Happy Cheese Makers Since 1978
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    If you are a beginner cheese maker then this is the kit for you!!! This kit makes eight delicious, homemade cheeses: Farmhouse Cheddar, Gouda, Monterey Jack, Feta, Cottage Cheese, Colby, Parmesan and Ricotta.
    With this kit you will be able to make 10 two pound batches of cheese.

    With a little effort and a lot of fun, you can make your very own preservative free cheeses! Start now and make this a family tradition. Our kit comes with detailed recipes, demystifying all the steps in the cheese making process.

    DO NOT FORGET TO ORDER WAX WHEN ORDERING THIS KIT.

    The included basket mold is an ideal mold for soft and hard cheeses. For the harder cheeses, simply use an inverted small plate or large jar lid as a follower/pressure-plate to spread the weight evenly over the top surface. If you are trying to find a follower for this mold we suggest checking out our stainless steel separating disc, we have found it to work well when pressing.
    A weight of 3 to 20 lbs is the working range for this mold.

    CONTENTS: Basket Mold (M222), Vegetable Rennet Tablets (R4), Mesophilic DS Starter (C101), Thermophilic DS Starter (C201), Dairy Thermometer, 1/2oz. Calcium Chloride, 1 yard Re-usable Cheesecloth, Recipe Booklet

    USAGE: Use to make a variety of eight delicious cheeses right in the comfort of your very own kitchen!!!

    STORAGE: Rennet tablets, mesophilic culture and thermophilic culture should be stored in the freezer. Rennet tablet will last up to 5 years and cultures will keep up to two years if stored properly. Calcium chloride should be stored tightly sealed in a cool, dark place.

    Q. Just purchased your Basic Cheese Making Kit - can't wait for my first batch! My daughter is very lactose intolerant and I'd like to know if I can make all of the recipes easier for her to digest. She does well on goat cheese so can I use goat milk for all the recipes or do some of the naturally have less lactose? Thank you for your help!

    A. Goat milk works for those lactose intolerant to some degree because it is an easier milk in general to digest. The cheese making process though does remove the majority of all lactose when making harder aged cheese. Goats milk can be used for most of the recipes in Ricki's book.

    Q. I am attempting to make the Farmhouse Cheddar recipe from Ricki's book and I am unclear about the first two steps: 1) Heat milk to 90F. 2) Add starter culture. Stir in well and leave the pot where it can maintain its temperature for 45 minutes.
    Do I keep the temperature at 90 degrees the whole time during these steps?

    A.Yes, you do need to keep the temp at the directed culturing temp the entire time. These bacteria are very temp sensitive and will slow down if they cool too much.

    Overall Customer Rating of 8 Reviews:
    Memphis TN

    Cheese making kit for Cheddar

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    Clean kitchen, un-homogenized milk grass fed, organic, cream at the top. Every thing went as advertised.

    Cheddar was perfect, and will open the aged cheddar in late November for Thanksgiving.

    Santa Rosa, CA

    The kit that started an obsession

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    <p>I got this kit for myself for Christmas, and I can't stop making cheese... I've branched out a lot from the original kit, because I also wanted to make mozzarella. I would definitely recommend this kit to others who'd like to try their hand at cheesemaking. I just tried my very first round of farmhouse cheese, and it's AMAZING! I now have a wine fridge that is halfway full with cheese, and Saturdays are known as "Cheese Day" in my house. </p><p>Please keep in mind you should use a double boiler, and you'll need some tools that aren't included in the kit (strainer, cheese knife [I use my long bread knife], something to drain the cheese on, cheese wax). You can also modify this kit easily to make Mozzarella by purchasing some citric acid and lipase (optional). Overall, this is a great kit to get started and see if you like making cheese.</p>

    Ontario

    Super Inclusive

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    • Simple Instructions
    • Fast shipping
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    • No follower for the cheese mold
    This kit is awesome - it had everything I needed, and I was able to make cheese with no prior experience on the first try! It's extremely fun and I've already ordered a refill kit. The only complaint I have is that the mold is more suited for softer cheeses - which really isn't much of a complaint at all, and it still suits hard cheeses well enough.

    Wisconsin

    The Kit That Started It All

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    I was looking for a unique Christmas gift for a family gift exchange when I came across this kit. The more I thought about it, the more I wanted it for myself. I bought it, and my family has never been the same. My kids love helping and they find it "fun" knowing that we're making cheese out of milk. At 45 I found a new hobby and my kids a new respect for the food they eat. If I can make cheese, anyone using this kit can too.

    Great product

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    • all the basics of cheesemaking incl
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    • less Thermophilic/more Mesophilic
    Bought this kit in Erie, PA at an emergency preparedness expo and have been making my own cheese for about 8 months now. While I did need to pick up a few things that weren't in the kit (big pot, wax, cheese board, mini fridge) the kit contained all the essentials.



    I guess my only complaint would be that the kit contains a 50/50 mix of Thermophilic and Mesophilic bacteria and the Thermophilic is really only good for Parmesan. I would have liked more Mesophilic as there isn't enough to try out every recipe in the book.