Making Homemade Mozzarella Cheese

Homemade Mozzarella Cheese : One gallon of milk will give you 1 pound of fresh mozzarella cheese. (I paid $2.39 for the milk - $2.39 for 1 lb. fresh mozzarella). Homemade Mozzarella Cheese is one of the easiest cheeses to make, it only takes 30 minutes and the taste can't be beat!  happymoneysaver.com

Making Homemade Mozzarella cheese was way easier than I thought it was going to be! It only took around 30 minutes to turn one $2.36 gallon of milk into a pound of fresh mozzarella.

It’s been a dream of mine to make homemade cheese for a really long time and I’m so excited to finally be making it.

Homemade Mozzarella Cheese : One gallon of milk will give you 1 pound of fresh mozzarella cheese. (I paid $2.39 for the milk - $2.39 for 1 lb. fresh mozzarella). Homemade Mozzarella Cheese is one of the easiest cheeses to make, it only takes 30 minutes and the taste can't be beat!  happymoneysaver.com

I love cheese.  Parmesan, Cheddar, Gryure, Swiss, Provolone, and Muenster – they melt my heart.  And just in case you are wondering, yes I am one of those people at the Olive Garden who make the server grate the Parmesan cheese uncomfortably too long.

I decided to start my cheese making journey by making homemade mozzarella cheese because I heard that it is perfect for beginners.

History of Cheese

Have you read the Little House on the Prairie books? I remember recently reading a chapter where Laura was talking about her mother making cheese. To make their cheese Laura’s father had to find a small male calf who hadn’t eaten anything but his mothers milk yet and slaughter it. The reason for this is because the enzyme called “rennet” (which is critical for cheese making) is found in the calf’s stomach. In the story, they used the male calf because the female calves could be used later for reproduction, so the male had to be slaughtered.

Lucky for us now-a-days we don’t have to slaughter adorable little calves to get rennet. Rennet is now available in stores and is made from plant extracts. In fact, did you know you can get rennet from stinging nettle? Yep, it’s true. However I don’t think I will be growing it at my house any time soon.

From what I have read the discovery of animal rennet & cheese was an accident. Central Asian nomads, and Bedouins living in Syria, Lebanon and Iraq, once decided to store milk in a clean stomach of a slaughtered sheep sewn shut on one end. They discovered that after they carried milk for a time in the stomach, it would curdle and the result was cheese.

Cheese has been around a long time including in the Bible. In 2 Samuel 17:29 David escaped across the River Jordan, and presented ten different kinds of cheese to the captain of the army drawn up to do battle with Saul. How cool is that?

How To Make Homemade Mozzarella Cheese

Rickis Cheesemaking kit

I decided to try out a cheese making kit so I purchased Ricki’s Cheese Making Kit from Amazon.com which included everything I needed but the milk. I think it was a great kit for beginners and there is enough rennet tablets/citric acid included to make up to 30 pounds of cheese!!

Ingredients needed

 

First thing you will want to do is mix 1 1/2 teaspoons of citric acid into 1/4 cup of water.

Citric Acid

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Then add the citric acid & water mix to a large pot.  Next pour in your gallon of milk.  Start mixing right away.

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Put the pot over medium-low heat and heat it to 90 degrees (use an instant read thermometer.)

While that is heating up, mix 1/4 of a rennet tablet with 1 cup of water. Dissolve it as best you can.

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When the mixture reaches 90 degrees, take it off the heat and stir in the rennet mixture with a gentle up and down motion for 30 seconds.

Then put the lid on the pot and don’t move it for 5 minutes. Walk away and don’t touch the pan for those 5 minutes. Sometimes it can take up to 10 minutes as well.

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With a knife or spatula long enough to reach the bottom of the pot, cut the curd into a 1-inch checkerboard pattern, making lines across, then lines in the other direction.

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Return the pot to the the burner over medium heat and stir it gently until the temperature of the whey (the liquid that separates from the curd) reaches 105 degrees.   If you are going to use a microwave stop the heat here and proceed to next stage.

If you are using the stovetop method keep on heating to 110 degrees. You will also need a pot of boiling hot water for this next stage so start that pot to boil now.

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At this stage you can use a slotted spoon to remove the curds from the whey.

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You can save the leftover whey and use it in bread making or in smoothies (this stuff is full of protein apparently…).

