One of my goals for the new year was to learn how to make cheese, well today is January 1st 2016 and I was able to accomplish one goal already! My sweet amazing husband bought me two cheese making kits for Christmas because I told him I want to learn how to make various cheeses, and if I get a milking cow one day I can truly do it the homesteading way.
This company however is amazing, they have detailed instructions and videos online to watch and they have everything you need. You only need to buy two things if you don't have them, heat proof rubber gloves and a gallon of whole milk. Everything else you need comes in the little brown box and it was actually more simple then I thought.
To be honest when I first read the instructions I thought "Oh no what did I get myself into", but after reading the instructions a few times and looking up some blogs I realized it really wasn't as daunting as I thought. Just be gentle and patient, which is another goal for the new year for me so hey two goals in a day (well mastering the art of patience might take awhile).
So the process is all explained in the pamphlet they give you, whats awesome is it can make up to 30 batches of mozzarella or ricotta, you could even do half of each. I was excited because rather then paying $13 for a small ball of fresh mozzarella I can make tons for a fraction of the price, just the cost of milk which is currently $4.45 a gallon here. I feel like the more I can do from scratch and from my own kitchen the better independent we can be and easier on the budget. Also lets face it I like gourmet foods, but don't always like the price so this is a win win situation!
In the kit they provide you with the citric acid, rennet tablets, cheesecloth, cheese salt (you can use regular salt as well), and a thermometer. If you run out of any of the materials you can order more through them online or you can go to a local cheese store and can buy them. Here in Calgary the Springbank Cheese Co. has a lot of the stuff you need.
I took a few pictures of the process and various stages. When the milk has time to rest and starts to form more solid and looks more like cheese, that is when the whey and cheese separate and the whey is the yellow looking liquid. You can save the whey to help when forming the cheese, you can also use the leftover whey for various cooking options. This whole process took about an hour and then BAM here is the ending stage...
This kit is from a company named Make Cheese, they are a Canadian company and they are a good price and they deliver fast. They have many kits to choose from, I got the Mozzarella and Ricotta one and the Cheddar one for Christmas. I am excited to try the Cheddar one as well and I would love to get their other ones (especially the feta one). The Mozzarella and Ricotta kit is $29.95, the Cheddar kit is $59.95 but makes 8 batches of 500 grams of cheese and you can customize the flavors and even age them for a long long time so they are good and rich in flavor.
I can't wait to try them all!
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