UrbanCheesecraft

DIY CHEESE KITS - DAIRY AND DAIRY-FREE/VEGAN/PALEO

Oregon, United States · 23204 Sales

UrbanCheesecraft

DIY CHEESE KITS - DAIRY AND DAIRY-FREE/VEGAN/PALEO

Oregon, United States 23204 Sales On Etsy since 2009

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Announcement   Make your own fresh cheese! We make kits that use dairy as well as nuts and seeds for dairy-free options. Make fresh mozzarella goat cheese, queso blanco, paneer and other delicious cheeses in your very own kitchen with an Urban Cheesecraft DIY Cheese Kit! The ORIGINAL Etsy cheese kits since 2009.

One hour and a gallon of milk or nuts and seeds are all you need for most of our kits. Want to learn more? Check out my dairy-based book, One Hour Cheese, wherever books are sold- step by step photos make it easy to get started! Look for more dairy-free cheese kits fall of 2016 as well as a dairy-free cheese book to come soon.

SHIPPING, POLICIES, FAQs
http://www.etsy.com/shop/UrbanCheesecraft/policy

VIDEOS AND ANSWERS TO MORE CHEESE KIT FAQ'S:
http://www.urbancheesecraft.com

WHOLESALE ORDERS AND ANY QUESTIONS:
Email Claudia [!at] urbancheesecraft.com

COUPON CODES AND SNEAK PEEKS TO NEW DEVELOPMENTS:
http://www.facebook.com/urbancheesecraft
twitter @cheesekitspdx
intagram @UrbanCheesecraft

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Announcement
Last updated on Jul 15, 2016

Make your own fresh cheese! We make kits that use dairy as well as nuts and seeds for dairy-free options. Make fresh mozzarella goat cheese, queso blanco, paneer and other delicious cheeses in your very own kitchen with an Urban Cheesecraft DIY Cheese Kit! The ORIGINAL Etsy cheese kits since 2009.

One hour and a gallon of milk or nuts and seeds are all you need for most of our kits. Want to learn more? Check out my dairy-based book, One Hour Cheese, wherever books are sold- step by step photos make it easy to get started! Look for more dairy-free cheese kits fall of 2016 as well as a dairy-free cheese book to come soon.

SHIPPING, POLICIES, FAQs
http://www.etsy.com/shop/UrbanCheesecraft/policy

VIDEOS AND ANSWERS TO MORE CHEESE KIT FAQ'S:
http://www.urbancheesecraft.com

WHOLESALE ORDERS AND ANY QUESTIONS:
Email Claudia [!at] urbancheesecraft.com

COUPON CODES AND SNEAK PEEKS TO NEW DEVELOPMENTS:
http://www.facebook.com/urbancheesecraft
twitter @cheesekitspdx
intagram @UrbanCheesecraft

Thank you for stopping in!

Claudia Lucero

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Claudia Lucero

Vegetarian Rennet Tablets for Cheesemaking
US$7.00

Updates

Teaching locals on Orcas Island to make almond mozzarella and cashew fondue today. Grab my new DIY kit and learn with us.
Teaching locals on Orcas Island to make almond mozzarella and cashew fondue today. Fun!

About

Say Cheese!

I get asked how I started this venture often. I always think, how does anything start? You learn about this, move on to that, end up at something that lasts. It’s kinda long but here’s the story:

After researching and learning lots about making food from local ingredients, I was inspired to make my own cheese. When I tried to find local cheese making supplies though, I had no luck.

This is Portland, Oregon- the capital of D.I.Y.! How could this be?! I was determined to learn despite this bummer so I begrudgingly purchased supplies from faraway sources. I tried to follow recipes online but was overwhelmed by the complexity and the special equipment I seemed to need to get started (calibrated presses, humidity gauges, acidity testers oh my!).

With the knowledge that people have been making cheese for thousands of years with simple recipes and without fancy equipment, I persevered. After endless (still learning!) late nights of weeding through lots of info., I understood that there are many, many fresh cheeses that do not require aging and that can be made at home with little or no special equipment. I tried many, shared them with friends at gatherings and enjoyed the oohs, ahhs and questions.