If you have a microwave you can take the curds at 105 degrees, place them in a microwave safe bowl and cook for 1 minute, then drain off the whey, microwave it for 30 seconds, drain off whey and micro it for 30 seconds one more time. Add in your salt and stretch it.

If you are using the stovetop method take your curds over to a pot of boiling water, and dip it in the boiling water a few times tossing it around with your spatula.

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Then when it looks like it’s coming together (or reaches 135 degrees temp inside the cheese) it’s time to take it out, add salt,  and stretch it like taffy till its shiny and smooth.

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Knead it into a ball or loaf and add to a bowl of ice water to cool it down.

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Homemade Mozzarella Cheese : One gallon of milk will give you 1 pound of fresh mozzarella cheese. (I paid $2.39 for the milk - $2.39 for 1 lb. fresh mozzarella). Homemade Mozzarella Cheese is one of the easiest cheeses to make, it only takes 30 minutes and the taste can't be beat!  happymoneysaver.com

You will get a little bit over a whole pound of fresh mozzarella cheese from a gallon of milk. I paid $2.36 for my gallon of milk.

And lastly enjoy your homemade mozzarella cheese.

Try not to get that crazy look in your eye and start shouting things like “mine, mine!”

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My first batch lasted a whole of 10 minutes before it was all devoured by myself and family. We ate it on toast with some basil pesto and it was heavenly.

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WORTH THE COST? YES – only costs $3.19 per pound by making yourself vs. $3.75 each at Costco for fresh mozzarella.

WORTH THE TIME? Although it is really quick to make, you are saving $0.56 for 30 minutes to an hour of your time. If you love doing projects and have lots of free time this can be a lot of fun and a great way to learn how to do things yourself, but if not it’s probably not worth the time.

 

Price breakdown:

  • Ricki’s cheesemaking kit $24.95 (makes 30 lbs. of cheese = $0.83 per lb)
  • Gallon of milk $2.36 (at Costco)
  • Final cost per mozzarella lb: $3.19 per lb. 

At Costco you can buy 2 lbs of fresh mozzarella for $7.49 (or $3.75 each) So it is a better deal to make it yourself!

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And that’s it! Homemade Mozzarella cheese was so quick and easy to make, I can’t believe I haven’t taken the time to make this all these years. I hope you all enjoy making cheese too.

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Homemade Mozzarella Cheese
Ingredients
  • Gallon of milk
  • 1/4 rennet tablet
  • 1 1/2 tsp citric acid
  • 1-2 tsp cheese salt
  • cheese thermometer
  • water
  • pots and colander
Instructions
  1. Mix 1 1/2 teaspoons of citric acid into 1/4 cup of water.
  2. Then add the citric acid & water mix to a large pot.
  3. Pour your gallon of milk in and start mixing right away.
  4. Put the pot over medium-low heat and heat it to 90 degrees (use an instant read thermometer.)
  5. While that is heating up, mix 1/4 of a rennet tablet with 1 cup of water.
  6. When the mixture reaches 90 degrees, take it off the heat and stir in the rennet mixture with a gentle up and down motion for 30 seconds.
  7. Then put the lid on the pot and don’t move it for 5 minutes. Walk away and don’t touch the pan for those 5 minutes. Sometimes it can take up to 10 minutes as well.
  8. With a spatula long enough to reach the bottom of the pot (we used an offset spatula), cut the curd into a 1-inch checkerboard pattern, making lines across, then lines in the other direction.
  9. Return the pot to the the burner over medium heat and stir it gently until the temperature of the whey (the liquid that separates from the curd) reaches 105 degrees if you are going to use a microwave to heat it after this stage. I will be using the stove top method so I heated mine to 110 degrees. I also started another pot with water to boil.
  10. When it reaches 110 degrees
  11. If you have a microwave you can take the curds at 105 degrees, place them in a microwave safe bowl and cook for 1 minute, then drain off the whey, microwave it for 30 seconds, drain off whey and micro it for 30 seconds one more time. Add in your salt and stretch it.
  12. If you are using the stovetop method take your curds over to a pot of boiling water, and dip it in the boiling water a few times tossing it around with your spatula.
  13. Then when it looks like it’s coming together it’s time to take it out, add salt, and stretch it like taffy till its shiny and smooth. use a slotted spoon to remove the curds from the whey.
  14. Knead it into a ball or loaf and add to a bowl of ice water to cool it down for 10 minutes.
  15. Then wrap in saran wrap and use within a week.
Note: There was a giveaway on this post, but it has ended now. Winners were emailed. Thank you!

