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Judy Bowman
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I'm particularly interested in the cheeses of the Middle East since they were developed in a hot climate and think this one especially interesting. Has anyone made it?
 
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Haven't made it yet. But looks delicious. Will be asking my Lebanese friend all about it next time I see him.

this recipe looks tasty. Do you think it's anything like the real thing?
 
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I think it would be similar at least. By cooking the yogurt the resulting curd would be drier and require less time in the sun I would think. I had some extra yogurt yesterday so I strained it, salted and mixed in some dried ground habanero pepper. It sat outside in the sun and breeze yesterday and should by dry enough to make a ball today.
 
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I wondered about cooking it. That would reduce the live bacteria and other beneficial invisible beasties. I imagine cooked, it would have less storage life and be more open to unwanted microorganisms. It would be fun to experiment with.

I'm excited to try this. Now all I need is some yoghurt. Apparently we can make some with Kefir... hmmm....
 
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That's a good thought. It would depend on the temperature and how quickly curds form which would probably vary with the acidity of the yogurt. I'll mess around with it today and let you all know my results. I love a good experiment!
 
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The sites linked below were getting me interested as well in making yogurt from cashews and peanuts, and if feeling emboldened, hazelnuts. Peanuts and hazelnuts would be the two that we have a prayer of growing in our region, so could be a local type of yogurt (non-dairy) that could then possibly be precipitated into some form of cheese. Will also soon be trying 'mesophilic cultures' that are sold for cheddar-type cheeses (dairy based) and will be seeing how these cultures do with a nut-milk base. I agree...fun way to experiment!

http://www.vegrecipesofindia.com/how-to-make-cashew-yogurt/

http://blog.veganosaurus.com/2011/01/creamy-peanut-milk-curdsyogurt.html

http://veganontheprowl.blogspot.com/2012/09/vegan-yogurt-peanut-and-cashew.html
 
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Anyone tried this yet?

I hope to remember to fetch some yoghurt next time I'm at the shops and give this a go.
 
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