I thought more people would be happy to have this skill, so I decided to make it easier for others to get started making and enjoying their own homemade cheese too.

I researched wholesalers, tested recipes and sourced quality supplies to create simple kits for fresh cheeses; no cows of your own or aging caves required. This means you can buy a gallon of milk at the grocery store and be eating your own fresh cheese within an hour!

This amazed me too and I want to spread the word. Making fresh cheeses is a simple skill that was lost in the past few decades of quantity over quality and I’d like to help it get back into kitchens- even city kitchens where we don’t have space for bulky equipment (or cows- though in Portland we can have goats in our garages and backyards, yay!).

I strive to make the kits fail-proof and affordable so that novices can get started. There’s a low investment in time and cost but high reward in self-sufficiency and quality!

In less than an hour you can enjoy fresh mozzarella, ricotta, queso blanco, goat cheese and more- made in your very own kitchen, using the milk of your choice. Try it and you won’t believe you didn’t do it sooner. As I learn, I will teach, so look for more kits in the future. Happy cheese making! Claudia

Note- My partner Jeff takes the nice photos that you see all over our shop, the crappy ones here and there are by me, ha ha!

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Shop members
  • Claudia Lucero

    Owner, Cheesemaker, Creator

    I have been a serial crafter since I was a kid. Cooking and cheesemaking have really stuck! I love the science of making cheese, the artistic part of blending flavors to customize and that it is a craft that encourages gatherings- just like the kits!

  • Colleen Waldref

    Customer Service, Shipper, VP Of Sales And Operations

    Working for Urban Cheesecraft has been so rewarding! I love keeping the inventories ready for building kits. I especially like the customer contact and hearing back how excited they are when their kit arrives. So fun!

Manufacturers
  • Fulfilment and Co-Packing Company

    Beaverton, OR, United States

    When orders grew beyond the scope of my home, I had to find a good company to help me. My small packing and shipping team there is faster and more consistent than I ever was. Also, they are only 20 minutes away so we can drop in anytime, and we do!

  • Food Packing Services

    Salem, OR, United States

    Our orders demanded help with a licensed clean room to pack our salt, citric acid and herbs. We were delighted to connect with our non-profit packing organization which offers jobs to adults with mental illness and developmental disabilities.

Shop policies

Last updated on December 19, 2015
Hello! Thanks for stopping by. Let me tell you a little about Urban Cheesecraft. After teaching myself to make cheese, I thought I might avoid others the trial and error I had to go through. I put everything in one (cute) box, chose great quality supplies and tested and re-tested to include solid recipes. In addition, I had student loans to re-pay. That's how UCC was born in 2009!

Things grew steadily so in 2011 I was able to leave the job world and now do this full time along with my right hand helper, Colleen. We're going strong and continuing to bring you the best kits and greatest first cheesemaking experience we possibly can.

Please read more details about what makes my kits so special in the Additional Policies and FAQs section below.

I hope you're excited to give this a try. Any questions, just contact me. Claudia

Accepted payment methods

  • Accepts Etsy gift cards
Payment
Credit card and Paypal accepted (credit card or bank account- up to you), payment required at time of purchase. Items will be shipped upon clearance of payment.
Shipping
HOLIDAY SHIPPING
To receive your package by Dec 24, please order as follows:

Outside of the U.S.-- Dec. 1 by midnight
Within U.S.-- Dec. 14 by midnight

GIFT NOTES
We do our best to copy short notes from the message to seller (at check out) to our pack slips. Do send your recipients a separate note just to make sure they know you were the genius who sent them the best gift ever.

Outside of the U.S.----NOTE! WE UPGRADED INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING ON NOV. 18 TO ADD TRACKING DURING THE HOLIDAYS. We found that we had more disappointments and anxious convos when we used the more economical, yet slow shipping option +without tracking+ during the holidays so we only do it by request. If there is no rush, purchase as usual, contact us and we will adjust the shipping cost. It's still pricey and can take 4 weeks or more! Terrible. Wish we had another option.

