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Making cheese at home can be somewhat overwhelmingat first. That's why it's important to have a breakdown of cheesemaking for beginnerswith these easy cheese recipes.
HOW TO MAKE HOMEMADE STRING CHEESE
How many of us have kids who just LOVE string cheese? Did you know you can make it yourself with an ordinary mozzarella recipe? You'll be surprised at how easy it is and pleased at how much you'll save. An added bonus: No plastic packaging!
Waxing cheese is a simple method used to protect hard cheese from airborne bacteria, unwanted mold, and excessive drying. Waxing is used on cheeses with aging periods of only a few months, while cheeses aged for any longer than four or five months are usually bandaged.
Cheese making is an ancient process of culturing milk. While it is possible to make cheese without a cheese culture (take these acid cheesesfor instance), using a cheese culturehelps good bacteria in the milk flourish and leads to a more fully developed flavor in the final cheese.
Salt is called for in most cheese recipes, sometimes listed as cheese salt. Cheese salt is merely a salt that is non-iodized. Iodized salt harms and inhibits bacterial growth and well-being that is essential to any good cheesemaking.
Both cheesecloth and butter muslinare very important to the cheesemaking process, and each is better for different tasks in home cheesemaking. Learn more about each type of cloth below.
Aging and storing your cheese does not have to be complicated, expensive or time-consuming, however. With a little knowledge and some basic equipment, you can create your own tiny cheese cave, right in your kitchen.
So you're ready to make your own cheese. You've found a recipe, you've chosen a milk. You have visions of a tasty mozzarellato melt over homemade pizza or homemade chèvreto serve as a cracker spread at parties.
Venturing into the world of pressed cheeses is an exciting and new adventure! Once you’ve mastered the simpler cheeses, pressed cheeses, like cheddar, can be next on your list of cheeses to make.
Direct-set powdered cheese starter cultureshave a frozen lifetime of a year or more, but once used to make cheese, that starter culture is finished, and a new packet of powdered starter culture is needed for the next batch of cheese.
Soft cheeses are not only some of the easiest cheeses to make at home, they are also super versatile cultured foods. Just a few minutes of prep and a few hours of setting and draining can produce some pretty amazing soft cheeses that can be used with virtually any meal.