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45 mins

Making your own mozzarella is easier than you could imagine!
Not my photo.

Several months ago, I stumbled on a website full of recipes and food photos. From this site, I got it in my head to make my own Mozzarella cheese. A friend came down and yesterday, we did it!

Posted by Anna the Ewok from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, United States • Published See Anna the Ewok's 22 projects »
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  • Step 1

    Put the gallon of milk in your large pot and bring it to 55 degrees Fahrenheit.

  • Step 2

    While you're waiting, dissolve 1 1/2 teaspoons Citric Acid in 1/4 cup water.

    Also dissolve 1/4 teaspoon rennet in 1/4 cup water.

  • Step 3

    When milk reaches 55 degrees Fahrenheit, stir in the Citric Acid water.

  • Step 4

    Bring milk to 88 degrees Fahrenheit.

  • Step 5

    Add rennet-water.

  • Step 6

    When the milk reaches 100 degrees Fahrenheit, you should be getting curds and whey.

    (I squee'd all over the place when this happened)

    I left mine over the heat a little longer.

  • Step 7

    Line a microwave-safe bowl with cheesecloth. Scoop the curds out of the whey and onto the cloth.

  • Step 8

    Lift the cloth with the curds up and discard the whey. Dump curds from cloth into bowl.

  • Step 9

    Microwave for 35 seconds. Squeeze out the whey and discard it.

    Doing this was a little complicated for me. I used the cheesecloth again, and to do that I had to dump the curds onto the cloth and somehow get the bowl off of the whole thing (I didn't want a mess on the counter). Luckily, my friend was there to help.

  • Step 10

    Microwave again for 35 seconds. Squeeze out the whey and discard it (again).

    BE CAREFUL! The curds will be very hot! I burned both of my palms with this one.

  • Step 11

    Kneed the curds (I guess that now they curds are cheese, though), adding a slightly generous amount of salt. When your lump of cheese is smooth and shiny, you've succeeded!

  • Step 12

    Put your lump of cheese in a bowl of ice water in the refrigerator for a little bit so it can chill. After that, store it in a plastic container in the 'fridge.

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Comments

Chelsea D.
Chelsea D. · 4 projects
Where did you get your liquid rennet from?
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ely.
ely. · Victorville, California, US · 9 projects
Ooh! I'm very excited to try this now Happy
It is easier than it looks!
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