UrbanCheesecraft

CHEESE KITS FOR BEGINNERS- TRADITIONAL & VEGAN/PALEO

Portland, Oregon 32586 Sales On Etsy since 2009

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UrbanCheesecraft

CHEESE KITS FOR BEGINNERS- TRADITIONAL & VEGAN/PALEO

Portland, Oregon | 32586 Sales

Claudia Lucero

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Claudia Lucero

Announcement    Now offering FREE SHIPPING on orders $35 and up.

For GIFT MESSAGES - please write your message in the note section and it will automatically be printed on the pack slip. Rest assure, the pack slip does NOT Include pricing.

Traditional Dairy and Dairy-free, Vegan, Paleo Cheesemaking kits, mixes and supplies for urbanites with country appetites.

Whatever your custom cravings call for, Urban Cheesecraft has a cheese kit for you.

Enjoy fresh cheeses made in your own kitchen in less than an hour. Urban Cheesecraft kits include everything you need, along with easy-to-follow instructions and email support for questions. Just add your choice of milk for traditional cheeses or choose nuts, seeds, veggies or white beans to make delicious dairy-free, gluten-free, carrageenan-free and soy-free Vegan and Paleo cheeses.

Homemade cheese makes life a little more delicious, and now it's also quick and easy with Urban Cheesecraft kits. Go on, make life delicious!

The ORIGINAL Etsy cheese kits since 2009. Check our reviews and items sold! Etsy even made a mini documentary about my business, https://blog.etsy.com/en/2011/urban-cheesecraft/.

Want to learn more?

For Traditional Dairy cheesemaking - Check out my dairy-based book, One Hour Cheese, you can get it here on Etsy or wherever books are sold. Step by step photos make it fun to get started!

For Dairy-free, Vegan and Paleo cheesemaking - check out my new Dairy-free Mixes and look for my new Dairy-Free One Hour Cheese book that will be available in bookstores nationwide in February 2019. Pre-orders are now available on Amazon.

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 office [!at] urbancheesecraft.com

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

For more information visit www.urbancheesecraft.com

Thank you for stopping in!

Announcement

Last updated on Aug 5, 2019

Now offering FREE SHIPPING on orders $35 and up.

For GIFT MESSAGES - please write your message in the note section and it will automatically be printed on the pack slip. Rest assure, the pack slip does NOT Include pricing.

Traditional Dairy and Dairy-free, Vegan, Paleo Cheesemaking kits, mixes and supplies for urbanites with country appetites.

Whatever your custom cravings call for, Urban Cheesecraft has a cheese kit for you.

Enjoy fresh cheeses made in your own kitchen in less than an hour. Urban Cheesecraft kits include everything you need, along with easy-to-follow instructions and email support for questions. Just add your choice of milk for traditional cheeses or choose nuts, seeds, veggies or white beans to make delicious dairy-free, gluten-free, carrageenan-free and soy-free Vegan and Paleo cheeses.

Homemade cheese makes life a little more delicious, and now it's also quick and easy with Urban Cheesecraft kits. Go on, make life delicious!

The ORIGINAL Etsy cheese kits since 2009. Check our reviews and items sold! Etsy even made a mini documentary about my business, https://blog.etsy.com/en/2011/urban-cheesecraft/.

Want to learn more?

For Traditional Dairy cheesemaking - Check out my dairy-based book, One Hour Cheese, you can get it here on Etsy or wherever books are sold. Step by step photos make it fun to get started!

For Dairy-free, Vegan and Paleo cheesemaking - check out my new Dairy-free Mixes and look for my new Dairy-Free One Hour Cheese book that will be available in bookstores nationwide in February 2019. Pre-orders are now available on Amazon.

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 office [!at] urbancheesecraft.com

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

For more information visit www.urbancheesecraft.com

Thank you for stopping in!

About

Say Cheese like never before!

When I set out to try my hand at cheesemaking, I was surprised at how difficult it was to find supplies in our DIY-friendly town of Portland, OR. I was also perplexed by the complexity of most recipes. After all, cheesemaking has been going on for thousands of years. Should it really be this complicated to try it in a modern kitchen?

