Making mozzarella cheese on the homestead has been common all spring and seems to continue as long as the cows are in milk. Our neighbor’s cow is giving gallon after gallon of fresh milk and we are happily buying and using it for cheese and other tasty products. Hopefully by late fall, our own milk cow will be with calf and giving milk for us to use.
Making this cheese takes about 30 minutes to complete and Jaimie is now making 4 gallon milk batches at one time. Once you get the process down and familiarize yourself with the recipe, it becomes easy and it’s a task you can knock out and then move on with the rest of your day. Below you will find a video with Jaimie giving some tips and walking you through the entire process.
We started off with a kit from Midwest Brewing that helped us get the basics down. We followed their recipe but most instructions for cheese making assumes you are on grid with a regular kitchen at your disposal. So we searched for a few videos that answered some of our questions and came up with a process that makes GREAT cheese and no power required. And you can do it in 30 minutes or less!
If you ask me, the way to solve all the problems in the world is just to make more cheese!
Here is the recipe for great off grid mozzarella!
- Raw Milk
- Add Citric Acid 1.5 teaspoons per 1 Gallon of Milk (This is used to spoil/sour your milk. Already spoiled/sour milk can skip this step. Never use sour store bought milk to make cheese.)
- Add heat, keep stirring 100 degrees F then turn off heat.
- Add Rennet at 100 degrees F per bottle instructions
- Wait 10 minutes
- Mix your Cheese and bring heat to 110 degrees F
- Prepare hot water bath at 170 degrees F
- At 110 degrees F, drain your whey or keep for garden.
- Squeeze out your whey from the cheese.
- Hot water bath your cheese.
- Pull your cheese out of the bath and stretch, salt (optional) and shape your cheese.
- Cool and enjoy!
Give it a try and come back and tell us how it worked out. It took Jaimie a few times to get it just right so don’t give up if it’s not perfect. And besides, even the batches that didn’t turn out right were delicious! Me(Zac) and the kids still ate it!
Have fun and ENJOY THE VIDEO!