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Any recipes for making hard chhurpi (rock hard Himalayan cheese)?

countersurfer | Jun 22, 2012 07:33 AM

Hi all,

I'm wondering if anyone knows of a recipe or tips for making hard chhurpi.

It's often sold here as Himalayan dog chews, and I want to try making my own (for both myself and my dog). I tried Googling all over the place but have only come across instructions—not recipes with amounts for the ingredients. The best one I've found is this one, although it doesn't call for salt like some others:

Basically, you're supposed boil milk, add acid to make curd, strain the curd, and smoke or air dry until it's hard like a stone.

If I can't find a recipe for chhurpi, I'm hoping that Chowhounds familiar with cheesemaking may be able to give me some general tips for making rock hard, shelf-safe cheeses.

Thank you for any input! :)

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