Originally Posted by MrJames
I'm not expecting miracles, but I had thought 8lbs of milk could produce more than 1lb of cheese. SWMBO wants to try cheese making and asked what is the benefit of making our own. Can anyone comment?
Yep, that's about right. With a soft cheese, I might get 1.25 pounds but for almost all cheeses, 1 pound is about right.
Once I make the cheese, I bring the whey to a near boil, cool it and strain those minute curds. That makes ricotta. In the left over whey from a pound of cheese, you might get a tiny sour cream sized amount of ricotta also.