Learn to Make Cheese

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7 Reasons to Make Your Own Cheese
Learn the many reasons to make your own cheese at home including control over the quality of ingredients and developing a fun and useful hobby.
Learn Why You Should Make Your Own Cheese

Cheese Making Supplies

Cheesemaking Supply List
Our list of basic cheesemaking supplies and ingredients to get you started making your own cheese.
View Our Basic List of Cheesemaking Supplies

 Raw Milk for Cheese Making

Raw Milk vs. Pasteurized Milk for Making Cheese
Compare the advantages and disadvantages of using raw milk or pasteurized milk for your home cheesemaking projects.
Learn More about Choosing Raw or Pasteurized Milk

 Storing and Aging Homemade Cheese

Cheese Storage and Aging
Learn about the various options for properly aging your homemade cheese creations including cheddar, monterey jack, and other cheeses that benefit from the aging process.
Read More about Aging Your Homemade Cheeses

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Cheesemaking Recipes

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Featured Recipes

Homemade Traditional Mozzarella Cheese

Mozzarella Cheese
Easy to make and wonderful topping for pizza, lasagna, and more.

Homemade Cheddar Cheese Recipe

Cheddar Cheese
Traditionally an aged cheese, cheddar can be aged for 30+ days.

 Homemade Fromage Blanc on Toast

Fromage Blanc
Rich and creamy, fromage blanc is perfect for crackers or as a veggie dip.

Homemade Feta Cheese

Feta Cheese
Easy to make, feta is traditionally aged in a brine solution for 30 days prior to eating.
 

       
Supplies for Making Cheese

Mozzarella Starter Kit

Cheesemaking Starter Kits
A range of starter kits for making hard cheese, Italian cheeses, Mmascarpone, and more.

 Cheese Starter Cultures for Home Cheese Making

Cheese Starter Cultures
Lactic-acid bacteria for making cheese at home. We carry a wide range of starter cultures and mold spores for making a number of types of cheese.

Rennet for Making Cheese at Home

Rennet and Additives
We carry both animal-based and vegetable rennet as well as a variety of lipase powders, tartaric acid, calcium chloride, and even dried herbs for flavoring your soft cheese creations.

Home Cheese Making Book

Cheesemaking Books and Supplies
A range of cheesemaking books and supplies such as cheese shaping molds, cheese cloth, cheese presses, and more

 

 

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Cheesemaking Articles, How-to Videos, and Recipes

 

Articles and How-to Videos

Introduction to Cheese

Introduction to Soft Cheeses

7 Reasons to Make Your Own Cheese

Beginning Cheesemaking: Where to Start

Cheesemaking Basics, Part 1

Cheesemaking Basics, Part 2

Cheesemaking Basics, Part 3

Cheesemaking Supply List

Cheesemaking Equipment

Sanitization during Cheesemaking

Overview of Cheese Cultures: Mesophilic Starters

Overview of Cheese Cultures: Thermophilic and Secondary Starters

Techniques and Tips for Adding Ingredients in Cheesemaking

Rennet and Other Popular Coagulants

How to Make Nettle Rennet for Cheesemaking

How to Make Thistle Rennet for Cheesemaking

Extra Ingredients Used in Home Cheesemaking

Milk for Cheesemaking: An Overview

Choosing Milk for Making Cheese: Raw Milk vs. Pasteurized Milk

How to Cut the Curd

Solving Curd Problems in Soft Cheesemaking

Solving Curd Problems in Hard Cheesemaking

What Is Whey Cheese?

Pressing Hard Cheeses

Wrapping and Storing Different Types of Cheeses

Waxing Hard Cheeses

Bandaging Hard Cheeses

Brining Hard Cheeses

Smoking Hard Cheeses

How to Flavor Soft Cheese

Cheese Storage and Aging

Repairing Cracks in the Surface of Hard Cheese

Ripening Boxes and Caves 

Troubleshooting Your Cheese 

How to Make String Cheese Sticks

Making a Mother Cheese Culture Using Direct-set Mesophilic Starter

Choosing a Water Source for Making Cultured Foods

How Much Salt?

Making a Simple Cheese Press

Serving Homemade Cheese: Tips and Tricks

Cheesemaking-related Posts on the CFH Blog

Cheesecloth and Butter Muslin

Adjusting Pasteurized and/or Homogenized Milk

Salt in Cheesemaking

What is Cheese Powder?