As it turns out, making fresh cheese is a simple skill that has become lost in the past few decades of quantity over quality.

Since 2009, we at Urban Cheesecraft, have been on a mission to deliver innovative products and tools that enable anyone interested to discover, explore and create delicious cheeses with confidence and ease.

We offer a wide variety of cheese kits and instructional books for both traditional and dairy free, Vegan, and Paleo cheeses. Our kits are made in the U.S.A. and we only source high quality, all natural, non-GMO ingredients. Our aim is to make it easy and accessible to get started and to continue on. There’s a low investment in time and cost but high reward in self-sufficiency and quality!

In most cases, you can enjoy a variety of different fresh cheeses made in your own kitchen in less than an hour. The Urban Cheesecraft kits include everything you need to make the cheeses along with easy-to-follow instructions; just add your choice of milk for traditional cheeses or choose nuts, seeds, veggies and white beans to make delicious dairy-free cheeses. Try it and you won’t believe you didn’t do it sooner.

Make Life Delicious! Claudia

Heads up!
My new dairy-free cheese book will be hit the stores in February 2019.
You can now pre-order your copy on Amazon; One Hour Dairy Free Cheese.

Shop members

  • Claudia Lucero

    Owner, Cheesemaker

    Kitchen wizard, lover of craft foods and teaching others to take charge of their own cheese production.

  • Hildur Solvadottir

    Sales & Operations

    Customer service maven, shop manager, inventory and shipping queen.

Production partners

  • Relay Resources

    Portland, OR

    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.

  • Relay Resources

    Portland, OR

    When orders grew beyond the scope of my home, I had to find a good company to help me. My packing and shipping team there is faster and more consistent than I ever was plus they are FDA, HACCP, SQF Level 2 Certified facility.

  • Workman Publishing, New York

    NY, United States

    Workman Publishing Co., Inc., is an independently owned family of publishers, including Workman Publishing, Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, Algonquin Young Readers, Artisan, Storey Publishing, and Timber Press. They are also partners with The Experiment and duopress.

Shop policies

Last updated on December 15, 2018
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 that I tested and re-tested and wrote up my solid recipes. 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, Hildur. 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 us. Claudia

Accepted payment methods

Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Returns and exchanges
I gladly accept returns and exchanges
Contact me within: 7 days of delivery
Ship items back within: 21 days of delivery
I don't accept cancellations
But please contact me if you have any problems with your order.
The following items can't be returned or exchanged
Because of the nature of these items, unless they arrive damaged or defective, I can't accept returns for:
  • Custom or personalized orders
  • Perishable products (like food or flowers)
  • Digital downloads
  • Intimate items (for health/hygiene reasons)
Returns and exchange details
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, arrived broken etc.
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
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 Mon-Fri excluding US postal holidays.

Shipping cost for a multiple item order is now calculated on the cart page.

If you'd like a custom shipping option, it doesn't hurt to ask us.

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.

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.
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 and/or email. Orders ship via 2-3 day Priority so they're fast. Allow us time to package them up (count weekends) and please, add little extra time during the holiday season!

*Are the kits perishable- how long are they "good?"
The ones without rennet tablets and culture packets are good indefinitely as long as you keep the salt and citric acid dry. The kits that include rennet and cultures are good for 1 year minimum at a cool room temp, and at least 2 more years if you keep the rennet and cultures 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 invoices with pricing! 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 and then wrap it for maximum surprise power?

*Can you gift wrap?
Nope, 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 dairy kits?
No, sadly the science just doesn't work in the same way. We do have vegan kits though! Yay! They call for A CHOICE of nuts, seeds, veggies and even beans.

*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 bundle 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 office [!at] urbancheesecraft.com to get started.

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

I'll toot my own horn for a minute because I worked and continue to 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 glass thermometers- they come to me that way but you can continue to use the wrap as padding). Similarly, because of perishable foods I had to use some plastic zipper bags. 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 tested and chose my kits so I partnered with them after their test kitchen rigorously compared mine to newer competitors.

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- I'm nuts about good companies that know how to treat a valued customer so I want us 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 also have a new one called, One Hour Dairy Free Cheese!

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.