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post #1 of 20
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thought i would try to make some fresh mozzarella

anybody know where i can get rennet?

anybody care to offer me some recipes and/or pointers?
post #2 of 20
I make it all the time. I get all of my stuff from a website. I would post a link but I think thats not allowed here but the company name is called leeners.

I am sure a quick google search will help you.

A lot of the online recipes leave out the calcium chloride. In my experiments the calcium chloride really does help and shouldn't be left out.

Make sure you completly dissolve all of the additives in a small amout of water before you add them to the milk. The recipie off the leeners site is what I use but they don't specificly tell you to dissolve the citric acid in water. This is the only modification I make to that recipie.

It took me about 2 tries until I got good mozzerlla, #1 tip make sure you thoughry mix the stuff once you add it to the milk. I stir for a good 2 or 3 minutes once I add the rennet. #2 hint when "cooking the curd" in the microwave it far better to over heat the curd than to undercook it. When you get the curd out of the microwave the second time it should be like melted taffy and almost run off the spoon. Oh yeah at this stage don't stick your hands in it to kneed because it will burn you!
post #3 of 20
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Originally Posted by dogboy View Post
thought i would try to make some fresh mozzarella

anybody know where i can get rennet?

anybody care to offer me some recipes and/or pointers?


Lots of locations available for purchase via the net. I like the dairy connection. Buy a small amount of animal (not vegetable) rennet in liquid form and keep it in the fridage. A 2oz bottle will let you make cheese until your dizzy and will run you about $6 or $7.

You should also get a small amount of citric acid. It'll be available wherever you get the rennet.
post #4 of 20
I bought my citric acid from a wine making supply store.

You can find it (citric) at some grocery stores in the kosher section, they call it sour salt.

Also some grocery stores have rennet as well in the ice cream/dessert supply area. Its called Junket, but I found the stuff from the cheese making supply works a lot better for some reason.
post #5 of 20
The Wal Mart here carries rennet tabs
post #6 of 20
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Originally Posted by ffemtreed View Post


Also some grocery stores have rennet as well in the ice cream/dessert supply area. Its called Junket, but I found the stuff from the cheese making supply works a lot better for some reason.


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Originally Posted by david123 View Post
The Wal Mart here carries rennet tabs


For the effort and expense involved in working with milk, I'd buy the rennet from a cheese supply place and be sure.

Where are you getting your milk from? It's very important that it not be ultra-pasteurized. Even better would be fresh, raw, not pasteurized at all, white goodness from a local supply.
post #7 of 20
passiton

I suppose that the cheese suppliers have their own special and costlier rennet, but the grocery store stuff works. It would be nice if the daurys would sell you non pasteurized milk, but it's illegal in most places. You need to find a farmer with a cow and go milk it. In Pennsylvania you need a special permit issued to the seller by the Dept of Agriculture in order to legally sell raw milk.
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For the effort and expense involved in working with milk, I'd buy the rennet from a cheese supply place and be sure.

Where are you getting your milk from? It's very important that it not be ultra-pasteurized. Even better would be fresh, raw, not pasteurized at all, white goodness from a local supply.


i live in boston

but i grew up in a town about 30 miles out, and remember a fair number of dairy farms in the area- they are all gone now

you need to travel a fair piece to get a whiff of manure these days

i ain't buying a cow

but if i did, it would be a brown swiss

they got pretty eyes!
post #9 of 20
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passiton

I suppose that the cheese suppliers have their own special and costlier rennet, but the grocery store stuff works. It would be nice if the daurys would sell you non pasteurized milk, but it's illegal in most places. You need to find a farmer with a cow and go milk it. In Pennsylvania you need a special permit issued to the seller by the Dept of Agriculture in order to legally sell raw milk.


I'm not big on spending extra money when not necessary, but this one is pretty clear for me. For less then $10 with shipping I can buy enough liquid rennet to make moz. once a week for the next year. Definitely not costlier and likely higher quality than junket. The liquid is easier to disperse evenly through milk and will yield consistent results in coagulation.

Regarding raw milk: many states allow sales at the farm, as long as the facility is licensed and passes inspections. If you can find it, this will produce the best quality cheese. If not, find milk that isn't ultra pasteurized or you'll just end up with a curdled mess that won't firm up inot workable curds.
post #10 of 20
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If not, find milk that isn't ultra pasteurized or you'll just end up with a curdled mess that won't firm up inot workable curds.


i will look around- maybe a natural foods place/hippy store coop type of place
i think the "organic" milk in the supermarket is just as heavily treated as the regular stuff
post #11 of 20
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i will look around- maybe a natural foods place/hippy store coop type of place
i think the "organic" milk in the supermarket is just as heavily treated as the regular stuff


Some will just be pasteurized, not ultra pasteurized. Natural by Nature is pretty widely distributed and they don't ultra pasteurize.
post #12 of 20
Dogboy.....you can get raw milk here in Foxboro at Lawton Farm.
post #13 of 20
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Dogboy.....you can get raw milk here in Foxboro at Lawton Farm.


brucellosis, here we come!
post #14 of 20
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Dogboy.....you can get raw milk here in Foxboro at Lawton Farm.



Be sure to call them first before making the trip.



Oh, and they have been licensed by the state and are inspected regularly........
post #15 of 20
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Be sure to call them first before making the trip.

Oh, and they have been licensed by the state and are inspected regularly........


how do i get there?

i know the mechanic st exit off 95, that's about it


think they have rennet too?
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