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Making Homemade Mozzarella Cheese was last modified: November 2nd, 2016 by Karrie

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Comments

  1. Beckilynn says:

    I love cheese too, thanks so much for sharing your adventures. I look forward to each new fun post you do. Love your blog!

  2. Jennifer R. says:

    I couldn’t live without my turkey and muenster cheese sandwiches. I would love to win this kit and try out cheese making. Thanks for your awesome blog.

  3. Lindsey says:

    I just love your homesteading series. You are a woman after my own heart. I’ve seen this kit on CFH, but wouldn’t of thought to check Amazon, of course maybe Ill win it and not have to…

  4. Would love to try the Mozzarella. Looks wonderful. 🙂

  5. Shawna G. says:

    I have been wanting to try this for some time and I think the cheese making kit is a great idea to get one started with success.
    FYI- Is it just me or did you skip over the step where you ad the milk in this tutorial?
    Thanks for posting.

  6. Verlyn says:

    I would love to try making our own, that looks like fun and yummy too!

  7. I’ve never thought of making Mozzarella – I thought it was a much more complicated process. I’d love to try it out!

  8. Catherine says:

    So much fun! I want to try!

  9. Michelle says:

    Wow! I never knew how to do that. I’ve got to try it! Plus I love all your pictures 🙂

  10. Chelsea Beck says:

    One of my favorite cheeses. Would live to try making it at home!

  11. Serenity Aust says:

    I would love to try this and my kids would have a blast helping too!! Thanks for the chance 🙂

  12. Jen S. says:

    I had never thought about making cheese, you make it look so easy!! I can’t wait to give it a try–and our family is partial to mozzarella so you really caught my attention!!

  13. You make it look not only easy but so fun, too! My little people LOVE some mozzarella!!! 🙂 Thank you for sharing!

  14. That looks delicious….i love fresh mozzerella!!

  15. We are a family of 4. 2 kids, me, and my husband. We all love cheese. Each one loving a differe t kind. We recently stopped buying cheese because we’re trying to cut down on our grocery bill. All of your info is priceless!! From homemade laundry soap to all the delicious freezer meals. We made the soap, most of the meals, AND started couponing!! THANKS!!

  16. Haha! It looks like you had so much fun!! I ADORE mozzarella cheese, and a pound of it would probably last about 10 minutes (or less) at my house too.

    I’ve never made cheese before, but we took a tour of the Tillamook cheese factory a few months ago and were absolutely fascinated!!

  17. Maybe I’m missing it…but when did you add the milk?

  18. Looks yummy! Can’t wait for some caprese salad!

  19. Amanda K. says:

    I’d love to try and make cheese! I would probably start out with Mozzarella like you did. BTW, I love your homesteading series 🙂 I have started to venture into the same stuff you are but my husband isn’t so on board so it’s fun reading your posts on how you are working your way into it. It always seems like people either do it or they don’t, it’s nice to see someone working towards it for a change!

  20. Bridget says:

    Okay..I realize I just woke up..but…at what stage did you add the gallon of milk? Are you using the whole gallon at once?

  21. Shelley says:

    I would love the chance to make my own cheese! Thank you for sharing your adventures, it is inspiring!

  22. Wow!! I would love to make my own cheese!!! That would save my family of 6 tons of money a month if I learned how to do this!!

  23. Love, love, love fresh mozzarella! Thanks for sharing; this looks like it could make a fun Girl Scout project, turning milk into cheese!

  24. Thank you so much for the ping back. I love those kits…I have never tried Mozzarella I will have to give it a go, you are very informative in your writing and include a lot of detail.

  25. Oooh! I’d love to win! I’ve made feta before, but it is actually rather time consuming and you HAVE to use raw milk. Plus, it didn’t taste like store bought feta. I need different ingredients for mozzarella, so this kit would be perfect for me!

  26. April M says:

    I would love to make homemade cheese! So awesome 🙂

  27. Ashley M says:

    I would LOVE to try this. Seems easy enough. Everytime I ask my husband what he wants to eat he ALWAYS replies “Something with meats and cheeses.” It would be awesome to make him some homemade. That would make his day!

