If you're new to making cheese or have not had luck with previous attempts, this is the cheese kit for you! It's also great for kids. You WILL have success!
Check out the feedback from many happy new cheesemakers and see how my shop began in 2009 in this cool film Etsy made! https://blog.etsy.com/en/2011/urban-cheesecraft/
Please Note- We do NOT include any pricing info in the packages and we CAN include brief gift notes on pack slips if you write the note in the message to seller at check out.
These farm-style cheeses are delicious. Not sure what they're like? Read on...
First, Your DIY Paneer and Queso Blanco Kit Includes:
Instruction Booklets and Unlimited Email Support
100% Cotton Fine Cheesecloth (also known as Butter Muslin)
Classic Wheel Mold
Thermometer- Glass Dairy Thermometer or Metal Probe Thermometer
Non GMO Citric Acid
Pure, Non-Iodized Flake Salt
Just add a gallon of milk and in one hour you will be eating and sharing your very own fresh cheese!
Each kit makes 8 batches of cheese (one batch is almost 2 lbs!) so you have plenty of supplies to experiment with different herbs, shapes and recipes. Refill salt and acid in our shop when you run out!
Now, to blow your mind with these cheeses...
Do you love Indian food dishes that have those delicious soft cheese cubes soaking up curry? That's Paneer!
Queso Blanco is another yummy farmers' cheese often seen crumbled onto Mexican and Latin American dishes but it's equally wonderful on pizza, pasta and salads.
Keep in mind that these cheeses are very similar in style to Ricotta (though more flavorful) so you don't have to use them as firm wheels only. Without pressing, they are creamy or crumbly, up to you (the instructions will guide you). You can use them to fill pasta shells, dollop onto chili, layer in lasagna, crumble onto salads like feta, and endless other dishes.
These cheeses are versatile and unique because they don't melt and can even be browned on a hot skillet. Both are often used as delicious and economical meat replacements. Crusty, chewy, crazy good. Imagine the possibilities!
A little about me:
I take your success in making cheese very seriously and because I do this full time- I mean business! I test and fine-tune recipes and each kit repeatedly for 1-2 years before I launch anything (I ask family and friends to help test too :). I have taught classes for years and get to see lots of students learn and arrive at cheese in all sorts of ways- so I am well-prepared for most questions and can troubleshoot with you any time you need.
I opened my shop on Etsy in January 2009 and I'm always improving and simplifying for your success! I was lucky enough to get a short film made about my business by Etsy. It's so well-done, check it out! https://blog.etsy.com/en/2011/urban-cheesecraft/
UPDATE: I wrote a book called One Hour Cheese. I show you how to make the cheeses in my shop and many more with step-by-step photos; a rarity in cheesemaking books. You can order a book here on our site or you can get or order the book at most book stores in the U.S. and Canada, www.powells.com, www.indiebound.org and of course, Amazon.
FOOD SAFETY AND HANDLING: Please note that my kits and their supplies are hand-poured, hand-folded and assembled in a food-safe, fully-licensed space. The food items are all gluten-free but packaged in a shared room that may come in contact with wheat, soy, corn, nuts and other food allergens (with serious cleanings in between of course). The kits are vegetarian-friendly. Just so you know.
We get lots of compliments on the kits' design and illustration. I had fun working with Julz Nally, check her out! https://www.etsy.com/shop/handmadejulz
Ok! That's all I can think of. Dive in!
I know this is a lot of info. but I get a lot of questions! ;) Got more?
Convo me or see my policies page:http://www.etsy.com/shop/UrbanCheesecraft/policy
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Enjoy making cheese!