As part of our Billy range of soft goat cheeses, Lemon Billy is made from our freshest morning milk and locally grown produce.
The milk flows directly from the dairy into the cheese vat, minimising handling and damage to the fragile milk fat. The milk is also pasteurised in the vat, ensuring the whole process is as gentle as possible.
We then add culture to the milk, along with a little salt and rennet, and set it overnight at a constant temperature. The next day, our cheese maker Paul ladles the curds by hand into cotton cloth bags and leaves them to drain for 48 hours. During this time, the room temperature is lowered to develop the subtle flavours of our cheese.
Because Lemon Billy is drained for twice as long as the Basil and Chilli cheeses, it has a much firmer consistency, enabling us to cube and marinate the cheese.
The infused grape seed oil we use to marinate our Lemon Billy cheese is made especially for us by Lee at Iron Pot Foods. To make the oil, Lee uses hand-picked lemon myrtle and garlic grown on her farm. She dries the spices, roasts the garlic and bruises the flavours to release their aromatic oils. The light, flavourless characteristics of grape seed oil make it a perfect carrier for the three flavours, which are left to infuse before adding to our cubed Billy Cheese.
The unique citrus flavour of lemon myrtle blends perfectly with the bush pepper and roasted garlic to make our most popular cheese.
Served simply with good quality crackers or sour dough, Lemon Billy is best shared around a table with family and friends. Our favourite way of eating Lemon Billy is spread thickly on fresh toasted bread and drizzled generously with the infused grape seed oil. Now that’s cheese on toast!
We also use Lemon Billy in an onion and cheese tart, served with fresh tomato, Spanish onion, kalamata olives and white balsamic vinegar salad. Once the cheese is finished, the delicious grape seed oil can be drizzled over salad, pasta or pizza or used to marinate meats.
Milk Type: goat – Nimbin Valley Dairy Classification: fresh marinated
Drink suggestion: Dry white wine, German pilsner or a spritzy gin and tonic