CHEESE, GLORIOUS CHEESE. With my parents sending me fresh tomatoes from their garden almost every weekend, I've been on a pretty heavy Caprese salad kick for the last month or so. When I came across Urban Cheesecraft on Etsy, I was crazy excited. DIY cheese-making kits for those of us who may not have the biggest or cleverly equipped kitchens is one of the most brilliant ideas I've seen. And the folks over at Urban Cheesecraft make producing your own cheese as easy as it is fun.
One hour and a gallon of milk is all you need (and a pot and sieve, of course) to create your own beautiful cheeses. I ordered their Ricotta & Mozzarella kit and while it took me circling the kit in slight fear that I might not be able to follow simple instructions, I spent this weekend in the kitchen showing the cheese gods who's boss! Crumbly goats cheese, paneer, queso blanco, mozzarella, ricotta...you can learn how to make it all. Try one kit at a time or go for the deluxe kit that includes everything!
This isn't a quick kitchen experiment either...kits make up to ten batches and when you're making 1.5 pounds of ricotta and two massive rounds of mozzarella a hit, that's a hella lot of cheese. No complaints.
(All images c/o Urban Cheesecraft)