Basic Italian Cheese Kit

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Make Italian favorites such as Mascarpone, Ricotta, Ricotta Salata, and Mozzarella with this starter kit. Kit includes recipes and ingredients. Just add milk! Perfect for beginners. Each cheese typically can be made in under an hour although some varieties require straining or can be aged (optional).

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  • From Christina at 12/2/2011 6:46 PM
    • Can this product be stored at room temperature?
    • The Beginners' Italian Cheeses Kit can be stored at room temperature safely for about a month.The only exception is the vegetable rennet. The vegetable rennet tablets last a long time in the refrigerator - up to three years in the freezer. If the rennet doesn't get to the fridge right away, it will be fine at room temp for at least several weeks. Hope that helps!
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  • From Melissa at 12/18/2011 1:33 PM
    • Are other supplies needed for 1st time cheesemakers?

    • This kit has everything you need to make simple Italian cheeses (except for the milk, of course).
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  • From Ellen Sherman at 3/27/2012 6:34 PM
    • With this kit, can i use sheeps milk? Or will it be a different kind of cheese with those recipes?
      Thanks
    • Sheep's milk can be used, but there are some differences. According to Home Cheesemaking by Ricki Carroll, sheep's milk is lower in water and almost twice as high in solids than cow's milk, which means that the cheese yield is nearly 2.5 times higher than what you would expect from cow or goat milk. When adding rennet, use 3-5 times less than that used for cow's milk, and top-stir carefully. When cutting the curd, make larger cubes; when ladling, take thicker slices, or you will lose too much butterfat and the cheese will be too dry. Use half the amount of salt called for and exert only light pressure when pressing.*

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  • From Liz at 4/3/2013 9:13 PM
    • Can I use goats milk?
    • Yes, goat milk is just fine!
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  • From Kent at 4/21/2013 7:19 AM
    • Is this very time involved? Want to send to Daughter & her family as a gift.
    • Each cheese typically can be made in under an hour although some varieties require straining or can be aged (optional).
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  • From George at 5/23/2013 8:50 AM
    • Will this work with whole raw milk? If so, I have two sources - one that is relatively low cream, and one from jersey cows that has a great deal of cream, about 3" worth in the top of the plastic gallon jug. Which will work better, and what should I do differently with each?

      And how much cheese will this make? I'm particularly interested in mozzarella.

      Finally, your answer to a question is that the kit contains everything needed, but next to the picture, it says "You may also need Organic Vegetable Rennet $7.50, Plastic Cheese Press $64.99". Please explain the "may also need".

      Thanks.
    • We recommend using the milk with the highest cream content possible. It just makes better cheese, more moist and flavorful. You do not need to alter recipes to accommodate better milk, just use the ones on our website.

      Typically, a gallon of milk will make about a pound of cheese. Of course this depends on the type of cheese being made (soft cheeses have a much higher moisture content, so the weight will also be higher) and what farmers call the "solids content" of the milk. Milk, like all foods, is made up of fat, carbohydrate and protein, along with a lot of water. Carbs and water become whey and are mostly drained or pressed out during the cheese making process. Solids are what turn into the curds..protein and fat. So the amount of cheese made with each batch will vary, especially when you are dealing with raw, grass fed milk.

      The kit includes rennet, the Organic Vegetable Rennet is also available for purchase. A cheese press is required for certain types of cheese but you won't need one for mozzarella, the extra items are suggestions.
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  • From Joy at 5/31/2013 5:15 PM
    • I see you have another Italian cheese kit. What is the difference. How much cheese will this kit make?

      Do you need the Ricotta basket? your other kit does not have it.

      Thank you... J
    • The Basic Italian Cheese Kit includes a Ricotta basket and Tartaric Acid, not included in the other kit. The Ricotta basket isn't absolutely necessary but the basket and storage container sure make it easy. Both kits include the same amount of rennet and citric acid, they would produce the same amount of cheese which would be determined by the recipe used.
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  • From Cheryl at 7/2/2013 10:40 AM
    • In the basic Italian kit, how much mozzarella will the entire kit make? Do I need a new kit for each pound?
      Thanks, Cheryl
    • The kit will make between 12 and 18 batches of mozzarella depending on your recipe. Our 30 minute mozzarella recipe can be found here: http://www.culturesforhealth.com/30-minute-mozzarella-cheese-recipe/
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  • From Jason at 4/3/2014 8:42 AM
  • From Patricia at 6/21/2014 2:04 PM
    • Do you think this would work with camel milk?

      I tried to use camel milk for my kefir and found that although it tasted quite good and did ferment , it never got as thick as cow's milk (so consequently, we changed to cow milk for that thicker kefir we enjoy more).
    • Camel milk has a very different structure from cow, goat, or sheep milk. I do not recommend making cheese from camel milk.
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great product good value had a wonderful time learning to make cheese

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