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My first mozzarella

Postby joechinon » Wed Jan 13, 2010 3:37 pm

I'm officially a cheese maker now. I mad 3 batches of mozzarella this past weekend and all turned out delicious. This weekend I'm going to go for a French style goat cheese, St. Maure. I have found another hobby whose results I can ingest.
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Re: My first mozzarella

Postby BrewBum » Wed Jan 13, 2010 3:45 pm

I was going to do this but couldn't find that right milk.
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Re: My first mozzarella

Postby Brandon » Wed Jan 13, 2010 3:48 pm

BrewBum wrote:I was going to do this but couldn't find that right milk.

In Farmland Nebraska? Come on
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Re: My first mozzarella

Postby BrewBum » Wed Jan 13, 2010 3:52 pm

Brandon wrote:
BrewBum wrote:I was going to do this but couldn't find that right milk.

In Farmland Nebraska? Come on


Seriously, aren't you supposed to use whole milk or something like it?

We aren't in Dairy country here and even if we were, the small community doesn't support non-pastuerized milk products because they go stale so quick. If I recall correctly you need that kind of milk to make it properly. My business partner tried making moz. and it didn't work very well and I bet it is because of the milk.

I could probably work at it and find a farmer that has a milking cow and get some milk but that is too much work. I would prefer it if I could buy it in the store.
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Re: My first mozzarella

Postby Brandon » Wed Jan 13, 2010 3:57 pm

I thought for sure there would be a local dairy somewhere you could call. I also think you can use whole milk from the store...we have a kit from http://www.cheesemaking.com/ we got a few years ago, still havent made anything yet but as I recall you can use whole milk from the store.
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Re: My first mozzarella

Postby thetooth » Wed Jan 13, 2010 7:35 pm

My wife has made mozzarella before and just used milk from the store. It turned out great.
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Re: My first mozzarella

Postby joechinon » Wed Jan 13, 2010 8:54 pm

I used regular whole milk from the grocery store. With the whey I made ricotta and then we made a spinach and meat lasagna with it.
You can't use the ultra pasteurized milk but regular whole milk is fine.
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Re: My first mozzarella

Postby BrewBum » Thu Jan 14, 2010 7:18 am

Well, I will give it a try then, we got a sample kit to see if we wanted to sell it in our store.
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Re: My first mozzarella

Postby Monster Mash » Thu Jan 14, 2010 2:41 pm

My wife made cheese when I started brewing, I didn't have the courage to try it...
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Re: My first mozzarella

Postby Roc-Craven » Thu Jan 14, 2010 4:27 pm

Any soft cheese made in the USA is made with pasteurized milk, it's "THE LAW", unfortunately. Only hard aged cheese made in the USA can be made with un-pasteurized milk. I'm sure there are some small cheese makers out there skirting the law, I wish there were more, so if they can make it with pasteurized milk, so can we at home. :wink:
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Re: My first mozzarella

Postby armorm3 » Mon Apr 12, 2010 10:18 pm

whole milk is fine. I tried also with the organic version and tastes slightly better :P Milk the cows if you have to, it's worth it
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Re: My first mozzarella

Postby A L E X » Wed Apr 28, 2010 4:11 am

I made mozzarella for the first time this weekend. Used regular old store bougfht whole milk, came out great! Made two batches in fact. I might have to try hard cheeses next.
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Re: My first mozzarella

Postby alewife » Thu Apr 29, 2010 5:20 pm

I've made Monterey Jack cheese before with just regular pasteurized whole milk, too. If that's what's around, don't let it stop you. Cheesemaking is also a fun process, like brewing!
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Re: My first mozzarella

Postby A L E X » Thu Apr 29, 2010 6:28 pm

alewife wrote:I've made Monterey Jack cheese before with just regular pasteurized whole milk, too. If that's what's around, don't let it stop you. Cheesemaking is also a fun process, like brewing!


I know, I had a ball making it. I may be hooked. God, if I start roasting coffee beans...
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Re: My first mozzarella

Postby alewife » Sat May 01, 2010 9:04 am

I know! Coffee roasting is next on my list, too. More equipment around the house... 8)

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