I love cheese. No, wait. That's an understatement. Cheese has been a loyal friend throughout my life. Spicing up boring dinners, bringing comfort food to a whole nother level, just always there for me. The least I could do was learn a little bit about where he/she came from.
In actuality, I had gotten an email from Williams Sonoma about the clearance sale, and I couldn't resist going through it. I bought the queso fresco package, and loved it. Then I saw there was a mozzarella/ricotta set, and immediately bought it. I didn't know I needed it in my life until that very moment. I am so glad we met.
Boil everything you use including the cheesecloth to ensure no additional bacteria is introduced to the cheese making process.
This kit is actually prepared by another company called Urban Cheese Craft. They are an amazing group. They have a website that has a ton of tutorials by way of photos or videos. I know I used the Trouble/Tips section, or as I'd like to call it the "Omg, I spent way too many hours trying to make this, please save my butt before I have rotten cheese smell all over the house." If you're interested in their products or just checking them out, this is their website (here) and they also have an etsy store (here).
I made a point to take this photo, because when I was making the cheese, the thermometer stopped rising after awhile. I didn't understand it until I realized that the thermometer must have been stuck in the cheese after it coagulated. In the two times I made mozzarella, I noticed that around the time it hits a good temp, the cheese separates from the pot. When you see that, take the thermometer out, and place it in the crack to measure the pot's temperature. This will help ensure you don't overcook the cheese, and ruin your beautiful cheese baby.
It doesn't look like much, but it tastes RIDICULOUSLY good. I already bought these cute cheese trays that help keep cheese fresh for longer. I've already made mozzarella with basil, pepper flakes, and thyme. I can't wait to make more as gifts during the holidays!
| The Ingredients
1 gallon of milk
1 ½ tsp citric acid
¼ rennet tablet
1 tsp cheese salt or to taste
Large pot (at least 6 quart)
Butter muslin (fine cheesecloth)
Large slotted spoon
Rubber gloves (or large spoon)
1 ½ lb
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