Thursday, October 2, 2014

DIY: Mozzarella Cheese & a Giveaway

So this was a coincidence....One day Ott, E mentioned to me that he thought it would be fun to make our own cheese.  Now I like being a DIY (Do-It-Yourself'er) in the kitchen as much as anyone, but making cheese seemed like it would be a bit much to me.  But the guy did work in a cheesemaking factory in high school so I figured he knew a little something about the process.  But as the same time I wasn't too sure about that.  So I smiled, nodded and thought to myself..."we'll see."  

Fast forward a couple of weeks and I discovered that Sur La Table has a whole line of DIY kitchen products from make your own bacon to butter to.... make your own mozzarella.  Yes, that's right they have a Mozzarella cheese making kit.  What luck!?!?!  I couldn't wait to get Ott, E started on this project and cure his cheesemaking curiosities.
The kit contained pretty much everything we needed and all I had to provide was a gallon of milk, large pot, strainer and a slotted spoon. There were easy to read and follow instructions and the whole process took about a hour from start to finish.  I was really happy that I could use pasteurized milk so it was easy to purchase.  I also liked that the instructions contained some trouble shooting ideas in case something went wrong along the way you could quickly figure it out.  And, I also discovered that they have a refill kit you can purchase separately so you can make more cheese again and again.


The process was easy and almost (dare I say) fun to do together, from separating the curds and whey to rolling the cheese balls.  As you can see our mozzarella turned out great and we ended up with about 4 pounds of mozzarella.  And we are very excited to start using that on some dinner dishes.
To start off with I made a tomato and mozzarella Panini with fresh tomatoes from our garden.  I simply sliced a bagel, tomatoes and cheese.  Then layered my panin together and pressed it with a panini press until the cheese melted.  Ummm... Delicious and I loved knowing both the tomatoes and cheese were fresh!!!
And now on to the giveaway.  The fine folks at Sur La Table are allowing me to giveaway a Mozzarella Cheesemaking Kit to one of my readers so you can be part of the DIY kitchen kraze as well.  Simply click on the Rafflecopter widget below to enter.  Contest runs 10/2-10/10/14.  Winner must be a US resident and will be notified via e-mail.  winner will have 48 hours to claim prize or risk forfeit.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Big Thanks to Sur La Table for sponsoring this giveaway and for sending me a product to review.  Please note all thoughts and opinions expressed on this blog are my own.  

51 comments:

Diana said...

The mozzarella cheese looks great! Your Panini sounds great. Will have to check out other SurLa Table items. Thanks for sharing.

Jenny said...

If I got to make the mozzarella cheese I would use it on top of casseroles and lasagna as well as many other things.

Stacie said...

I have been wanting to make the Pioneer Woman's Chicken Mozzarella, which calls for fresh mozzarella, so this would be awesome.

1froglegs said...

I would use the mozzarella on homemade pizzas. We like to make homemade pizzas, complete with homemade crust.

Melinda Ott said...

Uh...pizza of course!!!

Emily Ducatte said...

My son loves cheese he would probably eat it just like it is :) personally I would love it in salads...

Amy Tebow said...

Pizza or fried cheese

Judy Brewer said...

I would use it in a Christmas party cheese ball. Grate 1 cup of mozzarella & add 1/2 cup cream cheese stir in 1/3 cup diced green olives stuffed with pimientos. Form a ball. Roll in crushed nuts, your favorites. Freezes well This is my own creation and I hope that you enjoy it.

Brittany Koelmel said...

I would totally use it to make hand made margarita pizza!

Kellie R said...

I would use it in a salad. :)

Bonnie Boucek said...

Pizza, fresh sandwiches, with a fresh salad

Rachael Garfinkle said...

Pizza! We make pizza all the time!

Manda said...

Lasagna

blew415 said...

My mother in laws chicken parm

rachel jenkins said...

Id use it on a homemade pizza or philly cheese steak sandwich

noah knak said...

Pizza or mozzarella sticks mmmm

Amy M said...

Maybe I'd use it for a last-gasp-of-summer caprese. I've wanted to try this for ages!

Meena said...

I would make a homemade pizza with mozzarella!

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corey1971 said...

I would use it on homemade pizza. (CoreyOlomon at gmail dot com)

jodi reese said...

i would make a pizza

Jakes Movie Reviews said...

I would use it on a ham wrap!

Helga said...

I would use it to make lasagne.

KO said...

I would put it on salads or use it in lasagna

Elicia P said...

I would love to use it on either tomato salads (too bad season is over) but can totally use it on a margarita pizza

Kim Davis said...

I would use it on pizza and plain with fresh basil and tomatoes,

tammy young said...

The mozzarella cheese looks great!

Holly E said...

I would use it on gluten free veggie pizza.

Tami Valentine said...

I would use it in a salad.

sunflowerally22 said...

i would add homemade mozzerella to my pizza, in egg omelets and on top of spaghetti!

Allyson Tice
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Mandy Kauffman said...

We would use homemade mozzarella on pizza, lasagna, or salad. Thanks for the giveaway! :)

lissa crane said...

I would love to use it on a homemade pizza! My kids would love that!

Anonymous said...

I would use homemade mozzarella on my lasagna.

Natasha JaysonsMommy said...

use it on pizza or sandwiches or even eat it alone! :)

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Lori A. said...

I've always wanted to try making mozzarella!! I would use it on pizza!

katja9_10 said...

I would use it on my lasagna.

Les Johnson

shannon wilkovich said...

I would love to try it on lasagna!

Kimberly said...

I would use it in Lasagna

Angela snoozy said...

I would use the cheese to make a homemade pizza!

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eclairre said...

I would make a homemade pizza with mozzarella!

Danielle jones said...

I would use this on our home made pizza.

dlhaley said...

I would use this for my homemade pizza.

Audra said...

I would make homemade pizza :)

Tandi Cortez-Rios said...

I would use homemade mozzarella on lasagna, pizza and breadsticks.

lilyk said...

I would use homemade mozzarella on pasta.

Nancy said...

If I won, I'd use my home made mozzarella on my baked squash casserole.

Nancy
allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

Crissie Clark Woolard said...

I would use it for pizza!!!

kmcgrew213 said...

i'd make mozzarella, basil, and pesto paninis!

Rachel Veno said...

I love mozzarella with tomatoes and basil with oil and vinager drizzled on top.

Julie said...

Oh I want to win this so bad I would lvoe to put this on our homemade pizzas we make every friday night...
looks like fun to

hebb dot julie at gmail dot com

wen budro said...

Mmmm....I would use it in a lasagna....yum.