Sunday, July 24, 2011

Marvelous Mozzarella

Can you guess what THIS stuff can make??


HOMEMADE Mozzarella cheese!!!

Well, my cheese loving husband made it, really. I just took pictures and annoyed him more than anything.

I learned a lot today through this process. I had never even heard of Rennet before.  I made the mistake of HAVING to know exactly what it was and Googled it. Basically, its an enzyme that comes from the lining of the stomach of a young calf, lamb, or goat. It causes the milk to form (curd), and allows the liquids to separate and run off as whey.  I just wonder HOW they figured this process out.

Getting it to JUST the right temp
If you look close, its just starting to form

Doesn't look very tasty yet, does it? 

Starting to look like cheese!! 
 After much kneading and stirring, it turns into....

THIS!!!!

Danny is happy with it, but says he will most defiantly be cutting the salt in half in the next batch. And we discovered that cheese is most wonderfully delicious when it's still warm.

Amazing what you can do with a gallon of milk--which is on sale this week, by the way! =)

6 comments:

Megan said...

AWESOME!

Andi and Kurt said...

How cool - I have wanted to try this one for awhile and just haven't gotten around to it. Looks like it wasn't too hard!

ragtime4361 said...

Back in the day of having a milk cow on the premises, cottage cheese was made from the cream that we skimmed off the top of a gallon of milk. And, homemade butter, too. Never tried making the mozzarella cheese. Interesting process, & yummy results!

*~*~*~*~Tonia said...

I make Chevre, Feta and vinegar cheese but haven't as of yet made Mozarella... Its the first time of doing something that I have to work up to it.. If I do then I woudl have a cheap way of making the cheese for my homemade pizza.... but...Gotta make it first!LOl.. I have had home made Mozarella warm before and its great!!

Rhonda said...

Very interesting! Love mozzarella. :)

Melanie said...

We tried the fresh mozza from the store about a year ago and loved it!! After you showed me the magazine with the mozza recipe. .I have been wanting to try it out. I believe that they even have the rennent at Venture! (or if not, may have been the walmart I saw it in and was surprised!!) Glad it worked well!