  28. Patrick says:

    Is your time worth nothing? Your saving .46 per pound but did not factor what your time is worth. If it was a project with my family the yes totally worth if. But an hour wasted to save .46 is hardly worth it.

    • Hi Patrick, that is so true. Definitely something to think about. I will update my answer above. I think I just got a little bit too excited about doing this little dream of mine that it was a pure joy to make. But to do it all the time to save money…hmmmm…off to update that part. Thanks.

  29. I’ve been wanting to do this with my son for a while (he could eat his weight in cheese every day!).

  30. Catherine Sutton says:

    Cool! I didn’t know that it could be that simple. I look forward to trying it myself!

  31. Bethany says:

    What the awesome?!!! I want to do this!!!

  32. Jenn Koss says:

    Would be an awesome homeschool project with the children.

  33. Sandi Darvell says:

    I just discovered your website. Love it. Thanks for the cheese making tips. Oh btw. My two year old is like that too. Cant take him to Olive Garden he would want just a bowl of parmasean. Lol Loves his cheese.

  34. Jil Hicks says:

    I’ve been wanting to make my own cheese ever since I had fresh cheese curds on a trip to the Thousand Islands in New York. For some reason, they just don’t sell them where I live. Thanks for the step-by-step instructions and pictures! I can’t wait to get started!!

  35. anna wagner says:

    Love the step-by-step pictures!

  36. Trina Pulliam says:

    This sounds fantastic.

  37. Mmm…that would be delicious on homemade pizza.

  38. Rebecca says:

    Thank-you That sounds pretty easy!

  39. Michaelynn says:

    I can’t wait to try this…..sweet.

  40. sharon anderson says:

    Loved reading this and hope to make my own cheese. But not sure about time factor. Great project with grandkids though. Thank you.

  41. Is it bad that I’m way giddy over the possibility of making this? I wonder where one would get rennet locally…Also…how did I not know there was plant-based rennet?! I am so glad you told me about that! I was bummed knowing where it used to come from. Now I know better. yay!

  42. How did your mozzarella cheese taste compared to store bought? Homemade is so often SO much better that its worth the time investment 🙂 I would love to give it a try. Thanks for all you do and share!

  43. Kristine says:

    Wow, I have always wanted to make cheese!! My daughter has just discovered that she loves fresh mozzarella cheese, like mother like daughter!!

  44. Sue Hibbing says:

    Karri – I love your Happy Homesteading series and I love cheese. I would also love to win this kit to make my own cheese. Thanks for doing this!

  45. I would love to try making cheese.

  46. I think cheese making would be fun! I am a cheese lover too.

  47. Pattie Knash says:

    thanks Karrie, I have wanted to try to make mozzarella for a long time. Was never sure where to start. Thanks a bunch I will let you know how it turns out.

  48. Nicole Y says:

    I love your HappyMoneySaver.com site. I enjoy your old photos and all of the homesteading projects you have been posting. Your site is one site I visit everyday. Great site and I hope you continue with it for many years to come. Thanks for all the savings and ideas.

  49. Bethany says:

    I would love to win the cheese making kit! Thanks for the chance!

  50. Jodi Lawrence says:

    I am so inspired to make my own cheese now! Would love to win!

  51. My husband would be so excited if I made homemade cheese! He likes to say he’s like a big mouse (Uncle Buck movie).

  52. Ginger Wagstaff says:

    Wow!, that looks like something I would definitely do. I love learning things that give me the capabilities to make something that I would normally buy at the store. Thanks for the inspirations!

  53. Love the homesteading series! I have seen homemade cheese recipes floating around pinterest and thought about trying them. Hope I win!

  54. Valaney Hardy says:

    That is awesome! I never knew what it took to make cheese, it looks like a great project! My kids would go nuts, we are a very cheesy family! 🙂 great job!

  55. Jennifer Hall says:

    Wow! Thanks for sharing what it takes to make cheese. I want to make some too. Keep the great ideas coming! I love this site!

  56. Rachel Pennell says:

    I will definitely be trying this next week! My mother will be so proud

  57. This looks fun. Love reading all the homesteading posts.

  58. Oh! I totally want this! I’m becoming a kitchen cooking maven! I have the perfect milk for this from Spokane Family Farms – it’s completely whole, non-homogenized and lightly pasteurized. It’s so thick you can make ice cream out of it! Zaycon Foods did a test pilot program a few weeks agot to sell the milk every two weeks and I was a part of it. I think it’s a green light!

