A Closer Look: Fresh Cheese Making Kit

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Kits are a great way to get started with something new without having to figure out all the details.  This kit provides what you need to get started making Feta, Cottage Cheese, Cream Cheese, Fromage Blanc, and Traditional Quark at home.

Today we are going to take a closer look at the Fresh Cheese Making Kit.

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Shannon

Shannon is a mama to four small children, homesteader, freelance writer, and picture-taker. She lives with her husband on their off-grid homestead where they make and eat kefir, kombucha, sourdough, and fermented vegetables.

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Getting Started With Cheesemaking

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Making cheese at home can be somewhat overwhelming at first. There are so many different types, styles, and variations of cheese to choose from, it’s tough to decide where to begin.

For new cheesemakers, it helps to pick cheeses that are forgiving when it comes to temperature variation and time discrepancies. Your first cheese might not look just like the picture, but it will almost always taste delicous and fresh, and in making it you will have learned a few fundamental processes involved in cheesemaking.

Fresh, unripened soft cheese is a good place to start, because it involves the basic processes without getting too involved in more complicated steps like pressing and aging. There are a couple of different types of cheese that are easy for beginners.

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Shannon

Shannon is a mama to four small children, homesteader, freelance writer, and picture-taker. She lives with her husband on their off-grid homestead where they make and eat kefir, kombucha, sourdough, and fermented vegetables.

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A Closer Look: Mozzarella and Ricotta Cheese Kit

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“I purchased this as a gift for someone hard to buy for. He loved it. The first batch, not a success, second batch he was a pro. He had fun with it and the finished product was great. He is already checking out how to make other cheeses. I love finding special gifts and would recommend this idea to anyone.” -Stella

Today we are going to take a closer look at the Mozzarella and Ricotta Cheese Kit.

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Shannon

Shannon is a mama to four small children, homesteader, freelance writer, and picture-taker. She lives with her husband on their off-grid homestead where they make and eat kefir, kombucha, sourdough, and fermented vegetables.

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Culturing Courage

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I hear all the time from people who are nervous about getting started culturing. We live in a very germ-phobic society where hand sanitizer is everywhere and the news regularly reports outbreaks of foodborne illness or tainted food recalls. For those who have worked in food service, the image of the thermometer proclaiming “Danger Zone” is permanently etched in memory.

So how can you make the leap from over caution about food to leaving a jar of cabbage on the counter for 3 weeks? Or perhaps even leaving milk out for 48 hours!… 

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Sarah

Sarah

I live in Oregon with my 4 kids. I hop between my kitchen and sewing room. As the daughter of a ranch-girl turned County Extension Agent, I really believe that with enough ingenuity and know-how, anything can be made. I try to keep some cultured vegetables and condiments on hand, as well as a robust supply of yogurt. What really excites me though is finding old ways of culturing foods from around the world and making it work in my life. “I wonder” is a phrase I utter a lot, and can make my kids nervous! I love to learn and share what I’ve discovered.

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