The Mozzarella & Ricotta Cheese Kit includes these carefully selected and tested supplies:
- Instructions with tips and variations
- Unlimited email support as needed
- Fine mesh, 100% cotton cheesecloth (also known as butter muslin)
- Thermometer (glass dairy thermometer or metal probe thermometer)
- Gluten-free, non-GMO vegetarian rennet tablets
- Gluten-free, non-GMO citric acid
- Pure, non-iodized flake salt (also known as cheese salt)
Each kit makes 8 batches of cheese. A batch is about 1 1⁄2 to 2 pounds, depending on whether you use whole or low-fat milk, or whether you’re making mozzarella or ricotta. Kit shelf life is 2 years; if you store the rennet tablets in a freezer after purchase, you can get an additional three years’ shelf life from the kit.
Food Safety and Handling: The kits and supplies are hand-poured, hand-folded, and hand-assembled in food-safe, fully licensed facilities that strictly follow the Department of Agriculture cleaning guidelines. The food items are all gluten-free but packaged in a room that may come in contact with wheat, soy, corn, nuts, and other food allergens.
Claudia Lucero, Urban Cheesecraft
In 2006, Claudia Lucero moved from her lifelong home in San Diego, California, to the “maker” capital of the country: Portland, Oregon. It wasn’t long before she started making pickles, sauerkraut, butter, yogurt, and eventually cheese. Paneer and ricotta were her gateway cheeses, then she moved on to goat cheese and mozzarella, and she was totally hooked. She was in the midst of a personal transformation that included a deep desire to know the sources of her food and focus on quality over quantity in many aspects of her life.
Inspired by cheesemaking recipes in books and a homesteading magazine from the 1970s, Claudia found cheese recipes that called for 5 to 50 gallons of milk at a time—not exactly practical for a casual cheesemaker in the city. But that didn’t stop her. She started tweaking and experimenting with those recipes to make them work for the small-scale urban cheesemaker with no more than a gallon of milk. From this philosophy, Urban Cheesecraft was born. Continue reading –>
To guide you in your cheesemaking adventures, Claudia recommends her easy-to-follow and foolproof book One-Hour Cheese: Ricotta, Mozzarella, Chèvre, Paneer–Even Burrata. Fresh and Simple Cheeses You Can Make in an Hour or Less!
The book demystifies cheesemaking and proves that anyone can create milky delicacies. Claudia is currently working on a second book about crafting dairy-free cheese.
Shared by Claudia Lucero of Urban Cheesecraft
When you make a batch of ricotta with an Urban Cheesecraft kit, you will get at least 3 cups of cheese, so it’s the perfect opportunity to create a flavorful flight of ricotta. Combine the ingredients for each cheese thoroughly before serving. Then, serve each on a cheese platter along with crackers and fruit, or enjoy the serving suggestions given below.
If you enjoy these cheeses as a flight, taste them in this order.
1. Creamy Italian Herb
- Start with 1 cup of fresh ricotta and add:
- 1 tablespoon cream or half-and-half
- 1 teaspoon dry oregano or Italian herb blend
- ½ teaspoon sea salt, to taste
- 1 tablespoon fresh basil, torn, and ½ clove garlic, grated (optional)
This cheese is incredible on pizza. Just dollop it on as a topping. It also makes a great stuffing for mushrooms, peppers, and, of course, pasta!
2. Smoky Sweet
Start with 1 cup of fresh ricotta and add:
- 1 tablespoon honey, plus more to drizzle
- ½ teaspoon smoked paprika
- ½ teaspoon smoked salt, to taste
The flavor contrast is always a nice surprise with this one. It’s wonderful on sandwiches with prosciutto and arugula, by itself on crusty bread, or paired with fresh fig halves.
3. Chocolate Lemon Zest
- Start with 1 cup of fresh cold ricotta and add:
- 2 tablespoons chopped dark chocolate
- 1 tablespoon maple syrup
- 1 tablespoon fresh lemon zest
- Pinch sea salt
Addictive. Serve this citrusy sweet cheese with light cookies and strawberries for an amazingly simple dessert. Also great with waffles, crepes, and pancakes.