The 5 Best Cheese Making Kits [Ranked]
Cheese making kits enable you to create (primarily soft) cheeses at home (Source). They typically include all of the necessary ingredients, minus the milk and some of the hardware (pots, pans, thermometer).
Great as starter kits, buyers tell us that once they get going creating cheese they begin to purchase the kit's ingredients separately, in bulk, to experiment more deeply (Source).
The Gardener's Supply cheese kit can produce hard cheese- though you'll have to separately purchase cheese wax.
Popular soft cheeses you can create with all of the kits include: Mozzarella, Goat Cheese, Queso Blanco, Chevre, Marscapone, Queso Fresco, and Ricotta (more recipes here).
You'll be able to make multiple batches of cheese using these kits. For example, the Ricki's cheese-making kit has enough ingredients for around 30 batches of cheese, with each batch generating approximately 1 lb. of cheese. So if you make one batch of cheese a week, it'll last you half a year.
Our Top Pick: The Standing Stone Cheese Kit
- Our Basic (Well, Not-So-Basic) kit contains all the ingredients (except the dairy products) you need to make the following Fresh Delicious Cheeses: Mozzarella, Chevre, Goat Cheese, Queso Blanco, Queso Fresco, Mascarpone and Ricotta.
The U.S. made, Standing Stone cheese kit enables you to create Chevre, Mozzarella, Butter, Goat Cheese, Queso Fresco, Queso Blanco, Ricotta and Marscapone.
If you want to make preservative-free, Non-GMO cheese, this is the way to do it. They advise you can use goat, cow, sheep or store-bought milk.
When it comes to goat or chevre cheese- you'll have to buy buttermilk and use that as the culture.
It doesn't include a thermometer, so make sure you have one. Though they also produce an advanced kit that ships with instructional DVDs, seasonal spices and a thermometer.
|Cheese Making Kits
|The Standing Stone Farms Beginner Cheese Making Kit
|The New England Cheese Supply Kit
|The Gardener's Cheese Making Kit
|The Ricki's Basic Cheese Making Kit
|The Grow and Make Artisanal Cheese Making Kit
Best Cheese Making Kits For 2024
What Are Buyers Saying?
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. Make sure you get a cheese grater for the hard cheeses!
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. You can even make a fondue from the cheese!
- 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.