Books We Love: 200 Easy Homemade Cheese Recipes
(HealthCastle.com) We're big advocates of being able to control what's in your food. One way to do that is to make a product from scratch that you'd usually buy pre-made, allowing you to know exactly what it contains and make modifications to suit your tastes or dietary needs.
You've probably never thought of cheese as something you could make yourself, but in 200 Easy Homemade Cheese Recipes, author Debra Amrein-Boyes breaks the process down with recipes even a complete novice can follow. Debra, who spent several years in Switzerland mastering the art of cheese making, is one of Canada's top cheese makers, and practices her craft at The Farm House Natural Cheeses in Aggasiz, British Columbia.
There really are 200 cheese recipes in this book, and unless you're truly serious about the art of making cheese, you're unlikely to try some of the more complex recipes that involve specialty tools and extensive aging. But with just a few ingredients and tools you likely already have in your kitchen, you can easily tackle many of the recipes, including mozzarella, ricotta, and butter, plus less-familiar cheeses like paneer (an Indian cheese), queso blanco (Latin American), and mizithra (Greek).
We love that by making your own cheese you can reduce the amount of salt if you're trying to reduce your sodium intake, or use vegetarian rennet for firm cheeses that usually include rennet made from the lining of a calf's stomach, if that's something you prefer. (We tried both of these options with good results.) But the best part is the surprisingly delicious product you'll have to nibble on when your cheese making is done. Homemade cheese offers incredible flavor, even in a simple mozzarella. It's miles better than the factory-made cheese you'll find in the store.
Author: Debra Amrein-Boyes
Website: The Farm House Natural Cheeses
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