When I told my family that I wanted to learn how to make cheese this year, I think they thought I was a little crazy. Have you seen the price of cheese lately? And, not buying cheese is not an option for me. When John and I first got married, he was like, "What's with all the milk and cheese?" I grew up on a dairy farm, and so milk and cheese and absolute staples. Anyhow, here it is- my first mozzarella cheese ball!
Impressive, huh? I was quite proud of myself. Well, it was sooooo easy, it only took about 10 minutes and only has 4 ingredients, one of which is water. I crumbled it in a lasagna and it was really great! So you may want to mock the mozzarella, or make the mozzarella-here's the recipe if you are interested in the latter.
Mock Mozzarella Cheese
4 c. warm water
1 3/4 c. white vinegar
2/3 c. vegetable oil
3 c. dry milk powder
Blend all ingredients, pour into a hot saucepan and heat to 115 degrees to form curds. There will be a lot of liquid left over. Rinse the curds in warm water, drain and salt to taste. Place in a cheesecloth bag and hang to drain or squeeze out excess liquid. I just use a dishtowel and place over a bowl. Cool and grate or crumble. Use as you would commercial mozzarella cheese. For a firmer texture use only 1/4 to 1/3 c. oil.