Making cheese at home can be somewhat overwhelming at first. There are so many different types, styles, and variations of cheese to choose from, it's tough to decide where to begin. That's why it's important to have a breakdown of cheesemaking for beginners with these easy cheese recipes.
For new cheesemakers, it helps to pick cheeses that are forgiving when it comes to temperature variation and time discrepancies. Your first cheese might not look just like the picture, but it will almost always taste delicious and fresh, and in making it you will have learned a few fundamental processes involved in cheesemaking.
EASY CHEESE RECIPES FORCULTURED SOFT CHEESES
Fresh, unripened soft cheese is a good place to start because it involves the basic processes of cheesemaking without getting too involved in more complicated steps like pressing and aging. There are a few different types of cheese that are easy for beginners.
EASY CHEESE RECIPES FOR ACID CHEESES
Acid cheeses are another good place for beginners to start, as these recipes generally involve only a few ingredients. These cheeses are made by combining heated milk with an acid such as lemon juice or vinegar to help the milk coagulate. If you attempt these cheeses you'll also need butter muslin to drain whey from the cheese to thicken its texture.
Fresh Cheese Making Kit
EASY CHEESE RECIPES FOR GOAT CHEESES
If you're looking to create a homemade cheese with a little tang, you may want to try one of our goat cheese recipes. The ingredients and effort required for these recipes vary a bit, so take a peek at each to see which looks most doable for you.
EASY CHEESE RECIPES FOR HARD CHEESES
If you are feeling very adventurous and want to jump right into making hard cheeses, here are a few good ones that are easier and will give you a feel for the basics of hard cheesemaking.
These familiar cheeses are generally mild in flavor with shorter aging periods. To try out some other techniques in cheesemaking, colby and cheddar are great smoking candidates, and gouda can be brined, depending on the recipe.
Cheese is an excellent option to spice up any dish. These cheese recipes are simple and easy to follow, so you can cook a delicious meal without spending hours in the kitchen. Download our free cheesemaking recipe book and cook some fantastic cheese dishes today!
BEGINNER CHEESEMAKING KITS
If cheesemaking still sounds daunting, a basic cheese kit may be the place to start. The kits contain all the ingredients and equipment needed for making specific cheeses. Just add milk!
While our cream cheese starter cultures are for making dairy cheeses, many vegan cheese recipes begin with a starter culture called rejuvelac to make cheeses such as this Cashew Vegan Cheese.
How to Get Started...
Once you've chosen a recipe, it's time to jump in and get started making your own cheese. Lucky for you, Cultures for Health is here to help you when it comes to cheese cultures.
The best way to start making cheese at home is our all-in-one cheese starter kits. We have five different kits for each type of cheese you'd like to make:
- Mozzarella and Ricotta Cheese Making Kit
- Basic Italian Cheese Making Kit
- Goat Cheese Making Kit
- Fresh Cheese Making Kit
- Paneer & Queso Blanco Cheese Making Kit
Each of these cheese making kits comes with a starter for whichever cheese you're going to make and the cheese cultures that you'll need for the process. On top of all of that, they come with detailed instructions to make the cheesemaking process as easy as possible.
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Do you love making homemade cheese? Download our Cheesemaking Guide and Recipe book today and start cooking up some amazing cheese dishes at home!