Mozzarella Cheese-Making Recipe & Illustrated Tutorial

| 8/1/2012 10:22:12 PM

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I have always wanted to try my hand at making mozzarella cheese. Perhaps the reason I haven't made it sooner is because I had ever had access to real milk. And by "real," I mean: local, fresh-out-of- the-cow, full-fat, never seen the inside of a pasteurizer, hormone-free, I've met the cow that made it, MILK. I have my chickens to thank for connecting me with Lauren Hastings Kaplan, a member of a family-owned dairy farm in town, Hastings Farm. Small talk about my flock at a school function for our children resulted in a business partnership and friendship with Lauren and her family. When she and her sister, Megan, were preparing to open their new farm store last year, Lauren called to ask about selling my eggs. Megan and Lauren have been selling my eggs as well as their milk, yogurts and cheeses for the ever since.

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The entrance to Hastings Farm, Suffield, CT (above). Some of the ladies (below).

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8/5/2012 2:48:44 AM

I couldn't agree more, Dave! I would love to see your cheese-making blog post; I KNOW you can do it!! Do let me know when you've succeeded in reproducing this recipe! ☺ Cheers!

8/4/2012 12:10:57 PM

Kathy, there's nothing like the satisfaction that comes from making, building, growing, or preserving your own food. I've never tried to make cheese but from your post, it looks to me easy enough that even Nebraska Dave could do it. I never knew how great it was to drink raw milk until I moved away from the farm. We skimmed the cream off the top and made the best butter. The cream was also used to put on our breakfast cereal. Now, if you listen to main stream media, all that stuff should have made us sick and we should be dead. :0) Right. Have a great cheese making day.