This last Saturday, I attended a Preparedness Fair put on by our local ward of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (LDS). There was lots of good information on various methods of food storage and preparation. One thing that I learned was how to make preppers cheese from powdered milk. It was very simple to make and tasted like an unsalted ricotta cheese. You could use it to make lasagna, macaroni and cheese and to top casseroles. In a disaster where fresh cheese wasn’t available, this would be a simple way to provide it without much work.
Ingredients for Preppers Cheese
- 3 cups powdered milk
- 6 cups water
- ¼ cup vinegar (any type) or lemon juice
You also need the following supplies
- A piece of cheesecloth, flour sack towels, or soft t-shirt type fabric
- Large slotted spoon
- A cook pot
- Thermometer capable of reaching 180 degrees F. This includes most candy thermometers.
Mix together the powdered milk and water in a large pot and stir until the milk is dissolved. When the milk is completely dissolved, heat it over a medium heat to 180 degrees F. Now stir in the ¼ cup of vinegar and remove from the heat. Set it to the side and cover with the cloth.
After it has cooled remove the solid curds by straining through a cloth lined colander. Squeeze out the excess whey and your cheese is ready to eat. This is a good tasting soft cheese, if you want you can add a bit of salt after it is finished.
Now don’t throw the whey away it has many uses. You can drink it straight and it is a healthy low fat drink. You can also use it like milk in many different dishes. Nothing should be wasted. The nice thing about preppers cheese is that you can make it from products that would already be in most food storage pantries.