Please be clear about your shipping address. It will cause a delay if the address is outdated or incorrect according to the postal service.

We ship out on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

Shipping cost for a multiple item order is now calculated on the cart page.
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Within the U.S.---- We ship the regular and deluxe kits as well as any combo orders over 13oz. by 2-3 day Priority Mail.

We ship mini kits and items under 13 oz. by 2-5 day First Class Mail (mini kit and all refill supplies like cheesecloth, thermometers, one bag of salt etc.).

These two options keep costs low for both of us but First Class Mail does not offer tracking. Ask us for an upgrade to Priority Mail if you'd like to add tracking to the smaller items.

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Outside the U.S.--- ASIDE FROM THE HOLIDAY SEASON
We usually use International First Class mail (10-14 +business days depending on where you are- I am in Portland, Oregon so BC, Canada will be much faster than London England for example). If you need your item faster, please let me know what upgrade you'd like, Priority, Express mail etc. in the notes to seller at check out and I will let you know what the extra cost is.

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During non-holiday seasons- Feel free to send us a shipping label by email if you prefer that or similarly your Fedex or UPS number. Just contact us and we can set up a custom listing.

If something is damaged in transport, just send a message so we can fix it and finally, please keep an eye on tracking and watch the post for your package.
Refunds and Exchanges
My goal is that every single one of my customers is happy, comes back for more and tells their friends to visit. I always want to hear about anything arriving in less that perfect condition.

I do ask for reasonable fairness as far as the expectations once you start making cheese however; cheesemaking is an art and science and if you use Ultra Pasteurized or Ultra Heat Pasteurized milk, or heat the milk too much, not enough (i.e. if you don't follow the recipe exactly), or if you leave your rennet in the sun etc., your cheese might flop through no fault of Urban Cheesecraft. Do not get discouraged, always email me for advice so we can figure out what happened but do try to make cheese at least twice before you give up. You can also visit my site for common adventures in cheesemaking, www.urbancheesecraft.com.

I will happily replace your supplies when it is clear that they are not adequate.
Additional policies and FAQs
GIFT GIVING FAQs

*Why is International shipping insanely expensive?
It really is, check it out on the www.usps.com site. Enter 1lb and 3lb to see the costs. Wish we had another option.

*Where is my kit?
We enter tracking for every order. Check your Etsy account. Our fast shipment may arrive before we even get a chance to enter this during the busiest days but U.S. orders ship 2-3 day Priority so they're fast. Allow a little extra time during the holidays though!

*Are the kits perishable- how long are they "good?"
The ones without rennet tablets are good indefinitely as long as you keep the salt and citric acid dry. The kits that include rennet are good for 1 year minimum at room temp, and at least 2 more years if you keep the rennet in the freezer! So don't put off your shopping. Avoid the rush and shop ahead.

*Can you please leave out the invoice so my recipient doesn't see what a deal your kits are?
We NEVER include paper invoices! Yay! You get one by email so we're covered.

*Can you include a gift note?
Absolutely! That we can manage and we love to read them, ha ha! Just type it word for word into the "message to seller" at checkout. Try to get the note in at time of order since an email may not make it in time for our fast shipping.

*Can you take a sharpie and black out Urban Cheesecraft from your printed label so my mom, sister etc. doesn't have a clue what I got for them?
Awww sweet! But no, sorry. May we suggest that you send it to yourself first for maximum surprise power?

*Can you gift wrap?
Nope again, so sorry. Our full focus is on getting these kits made and shipped for you promptly.

*Can my vegan friend use almond milk etc. with your kit?
No, sadly the science just doesn't work in the same way. I am working on some vegan kits though- the first one is out! https://www.etsy.com/listing/250416742/dairy-free-mozzarella-ricotta-kit-vegan

*Which kit is best for beginners?
They are all meant for beginners BUT some are easier than others. The Paneer and Queso Blanco kit is super easy and yummy! Great for kids too, just call it farmer's cheese or cottage cheese :).

