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Fish Wheels 02-07-2010 02:32 PM

Home made Mozzarella
 
We were not sure if it was going to turn out, it was over heated the first time. We let it cool back to 88˚F then followed the rest of the directions at:


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heliman 02-07-2010 04:51 PM

Re: Home made Mozzarella
 
How firm was your mozarella? I was aiming at a soft (bocconcini) texture but was only able to produce firm cheese that I had to grate to use. It was not very tasty despite my adding lipase which is meant to make it more tasty.

My mozarella making programme is now on hold as I had 2 x bad runs and ended up throwing about 8 litres down the drain. I now buy grated stretched curd mozarella which works out at about $3 per kg so it really isn't worth making it.

It was definitely an interesting exercise making a few batches as I now appreciate the manufacturing process.

Fish Wheels 02-07-2010 06:23 PM

Re: Home made Mozzarella
 
Hi Rossco
The cheese had the firmness of gouda. It was the first time trying and when it came to cutting the curd in wasn't very solid, nothing like the pictured instructions, so I waited almost an hour before heating to 108˚ I think the next time I try I may add some spices to the stage where you add salt. I didn't have any lipase. It was a fun experiment and turned out better then the usual cheap mozzarella my wife buys ;-)

Rod

heliman 02-07-2010 08:00 PM

Re: Home made Mozzarella
 
Sounds like you had a similar experience to what I had Rod...

It would seem that there is a very fine line between too much/too little rennet. One thing that definitely affects the finished product is the sterilisation (or not) of the pot. I have a feeling that a bit of the previous batch's milk still in the pot may have killed my last batch.

There is quite a bit of literature about which appears to over-simplify the mozarella making process, but from what I can determine this is a very exact science. I don't think there there is anything like a 30 minute mozarella making process! There are just too many variables - milk heating speed for example will definitely impact the overall processing time...

JoeyVelderrain 02-20-2010 05:38 AM

Re: Home made Mozzarella
 
I have been thinkin of tryin out this recipe:
Ricki's Magic Mozzarella .. no smoke and mirrors

anyone try it yet?

Fish Wheels 02-20-2010 05:49 AM

Re: Home made Mozzarella
 
JoeyVelderrain

Put the lid on your pot, with a little water in it. Bring it to a boil to sterilize the pot with steam before making the cheese. Good luck!

Rod

JoeyVelderrain 02-20-2010 05:56 AM

Re: Home made Mozzarella
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Fish Wheels (Post 81209)
JoeyVelderrain

Put the lid on your pot, with a little water in it. Bring it to a boil to sterilize the pot with steam before making the cheese. Good luck!

Rod

good hint. I am starting to see that preparing the kitchen to make cheese is kind of like prepping a room for surgery...:eek:

Fish Wheels 02-20-2010 06:16 AM

Re: Home made Mozzarella
 
LOL, I hope there is no blood involved in your operation ;)

Rod

heliman 02-20-2010 05:28 PM

Re: Home made Mozzarella
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Fish Wheels (Post 81209)
JoeyVelderrain

Put the lid on your pot, with a little water in it. Bring it to a boil to sterilize the pot with steam before making the cheese. Good luck!

Rod

Thanks for this info ... It has inspired me to give mozarella another try. I still have a fair bit of rennet and lipase on hand which I need to use up...

Fish Wheels 02-20-2010 09:06 PM

Re: Home made Mozzarella
 
Good luck Rossco, did you find the cheese you made browned when it was cooked on a pizza?

Rod


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