This is not my first attempt at cheesemaking. It was about this time in 2010 that I made a few batches of mozzarella.
Since I only made a few batches, and since my first batch was better than my last batch, I can’t say that I was ever a confident cheesemaker. In other words, I never knew what I was doing!
Yesterday while out, I picked up some milk and after lunch, I made the simple cheese from the One Hour Cheesemaking. I am not sharing the recipe because it’s in the book and I highly recommend the book. The recipes are very clear, with lots of pictures. These are truly beginner recipes, yet the end result is delicious and the recipes, at least for a few of the easiest ones, are great for older children. Can you imagine making your own cheese as a child? The author says her recipes are easy, easier and easiest!
The items you see above – milk, buttermilk, lemon and non-iodized salt . . that is truly the only ingredients needed to make the cheese I made yesterday. True to the title of the book, I got the ingredients out, squeezed the lemon, made the cheese, cleaned up my mess and I was done in less than one hour!
You can see the curds are separating from the whey. Everything is working as it is supposed to work!
The whey is draining!
They were still soft and warm but you know I could not resist trying the cheese.
One wheel was sprinkled with Herbs de Provence and we spread it on crackers. I believe Vince would say my cheesemaking workshop was a good one!
At lunch today I think I will spread pepper jelly over one of the wheels and we’ll have that with crackers.
Since I bought Claudia’s Deluxe Cheesemaking Kit, I may try to make mozzarella today. This kit will make 6 types of cheese – at least 30 combined batches. She also has a smaller kit that has the items needed to make only ricotta and mozzarella.
The whey will not go to waste either. I used some in smoothies last night. Since I am going to make cheese again today, and yogurt, I will end up with lots of whey so I will probably make a batch of ricotta from the whey, then what’s left after that will be poured around the blueberries and given to the chickens.
I’m having fun in my kitchen!