Sunday, February 1, 2009

Mock Mozzarella- a very cheesy post

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.

8 comments:

linda said...

Wow, I'm super impressed! You are a super cheese makin' machine!!

Elizabeth said...

I didn't even KNOW you could make cheese! I really want to try it. I'll let you know...

Marianne said...

Wow, that uses food storage ingred too. Heather, I'm so impressed by your resourcefulness and talent! More posts like this please!

Darcie said...

Thanks for sharing I think that sound really fun!! I am do not like milk but I love mozzarella. I think I am going to try to make this thanks for sharing!!

Jenni said...

I have never even thought of or had the desire to make cheese. I am so excited to try it because my family LOVES cheese. Thanks for the recipe!

Jill said...

Hey Heather! Good for you!...maybe you could invite us up again for some pizza..lol My friend is way into cheese making. You can visit her blog off of mine. It's Layne. I'm sure she would be more than happy to share some cheesey secrets!

Carrie said...

Impressive.

Crystal said...

I didn't know you could make cheese without all the bacteria cultures and stuff. I am impressed! How does it taste? I definitely need to put that recipe in with my food storage cookbook. I would have a hard time living without cheese too! You are amazing!