Pepper Jack Cheese

IMG_0592If you love pepper jack cheese, here is your solution.  Not everyone enjoys hot and spicy.  Adding as much or as little spices as you like, turns this into your own speciality cheese.  Follow along as I show you how to make your own pepper jack cheese.

Ingredients needed:

1 1/2 teaspoons citric acid and 1/2 cup water
1/4 teaspoon rennet and 1/4 cup water
1 gallon whole milk (not ultra pasteurized)
2 Tablespoons pickled jalapeno peppers diced
1 teaspoon black pepper
2 teaspoons salt
1 Tablespoon red pepper flakes
Stir the citric acid into the 1/2 cup of water.
Combine the rennet and 1/4 cup water.
Pour the citric acid and water mixture into a non reactive pot.
Pour gallon of milk into the pot and with a wooden spoon stir everything.
Heat milk to 90 degrees F.
Remove milk from heat and pour in the rennet mixed with water.
Stir slowly to mix. Now walk away and leave the milk to set for 5 minutes.
After 5 minutes you will see curds have formed.  Cut the curds into pieces.
Over medium heat return the curds and without stirring heat to 105 degrees F.
Next strain the whey from the curds.  Squeeze cheese with your hands, trying to remove as much whey as possible.
Microwave for 1 minute.  Pour off whey.
Add jalapeño peppers, black pepper, red pepper flakes and salt.  Using your hands squeeze and mix all spices into the cheese.
Microwave for 1 minute and repeat the squeezing and pouring off the whey.
Last time Microwave for 1 minute and repeat the squeezing and pouring off the whey.
The cheese should be glossy and firm.

Shape into any form you like.  I usually form the cheese into a roll and slice the roll of cheese to serve.

TIP:  If you want to make different kinds of herb cheese.  Change up the spices.  For example onion chives and red peppers.

The sky the limit, so be creative.  ENJOY!

 

 

50 thoughts on “Pepper Jack Cheese

  1. I love your site! And this recipe doesn’t disappoint! 🙂 I buy pepperjack cheese all the time; will have to get up my courage to make my own!

    1. If no microwave you need to line a colander with cheesecloth and keep pushing, folding over and removing as much of the whey as you can. It will take extra work but can be done. If you need a microwave Jack and Rita have one for only 15.00. Just sitting in their old house since they left. Works fine.

  2. Making my own cheese would not have been something I was going to do, but you have made it seem easy and enjoyable. I think I may have to try this out and see what happens. I love cheese, so this would be perfect for me.

  3. Wow, this sounds amazing – thanks for the recipe! I do love ANY -Jack cheese–Colby Jack, Monterey Jack, Pepper Jack… yum!

  4. I love how you make your own cheese! This is one of my favorite varieties ever and it’s probably SO much better than store bought!

  5. I have never made any kind of cheese before so I will have to make this recipe for sure. Pepper jack cheese is what we love on our sandwiches because it adds a little kick. Thanks for sharing the awesome recipe.

  6. Yum! Pepper jack is an awesome cheese, but it can be too spicy depending on the brand. I had no idea it could be made from home. Would love to try it.

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