Have you ever thought of trying to make your own mozzarella cheese at home? No? You mean not everyone sits around thinking of ways to make their life more complicated? My idea of making mozzarella cheese at home was not to make my life more complicated, just to have fun and learn something new. I spent so much time working on my first vegetable garden this year, I thought that my tomatoes could use a cheese friend. Yes, I do stuff like this often. No, I will not be giving up store bought cheese.
I’ve made ricotta cheese at home in the past (very easy), but after googling around on how to make mozzarella, it sounded a bit more complicated. Rennet?! Citric acid?! This could get ugly. Fortunately, I was able to find both these items at Whole Foods, and the process turned out to be pretty simple. Long, but simple. Most of the several hours it took to make this was just waiting, so don’t let that intimidate you.
Instead of trying to pretend that I’ve made mozzarella cheese a million times, and you should follow my process, I’ll just direct you to the site that I learned from, Instructables.com, and let them explain it to you in the simple, easy to understand way they explained it to me (with photos!). Have you guys seen this site before? There’s instructions on how to do a million things, so surf around and see if there’s something you’ve always wanted to learn!
The cheese turned out awesome, and my fresh-from-the-garden tomatoes and basil were very happy to have company.