Homemade basil garlic goat cheese

    20 min

    A simple and delicious cheese recipe. It's full of flavour and is totally moreish. Goat's milk is warmed, then mixed with vinegar, allowed to curdle, strained, mixed with garlic and basil and chilled. Serve with bread, crackers or anything you fancy.

    7 people made this

    Serves: 6 

    • 3.75 litres goat's milk
    • 125ml distilled malt vinegar
    • 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh basil
    • 3 large cloves garlic, finely chopped
    • salt to taste

    Prep:15min  ›  Cook:5min  ›  Ready in:20min 

    1. Pour the goat's milk into a large pot. Cook over medium-high heat until small bubbles form and the milk becomes foamy. Do not bring to the boil. Remove from the heat and stir in the vinegar; let stand 10 minutes to curdle.
    2. Line a colander with a double layer of cheesecloth. Pour the curdled milk into the cheesecloth to separate the curds from the whey. Gather up the sides of the cheesecloth and gently squeeze as much remaining whey from the curds as you can. Place the cheese into a mixing bowl and stir in basil and garlic. Season to taste with salt, then cover and refrigerate until cold.


    When straining the cheese, make sure that your cheese cloth has very small holes or you double it over so that the curds will not run out with the whey.

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    I had access to a thermometer and based on some previous cheese making experience warmed the goat milk up to 195 degrees Fahrenheit. I had never worked with Basil before and as I was cutting it up I was surprised at the strong aroma. I cut back a bit, but upon reflection, the creaminess of the cheese really does subdue the basil and now wish I had added all the Basil that was called for. Garlic added a nice touch!! Super easy to make!!! I used about 6 pinches of course salt (without additives; like the kind used for pickling). Thanks a bunch for sharing!! Next time I will try with different herb combinations!!  -  25 Jul 2011  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    This is absolutely devine! I scaled the recipe down to 2 servings as a trial, but next time I will make the entire recipe. I did 4-1/2 cups (1 L) goat's milk, 2 tbsp (30 ml) distilled white vinegar, 2 heaping tsp fresh chopped basil, and 1 large minced garlic. I let it drain too long (became distracted by kids) and it was a little dry. To moisten it up again, I added a few teaspoons of whey back into the curd until it had a 'spreadable' consistancy again. This is great with salted crackers. My two year old couldn't get enough of them. Thanks for sharing such a wonderful recipe, Ranchgurl! This is going into my Keeper File.  -  16 May 2010  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    This was my first time making any kind of cheese, and it turned out wonderfully! I will definitely be making this again. I followed another review that said to bring the milk to 195 degrees. I couldn't find any cheesecloth at my local grocery store so I used coffee filters lined in a metal strainer and that worked perfectly. Can't wait to try some more herb varieties.  -  19 Jan 2012  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)