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LH 72: Homemade Cheese In One Hour

How to make delicious fresh cheese in under an hour

There’s something warm and inviting about homemade cheese.

Perhaps it’s the ancient connection to tradition with each batch we make. Or maybe it’s the mysterious way it transforms ordinary milk (as if by magic) into something so delicious.

But one thing I know for sure…

Homemade cheese tastes amazing.

And if you’ve never made cheese before…or if you have secretly wished you could craft your own batch with your own hands…Then you are in for a treat!

This week’s podcast is a beginner cheesemaking lesson!

But not just any lesson. This episode is about making cheese from scratch in under an hour!

No more excuses about how you don’t have time. Give this a try and you won’t be sorry!

On this week’s podcast, I interview cheesemaker, entrepreneur and author Claudia Lucero of Urban Cheesecraft. And she gives you the whole scoop on the amazing practice of making cheese at home – from the milk you need to the simple steps of creating your very first recipe.

It’s all here.

Plus, Claudia generously shares a discount code for 20% of her DIY cheese making kits. (More on that below.)

I want you to gift yourself this experience because I think cheesemaking is incredibly fun. And I bet you will feel the same way.

You will learn:

  • How it’s possible to make mozzarella, chevre and even burrata quickly
  • Which type of milks you can use
  • The possibilities of non-dairy cheese
  • The difference between pasteurized and ultra-pasteurized
  • The difference between pastured and pasteurized
  • The simple steps to making your first cheese
  • How to move on to other 1-hour cheeses
  • Why you might want to use vegetarian rennet
  • And more!

Download a PDF of your first recipe below. You can buy the ingredients at the supermarket and start today!

Or if you’d prefer to start with a kit, there is a 20% discount for you below!

Guest: Claudia Lucero

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Claudia is the entrepreneur behind Urban Cheesecraft and DIY Cheese Kits. She began the company back in 2009 after her own kitchen adventures in cheesemaking lead her to realize that it was difficult for people to find all the right supplies.

She began the kits as a way to make it easy for anyone to dive into cheesemaking without having to read an entire book, learn formulas or learn dairy chemistry. She wanted to empower foodies to enjoy the pleasures of making the most delicious of flavors with the best ingredients possible.

Eventually, she partered with William Sonoma to create a custom line of DIY kits for their customers as well. And she teaches cheesemaking all across the country.

Homemade Cheese Kit - LivingHomegrown.comWhat started as a simple Easy business on the side, quickly became a full time career.  Her very popular book, One Hour Cheese is the perfect starting point for any newbie cheesemaker. Every recipe can be made in under an hour using ordinary ingredients. (You can download a sample recipe below to try yourself)

One of her most recent projects is a new non-dairy cheese kit coming to her website soon!

Sample One of Claudia’s Recipes:

Claudia graciously shared her full instructions for making Fromage Facile (translation = Easy Cheese!). There are no hard-to-find ingredients in this one. You literally can buy everything at the supermarket and make it the same day – in less than an hour.

Just click the box below to download her full recipe as a printable PDF.

Get 20% on DIY Cheese Kits:

Think you want to move on to more fresh cheeses?

Claudia has generously granted all Living Homegrown followers a 20% on her DIY cheese kits from now until Nov 20, 2016.

Buy one for you and a few others as holiday gifts!

To get your 20%, simply order from Claudia’s website www.UrbanCheesecraft.com/buy/online 

And type in HOMEGROWN20 at checkout. But don’t delay! This offer expires on November 20th!

Enjoy!

 

Resources & Links Mentioned:

UrbanCheesecraft.comOne Hour Cheese - LivingHomegrown.com – Claudia’s website

One Hour Cheese* by Claudia Lucero (her book)

Etsy Video of Claudia

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Transcript:

Click here for the full transcript for Episode #72

 

Photo credit for Claudia’s headshot photo: Jeff Noromba

Special thanks to Workman Publishing

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About the Author:

Theresa Loe is the founder of Living Homegrown® and the Canning Academy® and is the Co-Executive Producer & Canning Expert on the national PBS gardening series, Growing A Greener World®. Theresa homesteads on just 1/10th of an acre in Los Angeles with her husband, two teenage boys and several disorderly but totally adorable chickens. Learn more about Living Homegrown here and about the Canning Academy here.

10 Comments:

  • Stacy says:

    Great episode! I’ve been making cheese on and off for years. I love it, and you get the added bonus of the whey. All of my bread and rolls, now use whey. It’s also great for marinades and starting lacto-fermentation, or just as a probiotic for your dogs. I love all the interesting things that can be done with by-products and lesser used plant parts.

    • theresa says:

      I’m so glad you liked the episode Stacy. We were going to discuss all the things you can do with whey, but ran out of time. I think I will need to do a separate episode on it because you are right – so many uses!

  • Renee Mustard says:

    Wow! What a great episode! Your podcast allows me to listen and work at the same time. I have ordered the book and can’t wait to make cheese. The beginner cheese is going to be a new project for my grand-daughter and me. She loves to help me cook and LOVES cheese. The amount of time this takes will be just enough to hold her attention. Thanks so much for putting me on another delicious path!

  • NormanW says:

    Another superb podcast, thank you. I have only recently started making cheese and living on a small Mediterranean island where supplies are extremely limited, I can only make the simplest, like Paneer. No buttermilk of any kind, or even citric acid is available in our supermarkets! I just go and pick some lemons from the garden instead.

    But you just have to improvise and I know how to make buttermilk. I think I may have to import the rennet tablets though….The book is available on Kindle which is great when you are overseas.

    I am close to being self sufficient with fruits, vegetables and citrus thoughout the year and artisan cheese is a bonus.

  • Colette says:

    Hi! I am super excited to try the one hour cheese. Plus I bought my husband the Mozzarella & Ricotta cheese kits. He is very hard to buy for for Christmas and I thought this would be a great present. His favorite summer food combination is mozzarella cheese, a slice of home grown tomato and basil on french bread. (Thanks for the discount. It worked.)

  • Lisa Moser says:

    Got the non-dairy cheese kit for my son and DIL for a Christmas gift. We all loved it! Thanks for a great episode.

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