Hard Cheese Making Kit

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Make six varieties of homemade cheese with this easy to use kit: Cheddar, Derby, Colby, Monterey Jack, Feta, and Ricotta. Making your own cheese allows you to control the process and ingredients including choosing your favorite variety of milk. This kit includes detailed instructions, ingredients, and basic supplies. The supplies included in this kit make 8-24 pounds of cheese depending on the varieties made.

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Storage: Please store the mesophilic culture in the freezer. The rennet and cheese color can be stored in the refrigerator. The calcium chloride, cheese salt, and cheese wax should be stored in a cool, dry place.

Important Information: Please note, all cheese varieties in this kit with the exception of feta and ricotta, require pressing. A shaping mold with pressing plate and instructions for assembling a make-shift press out of common kitchen items is included in the instruction booklet. We do recommend purchasing a cheese press if you intend to make cheese often. Also, all cheese varieties in this kit with the exception of ricotta, require aging. Practical instructions for aging cheese are included in the instruction booklet.

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  • From EllenS at 5/15/14 1:20 PM
    • Will soy milk work with these kits?
    • I'm sorry, but these kits will only work with fresh or regular pasteurized dairy (cow or goat) milk. Soy milk works very differently. For a resource on making vegan cheese, please see the book, Artisan Vegan Cheese here: http://www.culturesforhealth.com/artisan-vegan-cheese-book.html
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  • From Lisa at 2/11/14 4:21 PM
    • Can I reculture from this starter or is it direct set?
    • The starter cultures in this kit are direct-set (single use) starters.
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  • From Betty at 2/9/14 7:41 PM
    • After the cheese has aged and ready to eat how long will the cheese be good for?
    • If the cheeses are kept waxed and no mold or bacteria gets in, and your aging facility is clean as a whistle...they should last forever.
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  • From kr at 1/3/14 6:30 PM
    • can we make Parmesan cheese with the hard cheese kit?
    • No, the hard cheese kit has ingredients and supplies for making Cheddar, Derby, Colby, Monterey Jack, Feta, and Ricotta. To make Parmesan you will need different cultures than what is supplied in this kit. We do have a recipe with links to all the supplies needed: http://www.culturesforhealth.com/how-to-make-parmesan-cheese-recipe/
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  • From Marge at 11/25/13 9:22 AM
    • How much cheese does a gallon of milk yield - for example if I want to make cheddar cheese?
    • One gallon of milk will yield approximately 1 pound of hard cheese.
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  • From Karen at 10/11/13 9:01 AM
    • I'm wondering what the basket mold is like that is included in the kit - is it the tome cheese mold that is found elsewhere on your site? Thanks!
    • Yes, the included mold is the Basic Mold that we sell on our website. http://www.culturesforhealth.com/basic-brousse-mold.html
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  • From DeiGratia at 8/22/13 6:06 PM
    • Will this kit work with nut milks and/or milks like soy milk, almond milk, rice milk, coconut milk? If so can brands like silk or almond breeze work, can i use Soy and Almond milk i make myself using my milk maker?

      Thank you for your response

      DG
    • This kit is for use with dairy milks. It will not work with non-dairy milks.
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  • From Marla at 6/8/13 8:12 AM
    • Once the cheeses are made from this kit, what is the shelf life of say, Cheddar, since there are no preservatives? Do any of the cheeses have longer or shorter shelf lives? I would hate to make 10-30 lbs of cheese and lose it all becauseI can't eat it that fast! Although, thinking about that, it may go pretty quickly!
    • The firmer the cheese, the longer it will stay fresh. Hard cheeses such as cheddar can usually stay fresh, wrapped, in the refrigerator, for many months. Most soft cheeses will only last a couple of weeks, especially after they've been cut.
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  • From Tonia S. at 4/23/13 6:00 PM
    • Will cheese starter kits survive without refrigeration for up to 3days during travel ?
    • Yes. They are shelf stable as long as they are not exposed to extreme heat.
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  • From Julie at 2/5/13 6:31 AM
    • How many gallons of milk should I have on hand before starting to make these cheeses?
    • It depends on the recipe. Most of the recipes call for 2 gallons of milk but the Cottage Cheese and Feta recipes use 1 gallon.
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A lot missing to actually produce a hard cheese Review by Cheese
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This kit is missing a lot of essentials for making a hard cheese. For instance a cheese press is essential for making a hard cheese, you can't acheive enough lbs of pressure without it, and this kit only comes with a cheese shaping mold (nothing to press it with, and you cannot use "common kitchen items" as described in the product details to acheive enought lbs of pressure for hard cheese). Second, when aging hard cheese the book reccommends brushing it with a liquid wax, and then the hard wax. This kit only comes with a hard wax. The vegetable rennet contains nasty preservatives, so if you're concerned about that sort of thing you probably have to buy "organic" rennet to avoid it. Overall it falls far short of actually being able to make a hard cheese successfully. I realize now that a hard cheese kit would have to include a lot more and be more expensive, but that is what is needed to acheive success. I do feel bad about having to do a bad review, but I was disappointed.

Response from CFH: Kit booklet includes information on how to press cheese with common kitchen items. We do carry organic vegetable rennet separately, if that is preferred. Please contact Customer Support for advice or troubleshooting assistance. (Posted on February 27, 2014)
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