Cultures For Health is a great website to help you clean out your pantry and make your own starter cultures for making yogurt, kefir, sourdough, kombucha, and more. They offer great starter kits of all kinds! The one that I was sent was a great kit to make Mozzarella and Ricotta Cheese. Included in this kit is everything you need to start making cheese (minus the milk of course). It was so simple to make, that even I had no problem at all making a smooth creamy Mozzarella Cheese, or what I like to call it “Bites Moz Cheese”. Before I show you my finished product let me tell you what comes in this amazing kit.
- 1 yard Butter Muslin (fine-weave cheesecloth)
- 4 oz. Citric Acid
- 5 Vegetable Rennet Tablets
- 8 oz. Cheese Salt
- Instruction and Recipe Booklet
Literally everything you need in one box! If you are giving this as a gift this year, it would be really cute to take a bow and put it on a gallon of milk. Of course wrapping up the box. The receiver will have no clue what they are getting. When buying your milk Cultures for Health recommends getting milk that is not highly processed. This will make it difficult to produce cheese curds. Mozzarella and Ricotta can be made with lactose-free milk. Avoid UHT or Ultra-Pasteurized milk.
This was super fun project to do and really not that difficult if you follow the directions properly. My cheese actually came out perfect, my ball however had something to be desired. I used the stove top to do all the steps including pulling the cheese. I started off cooking the milk and the Citric Acid then adding the Rennet Tablets. I let it sit for about 8 minutes.
After it had finished separating, all I did was simple reheat and work the curds. I was surprised that I did not mess this up! LOL. It is so very simple. The only thing that I do with is that I would have not had so much fun stretching it. I could not get it back into the perfect ball. It does however taste WONDERFUL. I hardly used any of the ingredients, except for the full gallon of milk and think tomorrow I am going to try making little balls. I will let you know how they come out.
If you looking for a great Holiday Gift for someone that loves to work their magic in the kitchen, check out Cultures for Health. You can purchase this Mozzarella and Ricotta starter kit for $24.99 and really is a great deal. If you buy chance purchase it for yourself, let me know how you did.
Now off to eat my Grilled Mozzarella Grilled Cheese!!