Roaring Brook Dairy Mozzarella Cheesemaking Kit
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- Master the art of cheesemaking
- Wonderful present for people who love cheese; fantastic project to do with the family
- Step-by-step illustrated instructions included
- Makes over 4 pounds of mozzarella, one pound at a time
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Top Customer Reviews
The instructions are clear and easy to follow, but other kits have easy instructions, too. While I made excellent cheese with it, I will not buy this kit again unless the price drops significantly.
It was good , but not what I was looking for.
That may have been the result of the milk I used.
My second attempt I followed the directions from "The Idiots Guide To Cheese Making" and it turned out wonderful (using the same brand milk).
I have now been ordering the required ingredients seperatley.It's easy and less expensive.
I've tried both the Mozzarella and Butter kit that Roaring Brook Dairy makes, and I was overall very pleased with both results. So, I was really excited to find out that the company had produced yet another kit!
I made the cheese last week and it turned out great. Like all of the other kits, you really to follow the instructions step-by-step each time, or at least until you get the hang of it. I got a pretty good yield the first time around, and an even better yield the second time. The one thing I wills say is that the cheese doesn't have that "tang" that store-bought goat cheese tend to have. I think that is probably attributed to that fact that there are certain additives added to the store-bought cheese that require refrigeration, and like the other kits, this one does not need to be store in a fridge. Therefore, the cheese had a more fresh taste, sort of like a creme-fraiche, but definitely distinguishable as a goat's cheese.
Pros: Easy to follow instructions, kit comes with all the ingredients you need plus a cheese mold
Cons: goat's milk can be hard to find- Trader Joe's and Whole Foods tend to carry them, but unless you live near a natural foods store, you may have trouble locating it.
I first heard about Roaring Brook Dairy's kits on the Woot website, where I purchased their butter making kit. It was so easy and made excellent butter, so I ordered their Mozzarella Cheesemaking kit from Amazon soon afterward.
The Roaring Brook Dairy Mozzarella Cheesemaking Kit comes with almost everything you need to make mozzarella: a thermometer, citric acid, rennet tablet, salt, and a pair of gloves. All you do is add milk and you are set! With the exception of the gloves, the kit can be reused up to four times since the recipe calls for only one quarter of the rennet tablet and has plenty of citric acid and salt also. The gloves are just surgical gloves, which can be easily purchased from any pharmacy.
Today I made my first batch of mozzarella. I was moving slowly since I was learning, but it took less than two hours from start to finish. More importantly, it was fun doing it.
You start by dissolving ¼ of the rennet tablet in some water. Then you dissolve some of the citric acid in water. Meanwhile, you warm a gallon of milk on the stove, keeping close tabs on the temperature with the provided thermometer. Once it has reached certain temperatures, you add the citric acid, and later the rennet. Let that mixture sit for about ten minutes and you are ready to start removing the whey from the curd. After you have removed most of the whey, you are ready to add your salt or other herbs and start stretching the mozzarella. This is the hardest part, simply because the curd needs to be very hot to stretch properly. That's where those gloves come in - they make it a little bit easier to handle the hot curd.
When the stretching is done, you have mozzarella, which you can shape into one ball or several. I refrigerated mine for a few hours before preparing it with fresh basil and tomatoes as a Caprese salad. Yum!
My mozzarella was not as soft as I wanted it to be, but was still very good. Looking at the handy dandy troubleshooting steps in the kit's instructions, I believe I may have stretched the curd a little too much. I think this is something you will develop a knack for as you repeat the process. I definitely plan to make some again soon.
The instructions are easily to follow and have plenty of great tips, variations, and troubleshooting steps. I would highly recommend this kit to anyone who wants to test their hands at making fresh cheese.