MAKING FRESH CHEESE is a great introduction to a time-honored food craft–and one that provides instantly enjoyable results you will be proud to serve and share. Home-crafted cheese is simple to make and requires no specialized equipment. It's easy to get started with just fresh milk and a basic cheese-making kit. Whether you use grocery-bought or dairy-delivered milk, you can be sure that homemade cheese will contain no artificial ingredients, taste more flavorful and cost a fraction of the price of commercially produced varieties.
In as little as one hour, fresh mozzarella, ricotta or goat cheese can be ready to serve on its own or in recipes. Use fresh cheeses in dips or toppings for crostini, added to stuffings for vegetables or poultry, stirred into creamy soups, layered into lasagna and other baked dishes or served with fresh fruit for a simple dessert. It's easy to customize cheese by using different types of milk or by adding your favorite flavors and stirring in chopped fresh herbs, sweet jam or chutney, or dried fruits and nuts. Making fresh cheese is also an ideal activity to share with children, who will gain an appreciation for using quality ingredients and traditional methods while watching milk transform into cheese right before their eyes.