    I want to make cheese with this milk – SO. BAD.

    Good for you, Karri! As usual, an inspiration!

  59. Awesome post! I am dying to win the cheesemaking kit. I’ll bet I can use that thermometer for making yogurt as well (which I am still having problems with, possibly due to not accurately gaging the temperature and also having a very wonderfully distracting baby in the house).

  60. Yum! I’d love to try

  61. Gillian says:

    I never thought of making cheese – what a fun idea!

  62. Looks like a fun thing to try. I hope I win!

  63. Mmm…cheeesse, this looks so easy, thanks for sharing. I would like to try this too.

  64. For those in the Tri-Cities (WA) where Karrie is at. You can buy whole raw milk at Highlands Health Food Store (price unknown) and at The NW Regional Food Hub in Richland. It’s sold by the 1/2 gallon though and it’s pricey at almost $4 a 1/2 gallon. DO NOT get it in glass jars because there is a $10 deposit per jar.

    The whole milk AND the raw milk is NOT like the milk you get in the store – it’s thick and still has the thick cream. It’s SO good. And for those who can’t drink cow’s milk they DO sell goat’s milk as well.

    If you’re in Seattle you can pick up a cheese making kit (two types) at the cheese store off of Pikes (across from Pike’s Market) for less than $20.

  65. ooooola la, I have been wanting to try this. This kit would make it so easy. Thanks for this post!

  66. I’d love to make our own cheese!

  67. Tammy Owens/ Botzon says:

    Thanks for the fun documentary on cheese making! Looks yummy 🙂

  68. Kendra Kelley says:

    I want to make cheese too, so much fun!

  69. fabiola says:

    How awesome is that! I’ve always to know how to make Mozzarella, but thought it was way more difficult than that.

  70. Monika says:

    Wow, so easy.

  71. I’d love to try making cheese !

  72. Hi Karrie,
    I like you have been wanting to make cheese for a long time. Thank you for the easy beginning recipe for mozzarella. It looks beautiful!! You did a great job.
    Amira

  73. Thanks for the step by step tutorial! I can’t wait to try it. How did it taste?

  74. I can not wait to try this! Thanks for sharing – love the newsletter!blog.

  75. Kerrin says:

    I love cheese… and looks so fun to make!

  76. Jennifer W. says:

    Cheese…yum!

  77. Jana Farley says:

    Love me some cheese

  78. Shawnda Hicks says:

    You make it look so easy! I would love to try making fresh mozzarella.

  79. Rachelle Benson says:

    Welcome to the cheesmaking club! 🙂 As the yogurt strains in the frige (we prefer greek) I have to run to the goat farm for more milk… lol It is time to make cheese for the week…

  80. Jessica says:

    I hope I win! This is so awesome!

  81. Count me in! I would love to win this! My family and I would love to see how it works!

  82. Candice says:

    That looks fun. I would love to win.

  83. Laurel says:

    I want to make cheese curds. Is there a kit for that? I love those orange blobs of goodness that I get at the Amish store.

  84. I could make both and then make a lasagna! Its incredible that they make a kit to make this!

  85. Thanks for sharing this! I love mozzarella and have been thinking I should make my own.

  86. amber s says:

    I would love to get one. It looks like so much fun to make and looks so good to eat!

  87. what a hoot. I have been really enjoying your editorials. Keep them coming. And yes I would love to try to make homemade cheese.

  88. Nicole L says:

    Best decision ever to subscribe to your emails. You always do awesome things that I’ve wanted to try! I would love love love to make my own mozzarella. I like that you can make ricotta too. Freshly made ricotta that I get from a local farm is like 5 dollars for a 1/2 quart. If I make my own delicious and super fresh ricotta it would be so much cheaper and make my ricotta gnocchi taste even better! I really I hope I win ! And if not I will be buying this kit in the near future. Thanks !

  89. Katherine Sifuentes Juarez says:

    Love what you do never though you can save money on making Cheese..

  90. This looks so easy and fun! We want to make cheese! Where did you get the kit? Since we can’t all win one!

  91. mmmmm….cheese

  92. Looks like a cool project… wish I had seen it back when I was homeschooling my kids. They would have loved it! Even so, I think my 20 year old would still love to try it with me! I’m hoping I win a kit… 🙂

  93. Margaret says:

    I’d like to try making cheese at home.

