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Homemade Mozzarella I

Homemade Mozzarella I

1. Put the milk + whey in a stainless steel bowl on the fire and heat to 30 ° C.
2. Turn off the heat, add the curd and turn.
3. Put a lid on the bowl and cover it with a towel.
4. After 1 hour, remove the lid and cut the curd into squares. Cover again with the lid and towel and leave for another 1 hour.
5. Remove the curd in a sieve and let it drain for about 2 hours, during which time you turn it (about 40 minutes)
6. Cut the curd into small slices and put it in a sieve for about 30 minutes.

7. Heat 2 l of water.
8. Put the slices of cheese in a bowl and pour hot water over them.

9. Rotate the cheese with a wooden spoon until smooth and elastic.

10. In another bowl put cold water and salt.
11. Form cheese balls and place them in the bowl with cold water. Leave them in water for 5-10 minutes.

12. Remove the cheese balls from the water and let them drain for 5 minutes.

13. Pack and refrigerate, leave to mature for at least 7 days (although 40 days is recommended).

14. It lasts in the fridge for up to 1 - 1 1/2 months (maybe even longer, but with us it ends in a few weeks :))

Homemade goodies. How to make mozzarella at home

You use it for pizza, for baked potatoes, in salads or for pasta. Mozzarella can never be superfluous in the kitchen and it doesn't hurt to always have it in the fridge. We teach you how to prepare this Italian delicacy at home and you will probably fall in love with it.

The whole process by which a piece of mozzarella is born seems like real magic. Everything happens quickly, in less than 30 minutes, and the stages are not difficult at all.

But you need some supplies of essential ingredients, such as citric acid and rennet. Without them you will not be able to tie this cheese so appreciated in Italy. You need citric acid to be able to coagulate the milk, and the clot will stabilize the proteins in the milk to give elasticity to this type of cheese. You can find both for sale in many markets or on the internet.

You can use any type of milk: whole, fatter or leaner, cow's or goat's milk, but not UHT milk which has been pasteurized at high temperatures, distorting milk proteins, which will prevent them from clotting.

If you know that you will use mozzarella for pizza or other dishes that are supposed to soften it in the oven, use fatty milk and be careful not to knead the cheese too hard.

How to make mozzarella at home?

Ingredients (for 450g mozzarella):

  • 300ml water
  • 1 & frac12 teaspoon citric acid
  • & frac14 clot tablet or & frac14 teaspoon liquid clot
  • 3.8 liters of skim milk
  • 1 teaspoon salt


  • a big pot
  • a thermometer for liquids
  • a knife or a long spatula
  • slotted spoon
  • a bowl for the microwave
  • rubber gloves

Preparation method:

Dissolve citric acid in 250ml of water and the clot in 50ml of water. Put the milk on the fire in a large pot and add the water mixture with citric acid. Leave on medium heat until the milk reaches 32C, stirring constantly.

Take the pot off the heat and add the water and curd mixture. Mix for 30 seconds, cover the pot with a lid and let it sit still for 5 minutes. After 5 minutes, the milk should be coagulated and should look almost like tofu cheese. If it has not set, leave it covered for another 5 minutes.

Using a long knife or spatula, make deep cuts through parallel lines (vertical and horizontal) in the curd. Be sure to reach the base of the pot with the knife.

Put the pot back on medium heat and let the mixture heat to 40C. Stir slowly all this time in the pot, taking care not to break the strips of curdled milk that you have formed by cutting. When it has reached the desired temperature, take the pot off the heat and continue to stir slowly for 5 minutes.

All this time the pieces of cheese will separate from the whey. Remove the cheese with a whisk in a bowl and put everything in the microwave for 1 minute. Drain the formed whey.

With your hands covered with rubber gloves, mix several times in the cheese in the bowl. Put the bowl in the microwave for another 30 seconds and check with a thermometer if the temperature inside the cheese mixture has reached 57C. If it has not reached this temperature, repeat the heating for another 30 seconds and move on to the next step.

