Marinated Cheese: Feta

Marinaded feta cheese

Feta is a wonderful choice for making marinated cheese.

You can use feta purchased from the store, or learn how to make feta cheese at home from goat milk.

Marinated feta cheese will keep at room temperature for a time, if it's prepared properly. It can also be stored in a container in the refrigerator.

To keep the cheese at room temperature (or to give as a gift), you will need to use glass canning jars.

To use canning jars, first sterilize the jar, lid and ring by boiling in water for ten minutes. Remove all parts from the water with tongs and allow to cool.

Place alternating layers of herbs and cubes of feta cheese into the jar (or container). Leave about 1" space at the top. Cover the cheese and herbs completely with vegetable oil.

Olive oil will have the strongest flavor, and will add a beautiful golden-green color, but you can also use soybean, canola, or other vegetable oil if you prefer a lighter taste and look.

Stronger herbs will produce a more noticeable flavor in the cheese, but choose according to your taste. You can use either dried or fresh herbs. Some herbs that are typically used include:

  • garlic
  • bay leaves
  • peppercorns
  • basil
  • rosemary
  • thyme
  • dill

Marinaded feta in jar
An easy combination that also looks nice in the jar is tri-colored peppercorns, minced or whole-clove garlic and a pre-mixed Italian herb seasoning blend.

Experiment with your own combinations to find your favorite look and taste.

Place the lid and ring on the jar and tighten. The cheese will keep without refrigeration for a while, as long as it is completely covered by the oil.

Use your marinated feta as a snack or in a Greek salad recipe.

For a wonderful homemade gift, decorate the jar with a ribbon and tag, and give to someone special!

Articles are updated frequently, so check back here for any new information on marinaded cheese!

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