Print

Wild Ramp Paneer Cheese (Preserving Your Ramps Past Spring)

a pan of homemade paneer cheese flavoured with wild rampsramps

The foraging season for wild ramps is fleeting, lasting only a few weeks in early spring. Extend the flavour by making fresh paneer cheese flavoured with ramps.

Paneer is easy to make and unlike most other cheeses, it can be frozen without compromising quality, letting you enjoy your prized foraged edibles throughout the year.

Paneer is best (for me) fried in butter until crispy and browned. It will retain it’s pressed shape and not melt. 

Ingredients

Scale

Equipment

Instructions

  1. Pour your milk into the large pot and set it on the stovetop over medium-high heat.
  2. Stir it constantly as it slowly comes to a boil, then remove it from the heat immediately.
  3.  Add your acid to the pot and slowly and carefully stir it once or twice, no more.
  4. Allow the pot to rest for 5-10 minutes. The curds will separate from the liquid whey.
  5. Carefully spoon out the curds with a slotted spoon/skimmer or small mesh colander into a larger colander suspended over a bowl. Take your time so that they do not break apart into smaller pieces.
  6. Add your salt and finely chopped ramps into the strained curd, and stir well to combine with a wooden spoon or silicone spatula — or your clean hands.
  7. Press the curd into fresh paneer as per the recipe notes, or skip the pressing and enjoy as-is.
  8. If you are pressing, the paneer is finished and ready to be stored once it has come to room temperature.
  9. Store in the fridge up to a week, or wrap tightly to freeze, and enjoy the taste of ramps all year round, long after they’ve left the forests.
  10. The best way to enjoy your paneer (in my opinion) is fried in butter (or ghee) until golden brown and crispy. Heat up 1-2 tablespoons of butter and add your paneer once the butter is sizzling. It only takes a couple of minutes per side to achieve the colour in my photo.
  11. Enjoy with or without bread.