I am sure all of us have sung the song Little Miss Muffet when we were kids. We have been curious to know about whey and curds. You can now learn to make the same with this recipe. Being an edible science experiment , It increases fun for your kids.
I am feeling excited to share this rhymes with you to recall our childhood memories..
Little Miss Muffet
sat on a tuffet,
eating her curds and whey.
Along came a spider,
who sat down beside her,
and frightened Miss Muffet away.
My younger daughter Tisha is 3.5 years and she is fond of this rhyme. So to involve her and make curd I decided to try this DIY curd recipe.
Steps to make whey and curds
The generic name for whey and curd is called curdled milk. The solid portion separated from curdled milk is called curd and the watery portion is called the whey. The process of curdling of milk can be done in different methods and based on that you will get a different quality of cheese. Our method of getting curd is called ricotta cheese. We can make ricotta cheese by combining milk and vinegar. You can recall recipe used for making paneer and queso-blanco for making this recipe.
- cooking thermometer
- Fine sieve
- Measuring jug
- Paper towel
- Spoon – For measuring, wooden and slotted spoon
- Table salt – ¼ tsp
- White vinegar – 2 Tbsp
- Whole milk – Pasteurised – 2 cups 1/4 teaspoon table salt
Certainly, don’t leave out your little one who is going to help you in making curds and whey.
Steps to be followed
Take the lined colander and arrange with a paper towel (at least 2 layers) and then keep it on a bowl (make sure to use a deep bowl so that the water will remain inside at the same time check if it is narrow to let the curd sit on top.
Take the milk in a saucepan. Place it on the stove top and stir while it is getting heated. Let the flame be low and allow it to reach a temperature of 80oC (175oF). You can check this with the thermometer. Alternatively, you can also check for milk simmering. Now switch off the stove and take the saucepan off the stove.
Then add salt to the milk in the saucepan followed by vinegar. Mix it gently for a few seconds and you can see the milk getting separated like water and lumps of white curd. The water is translucent and yellow in color called whey.
Use a sieve to pour this to the colander and they will drain completely. The solid part collected in the paper towel and the water in the narrow bowl.
In case your kids are older, then you may ask them to mix. But be with them and help them.
I checked the temperature and switched off the stove.
She was proud that she helped in adding vinegar too.
We waited for some time and did not have more patience. We felt glad that it tasted good. However, you can wait for some more time letting it set.
I was so glad that making cheese is a damn easy process. Not more than 30 minutes we spent to get this done. By only using things available at home we made this cheese. Also, it is the best activity to be performed indoor during the rainy day.
Also, you can make it in small quantities and these are fresh every time. Do away with the store bought cheese from now on. There is no need to store it anymore as you need 30 minutes time to prepare this for your meal. When there are more milk packets, then convert them into cheese and have a treat. Are you thinking of what to do with the whey? Try these suggestions and stay healthy.
If you’d like to read about recipe variations, I liked this post from The Food Lab where he tries out a bunch of different methods to make ricotta and documents the results. (I’m intrigued about trying this in the microwave next!) And in case you’re confused about where the recipe actually is at the end of the post (like I was), here it is here.
Get more edible science projects for kids that includes the following
- Try sherbet recipewith your kid to feel the fizzy reaction on the tongue.
- For making a delicious recipe with fun and observe the frothy reaction, try Anzac biscuits
- Check out the edible glassrecipe in which you can make glass from sugar and eat them too.
- My favorite one is the Honeycomb Feel free to add or not chocolate on its top.
Find all my work on Pinterest also in the following pages
- Go Science Kids
- Edible science projects