Third Time’s a Charm

Here I am again with the mozzarella and the mistakes.

First, I did not follow the directions carefully. I was supposed to dissolve the citric acid in water and then add the cool milk. I added the citric acid as the milk was heating. I don’t know if that made a huge difference but I thought it worth mentioning.

Then, I stirred the rennet too long and found out after that I was effectively cutting the curd too soon.

I left the curd to set for 30 min. I’m sure this was too long. When I checked it, I had no curd to cut. Just this:

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I googled it and found this helpful page and pictures:  http://www.cheesemaking.com/store/pg/242-FAQ-Mozzarella.html It helped me determine that this happened because my milk was too acidic. It also guided me on how to continue and try to salvage it. And I did. It worked! I was so thrilled to have stretchy shiny cheese! I did lose a lot of the cream out of it, though, because my curds did not have the right structure to begin with but it felt like success to me.

I formed it into little balls hoping to put them in a brine to have them keep longer.

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Upon further reading, however, I found that because I followed a 30 minute fresh mozzarella recipe it was not suited to brining.

The last thing I did was to make ricotta from all the whey that was leftover from the cheese. Ricotta is incredibly easy. I just had to heat the whey to 200 degrees and strain it through butter muslin.

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I will definitely be trying mozzarella again. Next time I will very carefully only follow one recipe instead of going back and forth between a book and the internet. Reading all the way through the recipe before starting would be a great idea, too.

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