We'll be showing you how to make 30 Minute Mozzarella until the cows come home (forever)! It's so easy and fun that we don't think there's any reason to stop.
Sarah (Ricki's daughter, the Cheese Princess) spotted Angel Sweezea's blog (Heart, Hands, Home) and we contacted her about her Mozzarella post. She generously allowed us to print it with her perfect pictures and her crystal clear directions.
Angel's introduction to her blog sets the tone for her website and I like it enough to quote it:
Welcome!Grab a cup of coffee, pull up a chair and join me on this journey to put Proverbs 31 into action. Women are the hearts and hands of their home! May your heart be content, no matter what circumstances you face. May your hands be busy, caring for your family and reaching out to those in need around you. And may wherever you live, become a haven to everyone around you, not just a place to lay your head, but a home.
If you don't happen to know Proverbs 31, it's there on a page of its own.
Angel has also written a book, Shortcut Cooking-Saving Time and Money in the Kitchen, which you can purchase and download right from her blog.
Homemade Mozzarella Cheese
By Angel Sweezea at Heart, Hands, Home
Mozzarella is one of the easiest cheeses to make, it only takes 30 minutes and the taste can't be beat!
The ingredients are simple although a couple of them you may have to search a bit for, but the end result is worth it--especially when you can say "I made it myself!"
Homemade Mozzarella Cheese
1 gallon whole milk (just be sure that it is not Ultra-pasteurized, any other kind will work, store bought, fresh from the cow (or goat))
1 tsp. citric acid*
1/4 rennet tablet*
2 tsp. cheese salt*
A big pot
Place milk in large pot with thermometer.
While you are heating the milk, dissolve 1/4 rennet tablet in 1/4 C. cool water.
Milk should be like a thick gelatin. Cut the curd into a grid pattern.
After your salt is incorporated, heat the cheese for 35-45 seconds more until it is stretchy like taffy. The cheese will be really hot, so it helps to wear gloves to work with the cheese.
* Citric acid, rennet and cheese salt can often be found at local beer and wine supply stores or in some specialty grocery stores. If you cannot find it locally, you can order it online from New England Cheese Supply. (That's us!)
The first couple of times I made my own cheese I was sure I was doing it wrong, but I am always amazed that at some point it all seems to come together and I have cheese, so don't get discouraged. I discovered the brand of milk I used can really make a difference in the finished product, so if the first batch doesn't work out, try a different brand.
I will be sharing some recipes next week that highlight your homemade cheese.
Angel's website- http://heart-hands-home.blogspot.com
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