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My First Attempt at Cheese-Making 
Mar. 8, 2011 7:29 pm 
Updated: Mar. 12, 2011 9:03 am
Tonight, I made mozzarella cheese and ricotta cheese for the first time! It was pretty easy and I'm fairly pleased with the results. Prior to ordering supplies, I had reviewed The Home Creamery by Kathy Farrell-Kingsley. The book gave a suitable overview of dairy terms. It covered the basics of cultured dairy products and moved on to soft, unripened cheeses.

I had also purchased And That's How You Make Cheese! by Shane Sokol. On the plus side, this book explains cheese-making in very easy to understand terms. It did give me confidence to think I could easily turn my kitchen into a happy Home Creamery! On the minus side....if I ever meet the editor of this book, someone will need to give me an alibi. All I can say is it feels like no one proof-read the manuscript prior to the book being published. The typos are to the point that I'm unsure whether I trust the recipes.

I found a site called Leeners that had a good assortment of supplies for a reasonable price. They also had a kit that included many of the items that I had on my "purchase" list and included a mold. Perhaps I can try a pressed cheese this weekend!

My mozzarella turned out tasty though I think I will add a bit more salt to the finished product next time. I pulled it like taffy so that it developed more of a stringy texture than allowing it to stay more soft. With the whey, I made ricotta, which was so simple to make that it was almost embarrassing.

I loved making these cheeses. So much fun!  I also loved being able to decide what went into the cheese that I made for my home.  I may need to use up my spinach with some manicotti tomorrow!
Mar. 8, 2011 9:06 pm
That's awesome! Another direction I'll simply have to try some day! Good for you.
Mar. 9, 2011 4:48 am
Neat! I've been wanting to take a cheese making course for aged cheeses, but they're only offered a couple times a year. Do you have any pictures to share with us? or is it all eaten already? :)
Mar. 12, 2011 9:03 am
I ate it! The ricotta was made into stuffed shells. I added some wild mushrooms to the stuffing, topped it with tomato sauce, and then the mozzarella. It was yummy. I had been thinking of taking a cheese class, but the books worked great! Plus the internet with step by step pictures. :)
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