7 Splendid Tips for Making Your Own Delicious Mozzarella ...

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Making your own mozzarella is marvelous!

Heather and I took a cheese class to learn last year, which is great for teaching you some awesome techniques and methods, but you don't have to do that yourself.

With this post and a bit of practice, you'll soon be making mozzarella that tastes so delicious, you'll never want that store bought stuff again.

If you've ever dreamed of making your own mozzarella or simply want to try something new, I've got some fantastic tips for you!

1. Make Sure You Have the Right Tools

Making your own mozzarella successfully hinges on the right tools.

Many of them you probably have, but you may need to purchase some of them, or borrow them from a friend if you can.

Essential items include a stainless steel or enamel pot that holds at least 8 quarts (realize that active pots, such as cast iron or aluminum, won't work);

a digital thermometer;

measuring cups;

a strainer;

a good, sharp knife;

several glass bowls in various sizes;

a microwave;

and a slotted spoon.

Optionally, you might want a dipping strainer or some nylon netting if you prefer that.

2. Get the Freshest Ingredients

Believe it or not, you don't need a lot of ingredients to make mozzarella.

Basically, you need milk, a Rennet tablet, salt, water, and citric acid.2

So, as you can see, freshness isn't applicable with everything.

However, you do definitely want your milk to be fresh – as in, if you can get it soon after it leaves the cow, that's awesome.

Keep in mind, however, that you'll need more citric acid for raw or super fresh milk.

Otherwise, try to stick to whole milk, or at least 2 percent.

And try to buy your citric acid on or close to the day you'll be making the cheese.

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