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If you’re the kind of person who always has to have cheese in the fridge, it might be time to take that love to the next level. Making your own cheese can feel intimidating at first, but there are plenty of great resources on the internet and beyond that will make you a pro in no time.
If you’re an intrepid kitchen explorer, by all means, feel free to set out on your own with this venture, but for the rest of us, a good cheesemaking kit is a perfect place to start. It has most of what you need, including ingredients and supplies. Just know that you'll need to buy your own milk separately. Here are the best cheesemaking kits, from vegan varieties to cheddar, mozzarella, and more.
The Standing Stone Farms Ultimate Cheese Making Kit is both easy to use and wildly versatile. You can make mozzarella, feta, halloumi, cheddar curds, pepper jack, cream cheese, mascarpone, chèvre, burrata, and more. The kit comes complete with the cultures and gear you need, including an instant thermometer, plus liquid rennet (the enzymes necessary for cheesemaking) over the tablet variety, which the company claims causes inconsistent cheese. All you need to do is find cow, sheep, or goat milk at the store or a farm near you.
If you’re looking for a cheesemaking experience with minimal effort and cost, meet your new best friend: the Mini Cheese Kit from Urban Cheesecraft. Your options are limited to ricotta and farmer’s cheese, but on the flip side, you and your family will have homemade cheese ready in 30 minutes. Use the fresh ricotta for pancakes, dips, or lasagna and the farmer’s cheese for topping for tacos, chili, salad, and more. This is a great option for gourmet-in-training kids.
The Fermentaholics DIY Fresh Cheese Making Kit allows you to take cow, goat, sheep, or buffalo milk and turn it into ricotta, mozzarella, burrata, paneer, cottage cheese, and more. It includes four microbial rennet tablets (vegetarian-friendly rennet), 100 grams of cheese salt, 100 grams of citric acid, 1 yard of cheesecloth, one pair of gloves, and the "Easin' Into Cheesin'" recipe book. Each recipe takes approximately 30 minutes or less.
This one is for the goat cheese fiends. While you can make your own mozzarella, burrata, ricotta, burricotta, queso blanco, mascarpone, and butter with this kit as well, we love it for chèvre. It includes liquid microbial rennet (both vegetarian and organic) as opposed to a tablet form of rennet, which must be dissolved and divided. It also comes with calcium chloride, which is helpful when using store-bought milk, but not often included in home cheesemaking supplies. Also included is non-GMO and 100 percent food-grade citric acid and cheese salt, plus reusable cheesecloth for draining the softer cheeses and processing butter.
Perhaps you’re looking for a low-effort, high-reward cheesemaking activity, and there's not much like pillowy, silky, fresh mozzarella—especially if you're in the market for caprese salad. Based on the cheesemaking wisdom of legendary home cheesemaking instructor Ricki Carroll, this kit for mozzarella and ricotta sets you up to make your own at home in no time. It includes 3 ounces of citric acid, 3 ounces of cheese salt, ten tablets of vegetable rennet, 1 yard of butter muslin, a thermometer, and a recipe booklet. This kit is the one you’ll see most at cheese shops—and that’s for a reason. It’s tried, tested, and true.
You’ll notice that this is easily the priciest option on the list. That’s because hard cheese requires more equipment. It’s useful here to review the basics of cheesemaking, which is essentially just isolating and fermenting the fat and protein in milk that’s suspended in liquid. In order to make hard cheese, the whey and water content needs to be more forcefully expelled from the curds, making a cheese press necessary. This one was designed and manufactured in Sparta, Tennessee, and comes with cultures, enzymes, cheesecloth, salt, and more. It’s more of an investment than some of the other kits, but for home cheesemakers who want to make hard cheese, it’s well worth it.
For those on a dairy-free diet, this is the kit for you. It’s vegan, paleo, gluten-free, soy-free, nut-free, and non-GMO, and the final cheese product requires neither culturing nor aging. Thanks to a mix of gluten-free tapioca flour (cassava root), quick-gelling agar powder (seaweed), nutritional yeast, plant-based lactic acid, non-iodized flake salt, mustard powder, white pepper, onion powder, and porcini powder, you can take a simple base of nuts, seeds, veggies, or white beans, and shape it into delicious dairy-free cheese in minutes.
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Writer and professional cheese eater Christine Clark teaches cheese and pairing classes throughout the United States and knows how and where to get her cheese fix, no matter where she is. Her cheese adoration is so strong that she has a whole podcast dedicated to it. She is a Certified Cheese Professional through the American Cheese Society.