With all the fuss about mozzarella cheese, I decided to try my hand at making my own at home.
I ordered a mozzarella cheese starter kit online (I got mine at http://www.cheesemaking.com
) and got down to business.
First, I would like to say that making fresh homemade mozzarella cheese from scratch is suprisingly easy and takes only ~30 minutes!
Start off with a gallon of fresh whole milk (or skim). Add citric acid and heat on medium until it reaches 88 degrees F. Next, add some rennet and the milk starts curdling. Keep heating until the mixture reaches 105 degrees F. Next, spoon out the curds and squeeze into a ball. Zap in the microwave for 60 seconds then start stretching and squeezing. Add salt. Zap another 30 seconds and stretch/squeeze. And finally, zap 30 seconds again, stretch, then form into a ball. That's it! The cheese should be used immediately (or within a day or two).
My results: I used un-homogenized whole milk from a health food store. The cheese was awesome!! Better than any store-bought cheese.
The next day, I made more using regular Sam's Club homogenized whole milk. Again, very tasty but I cut back on the salt and it showed... it was somewhat bland. More experiemtation needed.
In a nutshell -- if you love making from-scratch pizza, why not try your hand at from-scratch mozzarella cheese too! It's worth it!