Season the cheese in the bowl with salt and mix with your fingers. With both hands he stretches and wraps the cheese several times. As you repeat this movement it will begin to harden and become shiny. Be careful not to knead the cheese too much because it will lose its creamy texture.

When it has reached this stage you can give it the shape of a larger ball or shape it into several smaller balls.

Mozzarella is ready and can be used immediately. Or you can keep it in the fridge for up to a week in a container with a lid in which to add 250ml of whey (from the remaining one) mixed with 1 teaspoon of salt.

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At this stage, whilst the milk is still under 80 ° F, you will have to add the citric acid.

The acid will lower the pH of the cheese and give mozzarella its characteristic stretchy texture.

For every liter of milk, you add a quarter of a teaspoon of citric acid.

I made 1 liter worth of cheese, a quarter teaspoon. But if you are making 4 liters worth you will add a whole teaspoon.

Add the powder and make sure you mix it through thoroughly. You will notice that some of the milk will curdle and stick to your spoon. This is normal.

This meatloaf makes use of the slow cooker, turning dinner prep into an easy do-ahead affair. Layering fresh mozzarella in the center provides a nice surprise when you cut into the loaf.

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Homemade Mozzarella

Creamy, with great melting qualities, homemade mozzarella takes about 40 minutes to make at home. Any grocery store milk will work for this recipe, but the better the milk, the better the flavor of the cheese.

For this recipe, use only non-chlorinated water see the NOTE, below. You’ll need an instant-read thermometer and food-safe gloves (for handling the hot cheese).

This cheese is best consumed on the day it’s made.

Make Ahead: If you need to de-chlorinate the water, you’ll need to leave it out at room temperature at least overnight and up to 24 hours.

Where to Buy: Look for rennet at Latin grocery stores, at stores that carry beermaking supplies or online. Citric acid is available in the canning section of grocery and hardware stores.


When you scale a recipe, keep in mind that cooking times and temperatures, pan sizes and seasonings may be affected, so adjust accordingly. Also, amounts listed in the directions will not reflect the changes made to ingredient amounts.

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Dissolve the citric acid in 1 cup of the chlorine-free water. In a separate container, dissolve the rennet in the remaining 1/4 cup of chlorine-free water.

Pour the milk into a large, deep stainless-steel pot. Stir in the dissolved citric acid-water mixture. Heat to 90 degrees over medium heat, stirring occasionally.

Use a spoon or skimmer to stir in the dissolved rennet / water mixture for about 30 seconds, gently moving the milk from the bottom of the pot to the top without breaking the surface of the liquid. Cover the pot and let it sit for 10 minutes, during which time a somewhat solid mass of curds will form.

Use a long stainless-steel palette knife (with a rounded, flat blade) or similar knife to slice into the curd mass, pressing it to one side. The whey will be clear and yellowish, and the cut should be clean. If the whey is cloudy or the curd is crumbly, cover the pot for another 10 minutes. Cut the curds into 1-inch segments, slicing from top to bottom then side to side in a checkboard pattern. Let the curds sit for 5 minutes, so they can express whey.

Heat the curds to 105 degrees while stirring lazily, about 5 minutes, then spoon into a metal, ceramic or glass bowl. Let them rest for 10 minutes.

(At this point, the curds may be used to make Homemade Stracciatella see related recipe.)

Press against the curd mass for any resulting whey back into the pot. Place the pot of whey over medium heat bring to 180 degrees.

The cheese will not stretch until it registers135 degrees on an instant-read thermometer. Heat the curds in the whey as follows: Pull a baseball-size hunk of the curds from the bowl. Use a skimmer to dip them into the hot whey for 30 seconds.

Don food-safe gloves, because you & # 039ll be handling very hot cheese. Remove the curds from the skimmer and pull the curds, fold, pull and fold. They will not quite stretch, and they might tear.

