Adventures in Cheesemaking
Tucker and I recently embarked on a really genius (or really stupid) adventure in cheesemaking. Tucker's mom recently gave us an awesome Mozzarella and Ricotta Cheese Making Kit and recipes from Ricki Carroll and we were so psyched! We love cheese! Who doesn't? Aren't all things better when they're homemade? That's our philosophy. So as cheese lovers and culinary adventurers, why not make cheese? Well, for one, we've learned that it's tricky. And that it requires equipment that we don't have. And it requires delayed gratification, which is well, really annoying.
I'm not trying to turn you off from making cheese, it was definitely fun, and hopefully will taste delicious (we won't know for another month or so), but just know before you start, this is a looooonnnng process. I think we spent at least 6 hours straight through just getting through to the first stage when the cheese dries out for a few days.
We started out making a farmhouse cheddar, so it won't be ready to taste for another month, BUT, here are some pictures documenting the process!
Reheating the curds so they shrink and separate from the whey. We made the whey into ricotta. Yum.
Mmmm... I could deep fry these and eat them right up!
That's all for now! Check back in a few weeks when we find out if it's edible.