A documentation of my preservation and preparation of local foods as I work through the seasons. This will serve as a reference tool for me in the future and as a sharing guide for family and friends...and anyone else interested. Hopefully, I can offer some useful methods, tips and recipes to share with everyone--be they novice or pro--and encourage them to join me in the exciting world of preserving and cooking with local foods.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Mysost; a sweet-sour Norwegian whey cheese

Every week after picking up our milk at farmers market, I make mozarella cheese (see 7-27-2011 post).  The by-product of my weekly cheese-making is whey.  The first week of the month, I bottle the whey and store in the fridge for adding a daily tonic to beverages--most often our morning tea.  The rest of the month, the whey is made into a cheese; either ricotta, ziergerkase or mysost.  Wonderful that nothing goes to waste!

The process for making mysost is quite easy.  It should be made within three hours after draining the whey from the mozarella (while it's fresh).
How I make mysost:
Put the fresh whey in a pot on the stove and bring it just to a boil.  Skim off any foam and then pour it in a crockpot.  Set the crockpot on low and let it slowly cook, stirring occasionally.  It will need to cook from 6-18+  hours.  Towards the end, it will begin to thicken and turn a light brown.  Anytime after it has begun to get thick, you should (carefully) put it in your blender and blend for a few minutes so that it does not have a grainy texture when done.  Blend in batches, filling blender only half full to avoid getting burned.  Return to crockpot and continue cooking on low until as thick as peanut butter or paste.  Put into small canning jars with lids so you can put one in the fridge and the rest in the freezer.  Cool and refrigerate or freeze.  If the cheese turns grainy, you can warm it in the microwave or on the stove and stir it.  If you want it milder, you can also stir in some cream while it is warm.
 We prefer this to peanut butter on our toast.
(means it's good-- we both love peanut butter!)


  1. First, THANK YOU for talking about mixing it as it thickens. I used the emulsifier and it worked! This batch wasn't grainy. The question I have is about the foam. Other recipes I read through remove it in the beginning like you did, but then they add it back in later. What does this foam do to the mysost? Does it really have to be removed? Thanks in advance!

  2. Hi,

    Did you cook it in the crockpot with the lid on or off? Thanks!