After cutting the curds into 1/2 inch cubes
Draining the whey out of the cheese, this is the part
that my wife had to tell me to be patient, I thought it was all wrong
This is me kneading the cheese, I wear the rubber gloves to
protect my hands from the cheese, its about 130 degrees
The fun part, pulling the cheese like taffy
Pulling the mozzarella into a ball
the ball of mozzarella
So as you can see it pays to have your wife tell you what to do. Had it just been me in the kitchen I would have given up, I still think that the first time I got it to work, the curds were a little firmer. But don't tell my wife I think that I am right.
We ended up snacking on most of the cheese but last night I made manicotti. The recipe I used called for three cheeses and guess what? Two of the cheeses I used were homemade cheeses. The Ricotta and the Mozzarella. I only had to use store bought Parmesan. Next year I hope to be able to make manicotti and use ONLY homemade cheese.
Also this past week in the mail I got this little package. YIPPEE. It is from the Queen of Cheese (you can access her website from a link on the right). The kit came with some cultures so I can make some different cheeses, some molds, some cheese wax, and a few other things I will need. I was really excited.
Check out my post that is comming in the next few days to see my first attempt at making a hard cheese, a Farmhouse Cheddar in fact.