Place the curds back into the whey for 30 seconds, remove and pull the curds again. They should be shiny and hold together like taffy. Work quickly to pull, fold and pull, repeating only one or two times until the mozzarella feels supple, then form a circle with thumb and forefinger and press the mass through to form a sphere of cheese. Twist to detach, place on a plate and continue to form the remaining curds in the same way. Salt the cheese to your liking.

VARIATIONS: Shape the curds into bites (1-inch balls) or string cheese (4-inch rope) or pull them flat and layer with ham, then roll into a log. Serve the last, sliced, as an appetizer.

NOTE: To remove chlorine from water, let the water sit out, uncovered, at least overnight and up to 24 hours. The chlorine, which is a gas, will dissipate. If the water has been treated with chloramine, which much of the District & # 039s water is, that chemical will not dissipate the same way. But the addition of citric acid in this recipe effectively eliminates chloramine, and we found in testing that the presence of chloramine did not adversely affect the cheesemaking process.

Mashed mozzarella rolls in bacon

They are so simple and quick are these Meatballs with mozzarella rolled in bacon, not to mention how tasty and why not very good-looking that even the most clumsy in the kitchen could prepare them without any impediment!

Usually I make them when I have guests, they look good on the set and they sound appreciated more than any other appetizer.

It can also be served hot with a mashed potato or a salad, but let's not talk too long and get to work!

Stay tuned for the list of ingredients, but also for the simple way of preparation!

For many other recipes with or without meat or fasting dishes and much more, find in the snacks section, click here or on the photo.

Or on the Facebook page, click on the photo.

Wallpaper a tray with baking paper.

Divide the minced meat composition into 20 equal portions, press well to fill air gaps and roll each piece of mozzarella in the composition.

We come and wrap the balcony not too tightly, enough to cover the meatball and put it upside down.

Bake in the preheated oven for 18-20 minutes.

Simpler and faster than that! But I don't hold you back, not the other way around, but my meatballs have tempered and I can't wait! So I wish you good work and good appetite!

30 Minutes Mozzarella Recipe

This cheese making kit is fun for all ages, simply add milk and enjoy. What could be better than making fresh, homemade mozzarella in your own kitchen. With this kit you can.

Citric Acid

Citric Acid is used to make a variety of cheese including 30 Minute Mozzarella, Ricotta and Paneer. Adding citric acid to milk raises the acidity level which is an important step in cheese.

Rennet Vegetable Tablet

These vegetable rennet tablets contain no animal products, are gluten free and NON-GMO. Each tablet is scored into 4 segments, making it easy to break into smaller amounts for home cheese making.

Cheese Salt

This cheese salt absorbs easily and contains no iodine. Iodine will kill the lactic bacteria in the aging process. Lactic bacteria is important for proper aging of cheese. Cheese Salt does not dissolve too much.


  • Good Thermometer
  • Knife to Cut Curds
  • Spoon or Ladle to Stir Curds
  • Large Colander
  • Large Bowl

Tel-Tru Thermometer

This Tel-Tru thermometer, made in the USA, from the highest-quality stainless steel is both accurate and easy to use. Complete with a sturdy pot clip and large two inch dial, checking the.

Curd Knife 14 "

This curd knife is essential in the cheese making process. With a long 14 "blade it is easy to evenly cut curds, so whey can expel. Having no sharp edges.

Stainless Steel Skimmer

This stainless steel skimmer is a staple for all cheese makers. The slotted design lets whey drain from the curds, as they are scooped out of the pot, and placed into draining.

Choosing the Right Milk

  • Make sure the milk you use is not ultra pasteurized.
  • You can use homogenized or non-homogenized milk.
  • Farm fresh milk is a great option if you can find it locally.
  • Low fat milk will work, but the cheese will be drier and less flavorful.

Prepare Work Area

Do not prepare any other food while you are making cheese. Put all food products away.

Move all sponges, cloths and dirty towels away from your work surface, wipe your sink and stove with soap and water. Finally use your antibacterial cleaner to wipe down all surfaces.

