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Bel Paese Recipe

Bel Paese is a very fresh cheese that goes well with everything. Loved by both young and old alike, this cheese first grabbed my attention when seeing it everywhere in Italy as the essential table cheese. It is apparently the 'go to' cheese for snacking in Italy. Bel Paese means beautiful country, in Italian, which is fitting name for this beautiful cheese.
  • Yield2 pounds
  • Agingtime under 2 months
  • Skill Levelintermediate
  • Author

Ingredients

  • 2 Gallons of Milk (Not UltraPasteurized)
  • 1/64 tsp C70 Geotrichum Candidum
  • 1/16 tsp MA011 Culture
  • 1/32 tsp MM100 Culture
  • 1/16 tsp TA061 Culture
  • 1/4 tsp (1.25ml) Single Strength Liquid Rennet
  • Salt and Calcium Chloride for a Brine
  • Calcium Chloride (for pasteurized milk)

Equipment

  • Good Thermometer
  • Knife to Cut Curds
  • Spoon or ladle to Stir Curds
  • M3 Small Cheese Mold
  • 5-8 lb Weight for Pressing
  • Butter Muslin
  • Medium Draining Mat