Learning how to make cheese may seem intimidating at first because it’s something not many of us have grown up seeing or doing. It’s really surprisingly easy to get started however, especially when you begin with making fresh cheese, such as ricotta. These are some the questions we get asked again and again.
Right here! We offer all the tools and information you need to learn how to make cheese and start creating your own tasty cheeses in the comfort of your kitchen. Here are some of the resources we offer on the website:
You can also purchase our ‘Journey Through Cheese Making’ instructional video or, if you’re in the Nashville area, attend one of our cheese making workshops at Standing Stone Farms.
Aside from a couple special items, the ingredients used to make cheese are very common. You really only need milk, a curdling agent and salt. We use:
An easy way to get started finding the right ingredients is by getting our Basic Cheese Making Kit that includes all the ingredients (except milk) that you’ll need to make mozzarella, chevre, queso blanco, mascarpone and ricotta.
While some recipes out there suggest using lemon juice or vinegar, we advise against using either since the pH levels are inconsistent and can affect your cheese. Stick to the citric acid or microbial rennet!
Making cheese is much simpler than you might think and you probably already have everything you need right in your kitchen. The basic items you’ll need are a:
Some ‘nice-to-have’ items include:
You can see more details in our supply list for beginners on how to make cheese here. Also, our Complete Cheese Making Kit includes all the tools you need.
Aging times vary on the type of cheese you’re making and the flavor and texture you prefer. There are several cheeses, like chevre, cream cheese, ricotta or mascarpone, that you can eat right away, while feta or cheddar takes time to set and let the flavors develop.
Traditional Italian ricotta only has four ingredients and is a piece of cake to make (ind the recipe here.) Also, our Super Fast Mozzarella Recipe is a bit more involved but definitely doable for beginners and the result is fantastic – you can’t beat fresh mozzarella!
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