Make up to eight different homemade cheeses with this easy-to-use kit: Farmhouse Cheddar, Gouda, Monterey Jack, Feta, Cottage Cheese, Colby, Parmesan and Ricotta. Many commercial cheeses contain preservatives. Make your own cheese at home without these additives. This kit includes detailed recipes and makes cheesemaking easy. The supplies included in this kit make 10-30 pounds of cheese depending on the varieties made.
Starter Kit Includes: Basket Mold, Mesophilic DS Starter, Thermophilic DS Starter, Dial Pocket Thermometer, Vegetable Rennet, 1/2 oz. Calcium Chloride, 1 yd Re-usable Cheesecloth,and Recipe Booklet
Storage: Rennet tablets, mesophilic culture, and thermophilic culture should be stored in the freezer. Rennet tablets will last up to 5 years and cultures will keep up to two years if stored properly. Calcium chloride should be stored tightly sealed in a cool, dark place.
Tips for Buying Milk for Cheese Making: The more highly processed the milk (prior to cheesemaking), the more difficult it will be to make proper cheese curd. We always recommend using local milk that has not been treated for long transit time.
Questions on Basic Hard Cheese Kit
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- From Sarah at 11/9/12 8:07 PM
- Can you make these cheeses with fat free or low fat milk, or do you need to use whole milk?
- From the New England Cheesemaking Supply Company: "Yes, skim milk may be used in all our recipes. Follow the recipe, as given. However, your cheese will be drier, your yield will be lower and there will be less flavor. (Butterfat is an important flavor and texture component of cheese. In whole milk, the butterfat (cream) is usually 3.5-4%.)
If you have to use milk with little or no butterfat, you can usually add herbs or spices to your cheese to make it taste better. Also, there are some cheeses, like Parmesan, that are traditionally made with partially skimmed milk."
They have a great FAQ. Check them out! http://www.cheesemaking.com/store/pg/239-FAQ-Cheesemaking-and-Milk.html
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Starter cultures, rennet for cheese making and cultured vegetables, juices and condiments are sensitive to excessive heat. Once your order has shipped, an e-mail with tracking information will be sent to you. We encourage you to use the tracking information to anticipate the arrival of your items so they can be removed from the mail box and stored in the refrigerator promptly.