Mozarella Cheese at Home from Hoegger's Farm Supply
This isn't our recipe, but I thought it looked interesting and decided to add it. Hoegger Supply Company is a great resource for anything goat related!
Make Mozzarella Cheese at Home
Ready to learn how to make mozzarella cheese at home? Fresh home-made Mozzarella Cheese is simply delicious, and easy! Below are easy instructions on how to make mozzarella cheese at home.
Fresh Mozzarella has a fabulous flavor. It is used in Pizza, Lasagna, string cheese, Crostini, bruschetta, salads, etc. Non-homogenized milk works best to make Mozzarella Cheese. This is a great cheese to make.
Easy Mozzarella Cheese Recipe
1.Stainless pot to hold 1 gallon 2.Long knife to cut the curds 3.Large Spoon 4.Colander 5.Thermometer
1.Milk 1 gallon 2.Citric Acid Powder 1 ¼ teaspoons 3.Rennet, liquid ¼ teaspoon or Tablet 1/8 teaspoon 4.Water cool ½ cup (divided in half)
Easy Mozzarella Cheese Directions
Put the cool milk into a stainless pot. Dissolve the Citric Acid into ¼ cup of cool water. Stir into the cool milk. Bring the temperature of the milk to 88 degrees and remove from heat. Mix the rennet into ¼ cup cool water and stir into the milk for about 10 seconds.
Allow the milk to set for 15 minutes to coagulate. When it has coagulated enough it should be firm and when you dip your finger into the curds it will break cleanly over your finger. Cut into 1-inch cubes and let rest for 10 minutes.
Place the pot of curds into a sink of hot water and slowly bring the temperature of the curds to 108 degrees. Hold at 108 degrees for 35 minutes. Stir every 5-10 minutes to keep the curds from matting together. Drain the curds into a colander for 15 minutes.
Once the curds have drained you will need to heat treat them. This can be achieved using a microwave or hot water. Directions for both methods are below. I personally use the Microwave to make mozzarella and find it less messy.
Break a cupful of curds into a microwave safe plate or bowl. Sprinkle ½ teaspoon of kosher salt over the curds and heat in the microwave for 50 seconds.
Remove from microwave and work with a spoon to mix the curds together.
Place back in the microwave and heat again for another 25 seconds. Shape into a ball or place in a container you want the cheese to take the shape of such as a round or square dish. If using a container allow the cheese to cool and cover and refrigerate. If you want to hold a ball shape the cheese can be placed into ice water to cool quickly. Wrap and refrigerate. Cheese will keep for about 2 weeks in the refrigerator.
Hot Water Method:
Cut the cheese curds into 1-inch pieces and place into a large stainless bowl. Heat enough hot water to cover the curds to 155 degrees. Pour the hot water over the curds and quickly use two large wooden or stainless spoons to work and stretch the curds until you can shape them into a ball. Once shaped, place into a cold brine solution for 30 minutes. This will cool the cheese quickly and hold the shape and salt it at the same time. After 30 minutes remove from the cool water, wrap and refrigerate. Cheese will keep for about 2 weeks.
Now that you know how to make mozzarella cheese, Hoegger Supply has a great Mozzarella Cheese Kit with everything you need to get started. Just add milk!