  94. Rosalinda Martin says:

    I want this because you look like your having way too much fun!!

  95. Lindsay says:

    I think you’d make my husband’s year if I was to make my own cheese! He’s the most handsome cheapskate around 🙂 Loved being able to see the cheese made-sometimes it’s daunting to try something without direction, so thank you!!

  96. Rachel says:

    Just discovered your website. Some really cool stuff in here. I never even thought about making my own cheese before! I’ll have to try.

  97. Norma Perez says:

    Gosh I am so glad you posted this about making your own Mozzerella Cheese! I buy a minimum of a pound of the Mozzerella Cheese Sticks a week. I can’t hardily wait to try and make my own! It will save me so much money!!!! I just recently started trying to find recipes, remedies etc. that are all natural. I think we all need to get back to the basics and quit poisoning our bodies with all these processed foods. I am looking for a place right now to get unpasturized milk. Keep up the good work. I love all the recipes. Thank you again!

  98. Elizabeth Ordway says:

    How great! I love your giveaways and all the neat things you do! I love your website!

  99. michele says:

    Would love to win. I’m off in the summer, so I’d have some extra time to try this! Thanks for the chance to win. :0)

  100. Mary Howe says:

    Love your newsletter, and would love to win this cheese making kit.

  101. Thanks! I’ve been wanting to try a cheese-making kit. To date I’ve only made yogurt cheese as a substitute for sour cream and cream cheese. It’s easier but, thanks to your pics and tutorial, I’m ready to move forward. 🙂

  102. jenni b says:

    Love you news letter. I think this would be an interesting project with the kiddos. Count me in!

  103. Excited to check out more of your site. I found the laundry detergent, then the cheese, and I’m moving on to whatever else you have! The cheese kits look fun, I’ve never even heard of those.

  104. Julia Urbanski says:

    This sounds like so much fun to do! I bet it’s so much better than what you can buy at the store. I would really enjoy making my own!

  105. summer g says:

    We would love to do this!

  106. Angie P says:

    Cheese! Yummy! More please! So says the three year old who would love to help make his own cheese.

  107. Lachelle says:

    This looks fun! Thanks for sharing!

  108. pick me! pick me!!

  109. I would love to try my hand at making cheese. Looks fun.

  110. Jamie Ewen says:

    My friends and I keep talking about learning how to make our own cheese! This would be perfect for a girls night.

  111. Well done and illustrated!

  112. Shirley Robinson-Taylor says:

    This looks awesome! I wonder about the price if you buy the items separately? I plan to check and see. Thanks for the great information!

  113. Donna Walker says:

    Wow, you try and accomplish some of the coolest stuff! I was raised a city girl and boy do I wish I had watched my Grandma more. Now through you and your recipes from your grandma, I have been treating my family, so thank you. This recipe looks fun and something me and my 13 year old daughter can do, maybe she will put her IPod down! Thanks again! P.S. Thanks to a couple of your post, I recently purchased 13 Welsummer chicks and 1 Welsummer Roo. Love your site.

  114. Edra Chamberlin says:

    My husband and I have been wanting to make homemade cheese. We like to make pizza, and nothing tastes better then fresh mozzarella on pizza!

  115. Sherrie says:

    I’ve been wanting to try making cheese. Thanks!

  116. Jennifer says:

    I would love to try this out! Sounds like a fun project.

  117. Amber Canales says:

    This looks like a lot of fun 🙂

  118. This look like it would be something I could try and the family would love.

  119. I would love to try this with my grandkids!

  120. Juliana says:

    That’s sooo neat! Would love to try it!!

  121. I would love to try this out! Sounds like fun!!

  122. interesting…doesn’t sound that hard either….

  123. Jennie says:

    This looks so cool, i’d like to try it sometime.

  124. Amy Seekins says:

    Cheese is like my families second protein. Would love to make all types of cheeses! Keep up the great information! I’m making laundry soap this weekend and can’t wait!

  125. Vickie Bennett says:

    watch ur posts daily stay at home mom started canning to have a hobby would love to try making mozzarella for lasagne freezer meals love love love this <3..

  126. I’ve always wanted to try my hand at making cheese…. not for cost saving advantages (although that would be a nice perk), but for a more superior taste as something mass produced. So here’s to hopefully winning!

