How to Make Mozzarella Cheese- (Part Two: Let’s Do It!)

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We’re making mozzarella today- are ya ready? I’m assuming you’ve read Part One where we discuss all the preliminary stuff, (like ingredients and equipment), so let’s dive in!

*A Note to All Aspiring Cheesemakers* I want to give fair warning before we start. Cheesemaking is fun, but it is also finicky sometimes. So, you can’t get discouraged if this is your first batch and it doesn’t turn out… It’s a learning process! The first few times you attempt to make cheese, you’ll probably be sweating and reading the recipe a million times before starting. But trust me- the more you do it, the easier it becomes, and soon you’ll be making mozzarella in your sleep. Practice truly does make perfect!

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How to Make Traditional Mozzarella Cheese

Ingredients:

(Detailed info on ingredient options can be found here)

  • 2 gallons of high-quality milk (I always use my raw milk)
  • 1/4 teaspoon of thermophilic starter culture
  • 1/4 + 1/8 teaspoon of double strength liquid rennet dissolved in 1/4 cup of unchlorinated water
  • 1/4 teaspoon lipase powder, dissolved in 1/4 cup of unchlorinated water

Important: With most recipes, I’m pretty laid-back and adventurous with times, temperatures, and measurements. However, cheese is one thing that you can’t really improvise too much on, so it’s best to follow the instructions as closely as possible.

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Pour the milk into a large stock pot and slowly heat it to around 90-95 degrees F. Or, if you just finished milking and the milk is still warm from the animal, you can skip this step, since it will already be sufficiently warm. (I did this the other day, and it made a gorgeous batch of cheese.)

how to make mozzarella

While the milk is heating, prepare your rennet and lipase by dissolving them both into 1/4 cup each of cool, unchlorinated water.… [Continue Reading]

How to Make Mozzarella Cheese- (Part One: Getting Ready)

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I’ve been promising ya’ll a mozzarella recipe for a while now and it’s finally here!

I don’t consider myself to be an expert cheesemaker, by any means. BUT, I have had considerable success with mozzarella (and having a milk cow gives me plenty of milk to practice with…)

There are a million-and-one mozzarella recipes out there, including ones that use microwaves and citric acid as short-cuts.

But, I have personally settled on this traditional-style method because it consistently gives me an end result with good taste and good texture.

I’ve tried the citric-acid recipes, but I never cared for the results (it would always release a lot of whey on my pizza, and leave me with soggy crust…). And the microwave recipes are quick, but the thought of using a microwave on beautiful raw milk makes me cringe…

This recipe basically takes all day, from start-to-finish. Now, before you say “No way!”, keep in mind that you don’t have to be in the kitchen all day– there are just a lot of waiting periods– so if you have a timer that you can carry with you, you can definitely still head outside to work in the garden or barn during the cheesemaking process.

Trust me, I have a crazy-busy life, and I wouldn’t be choosing the option that takes longer unless I thought it was worth it. ;)

Why Make Homemade Mozzarella?

So, why go to all the trouble of making mozzarella at home? Here are my top 4 reasons:

1. It taste sooo much better than the stuff at the store. The bargain-brand mozzarella you find at supermarkets pretty much tastes like cardboard to me… Of course, you can spring for a higher-quality brand, but expect to pay considerably more.

2. It’s (mostly) raw. Well, as raw as mozzarella can be, I guess.… [Continue Reading]

You Can’t Do it All- 5 Tips for Staying Sane as You Homestead

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I had a rather stunning revelation the other day.

I realized that I can’t do it all. For real.

And to be honest, I don’t really like saying that out loud…. But it’s true.

It was during a moment of stressful frustration the other day that a lightbulb came on. I mean, yeah, we all say “I know I can’t do it all,” but secretly, I still thought I could. And that thought was causing me to get very grouchy…

I had to laugh at myself when I took a step back and looked at the demands I was placing on myself…

I was expecting myself to:

  • Have perfectly home-cooked meals every single day,
  • Milk a cow every day and then make all our own dairy products with the extra milk,
  • Can and preserve everything in sight,
  • Have a perfectly manicured yard and garden,
  • Ride my horses on a daily basis,
  • Run a very busy blog and essential oil team,
  • Keep a super clean and perfectly decorated house,
  • And, oh yeah, keep my family (which includes 2 very small children) in one piece in the process.

That’s crazy talk folks!

As much as I didn’t want to admit it, I came to the (very obvious) realization that it’s pretty much impossible for one person to do all of those things. No wonder I was feeling stressed!

I’m making some changes this summer, and I want to share them with you, since I know I’m not the only one who gets overwhelmed in their homesteading adventures.

5 Tips to Help You Homestead Without Going Crazy

1. Make a List

I know, this one seems so obvious– but it’s soooo important! It’s so easy to feel crazy and overwhelmed when you have a million “to-dos” swirling around in your head.… [Continue Reading]

10 Must-Try Essential Oil Recipes for Your Diffuser

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I’ve officially broken-up with my candle collection.

I used to be a complete candle-addict, but my candles have collected a lot of dust since my first essential oil diffuser arrived last year.

Diffusing not only makes my home smell nice, but it also can provide other benefits as well. I have *cough* four *cough* different diffusers that I use on almost a daily basis. (Hey, I’m an addict… I’ll admit it…)

The Lotus Diffuser

The Lotus Diffuser

I keep my Lotus (available through doTERRA) in my living room, since it’s “pretty” to look at. (If you sign up with a Wholesale account, you can get them for a discounted rate!)

My SpaVapor diffuser- it changes colors as it runs.

My SpaVapor diffuser- it changes colors as it runs.

And I have a small Spa Vapor diffuser that I move around the house. The Spa Vapor diffusers are the most affordable option I’ve found, and Amazon sells them (affiliate link), which makes them easy to grab.

I always use cold-air diffusers, since anything that heats the oils can damage some of their beneficial properties.

If you are new to essential oils, there’s no better way to get to know them than through your diffuser. Try a few of my top favorite blends below to get you started!

(I use doTERRA essential oils exclusively and I LOVE them. Here’s why.)

10 Must-Try Essential Oil Recipes for your Diffuser

The following blends are meant to be used in a cold-air diffuser. The type of diffusers I use require a small amount of water to which the oils are added. I generally use 4-6 drops of oil per “batch.” If you don’t have one of the components, you can still try the recipe without it.

EO= Essential Oil

1. The Wake Up Blend

This is a much-loved combo, and for good reason! It’s perfect to increase alertness, or when you need a quick pick-me-up.… [Continue Reading]