Azorean Fresh Cheese (queijo fresco dos açores)

Azorean Fresh Cheese (queijo fresco dos açores)

Often served with cornbread the Azores-style fresh cheese is creamy, a little salty and incredibly delicious!
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Cuisine Portuguese
Servings 5 cheese rounds 5 oz each


  • 5 cheese molds


  • 2 quarts whole milk
  • 3 tsp sea salt
  • ¼ tsp liquid rennet
  • 5 tsp non-chlorinated water


  • Pour milk into a large pot and add salt.. Over low heat bring the milk up to temperature between 85 and 105°F (30-40 C)
  • Turn the burner off. Mix the rennet with 5 tsp of non chlorinated water. Next add liquid rennet to the milk. Stir for 1 minute
  • Cover and let stand for 90 minutes.
  • With a knife, cut across the curd and then across in the opposite direction. Note:approximately 2 inches apart. Do not stir or try to split the curds apart.
  • Place the mould inside cookie sheet pan bit of a rim. (casserole dish could be used also 9x12")
  • Cover with plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator. The first day you may need to drain the way out of the cookie sheet pan twice. Then the second and third day trained away once each day.
  • On the third day you can unmold the cheese. With a knife go around the edge of the mole between the cheese and the mold. Then place a small plate over the mold flip it over and tap on a wooden cutting board.
  • Note: if you want the cheese to be firmer, let it drain for four days. You could also I'm old one after three days and let the others go for an additional day- if you're dying to cut into it!


Azores dairy industry migrants to U.S,A.
What Is Rennet?
Rennet is an enzyme and one of the most important cheese making ingredients. It helps separate the milk curds from the whey and enables curds to thicken. It needs to reach a temperature of 85 to 105 degrees F to begin working. It is essential that you maintain this temperature because if it reaches 140 degrees,
it will be deactivated. Knowing the proper temperature is essential to ensuring you do not let the process go on for too long and ruin your cheese's flavor.
Keyword Azorean food,, azorean recipes, Portuguese cheesecake tarts
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