Cheese Please

Cheese Please

Our Forty-Year List of things we’ve done or things we’ve never done together over our 40-year marriage is slowly growing. My husband has always wanted to make cheese, so today we made mozzarella cheese—together. My husband and all of our kids are research experts, so when we started buying raw milk, he researched cheese making and discovered the “Cheese Queen” Ricki Carroll and ordered her cheese making kit. So we already had everything we needed.

When my husband got into this raw milk thing, I have to admit, I was a little skeptical. I don’t even drink milk anymore, but I’ve come to appreciate this amazing liquid. I especially like baking popovers and tapioca pudding with the raw milk. It definitely brings back memories of the old days of getting our milk at the doorstep. We’re actually very fortunate to have the opportunity to be a part of a raw milk coop. Milk that is not highly pasteurized is the key to making your own cheese, so we were all set.

We have a small kitchen, and we don’t usually work in the there together, so I have to say we had a successful encounter as we worked without getting in each other’s way. We took turns stirring the milk as it reached 90˚. He held the thermometer while I set the timer. I let him do the fun job of cutting the great big curd into small curds. It is an amazing experience to see how something we eat every day is made. The New England Cheese Company kit made this experience delightful. (cheesemaking.com)

We used the microwave versus the waterbath method, and it only took about 45 minutes, as we reread the instructions about six times. It sure takes a lot of milk to create a small amount of cheese! Our mozzarella was a little tough, so we want to try again. We had the most fun eating it with fresh sliced tomatoes drizzeled with Chateau de Regne Iris olive oil from thepichetable.com, marinated shrimp, fresh basil from our garden and a glass of Pinot Grigio. We were like little kids who had just made our first Betty Crocker cupcakes. This experience reminded me that you’re never too old to learn and  enjoy new things for the first time. I’m looking forward to more positive discoveries this summer as our list grows.

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2 Responses to “Cheese Please”

  1. Jonathan says:

    YUM! You’ll have to teach me how to do it. I want to learn how to make mozzarella braids1

  2. corina says:

    sounds like fun I’d like to try it with my hubby. thanks for the tips.

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