*What would make an amazing gift for a cook who has not made cheese yet, but is likely to be very interested?
Glad you asked that very detailed question. ;) A Deluxe kit and my new book One Hour Cheese as a combo is perfect. You can also choose a Mozzarella/Ricotta kit and book if you're on a budget. Both kits allow you to make every cheese in the book and the combo practically enrolls you in cheese school!

CHEESEMAKING FAQs

*Do you need raw milk?
You do not need raw milk to make cheese although it works great with these kits. You can use regular pasteurized milk from the grocery store as long as it is not ultra pasteurized or ultra-heat pasteurized. Even some of the large organic brands now do this to milk. Its only benefit is a long shelf life. Find a milk that you like and works, then stick with it.

*Do you need an aging cave, a press or other fussy stuff?
Nope! All of our cheeses are easily made in a regular kitchen and other than the Feta and Mascarpone, they are eaten as soon as you make them. Feta salt cures in your fridge for 6 days and Mascarpone drains for 8-12 hours. Still easy!

*Is it safe to make cheese at home?
Just as safe as making soup or pie in your kitchen! Keep everything clean, use good practices and you'll be just fine.

GENERAL FAQs

*Do you sell wholesale?
Sure do! Email Colleen [!at] urbancheesecraft.com to get started.

*What makes yours the best DIY cheese kits out there?

Well, I'll toot my own horn because I work hard to make my kits the best, so here goes...

An Experience- When you give a kit, you give an experience not just a thing that will be tossed, broken or forgotten. We hear so much that people make cheese with their children, grannies, workmates or partners. We love that and do it too! In a world of disposable junk and obligation gifts, we hope you see the difference here.

My Commitment and Experience- 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.

History- 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/

Environment- I strive to avoid trash so the kits are made with items that are re-usable, recycled/recyclable, refillable, and compostable (sorry about the bubble wrap around the thermometers- they come to me that way but you can continue to use the wrap as padding). You can refill the items that run out in my shop!

Food Quality- In addition, the kits are vegetarian and in some cases vegan, I have high standards for food, am conscious of food allergies and keep everything gluten free.

Good Design- The kits have to make me smile so I take design and packaging as seriously as the contents themselves. I work with artist friends Julz Nally and Amy Ruppel on design. Check out their work, https://www.etsy.com/shop/handmadejulz https://www.etsy.com/shop/aruppel.
We get lots of compliments so I'm glad other people notice those details too!

Email Support- As if that all weren't enough, I include free cheesemaking support for life with each kit! My email is in every single kit.

Tested and Consistent- Have you read my shop reviews? https://www.etsy.com/your/shops/UrbanCheesecraft/reviews?ref=shop_info
I was lucky enough to be the only cheesemaker selling kits on Etsy for over 3 years! That gave me quite a head start and makes my kits the tried and true kits for success. In fact, Williams Sonoma found my kits so I partnered with them after their test kitchen rigorously tested several others.

Human Touch and Food Safety- I painstakingly test my recipes and engineer every aspect of these kits. The kits and supplies are hand-poured, hand-folded and packaged in a food-safe, fully-licensed space. Do note that although the food items are all gluten-free, they're packaged in a room that comes in contact with wheat, soy, corn, nuts and other food allergens (with serious Dept of Agriculture guided cleanings in between of course).

Super Customer Service- Colleen and I are nuts about good companies that know how to treat a valued customer so we want to be one of them. We get to do what we do because of you, in return we strive to make each one of you a repeat customer! We aim to impress! Really.

I Wrote the book on DIY Cheese- Literally. 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 the book at most major book stores in the U.S. and Canada, www.powells.com, www.indiebound.org and of course, Amazon.

I know this is a lot of info. but I get a lot of questions! ;) Got more?
Convo me or see my website:
http://www.urbancheesecraft.com.