I can make my own cheese?

Much like the revelation that you can make your own vanilla extract blew my mind, I was pretty shocked to hear you can make your own cheese pretty easily. Of course I had to try it.

I bought this kit from Amazon and followed along. As far as I can tell, any kit would do or you could just buy some rennet, citric acid. I won't bore you with every detailed step because you can find those easily online but let's just say Im enjoying some delicious Brooklyn Limestone cheese right now.

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warning: cheese making is much harder when trying to photograph it without getting curds on your camera! do this at your own risk.

I think it would be pretty fun to mix in my own cheesy creation into the cheese board at my next party. Granted, it won't win any awards but its a fun conversation starter.

What do you think?


  1. I think it's great. I've made Armenian string cheese and it's delicous.

  2. It looks good.How did it taste?

  3. I thought it was pretty tasty. It has a bit more of a cultured taste than store bought but maybe Im adding too much rennet? I need to play around a little but I really enjoyed it.

  4. I dont think Ive ever tasted Armenian cheese. How do you make that?

  5. Martha K.9:29 AM

    I can't wait to try mine.  I bought the same kit!!!

  6. Robyn9:55 AM

    i think it is so cool-i went to a cheese 'farm' recently and decided i too would make my own.

  7. I've always wanted to make my own cheese, thanks for mentioning the kit!  Your end product looks gorgeous and I'm sure it tasted pretty good as well :)

  8. lauren10:48 AM

    what type of milk did you use?  

  9. Wendy - Old Town Home11:44 AM

    I love trying to make our favorites at home too. I'm curious -- what was the total cost for the kit plus ingredients? And were the two "balls" the total amount? (Just trying to get a feel for how the price of store bought compares to homemade.)

    I recently made homemade sweet potato treats for our pup. http://oldtownhome.com/2012/3/19/Suh-weet-Homemade-Sweet-Potato-Dog-Treats/index.aspx She loved them, and they were a lot more cost effective than the store bought kind. ($3.00 vs. $16.00)

  10. Kirsten12:01 PM

    I love me some cheese! And that looks so, so delicious! I think this just went on my "to try" list.

  11. Keri Hoffman12:10 PM

    I tried that same kit, it looks like you had way better luck than I did!

  12. Megan@TwoDelighted12:10 PM

    Um...yum. I am definitely doing this. So cool. Had no idea. Taking pictures while cooking/baking without jacking up your camera or messing up the food is hard work. I am amazed by food bloggers.

  13. Alan has made his own ricotta a couple of times but we've never been more adventurous than that. I'd love to try my hand at a creamy burrata someday.

  14. Ashley Lovett12:55 PM

    Oh, wow! Great job, Mrs. L. I hope it tastes as good as it looks ;)


  15. I'm a cheese fanatic.  I've actually chosen cheese over traditional dessert before.  Now that's love.  I'm going to have to look into it.

  16. I don't think this is a cheaper method than buying store bought cheese. The kit will make a lot of cheese so that part is not pricey but the cost of milk is high enough. The two balls were about 3/4 of a pound and it took a gallon of milk to make.

  17. Jordan@the2seasons9:29 AM

    How much fun.  I never thought about making your own cheese.  I visited a cheese farm in Holland and I was so thankful I didn't make cheese with all of the hard work.  This might be more my style.

  18. Kayla Bohan10:04 AM

    One of my favorite gifts from this past Christmas was a cheese making kit - but it didn't come with instructions! My mother called the company several times trying to get them to send something, but to no avail.  I'm happy to know that there are more kits out there - hopefully I'll be able to track down instructions from somewhere else and finally enjoy my gift!

    Thanks for sharing this! Looks great!

  19. ModFruGal10:05 AM

    Yum!  We started making our own Mascarpone this year, which is indeed cheaper than store bought and love the result. Indian Paneer is next on the list.

  20. Artsnark11:00 AM

    very cool. I was just reading a recipe for this last night & wondered if it would work. Enjoy your bounty!

  21. How fun, think I may want to try this. Was it tasty?

  22. How do you make marscapone?

  23. Mrs. Plank11:19 PM

    This looks great! I have to say it reminds me of a story I saw on a guy that makes cheese from his wife's breast milk. He was trying to sell it online and couldn't get approved by the FDA or whatever regulates homemade food items. The story was hilarious.

    Sorry for the tangent :) Thanks for posting this, I would love to try it.

  24. Well I dont have any breast milk but if I did, I would totally try that :)


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