Have you ever wanted to be able to make your own fresh cheese? Making Homemade Mozzarella takes less than 30 minutes and is so easy that anyone can do it!
I love fresh mozzarella cheese. I like it heated up just plain or heated with homemade sun dried tomatoes. The problem is that it’s so expensive! An 8 oz ball can cost anywhere from $4 up to $10 in the store and since my price point for normal cheese is less than $2 a pound, that doesn’t really fit into my budget.
I decided that I would give it a try and see if I could make my own homemade mozzarella. Here is my fairly simple recipe for homemade mozzarella, using only 1/2 gallon of milk.
This recipe can be made using raw milk or whole milk from the store. Do not attempt it using anything less than whole milk.
–Use this mozzarella cheese in this yummy Mozzarella Stuffed Meatloaf recipe!
Homemade Mozzarella Cheese Recipe
How to make your own fresh mozzarella cheese in just 30 minutes or less!
Heat the milk to 55F.
Dissolve the citric acid in 1/4 c. water. Dilute the liquid rennet with 1/8 c. water. Add the citric acid/water mixture to the milk.
Heat the milk/citric acid mixture to 90F. The milk will start to curdle slightly.
Stir in the rennet/water mixture. Keep slowing stirring until curds form. When the curds look like the ones in the picture above, remove them with a slotted spoon in a separate bowl.
Form the curds into slightly formed balls.
In the meantime, heat the whey to 175F in medium heat. When the temperature reaches 175F turn the heat down to low to maintain the temp. Add the 1/8 c. salt and stir until dissolved. Dip the balls, one at a time into the hot whey for about 5 seconds. Remove with a slotted spoon.
Immediately after removing the ball from the hot mixture, knead in a folding motion. You will have to do this 4-5 times until the cheese is no longer crumbly and is stretchy.
Serve warm or refrigerate until ready to serve.
Liquid Rennet can be hard to find in the stores (you can buy it on Amazon) but I would highly recommend using it over the rennet tabs. I’ve tried both and did not have the same success with the tabs as I did with the liquid.
Want to make other homemade dairy products? Here are some of the tutorials I have here on Little House Living:
- Cultured Cream Cheese
- Homemade Ricotta Cheese
- Homemade Cottage Cheese
- How to Make Butter in the Blender
- Making Yogurt in the Crockpot
- Homemade Yogurt in the Dehydrator
- Powdered Milk Butter
- How to Make Buttermilk
Have you ever tried making your own cheese? How about making homemade mozzarella?
This blog post on how to make Homemade Mozzarella was originally published on Little House Living in September 2010. It has been updated as of March 2020.