Feta Cheese

Feta is traditionally made in Greece from ewe’s milk, but I have had success using my goat’s milk. I see no reason why cow’s milk would not work as well. It is a fresh, snow white cheese which is pickled in brine. It is fabulous with kalamata olives and pita bread, as well as in a Greek salad.

By the way, the most popular Turkish cheese called Beyaz Peynir uses essentially the same recipe. We loved it with our breakfasts when we have visited wonderful Turkey. (It may be better not to tell the Turks that it is just like feta, and vice versa… 😉
Thanks to “Lynn” from the Lactobacillus Board for helpful suggestions.

Ingredients

  • 1 gallon fresh goat’s milk (You can use store-bought cow’s milk as well.)
  • 1 Tbl fresh yogurt (I have had most success with Dannon Plain.)
  • ½ tablet rennet, dissolve in 1/4 cup water (I have always used Junket Rennet tablets.)

Supplies

  • 2 gallon pot with lid (stainless steel with heavy bottom is best, enamel works, but you must stir it!)
  • 1 long bladed knife
  • 2 clean sterile handkerchiefs
  • Strainer
  • Cheese mold: Cut the ends out of a smooth-sided 4 x 5 inch tin can, save one of the cut ends.
  • Table salt

Procedure

  1.  Warm  1 gallon of fresh milk  in a 1.5 gallon stainless steel pot to 30°C, (86°F)

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Greece, Istanbul to Rome: Macedonia Trip

Images of Western Turkey

Hagia Sophia, Istanbul

Istanbul to Rome: Images of Macedonia

These pictures were taken during a whirlwind ten days traversing through Macedonia from Istanbul to Durres Albania, then by ferry across to Bari Italy, and train to Roma.

We will have MUCH more to say about our experiences, but I must first say that we continue to be impressed and gratified at the hospitality and generosity of people we meet around the world.  Macedonians have a rich cultural history and have done well at preserving it.

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Istanbul

 

 

Istanbul: Ancient Churches & Mosques

 

 

 

 

 

Northern Greece

 

 

 

 

 

Bitola: Southern Macedonia

 

 

 

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Brajcino

 

 

 

 

 

Ohrid

 

 

 

 

 

Struga

 

 

 

 

 

Elbasan, Albania

 

 

 

 

 

Durres, Albania

 

 

 

 

 

Roma, Italy

 

 

 

Northern Greece

Northern Greece

Northern Greece has been influenced over the millennia but a wide variety of occupiers, each leaving their own cultural traces. Edessa, for instance shows Turkish influence in its architecture.

One often sees herds of sheep and/or goats being shepherded alongside the roads. The milk from these herds makes fabulous local cheeses!