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30 Minute Mozzarella Recipe

This Mozzarella cheese making recipe is quick, easy and really fun! Go from milk to yum in just 30 minutes, and fall in love with fresh homemade Mozzarella cheese right in your own kitchen. With such a quick process it's also a great recipe for kids to make with a helping hand.

It's quick, easy and so much fun to make Mozzarella cheese with this step by step recipe |

Make Time






1 pound


1 Gallon Whole Milk (Not Ultra Pasteurized)

1 1/2 tsp Citric Acid

1/4 tablet Vegetable Rennet

Optional Flavorings:

Cheese Salt

Lipase Powder


Everything needs to be clean and sanitized.

6+ Quart Stainless Steel Pot

Good Quality Thermometer

Curd Knife

Slotted Spoon/Ladle


Measuring Spoons

2 qt Microwave Safe Bowl

Tips and Tricks

The Right Milk for Mozzarella

Our best advice to date is to buy a LOCAL milk one that has not had to have the extensive Long Haul treatment For more details on finding a milk that works for you click here

A problem is that milk is being shipped cross country after being processed by huge processing plants. In order to do this the milk must be processed at higher temps and then held at cold temps for long periods of time while going these long distances to markets. This is especially true for our so called "organic milks" Many of the milks not labeled as UP are in fact heat and cold damaged and will not make a proper cheese curd for this Mozzarella, if your cheese is not working use our dry milk powder and cream directions in the kit.

No Ultra Pasteurized Milk

If you have any concerns on your milk quality or you can not form a nice curd like you see in the following recipe click here for more info on Ultra Pasteurized Milk.

This is an example of curds that are not forming properly because of Ultra Pasteurized milk. Don't worry, they will still be really yummy, they just wont turn into Mozzarella. As explained in the link above, drain these curds in butter muslin and enjoy them as they are or add some salt or herbs. This will make a great spread for crackers.

Making Mozzarella Without a Microwave

If you would like to try this recipe without a Microwave please click here.

A Few More Tips

  • A substitution of reconstituted dry milk powder and cream is a great option if you can not find the right type of milk.
  • Lipase can be added to the milk to provide a more robust Italian cheese flavor
  • If you want a softer texture, do not let the curd set as firm and work less when draining and kneading, this will make a moister cheese.


The Milk

  • Make sure the milk you use is not ultra pasteurized.
  • Homogenized milk will work fine.
  • Fresh farm milk will also work well but we encourage you to try with 1 gallon of store bought whole milk first.
  • Low fat milk will work but the cheese will be drier and less flavorful.

1. Prepare Your Work Area:

Do not prepare any other food while you are making cheese. Put all food products away.

Move all sponges, cloths and dirty towels away from your work surface, wipe your sink and stove with soap and water. Finally use your antibacterial cleaner to wipe down all surfaces.

2. Prepare Rennet:

Crush 1/4 tablet of rennet and dissolve in 1/4 cup of cool un-chlorinated water or add 1/4 tsp single strength liquid rennet to the water. Set your rennet mixture aside to use later.

3. Mix Citric Acid and Milk:

Add 1 1/2 tsp. of citric acid, diluted in 1 cup cool water, pour this into your pot.

Now, pour cold milk into your pot quickly to mix well with the citric acid. This will bring the milk to the proper acidity to stretch well later.

4. Heat the Milk:

Heat the milk slowly to 90F. As you approach 90F, you may notice your milk beginning to curdle slightly due to acidity and temp.

Note: If you're having problems with milk forming a proper curd, you may need to increase this temp to 95F or even 100F.

5. Add Rennet

At 90F, remove the pot from the burner and slowly add your rennet (which you prepared in step one) to the milk. Stir in a top to bottom motion for approx. 30 seconds, then stop.

Cover the pot and leave undisturbed for 5 minutes.

Check the curd after 5 minutes, it should look like custard, with a clear separation between the curds and whey. If the curd is too soft or the whey is milky, let it set for a few more minutes.

6. Cut and Cook the Curds:

Cut the curds into a 1" checkerboard pattern (as in the photo below).

Place the pot back on the stove and heat to 105F while slowly stirring the curds with your ladle (if you will be stretching the curds in a hot water bath rather than using a microwave heat to 110F in this step).

Take the pot off the burner and continue stirring slowly for 2-5 minutes. (More time will make a firmer cheese)

7. Transfer and Drain the Curds:

With a slotted spoon, scoop curds into a colander or microwave safe bowl (if the curd is too soft at this point let it sit for another minute or so).

Once transferred, press the curd gently with your hand, pouring off as much whey as possible. If desired, you can reserve the whey to use later in baking or as a soup stock.

8. Heat the Curds and Remove the Whey:

If in a colander transfer the curds into a heat safe bowl. Next, microwave the curd for 1 minute.

You will notice more whey separation from the curd. Drain off all whey as you did before. Quickly work the cheese with a spoon or your hands until it is cool enough to touch (rubber gloves will help since the cheese is almost too hot to touch at this point).

Microwave two more times for 35 seconds each, and repeat the kneading as in the last step to aid in more whey drain off and ensure even heating of the curds. Drain off all of the whey as you go.

9. Knead and Stretch the Curds:

Now the fun begins, knead quickly now as you would bread dough. Remove curd from bowl and continue kneading until it is smooth and shiny. Return it to the microwave if needed (if it begins to cool before it's ready to stretch). Add salt near the finish. At this point, if hot enough, the cheese should be soft and pliable enough to stretch, and stretch, and stretch some more (like taffy). This is what makes it Mozzarella

We hope you have as much fun with this as we do!

Now knead your cheese back into a big ball until it is smooth and shiny

Your Mozzarella is ready as soon as it's cool enough to eat. To cool quickly place it in a bowl of ice water and refrigerate. When cold you can wrap in plastic wrap and it will last for several days, but is best when eaten fresh.

Bon Appetit and Happy Cheese Making!

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