Prepare Rennet

Crush 1/4 tablet of rennet and dissolve in 1/4 cup of cool non-chlorinated water, or add 1/4 tsp single strength liquid rennet to the water. Set your rennet mixture aside to use later.

Mix Citric Acid & Milk

Add 1 1/2 tsp. of citric acid to 1 cup cool water, pour this into your pot.

Now, pour cold milk into your pot quickly, to mix well with the citric acid. This will bring the milk to the proper acidity to stretch well later.

Heat Milk

Heat the milk slowly to 90 ° F. As you approach 90 ° F, you may notice your milk beginning to curdle slightly due to acidity and temp.

Note: If you're having problems with milk forming a proper curd, you may need to increase this temp to 95 ° F or even 100F.

Add Rennet

At 90 ° F, remove the pot from the burner and slowly add your rennet (which you prepared in step one) to the milk. Stir in a top to bottom motion for approx. 30 seconds, then stop.

Cover the pot and leave undisturbed for 5 minutes.

Check the curd after 5 minutes, it should look like custard, with a clear separation between the curds and whey. If the curd is too soft or the whey is milky, let it set longer, up to 30 more minutes.

Cut & Cook Curd

Cut the curds into a 1 "checkerboard pattern.

Place the pot back on the stove and heat to 105 ° F while slowly stirring the curds with your ladle (if you will be stretching the curds in a hot water bath, rather than using a microwave, heat to 110 ° F in this step) .

Take the pot off the burner and continue stirring slowly for 2-5 minutes. (More time will make a firmer cheese)

Transfer & Drain Curd

With a slotted spoon, scoop curds into a colander or microwave safe bowl (if the curd is too soft at this point, let it sit for another minute or so).

Once transferred, press the curd gently with your hand, pouring off as much whey as possible. If desired, you can reserve the whey to use later in baking or as a soup stock.

Heat Curd & Remove Whey

If in a colander, transfer the curds into a heat safe bowl. Next, microwave the curd for 1 minute.

If desired, add 1 tsp of salt to the curds for added flavor.

You will notice more whey separation from the curd. Drain off all whey as you did before. Quickly work the cheese with a spoon or your hands until it is cool enough to touch (rubber gloves will help since the cheese is almost too hot to touch at this point).

Microwave two more times for 35 seconds each, and repeat the kneading as in the last step to aid in more whey drain off and ensure even heating of the curds. Drain off all of the whey as you go.

Note: If you prefer not to use a microwave here is a recipe using a water bath where the curds are heated in hot water

Knead & Stretch Curd

Now the fun begins, knead quickly now as you would bread dough. Remove curd from bowl and continue kneading until it is smooth and shiny. Return it to the microwave if needed (if it begins to cool before it's ready to stretch). Add salt near the finish. At this point, if hot enough, the cheese should be soft and pliable enough to stretch, and stretch, and stretch some more (like taffy). This is what makes it Mozzarella

We hope you have as much fun with this as we do.

Eat & amp Enjoy

Now knead your cheese back into a big ball until it is smooth and shiny

Your Mozzarella is ready as soon as it’s cool enough to eat. To cool quickly place it in a bowl of ice water and refrigerate. When cold you can wrap in plastic wrap and it will last for several days, but is best when eaten fresh.

The Right Milk for Mozzarella

Our best advice to date is to buy a LOCAL milk one that has not had to have the extensive Long Haul treatment For more details on finding a milk that works for you click here.

A problem is that milk is being shipped cross country after being processed by huge processing plants. In order to do this the milk must be processed at higher temps and then held at cold temps for long periods of time while going these long distances to markets. This is especially true for our so called "organic milks" Many of the milks are not labeled as UP are in fact heat and cold damaged and will not make a proper cheese curd for this Mozzarella, if your cheese is not working try our dry milk powder and cream recipe.

