Organic FRESH Mozzarella Cheese
I've been trying really hard to find fresh mozzarella that is organic(in the south bay area) but have been unable to for the past year. Can anybody help me out with this? By fresh, I mean the mozzarella in whey/water and not the dry-packed one. The textures are completely different and I prefer the softer texture of fresh mozzarella in caprese salads.
In Oakland, The Institute of Urban Homesteading has two scheduled cheesemaking classes this month with some more in August, October (including mozarella) and November:
Cheese Making 102: Mold Ripened Cheeses
Thursday July 11, 2013 6:30-9:30 pm
Cheese Making 101: Yogurt, Fresh Cheeses & Feta
Sunday July 28 2013 3-6pm
I bought this kit:
At this local store:
which I had found on CH originally.
The instructions are pretty good, the rennet is OK (enough to clot 500L of milk), it's a few pennies of citric acid and non-iodized salt, the thermometer is a joke, the muslin isn't needed for mozzerella, but for $25 it seemed like a good deal. The instructions were worth it.
The guy at Beer and Winemakers seemed a little terse, but they did have cool stuff like hops rhizomes and actual fresh grapes when they're in season.
After a successful first attempt, we're thinking of making Buratta next weekend for a dinner party. Doesn't seem so hard.