Hey, people make gourmet goodies out of human placentas, so why not breast milk? After all, if your breast milk is too old to be donated to needy women in developing countries, the next best thing, of course, is turning it into cheese! Easy, right? Turns out, uh, not so much.

My extensive experience in making Paneer compelled me to try something different, that is, making Paneer out of my own breastmilk. Basically this is human cheese. Why would I do that? Well, basically, there are about twenty bags (each 150ml) of frozen breastmilk in the fridge, and they have passed their three months drinkability period, which means I would not be able to donate the milk like I did before... It turned out that breast milk can not curdle, because the protein content is lower, and because the protein in breast milk is more easily digested compared to cow's milk. That's why, unmodified cow's milk is unsuitable for babies. And on the other hand, adding acid to further 'digest' breastmilk protein won't curdle the milk. So, the moral of the story, YOU CANNOT MAKE CHEESE OUT OF BREASTMILK. Don't even try.


Breast Milk Cheese [Indrani via RandomGoodStuff]
Related: Save Some Womb For Dessert [Harper's Magazine, sub req'd]
Milk Money [Salon]