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 Instructions: Store in refrigerator

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 Julie at 2/5/2013 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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  • From Sarah at 11/8/2012 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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  • From Cat at 8/6/2012 1:20 PM
    • Is it ok to use raw milk in these recipes?
    • Raw milk is totally fine for making cheese, but you have to heat it to make the cheese, so it won't stay raw. However, starting with raw milk will work just fine.
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  • From Susan at 3/1/2012 10:49 PM
    • Most of the organic milks at our local grocery are ultra high pasteurized. I have heard that they won't make good cheese. Is this true?
    • Ultra pasteurized or UHT (Ultra high temperature) milks can be problematic for cheesemaking. The high heat the milk is exposed to kills the good bacteria that helps in the cheesemaking process. You may be able to make some of the soft cheeses with Ultra Pasteurized or UHT milk but we would encourage you to try to find local milk or standard pasteurized.
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  • From James reed at 3/1/2012 3:11 PM
    • it says this hit will make up to eight types of cheeses, if I prefer to can I make all of the cheese in just one or two types or do I have to make all eight types of cheese?
    • You can choose which type of cheese you'd like to make with each different starter included in the kit.
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  • From Judith at 2/9/2012 5:43 PM
    • I am not able to get raw milk where I live and I was wondering if I could use whole organic milk for the store to make cheese?
    • Whole organic milk is just fine for making cheese.
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  • From Alex at 12/8/2011 2:05 PM
    • Does this kit need to be kept cold for travel?? Thinking about giving it as a holiday gift, but it will need to be brought on a plane. Don't know how well/convenient it is for traveling, prior to opening.
    • The kit will be fine during travel. Once the gift is given, the cultures should be stored in the freezer until ready to use.
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  • From Fawn at 11/24/2011 12:16 PM
    • Can you tell me the series name of each culture included in this kit?
    • Mesophilic DS: s.lactis, s. cremoris, malto dextrin

      Thermophilic DS: lactose, (ST) streptococcus thermophilus, (LB) lactobacillus delbrueckii subsp. bulgaricus, (LH) lactobacillus helveticus
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  • From Becky at 8/31/2011 8:10 PM
    • Do I need to purchase a cheese press for this starter kit?
    • Technically no. Some cheeses the kit makes (like Feta) don't need to be pressed. Others like Cheddar do. There are ways to press cheese without a cheese press. They're aren't terribly convenient but it is possible. Here's a blog post from one of our affiliates that talks about pressing cheeses: http://gnowfglins.com/2011/01/19/diy-cheese-press/
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  • From Amanda at 8/6/2011 11:24 PM
    • How much of each of the cheeses will this starter kit make?
    • Depending on which cheeses you make, the kit should give you about 20 pounds of cheese.
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A lot missing to actually produce a hard cheese Review by Cheese

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 2/27/2014)

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