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Butter Cheese Recipe

Learn how to make cheese at home! This Butter Cheese recipe will make a semi-firm cheese with a smooth mild paste that children love! It's great for snacking and makes a killer toasted cheese sandwich.
Course Appetizer, Snack
Cuisine American, German
Prep Time 5 hours
Aging 30 days
Total Time 30 days 5 hours
Servings 3 pounds
Author Quinn Veon


  • 4 Gallon Stainless Steel Pot
  • Instant Read Thermometer
  • Long Knife
  • Slotted Skimmer Spoon
  • 2 Gallon Pot
  • Small Pyrex Measuring Cup, or Mug
  • Measuring Spoons
  • Cheesecloth, or Plyban
  • Cheese Press
  • Bamboo Cheese Mat


  • 4 gallons milk, do not use ultra high temp pasteurized
  • ½ teaspoon Thermo C thermophilic culture
  • 1 teaspoon animal rennet
  • ½ gallon saturated brine, 18%


  • Warm milk to 102F. 
  • Add culture. Stir 2 minutes. Cover and maintain temperatures 40 minutes. 
  • Stir in rennet 30 seconds. Coagulate 30 minutes. Check for clean break.
  • Cut curds ½”. Heal curds 5 minutes. 
  • Heat 2 gallons water to 125F.
  • Stir the curds for 20 minutes, maintaining temperature. Settle the curds for 5 minutes. 
  • Remove half of the whey. Stir the curds to break up any clumps.
  • Using your mug or measuring glass, add warm water to the original level till temp is 108F, stirring with each addition to keep the curds from clumping.
  • Stir the curds more quickly than before for 10 minutes. Allow them to settle to the bottom for 10 minutes. 
  • Transfer the curds to your prepared mold lined with cheesecloth. Place the follower on top of the curds in the mold. Instead of putting the mold into your press, put it back into the whey.
  • Press under the cheese under the whey at about 5 lbs for 15 minutes. (I fill a half gallon mason jar with water and set it on top, rebalancing it as necessary.)
  • Remove the mold from the whey. Remove the cheese from the mold. Flip it, redress, and put it back into the mold.
  • Press the cheese in your press at 15 lbs for 30 minutes.
  • Flip and redress the cheese and press at 25 lbs overnight.
  • Create an 18% saturated brine (½ gallon water or whey to 1 ¼ lbs of salt). Cool to room temperature.
  • Brine the cheese for 16 hrs; flipping halfway.
  • Air dry 3-4 days, turning twice daily.
  • Vac seal the cheese and age one month 


  • Remove from vac seal packaging for at least an hour before sampling. 
  • You can reseal the cheese and store it longer. Notice the flavors as they develop over time and keep records of when you like your Butter Cheese the best.