  127. Love the newsletter. I’ve been thinking about trying some cheesemaking for awhile. You make it look so easy!

  128. diane zielinski says:

    Sounds like something my kids and I can do together. We all love cheese. Thanks for sharing. I didn’t know how easy it was although I had my suspicions when I finally found that baby bottle with milk that went missing days earlier.

  129. It sounds like something cool to make with my Cub Scout den.

  130. Mike Gallagher says:

    One of the things i like so much about your page is the detailed instructions and pictures. They make it feel like you are right next to me teaching the process.

  131. So, so cool! Something my husband and I have talked about trying for a long time. My kids would love this. Thanks for the easy, step-by-step instructions.

  132. I would love to try this! My kids go through cheese like nothing else and I think they would love this (and maybe have fun watching the strecthing 😉 )

  133. We make our own homemade pizzas on Fridays. Homemade mozzarella would be perfect to add to them!

  134. Thanks so much for the awesome giveaways!

  135. Pamela Lund says:

    This sounds like fun. I’m always up for trying new things. Great thing to try with my grandkids one afternoon when I watch them. Love your homesteading series! Can’t wait to see what’s next.

  136. I think this would be such a fun project for me and my kids ( and probably mostly fun for my husband). I enjoy the sense of accomplishment after I complete projects like tis.

  137. Heather says:

    This would be such a wonderful summertime family night thing to do…we have never made cheese before either! Oh my, now I am hungry for some homemade grilled pizza crust with cheese all lathered on with some fresh herbs and some good wine with friends!

  138. Colleen C says:

    Wow – would I love to try this. I saw a wonderful recipe for burrata but did not know how to make the mozzarella….Hope I win!

  139. LOVE CHEESE!!!! The kids and I are going to try this out!

  140. Maryland Mom says:

    Hunger Alarm just went off…

  141. Sophie says:

    I love fresh mozzarella. The Costco stuff is yummy, but I’m pretty making your own is better~

  142. Stephanie S says:

    i LOOOOOOVE cheese!! seriously. pick me! love your page too, thanks for all the fun posts!

  143. Holly W. says:

    I’ve been wanting to make some mozzarella for fun! I’d love to learn how. I can always find time on my hands to do something constructive… although my husband thinks it’s destructive.

    🙂

  144. Tracie A. says:

    My husband has been wanting to make his own cheese for a while now. This would be a great fathers day gift for him!!!!

  145. Dawn Brooks says:

    Making cheese is awesome!

  146. Elizabeth says:

    I would love to try making cheese!

  147. Melissa says:

    We have been wanting to make our own cheese for awhile and this kit looks great for our first attempt at making cheese!!!

  148. Debbie T says:

    This looks so Fun, would love to win one.

  149. You are such an inspiration!! going to have to try this!

  150. Awesome! I’ve wanted to make my.own but had no idea there were kits.

  151. I’ve been wanting to do this. Winning the kit will finally get me to get it done!

  152. Awesome! I’ve been wanting to try my hand at cheese for a while now!

  153. NANCY EVANS says:

    I have been wanting to try this for so long…….just been a scardycat, now with the kit, hey I have not an excuse in the world !!!! Happy Mothers Day to you and me !! :O)

  154. I would love to try this with my 5 yr old 🙂 she looooves helping me i. the kitchen and i think she would be so interested in how to make her fav cheese 🙂

  155. I never knew making mozzarella could be so easy. Definitely going to try this soon! 🙂

  156. I have been wanting to try this for a while. I am glad to see that yours came out well. I will have to give it a try.

  157. Esther says:

    I have always wanted to do this on my own. Would LOVE to win this.

  158. I’ve really been looking into cheese making lately and this would be great!

  159. Shelli C. says:

    Love cheese!

  160. Karla Flores says:

    Would love to give this a try. Hoping to have goats milk soon and would try it with that.

  161. Such a great giveaway!

  162. Sounds like fun! My brother has made mozzarella, would love to try it myself. Thanks for doing this!

  163. Kat F. says:

    How very cool! I think this would be fun to do.

  164. I’ve been wanting to try my hand at making some cheese too. Thanks for the step by step with pictures

  165. Shannon says:

    I would love to make my own cheese! We don’t have access to Costco, so I think my savings would be even more.

    Thanks for the great tutorial!

