Standing Stone Farms
The first cheese making a kit we examined is provided by Standing Stone Farms- it's advertised as a mozzarella, ricotta, burricota, DIY kit. They market it as a nearly all-in-one solution, providing all of the necessary ingredients minus the perishable dairy products you need to create mouth-watering cheeses in your own home.
Indeed, they supply a robust quantity of ingredients that will help you convert 20 gallons of milk and into non-genetically modified cheeses in under 20 minutes. The kit includes a vegetarian liquid microbial rennet, calcium chloride, citric acid, cheese salt, disposable gloves and a drain cloth.
In terms of the equipment that you need, you'll have to make sure that you got a stainless steel pot, a thermometer some whole milk as well as either a cultured buttermilk or heavy cream.
- Reviewers say that depending on the milk you are using, the cheese you are creating, you can expect to get about 1 pound of cheese for every gallon of milk that you use.
- This kit will help you make soft cheeses, primarily mozzarella and ricotta- the included recipe book provides instructions for a variety of other soft cheeses you can make at home.
- Buyers say that this cheese making starter kit is a solid option for beginners- the taste was exceptional, while the appearance wasn't restaurant-quality.
- One buyer said it was pretty easy to do- all you need to do to get started is to mix the milk with the citric acid, heat it up, add the diluted calcium chloride and liquid rennet, use the thermometer to assess temperature and then the cheesecloth to strain it once it reaches a thick porridge-like consistency.
- Another novice cook says he was thrilled with the mozzarella he made, saying that the instructions were clear and that the pasteurized whole milk he used created a delicious mozzarella-endorsing it as a great gift idea for like-minded cheese enthusiasts in the family.
The second cheese making kit we took a look at is provided by New England Cheesemaking Supply Company- it ships with 8 ounces of citric acid, cheese salt, 10 vegetable rennet tablets, a cheesecloth, a thermometer and a recipe book.
- One buyer initially wondered whether they could use this cheese kit in conjunction with soy or almond milk and the consensus was that because the rennet reacts to the milk's lactose that it wouldn't be an advisable way to make an edible cheese.
- Buyers say that this cheese making kit will let you create around 30 different batches of cheese, with each batch weighing in at around one a pound.
- Buyers say that they have used homogenized/pasteurized whole milk- with some buyers supplementing with the calcium chloride. An aspiring fromager told us that while you can purchase all the ingredients separately for less money, as a kit it's a great gift idea.
- Indeed, people self-described as curd nerds, going down the rabbit hole after purchasing saying this starter kit and becoming obsessed with creating their own cheeses from home.
Grow And Make
The last artisanal cheesemaking kit we examined is provided by Grow and Make- it's advertised as a means of creating queso blanco, goat chèvre, ricotta, and mozzarella.
While buyers were unimpressed by the inadequately sized and poorly constructed cheese molds, instructions were easily understandable and the ingredients abundant enough to get you started making cheese.
- Another reviewer told us as a long time cheese lover that this kit enabled him to explore the subtle but distinct differences between different types of cheeses.
- Additionally, once the cheeses had been created, it was fun to do meal planning around these homemade soft cheeses.
The way cheese is created from milk relies on the interaction of a dairy bacteria and rennet. It interacts with milk proteins and causes them to coalesce into curds, which is the initial stage of cheese creation. You can actually make cheese from nearly any style of milk, whether it is powder dry, 1%, 2%, skimmed or even sheep and goat milk (Source).
As you prepare to make your cheese, it's important that you sanitize surface areas, utensils, pots and pans as well as the cheesecloth.
The temperature should also be controlled. You'll be able to tell when the card is ready to be cut by putting your finger into a 45° angle and observing the curd break neatly around your finger. you can also check the pH and acidity of your cheese- it's important to understand that making cheese relies in large measure on acid development.
Different cheeses have different target acid development profiles that end up determining their particular style- so using an acid monitor can be an effective way to accurately assess city levels in your cheeses' profile.