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.

    Based on 40 Reviews
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    Just right to begin

    I've been mulling getting into cheesemaking for awhile. I'd studied things out, collected my needed equipment, and just needed a few supplies to actually take the leap into the world of cheese. This little kit fit the bill. I could try a variety of cheeses and sample what I liked without overpaying on larger quantities of product I may never use. By the way, my first cheese turned out great!

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    From: California

    Excellent Starter Kit

    I purchased this kit after receiving Ricki's cheesemaking book as a gift, It was an excellent starter kit that launched my full obsession into cheesmaking! I would definitely recommend this.

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    From: Dexter, Maine

    Pretty much all you need to get started!

    This is actually a pretty complete kit for getting started. The ingredients are complete. The instructions are clear. The tools are of good quality. Basically just add milk !

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    From: United States

    cute and complete!

    This cheese making kit is awesome!! It includes everything you need to make tasty cheese at home! The directions are simple and clear. Highly recommend as a gift or if you just want to try cheese making at home. Box is creative--add a ribbon for a ready to go gift. Top quality contents, and New England Cheese has the BEST client service EVER!!

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    Cheesemaking starter kit

    I always wanted to make cheese and with this kit I was able. The ingredient and instructions were the best. What an awesome experience. Thanks to New England Cheese making Supply Co!!

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    My First Cheesemaking kit

    I Received my first Cheesemaking kit last year and it's still lasting. My first time making Mozzarella came out perfect. With all of the supplied ingredients and tools, I was assured that I would never have to purchase cheese at the grocery anymore. plus it's fun making cheese. With this kit, I received everything to get started so I wasn't scrambling looking for rennet or citric acid all over the place. I was and I am still satisfied with this Cheesemaking kit. Plus the delivery was prompt!

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    From: SC

    This was the first kit I used when learning to make cheese. Now I can make all kinds!!

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    From: Colorado

    LOVE!!!

    I can't believe I was able to make my own cheese😃 The kit was perfect and the kids had so much fun learning with me. I am a cheese fanatic and I will definitely be ordering more of these!!

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    • You can make cheese
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    • Overpriced for what you get.
    From: Greenwood

    Almost everything you need

    I wish the kit would have came with cheese salt, and maybe the coloring. Besides that you can make cheese just not all the types it says, without a press, and the above mentioned items...

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    • Very time consuming
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    Directions???

    Book titles "home Cheese making" by Ricki Carroll and the kit instructions, also written by Ricki Carroll for Monterey Jack, were different? (Brining vs no beining) - confusing at least. Followed the instructions 100% for the farmhouse cheddar and after seven days it is still not dry??? We will continue making the cheeses and hope some of them turn out and are edible???

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    Great start to cheesemaking

    Make a few of these cheeses and they were great. I'm barely able to boil water, and this makes cheesemaking fun

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    From: LINDALE

    Entry Level

    After a scouring of the internet for a beginner cheesemaking kit, I found this kit to be the best for getting my show on the road. This site had all of the extras I needed to get started!

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    From: Central VA

    Great for starting

    This kit served as my entry into cheese-making and I recommend it for the same. It has all that is needed to get started with a number of different hard and soft cheeses.

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    Great

    I received this product as a gift and had no previous cheese making experience. It has very clear, easy to follow instructions with great results!

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    From: McIntosh, NM

    Farmhouse cheddar

    This kit is awesome! I have Nubian goats and have made simple farmhouse cheese but wanted to expand my horizons. The directions in the kit were very easy to follow. I will be ordering more starters, wax and other ingredients to make more this year!

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    • Quality Product and Instructions
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    • None as a start up kit
    From: Eldridge, MO

    Ricki's Basic Cheese Making Kit

    This is a great product that gives great information for starting the cheese making experience. I have the learning curve was very easy and I now make very consistent cheese from this product and instructions. A+ product.

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    General Cheesemaking

    This will kick off the cheese making experience. It is not so complicated and one just needs to follow the techniques as instructions explain.

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    Great way to get started with cheesemaking!

    This kit is a wonderful way for a beginner to get started making some delicious cheeses. I had never made cheese before I got this kit, and I have been able to make several types of cheese so far. I've had some failures, but mostly successes, and some of my cheeses have been far better than I expected I could do as a beginner!

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    Basic Cheese Making Kit

    As a just beginning cheese maker. I. Found this kit to be just what I needed....It had very easy to follow directions and I really enjoyed the experience ...the kit contained all the necessary things I needed to magreat batch of cheese....

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    Almost perfect

    In general I liked this kit. The only thing I felt it lacked was a Follower for the Basket that was included, to support the Weights needed for pressed cheeses. While not needed for all the cheese recipes in that kit, pressing was required for many of the recipes. You could do like I ended up doing and creating something that sort of fit the basket (honestly that didn't work well at all), but I would of much rathered pay a few more $ to have one that was made for that basket. Remember this is a kit for BEGINNERS who most likely have not invested in a cheese press yet. I have since purchased a follower from this site.

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    This kit really made it easy to get started making basic cheeses. I would recommend it to anyone wanting to give it a try.

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    From: Oregon

    Been using for many years

    I bought this kit many years ago and it still works over 20 years later. I am very pleased with the quality of your product.

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    • This kit is complete
    • just add milk.
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    • I can't find any cons with the kit.
    From: Glasco New York

    Great kit!

    Kit has everything but the milk. This kit is the best!

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    From: Berkeley, CA

    My wife and I ordered this kit during the middle of the holiday season and got it within about 2 days. We've used it to make a whole bunch of cheese--the fresh stuff has all been fantastic, and I'll know about the other cheese we've made in 3-5 months.



    The instructions in the guidebook are a little sparse, but the guides on the website provide a ton of information and are super helpful.

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    From: New York

    Everything you need...to get completely hooked.

    Ironically, I do not like cheese. I brew beer at home. I also enjoy cooking and baking. So, I thought I'd give cheese making a try because I like making things and, fortunately, my wife and son do like eating cheese.

    I got this kit and tried to make some mozzarella following all the instructions...big fail. Just a lumpy mess of curds.

    This kit can't guarantee success, but what it can guarantee is that you will get the cheese making bug for sure.

    Because my first effort failed, I felt compelled to try it two more times until I got it right. Then I decided, why not try cheddar cheese.

    What the kit doesn't give you or explain well, is that you need a press to make this kind of cheese. So, again, my first effort was a bit of a debacle, but like the mozzarella experiment, it compelled me to learn all about making cheddar and buying vs building a cheese press, so I could make a better better second effort.



    If you are at all the curious type, buy this kit. With a simple starter kit, you will get hooked on all there is to know about the wide world of cheese making..and believe me, there is a lot to explore...and it is really great fun!