Recently, I read about the Urban Cheesecraft kits online, and was interested to find out even more about them! I’ve always loved seeing how people get back to the basics of making their own food from natural sources, and kind of skipping the grocery store if they are able to. Any more with all of the news stories of recalls and problems in our food products, it makes me want to create my own at home, even more often.
Reading about this kit, just kind of got the gears spinning in my head. Is making cheese hard? Would I be able to do it with the ingredients I have? Will it taste weird, if I try? I had a lot of questions, but was so willing to give it a try.
I received my Mozzarella & Ricotta kit from Urban Cheesecraft to use, and couldn’t wait to get in the kitchen. It had all of the needed things inside, including the salt, citric acid and even a thermometer! Everything was packaged well and the instructions were so easy to follow along with. I loved how it had different tips of if things didn’t go just right, or how you could edit it even more. The details were something I loved!
I started by lightly boiling the whole milk, as it instructed, being sure to stir it gently every once in awhile:
Then, just like the pamphlet said, it started to separate…and that was amazing!! Just like science class, it was really fun to watch the miracle happen:
Once it had got to the desired temp, I followed the directions of using a glass bowl in the microwave and folding the cheese with some spoons (I tried using my hands, but it ended up being a bit too warm for me to handle):
Once I finished all of the steps, it was ready to go! It turned out to be so easy, and so much fun! This kit would be perfect for families to do together on a weekend or when they had some extra time. Here’s what it ended up looking like when I was finished:
I would definitely recommend this kit for anyone who loves to cook at home, and wants to start making their own products. There is plenty of ingredients in the kit to make multiple batches, so the value ends up being even better! Now I think my husband is going to have an odd look on his face when I tell him I want a cow! 🙂
Like many other parents, we are wanting to be a bit more careful of what our family consumes. And know with what is being put into the foods that they eat, than these kits are even better for you to try! There are so many varieties to choose from, and I cannot wait to try more of them and see how they turn out. It makes me smile to say “I made cheese!”
A bit thanks to Colleen and Claudia with Urban Cheesecraft for letting me try one of their DIY Cheese Kits. It’s such a blessing to be able to let all of my readers know how well they work. The kits would be perfect Christmas gifts for family that you know enjoy doing things like this at home, or even for any time of the year! I would definitely recommend them to everyone!!
Now you can make your own fresh cheese! We make kits that use dairy as well as nuts and seeds for dairy-free options. Make fresh mozzarella goat cheese, queso blanco, paneer and other delicious cheeses in your very own kitchen with an Urban Cheesecraft DIY Cheese Kit! The ORIGINAL Etsy cheese kits since 2009.
One hour and a gallon of milk or nuts and seeds are all you need for most of our kits. Do you want to learn more? Check out my dairy-based book, “One Hour Cheese”, wherever books are sold. This book contains step by step photos make it easy to get started! Look for more dairy-free cheese kits fall of 2016 as well as a dairy-free cheese book to come soon.
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Claudia, the creator of Urban Cheesecraft, gets asked often how she started this cheese making venture. She always thinks to herself, how does anything start? You learn about this, move on to that, end up at something that lasts. After researching and learning about making food from local ingredients, Claudia became inspired to make her own cheese. When she tried to find local cheese making supplies though, she had no luck. Since her hometown is Portland, Oregon- the capital of D.I.Y.! How could this be?! Being determined to learn, she purchased supplies on the Internet. Trying to follow recipes can be overwhelming, and you need special equipment to get started? Really?
With the knowledge that people have been making cheese for thousands of years with simple recipes and without fancy equipment, she persevered. After many late nights of going through lots of information, she understood that there are many cheeses that don’t require aging. Making cheese at home can be done, with little or no special equipment being required.
Trying many types, shared them with friends and enjoyed the excitement and the questions. Thinking that other people would be happy to have this culinary skill, she decided to make it easier to start making, and enjoying homemade cheese. It started by researching wholesalers, testing recipes, sourcing quality supplies to create simple kits for fresh cheeses; no cows of your own or aging caves required. This means you can buy a gallon of milk at the grocery store and be eating your own fresh cheese within an hour!
One of Urban Cheesecraft’s most important goals is making the cheese kits fail-proof and affordable. There’s a low investment in time and cost but high reward in self-sufficiency and quality! In less than an hour you can enjoy fresh mozzarella, ricotta, queso blanco, goat cheese and more – made in your very own kitchen, using the milk of your choice. Try it and you won’t believe you didn’t do it sooner.
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