Summary: Today I’d like to share with you a recipe for home-made mozzarella cheese. When making cheese at home, temperature control is very important. If you are just a few degrees off, then the mozzarella cheese will not curdle correctly. The BBQ Meat Thermometer form I Heart Cooking on Amazon is perfect for this task. Home made cheese is easy if you have a thermometer and it tastes great. Try following this recipe. The mozzarella cheese is best eaten immediately but will keep in a refrigerator for about a week or so.
Ingredients for mozzarella cheese
- 1 liter of Whole Fat milk – Must be fresh not supermarket. I go to the farmers market to buy it
- 1/4 teaspoon Citric acid
- Rennet – liquid or tablet. Use as the packaging instructs
- Bottle of Water (nonchlorinated)
Tools and Equipment
- Cheese Cloth / White Muslin Cloth – For straining curds
- Stainless Steel Pot
- Large Bowl
- Rubber gloves
- Warm the milk in a pan to exactly 80°F (strictly no higher)
- When at 80°F add the citric acid and stir, the milk will begin to curdle a little
- Increase the temperature to exactly 90°F and add the rennet as per the packaging instructions
- Stir once then turn off the heat and leave alone for 20 to 30 minutes. The milk will curdle
- Cut the curds with a spoon and heat them again to 105°F while stirring gently
- Stretch your cheese cloth over a bowl and pour your curds into it to allow the whey to drain
- Add a liberal amount of salt according to your taste
- Place the curds in a microwave bowl and microwave for 60 seconds
- Drain off the whey and fold the curds by hand using the rubber gloves or a spoon if too hot. At this point it will look a bit like cottage-cheese.
- Microwave again for 30 seconds then use the thermometer to check the temperature inside is at 135°F
- If not hot enough, microwave for another 30 seconds and check again
- Knead and stretch the cheese till it has the desired texture
Store the mozzarella cheese by wrapping in cling-flim or in a blow with a little brine.
Preparation time: 10 min Cooking time: 60 mins Total time: 70 min Yield: 250 grams
Diet type: Meat and eggs
Meal type: appetizer
Culinary tradition: Italian
I really hope you try the above recipe and enjoy cooking with I Heart Cooking.
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