  166. I have always wanted to try this 🙂

  167. Looks like fun!

  168. Sweetbliss says:

    I would be super excited to try this. I am curious if I could use soy milk or almond milk to make the cheese since my son is allergic to dairy. I know that you can use goats milk and powdered milk it would be interesting to try one of the other milks. Good luck to all who enter.

  169. trish y says:

    I read Barbara Kingslovers book animal vegetable miracle and have wanted to try making cheese since!! This would be AWESOME!

  170. Would love to try this over the summer as a fun project with the kids!

  171. My daughter wants to be a scientist when she grows up and would enjoy the chemical reactions. This would be a terrific kit to learn direction following and an ancient art at the same time.

  172. Jenti Schwartz says:

    Ok, so you’ve entirely inspired me! Thank you for sharing!

  173. Shari Hobbs says:

    Thank you for sharing how to make this cheese. It is something I have wanted to try, too. And I remember the rennet in the Little House Books. We can buy rennet tablets at the bulk foods store a friend discovered but the kit sounds more complete.

  174. Samantha says:

    I have wanted to try this for a long time, but have not took the time or been brace enough. Here is my chance 🙂

  175. Hi,
    I work for New England Cheesemaking Supply Co doing our blog and Moosletter. I like your post about Mozzarella and I’m wondering if you would like to be one of my guest bloggers with it. I would do a brief intro about you and your blog (with a pic of you and links, of course) and then show your Mozzarella post, including pictures.
    Warm regards,
    Jeri
    PS I can send you a free Mozzarella Kit!

  176. stephania says:

    you can cut cost dramticly by buying outside the kit.
    renuet cost a few bucks at kmart or walmart.
    and there is a awesome ‘home made’ cheese book out there that only cost about 12 dollars.
    with it you get many recipes, so is a one time cost across the board.
    cheese cloth is the same, or what ever you use.
    I haven’t bought the citric acid in long time, but am pretty sure can get at health food store, so gonna give this a shot, even though haven’t done in years…lol
    thanks for the reminder….
    btw give farmers cheese a try…
    is a milder cream cheese type of recipe… gl and thank you again

  177. What/ where can I find cheese salt? I have never heard of it?

  178. Brittany says:

    Don’t know what happened but I major bombed on this. Any ideas of areas where people have goofed? I did well up until the “put the lid on it and let it sit” step. Waited 10 minutes. Nothing! Added the other 3/4 of the rennet tablet because some other recipes said to use the whole tablet. Waited another 10 minutes. Nothing. Currently giving it one more chunk of 10 minutes before I pour it down the drain.

    • Happy.MoneySaver says:

      I am not sure exactly what happened. I have talked to other friends and they have also had problems with the cheese coming together because of the temperature of the milk mixture. My advice try again and hopefully it was just a fluke!

  179. Do you by any chance know how long this will last in the fridge before going bad? And if I could halve the recipe? I really want to try this! But I’m really only one in my house that eats this kind of cheese.

    • Happy.MoneySaver says:

      It needs be used within a week so you might have to think of some great recipes to use it all! I have never halved the recipe before but you could try it out. I think the only hard part would be cutting the rennet tablet down 1/8. It might be a good time to use the cheese for some freezer lasagna!

  180. I’ve had mozzarella cheese a few times with so so success, but your instructions and pictures are by far the best I’ve seen. I going to time again next week.

  181. You should probably edit this, because milk is NOT $2.36. You must be very lucky for milk at that price. I called my dad, who sold milk for decades, and I worked at his distributing company for a while. That’s what has me really scrutinizing this. I could swear that this was about what he was paying to get the milk WHOLESALE, so he could redistribute it. He said he has no idea how they’re making a profit selling it at that price. Milk is $4 where I live. Of course, $5/ lbs of fresh mozza is still a good deal, but it’s not nearly the deal you’re making it out to be here.

    • Happy.MoneySaver says:

      Wow milk is expensive there! Here we can still get it for around that price–sometimes even $1.99 a gallon! 🙂

  182. I am the same way! Love my cheese, I’m picker than you though. I’ve been wanting to start making my own, so thanks for this. How come with other cheeses (like Farmers cheese for example), you don’t need rennet tablets and for mozzarella, it’s required? My husband is loving mozzarella so it’ll definitely be a winner, once I start making it.
    Thx

  183. I don’t see where you add the milk

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