An all-inclusive lineup of specialty tools and easy-to-measure ingredients ensure success. Equipment is purposefully sized for small batches to get the job done right. And no need to hunt down a farmer for his raw cow’s milk—these recipes promise top-notch curds with whatever milk you can get your hands on.
Learn fast with illustrated recipes, tested and foolproofed by beginners DIY’ers and advanced cheesemongers alike. Each recipe kit is geared towards crafting 1-gallon batches—perfect for sharing, experimenting and exploring new styles. Best of all, each recipe kit is packaged inside a professional-quality wooden cheese box, exactly the presentation your hand-made cheese deserves.
- Easy-to follow illustrated instructions
- Your choice of a pair of recipe kits with ingredients to make 5 lbs. of cheese each.
- Premium, quick-dissolve Organic Liquid Vegetable Rennet reliably forms perfect curds and is vegan, GMO-free and Gluten-free
- Quick-dissolve liquid Calcium Chloride lets you make cheese with any kind of milk.
- Direct-set cultures, specialty ingredients and pure non-iodized cheese salt to impart defining flavor and color on different cheese varieties.
- Basic cheese mold, essential for rinsing soft cheeses or adding a traditional rind texture
- Hard Cheese Mold with follower and an open bottom, large enough to press up to 2lbs of cheese
- Natural Reed Mats for mold sandwiches & drying and aging cheese
- Natural Boar Bristle Brush and 1 lb. of all-natural beeswax for protecting and aging hard cheese
- 12” Laboratory-grade Thermometer, scaled from 0-220°F for quick, accurate temperature readings.
- Stainless Steel Curd Knife with ergonomic 5” handle and 12” blade for enough flexibility to cut curd at the vital 45° angle
- Long Stainless Steel Spoon to prevent curds from matting
- Stainless Steel Skimmer/Ladle, essential for properly adding rennet and lifting curds from whey
- Extra-wide Double Mesh Strainer catches every curd to maximize yield.
- 4 yards of Grade 90 Cheesecloth for lining cheese molds and pressing & bandaging cheese
- Small Measuring Spoons with for accurately following recipes
Does not include a cheese press
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- DO NOT get the farmhouse cheddar kit unless you have a cheese press Review by Reid
I got through most of the instructions just fine, though it was a fair bit of work (significantly more than brewing an extract kit). But when it came time to press the water out of the cheese, everything quite literally fell apart.
The kit includes a round mold into which you put your curds (in cheesecloth). On top of that you place a plastic piston, and on top of this piston you add weight. You're supposed to gradually increase the weight, culminating in 50lbs for 12 hours. The instructions recommend stacking textbooks on top of the piston...I'd LOVE to see the manufacturer try this. It's completely ludicrous. First, how are you going to know off-hand how much a bunch of textbooks weigh? But worse than that, it is *IMPOSSIBLE* to keep the books from falling off the piston, because it fits somewhat loosely in the mold and is resting on top of a malleable blob of cheese...so almost immediately, your stack of books will start to list to one side and within a couple of minutes (at most) they'll fall, no matter how perfectly you try to balance them, because the curds give way underneath.
I tried everything I could think of to stabilize the books (and I'm an engineer). The only way to keep the books on the piston was to stand there holding them, and needless to say I didn't much feel like standing in my kitchen overnight. I also tried using some weight plates from my home gym instead of books, with no better results (and I wasn't about to let those fall and make dents in my floor).
So...in summary, if you're going to buy the starter kitk, choose the option that includes two soft cheeses (no press required for those). Absolutely do NOT buy any of the hard cheese kits unless you own or are planning to buy a cheese press (they're surprisingly pricey, though if you're handy there are plans out there to build your own). I'm giving this one star because I think the manufacturer is being willfully deceitful with these instructions; they ought to warn people that they need a cheese press, rather than pretending like this is possible without one. It isn't. (Posted on 4/12/15)