chef tips

Once you realize how easy it is to make a lot of things that we buy off the supermarkets, you’ve started taking the first few steps towards a smarter approach to cooking and shopping. A lot of things ranging from bread, fresh pasta, tomato sauce, and so on can be easily made at home, and quarantine has helped a lot of people realize this. This allows for people to eat healthier since their homemade versions do not have artificial flavors, chemicals, or additives that are usually ripe in packaged/store food. If you are looking to start making your cheese, then you need to get the necessary tools, and then start researching to educate yourself on the process.

If we talk about the core ingredients/factors that are needed to make most cheeses, then it can be boiled down to milk, acid, and heat. Depending on the type of cheese you are making, additional ingredients and processes must be required but these three are at the center of it all.

Acid and heat are basically what allow the milk to curdle, form curds, and then let you agitate it in different ways at different cooking times using different mediums to ultimately make different types of cheese.

When it comes to homemade cheese, the easiest and most commonly made types of cheese include cottage cheese, feta cheese, cheddar cheese, and mozzarella cheese. Of the four, the last two are the most commonly used types of cheese in different households. Plus, with mozzarella, you can expand it to different types of mozzarella ranging from high-moisture mozzarella to low-moisture mozzarella. Having a cooking thermometer and a good cheesecloth is necessary since both play a role in ensuring that your cheese comes out solid and correct. So, start taking notes today, and always start with a small tester recipe as opposed to jumping into it blindly.