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While it may take years of intense study (and tasting) to become a true cheesemonger, you can fashion yourself a cheese maker in no time with any of our favorite cheese making kits. From mozzarella to brie and back again, there’s a cheese making kit available for every taste bud. And the beauty of these all-in-one kits is that you only need to add milk!
Cheese Making Kits: The List!
1. Ricki’s Mozzarella & Ricotta Cheese Making Kit
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Two cheeses in one kit make [easyazon_link identifier=”B00014CEXG” locale=”US” tag=”thet081-20″]Ricki’s kit[/easyazon_link] a good option for a true beginner who wants to get a feel for how cheese making kits work before diving in deeper. You’ll only need to supply your own milk and there’s enough ingredients for about 30 batches of cheese, which is more than plenty! Detailed instructions are included and the company’s website has some helpful FAQs and tutorials. Add raw milk instead of the usual grocery variety for extra authenticity!
2. The Italian Edition
If two cheeses aren’t enough, how about ten? The Italian Kit is actually made in New Zealand, but that won’t stop you from making ten different cheeses, from mascarpone to mozzarella and ricotta salata. As usual, you’ll want to add unpasteurized milk if you can, but it’s not essential. Makes up to 13lbs of tasty stinky cheese.
3. Not-So-Basic Beginner Kit
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This [easyazon_link identifier=”B00E9NHWBY” locale=”US” tag=”thet081-20″]beginner kit from Standing Stone Farms[/easyazon_link] will have newbies cranking out mozzarella, burrata (our personal favorite), burricota (never heard of it!), chevre, ricotta, mascarpone and even butter. Recipes and instructions for all cheeses are included and it’s all 100% preservative free and non-GMO. Standing Stone also offers an [easyazon_link identifier=”B01JT7KUUO” locale=”US” tag=”thet081-20″]advanced kit[/easyazon_link] when you’re ready to take things up a notch.
4. One-Hour Cheeses, From Oregon
Etsy shop Urban Cheesecraft has nearly 30,000 sales to its name since 2009, and they pretty much only sell cheese making stuff. The owner, Claudia Lucero even wrote a book called [easyazon_link identifier=”0761177485″ locale=”US” tag=”thet081-20″]One-Hour Cheese[/easyazon_link]. Her shop has custom kits for mozzarella and ricotta, mascarpone and burrata, goat cheese, paneer and queso blanco, feta and greek yogurt. They have dairy free options too. The best part? Claudia included free email support with every order! If something goes awry, just drop her a note and get some help.
If you think all cheese making instructions should be written by Italians, then Marco’s Shepherds Cheese Kits are what you’re looking for. High quality ingredients, card stock instructions, and a stainless steel thermometer make these well designed starter kits a great gift option. They even ship direct from Italy, so give it some time to arrive!
6. Get Started for Only $16
This mozzarella and ricotta cheese kit from Sandy Leaf Farm in the UK is as simple as it gets. No thermometer, no extras. Just cheese salt, citric acid, rennet, cheese cloth, and concise instructions for working up your first batch. Even with $7 shipping from the UK, it’s the cheapest option around at only pennies per pound.
7. What About Cheddar and Gouda?
This deluxe kit from Gardener’s Pantry expands your cheese making horizons beyond the typical soft Italian cheeses. You can make 20 pounds of gouda, cheddar, Monterey Jack, colby, cottage cheese, feta, ricotta, and parmesan with the included ingredients and instructions, IF you buy your own cheese wax and find a cool place to let things ripen. Hard cheeses are well, harder to make, so be ready to put in a bit more time and effort to pull it off.