Making Mozzarella with Hobby Hill Farm’s Kit

September 11, 2015

Hobby Hill Farm cheese making kit

Did I say that I was going to write about my experience using the Hobby Hill Farm cheese making kit on Tuesday? It appears that I actually meant Thursday. Oops!

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Step one with any new food endeavor is to read the instructions carefully and make sure you have all ingredients and gear. The kit comes with every necessary ingredient except for the milk. As far as gear goes, you need a big pot, a slotted spoon, a microwave-safe bowl, and a thermometer to track the temperature of the milk.

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While the milk heats, you dissolve citric acid in water and a bit of rennet in another small portion of water.

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The acidic water joins the milk when it is 55 degrees F.

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Then you gently stir as it heats to 90 degrees F.

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Once the milk reaches 90 degrees F, you pull the pot off the heat.

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Add the dilute rennet and stir using an up and down motion.

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Then you cover the pot and let the curds coagulate for a bit.

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Using a knife that goes all the way to the bottom of the pot, you cut the curds. Looking at this picture, I realize that my curds might have needed to stir for another minute or two.

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Once the curds are cut, you return the pot to the heat and warm the contents until they reach 105 degrees F.

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Remove the pot from the heat again and stir.

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Use that slotted spoon and strain the curds out into the microwave safe bowl.

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Pour off any gathered whey and microwave.

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Knead and microwave.

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Knead and microwave again.

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I divided my cheese into two segments and formed them into balls.

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Then I put them in cold water to set.

All told, it was a really fun project that has delicious results. I’m still no expert at this point and I know that my cheese is a little firmer than desired, but the kit has enough for many more batches, so I’ll certainly be trying again! And don’t forget to enter the giveaway for a chance to win your own cheese making kit.

Disclosure: Hobby Hill Farm is a Food in Jars sponsor. They provided the kit you see here, as well as the one up for giveaway (along with a sack of the most delicious pretzels ever). 

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11 thoughts on "Making Mozzarella with Hobby Hill Farm’s Kit"

  • I made cheese many years ago when I taught at a summer science camp and would love to try this kit. Who doesn’t like success the first time in the kitchen! Thanks for sharing.

  • I try to make new things on a routine basis. Just the other day I purchased a food dehydrator and I am now processing my garden-grown veggies and herbs in this new way. A couple years ago I bought a cheddar cheese-making kit — disaster. I threw out that blocky hunk ‘o mold within about 4 days.

  • Oddly enough I just made cheese for the first time a couple days ago. It was an easy ricotta. I am totally hooked. I am looking forward to expanding my cheese making skills

  • I’ve never made cheese, but I did try fudge with my kids. Epic fail!!! We needed a jackhammer. Maybe I’d have better luck with mozzarella.

  • \ Gave away my microwave a while ago cause I never use it and wanted the space. Doh! When Ive seen demonstrations of making mozzarella, the curds are kneaded into balls under warm water….Have to check. And would love to try making ricotta…said to be so much more lucious than store bought.