Thursday, January 28, 2010

Say Cheese

R has been itching to make mozzarella cheese after reading about it in a book. Since we are pizza making machines, the idea of being as self-sufficient as possible has great appeal to us. With the garden in combination with our baking prowess and, of course, our awesome pizza stone, we have the makings of a completely homemade pizza.

There are kits to make cheese, and it's really pretty simple, though they use a lot of milk. The kids were excited about the process, and with R at the helm, they went to work. It's really very simple. You just heat the milk up, add acid and enzyme, and let it go to work. Amazingly enough, a gallon yields about a pound of cheese, so it's not the most cost effective way to go, but there are many avenues to trim that down.

Best of all, it's fun, and it's cool. How often do you make your own mozzarella cheese? Our next project will be tomato sauce, but we may have to consult with R&J since they're the pros.

Until the next time, thanks for reading.

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