Last night, I made homemade mozzarella for the first time. My daughter's friend and her mom were nice enough to teach me!
It is sooo easy! In fact, the hardest part is getting the curds. And all you have to do there is go to an Italian store that makes fresh mozzarella and buy them.
I want to do this a few times until I'm totally sure of myself, but I promise I will post the how-to. You'll be amazed.
Basically, you bring a big pot of water up to temperature (about 180 degrees but wait on that until I post about this again), then you dump in the curds for about 3 minutes (again, I'll have the exact timing later).
Then you strain the curds out into a bowl. They will be somewhat stringy. Wearing gloves (because the curds are HOT) you pick up the blob and fold it up, then you just let it stretch down. You keep turning and folding until the stretchiness slows down and the cheese is shiny. You wrap it up into a ball and put plastic wrap around it. Then you put it in the fridge.
Or you eat it right away because fresh mozzarella is AWESOME.
Or...and we had this as a snack last night: instead of smushing it into a ball, you take the stretched out piece and lay some prosciutto on it, then you roll it up and cut pinwheels. I don't even like prosciutto and I had two of these.
I promise I'll post a how-to ASAP. But next post, I will share my own Pantry-to-Fridge pickle recipe!