Not Ultra Pasteurized Milk

If you have any concerns about your milk quality or you can't form a nice curd like you see in the following recipe click here for more info on Ultra Pasteurized Milk.

This is an example of curds that are not forming properly because of Ultra Pasteurized milk. Don't worry, they will still be really yummy, they just wont turn into Mozzarella. As explained in the link above, drain these curds in butter muslin and enjoy them as they are or add some salt or herbs. This will make a great spread for crackers.

Making Mozzarella Without a Microwave

If you would like to try this recipe without a Microwave please click here.

A Few More Tips

  • A substitution of reconstituted dry milk powder and cream is a great option if you can't find the right type of milk.
  • Lipase can be added to the milk to provide a more robust Italian cheese flavor
  • If you want a softer texture, do not let the curd set as firm and work less when draining and kneading, this will make a moister cheese.

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So for a while I thought it was the recipe and tried a bunch of different things. Then had a friend over and let her try it and she nailed it on the first try. So I tried again and failed. Finally I tried it using the same milk she used and even though this time I was lazy as **** about sticking to the recipe, it worked. If you can find non-homogenized milk, it made all the difference in the world to me. I could never get the curds to melt into mozz with the wrong milk. I'm sure it's possible but that was befuddling. Once I got the milk right it was forming together before I even drained the whey. Microwaved it for 40 seconds and boom had delicious mozzarella. Also you don't need to heat it over the stove. Just fill your sink up with the faucet on the highest setting and put the pot in. Heats it quick and more evenly. ITS ALL ABOUT THE MILK.

Honestly, I was skeptical at first. I kept going though. I followed the directions as they were written. I thought my curds were a little small, not tight enough didn’t look quite like the picture. I kept going through, doing what the directions said. It was wonderful! I was very pleasantly surprised with how easy and tasty it was. I will do that again without hesitation.

Easy in theory, not so much in practice. Tried three times, each time I got closer, but yielded no mozzarella. It is not easy to know when the curds have hardened enough to hold up to microwaving (or moving). On my first try I left the curds too big and ended up with white goo after transferring. Tried with smaller curds and longer cooking and managed to strain out the results into something that tastes like mozzarella but looks like drained ricotta (never made it to the microwave step). My third try had smaller curds and longer cook time and held up to transfer to the bowl and went into the microwave to immediately fall apart into white goo. That one solidified into a spread that tastes mozzarella like. I’m fairly certain I could make mozzarella if I tried again, but I think I’ll switch to an easier recipe.

This well-written, easy-to-follow set of instructions for a beginner to make a great mozzarella is accompanied by clear and relevant photographs. So how can it not work? Don’t know, but it definitely didn’t for me. Used pasteurized but not ultra-pasteurized whole milk from the grocery, large stainless pot on an induction hob, ThermaPen digital thermometers (2), and other than the milk all ingredients were from NECMSCo. After adding animal rennet and following instructions, there was essentially no curd formed after 5 minutes. None after 10 minutes. Slight curd after 15 minutes so went with that. Cutting and then stirring and heating yielded a soupy mixture with tiny, tiny curds. Curds would go through colander holes, so I used a strainer and got some material but a low percentage of the overall mix. I'm guessing my mistake was in not waiting more than the 15 minutes. but I don't really know what I should be looking for to tell if enough time has passed. Some additional recipe guidance would be helpful at this step. I'll probably try again, but I want to watch some videos first before using up another batch of milk and ingredients. Really sorry this didn't work out as it has for lots of others.

Water Cooler: The magic of homemade mozzarella

Making cheese from scratch might seem over the top, and, for the most part, that’s probably true. The exception is homemade mozzarella.

Mozzarella is the epitome of fresh cheese and one of the easiest to make. Of course, it is important to recognize that even homemade mozzarella is no match for what is made by expert Italian cheesemakers.