Acid Whey versus Sweet Whey

10 Ways to Use Any Soft Cheese

 

Recipes Using Cheese

 

Snacks, Appetizers, and Sides

Vegetable Soup with Feta

Cucumber Cilantro Goat Cheese Chilled Soup

Mediterranean Lentil Salad with Feta

Salami, Cream Cheese, and Pickle Rollups: A Completely Cultured Appetizer

Nori Poppers (using cream cheese)

Stir-fried Queso Blanco

Marinated Mozzarella Appetizers

Mozzarella, Sweet Potato, and Mushroom Stuffed Peppers

Mushroom, Apple, and Jarsburg Salad

Cold Peas and Paneer Salad

American-style Saag Paneer

Cheesy Kale Stuffed Mushrooms

Mozzarella Leeks with Oil and Vinegar

Mozzarella, Tomato, and Quinoa Salad

Herbed Red Potatoes with Crème Fraîche

Arugula Strawberry Salad with Goat Cheese

Stuffed Tomatoes Provençal

Parmesan Crackers 

Roasted French Feta Appetizer

Blue Cheese Cole Slaw with Green Apple

Halloumi and Cold Bean Salad

Italian Parmesan Cheese Crackers

Ideas for Marinating or Coating Cheese

Manchego Cheese Puffs

Kefir Cheese Balls in Olive Oil

Sharp Parmesan Cheese Crackers

Parmesan Cookies

Goat Cheese, Spinach, and Avocado Salad

Blue Cheese Scalloped Potatoes

Pears with Honey and Blue Cheese

Roasted Beet Salad with Pears and Goat Cheese

Fried Goat Cheese Balls with Honey

Appetizer Salads with Pistachio and Goat Cheese Dressing

 

Dips and Spreads

Garlic and Feta Cheeseball

Lemon-Rosemary Goat Cheese

Honey-Lavender Goat Cheese

Herbed Chèvre Spread

Sage Cream Cheese with Yogurt

Pistachio-crusted Goat Cheese

Fromage Blanc Basil Dip

Fromage Blanc Garlic Dip

Non-dairy Probiotic Cheese

Warm Blue Cheese Dip

Probiotic-rich Cheese Relish

 

Dressings

Crème Fraîche Vinaigrette

Blue Cheese Dressing

Easy Probiotic-rich Caesar Dressing

Lactic Cheese and Cultured Buttermilk Ranch Chip Dip

Appetizer Salads with Pistachio and Goat Cheese Dressing

Main Dishes

Gouda Grits

Gluten-free Cottage Cheese Pancakes

Gluten-free Blueberry Cottage Cheese Pancakes

Cottage Cheese and Spinach Filled Ham Rolls

Cottage Cheese Blintzes with Soaked Flour Buttermilk Crepes

Spinach Ricotta Quiche

Italian Sausage, Spinach, and Ricotta Squares

Ricotta Pancakes with Butter-Honey Syrup

Spinach Ricotta Dumplings

Artichoke, Spinach, and Ricotta Calzone

Southwest Lasagna with Queso Blanco

 

Desserts

Tiramisù

Mascarpone Apple Torte

No-cook Chocolate Ricotta Pudding

Bread Pudding with Gruyère

Cream Cheese Frosting

Raw and Cultured Pumpkin Cheesecake

Gluten-free Ricotta and Yogurt Cheesecake

Easy Decadent Strawberry Cheesecake Ice Cream

Berry-filled Cream Cheese Coffee Cake

Crème Fraîche Vanilla Ice Cream

Mascarpone One-bowl Brownies

Mascarpone Fudge

Chèvre and Cream Cheese Cupcake Frosting

Chocolate Three-cream Ice Cream

Goat Cheese and Cherry Turnovers




 

Instructions for Making Cheese

 

Simple Cheeses

Kefir Cream Cheese

Soft Kefir Cheese

Mascarpone


Soft Cheeses

Cream Cheese

French-style Cream Cheese

Swiss-style Cream Cheese

Creme Fraiche

Crème Fraîche Cottage Cheese

Cottage Cheese

Making Cottage Cheese with Buttermilk

Dry-curd Cottage Cheese

Goat Milk Cottage Cheese

Farmer Cheese

Whole Milk Ricotta

Traditional Ricotta

Ricotta Salata

Goat Milk Ricotta Cheese

The Easiest Ricotta

30-Minute Mozzarella

Traditional Mozzarella

Goat Milk Mozzarella

Fromage Blanc

Chèvre

Goat Milk Soft Cheese

Moist Buttermilk Cheese Italian Spread

Lactic Cheese

Queso Blanco

Mascarpone Semifreddo

Queso Fresco

Paneer

Traditional Quark

Simple Buttermilk Quark

Chenna

Cabecou

Amazingly Simple Amish Clabber Cheese

Amish Buttermilk Cheese


Hard and Semi-hard Cheeses

Cheddar Cheese

Goat Milk Cheddar Cheese

Stirred-curd Cheddar Cheese

Colby Cheese

Derby Cheese

Southwestern Spicy Cheese Curds

Manchego

Traditional Manchego

Monterey Jack

Pepper Jack Cheese

Simple Jack Cheese

American Brick Cheese

Haloumi Cheese

Edam Boule Cheese

Provolone

Goat Milk Provolone

Crescenza

Parmesan Cheese

Simple Parmesan Cheese

Asiago

Romano Cheese

Swiss Cheese

Gouda

Spicy Gouda

Gruyère

Havarti

Feta Cheese

Goat Milk Feta Cheese

Montasio

Mysost (Brown Cheese)

Ziergerkase

Leicester

Fontina

Homestead Yogurt-cultured Hard Cheese

 


 



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