Depending on the type of curds (acid vs rennet), you might look into that process, or even experiment on your own as you might not have a suitable curd for pulling
    – Joe
    Nov 11, 2023 at 15:37

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The type of curds you're making with Milk Punch are high-temperature acid-set curds, which are going to produce a cheese similar to ricotta, farmer cheese, or paneer.

If you want to use it as soft farmer's cheese, the kind you'd put in blintzes (for example), then you don't really need to do anything. You could also use the cold curds in place of ricotta in recipes like ricotta pancakes. They would work less well in recipes that require the ricotta to be creamy.

If you want a firmer cheese, basically a paneer, then warm the curds somewhat -- 50C or so should do it -- drain them, and then hang and press them the way you would normal paneer.

None of this is any comment on what the flavor of the resulting cheese is likely to be. You've added quite a few spices, juices, and alcohol to the mix, and that will result in a pretty interesting cheese.

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  • Blintzes would be the best bet with those flavors, I think.
    – Sneftel
    Nov 11, 2023 at 23:25
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    I went the paneer route. Excited to see what exciting flavors it has.
    – fectin
    Nov 13, 2023 at 3:37
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    The flavors are too exciting. Not bad, actually, but too strong. This would likely be good mixed with at least three parts regular curds and cheesed from there.
    – fectin
    Nov 17, 2023 at 18:25
  • Thanks for reporting back!
    – FuzzyChef
    Nov 17, 2023 at 19:11

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