This is for a few reasons, but the main one is traditional Italian mozzarella is made specifically from the milk of the Italian buffalo. Buffalo milk has more protein, fat and lactose than cow milk and results in a stark white mozzarella, with succulent texture and robust flavor. Cow milk works just fine, but it results in a slightly yellow cheese with more springy texture and mild flavor.

In general, any whole, 2% or skim cow milk will do, as well as goat milk. Fresh and high quality milk provides the best results. Raw or pasteurized milk both work well, but you cannot use milk that is ultra high temperature pasteurized. This particular process leaves the milk protein unable to set into curds.

These details are important, but don’t let them intimidate you. Making mozzarella is a simple process, and even if your cheese doesn’t rival the professionals, it will still be delicious.

To make about 1 pound of mozzarella, you will need:

1 gallon of milk

1 ½ teaspoons citric acid

One-half teaspoon liquid rennet

1 tablespoon kosher salt

Stir the citric acid into 1 cup of water until dissolved. The citric acid helps coagulate the milk. Mix the rennet into a ½ cup of water. The rennet is essential for helping the protein set to form the curds.

Pour the milk into a large pot with enough room to stir. Stir the citric acid-water mixture into the cold milk, and stir vigorously until well-incorporated. Heat the milk over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally, until it reaches 90 degrees Fahrenheit.

Remove the milk from the heat. Pour in the rennet-water mixture while stirring, and continue to stir gently for 30 seconds. Cover and leave undisturbed for five minutes. A solid curd should form. You should be able to tilt the pot and see a distinct separation of the solid curd and the liquid whey. If it still seems fragile or liquidy, let sit for a few more minutes.

Use a long knife to gently cut the curd into a gridlike pattern of even pieces, ensuring the knife is reaching the bottom of the pan. Return the pot to the stove on medium-heat and heat until 105 degrees Fahrenheit. Stir very gently as not to break up the curd pieces. Remove from the heat and let sit another 5 minutes.

Remove the curds with a slotted spoon to separate them from the whey. Gently squeeze to remove excess whey, but the curd should still be very saturated. Heat the whey to 180 degrees, either in the same pot or a smaller pot. You just need enough whey to completely cover the curd.

Season the whey with the kosher salt, then pour over the curd. Let this sit for about 20 seconds. This is to warm the curd and make it pliable for the final step - stretching. Pick up the curd and let gravity stretch it. Fold it into itself and repeat for about four to six folds, until the curd becomes a smooth mass. This is similar to working with a very hydrated dough.

To shape the curd, squeeze it through your thumb and index finger to form a ball, then pinch off. Cover the balls in room temperature whey and let rest for 15 minutes before serving. Wrap in plastic film to store in the refrigerator for up to a week.

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How to dispose of cooking oil

First things first, if you know you & rsquore going to do more frying soon & ndash just save the oil to use again! Let the oil cool, then use a coffee filter or cheesecloth (aff link) to remove any crumbs, and store in an airtight glass container in a cool, dark place.

But if you & rsquore not saving it for another round, make sure to take the proper steps to discard the oil at home:

  • Pack it and throw it away. Let the oil cool completely, then pour into a non-recyclable container with a lid and throw it in the trash. Examples would be milk cartons, takeout containers, or other plastic or wax-lined paper containers.
  • Pour it into the trash & ndash carefully and strategically. Once oil has cooled, slowly pour into the center of your trash can on top of absorbent items like paper towels, or discarded kitty litter. You don't want it to pool into the bottom of the bag, because that could go south.
  • Freeze it and toss it. Pour cooled oil into an old can (think the kinds you & rsquod have for black beans) and place in the freezer. Once it's solid, dump it into the trash.

Resources needed for homemade mozzarella cheese

Rennet & # 8211 rennet is an enzyme derived from an animal’s stomach (try not to eww out on me) used in cheese making and needed to create the curds. It separates the milk into curds and whey. You can use traditional animal rennet or this organic vegetable rennet.

Citric acid & # 8211 the acid helps with coagulation. This is a great answer on if you need citric acid in making mozzarella.

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