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Easy Cheese Recipes for Beginners

Making cheese at home can be somewhat overwhelming at first. There are so many different types, styles, and variations of cheese to choose from, it's tough to decide where to begin.

For new cheesemakers, it helps to pick cheeses that are forgiving when it comes to temperature variation and time discrepancies. Your first cheese might not look just like the picture, but it will almost always taste delicous and fresh, and in making it you will have learned a few fundamental processes involved in cheesemaking.

Fresh, unripened soft cheese is a good place to start, because it involves the basic processes of cheesemaking without getting too involved in more complicated steps like pressing and aging. There are a few different types of cheese that are easy for beginners.

Cultured Soft Cheeses:

Acid Cheeses:

Goat Cheeses:

Hard Cheeses:

If you are feeling very adventurous and want to jump right into making hard cheeses, here are a few good ones that are easier and will give you a feel for the basics of hard cheesemaking.

These familiar cheeses are generally mild in flavor with shorter aging periods. To try out some other techniques in cheesemaking, colby and cheddar are great smoking candidates, and gouda can be brined, depending on the recipe.  

Beginner Cheesemaking Kits:

If cheesemaking still sounds daunting, a basic cheese kit may be the place to start. The kits contain all the ingredients and equipment needed for making specific cheeses. Just add milk!


Vegan Cheeses:

While our Cheese Starter Cultures are for making dairy cheeses, many vegan cheese recipes begin with a starter culture called rejuvelac to make cheeses such as this Cashew Vegan Cheese. More vegan cheese recipes can be found in the book Artisan Vegan Cheese.

Ready to Get Started Making Cheese?

Once you've chosen a recipe, learn more about choosing the right milk for cheesemaking and jump in! Have more questions? Consult our complete list of cheesemaking articles or contact us today.


Beginning Cheesemaking: Where to Start

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