Short-cut Mozzarella

This is a great beginner cheese. It only requires a few tools, and two “cheese-making” ingredients. You’ll need liquid rennet (available at most health food stores). You’ll also need Citric acid, which is available at Wal-Mart in the canning section. How’s that for convenient?

You’ll need a thermometer that reads in individual degrees up to at least 180 degrees. I use a hand-held glass thermometer, so you can go pretty basic. Do not use an infared thermometer, as that will only read the surface.

You’ll need a long knife to cut your curds. Until I got a real curd knife, I used a long pastry spatula, or a long bread knife turned backwards.

Short-cut Goat Milk Mozzarella Cheese

Serves 8 - 10
Prep time 10 minutes
Cook time 45 minutes
Total time 55 minutes
Allergy Milk
Dietary Vegetarian
Meal type Appetizer, Snack, Starter
Misc Freezable, Serve Cold, Serve Hot
Region American
Great cheese for a beginner cheese maker. You can use pasteurized cow milk as long as it isn't "ultra pasteurized". One gallon of milk makes one pound of cheese in about an hour.


  • 1 Gallon Fresh Goat Milk (pastureized)
  • 1 3/4 Teaspoon Citric Acid (diluted in 1/2 cup cool water)
  • 10 Drops Liquid Rennet (diluted in 1/4 cup cool water)
  • 2 Teaspoon Cheese Salt (can also use non-iodized plain salt)


Step 1
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Place milk into kettle. While stirring vigorously, add the citric acid solution. (Citric acid in 1/2 cup cool water). If the milk is very fresh as in less than 3 days from goat to kettle, allow the milk to rest for a couple of minutes.
Step 2
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Apply heat to 90 degrees F. Add the rennet solution by dribbling it through a slotted spoon. Immedieately begin stirring the milk in an up and down motion with the slotted spoon, thoroughly mixing the rennet solution. Stir for at least one minute.

Step 3
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Cover and and allow to rest for about 10 minutes.
Step 4
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Check for a clean break by inserting a finger into the curd at a 45 degree angle. Pull your finger straight up out of the curd. It should be clean, and you should only see a dimple where you had your finger.
Step 5
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With your curd knife or a long spatula, cut the curds beginning about 1/2 inch from the side of the pan. Cut straight across, being sure to cut down the sides and across the bottom. I cut the curds at about 1 inch intervals. Turn the pan 90 degrees and repeat the cutting process. For a final cut, insert the knife at a 45 degree angle and cut, turn the pan 90 degrees and repeat the process.
Step 6
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Heat the curds and whey to 102 degrees F, while moving the curds very slowly. I use the handle of the slotted spoon. You're cooking additional whey out of the curds.
Step 7
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Once at 102 degrees F, allow the curds to cook for a minute or two. Longer cooking time yields better shredding cheese. I generally start ladleing the curds out after about a minute as we like to slice our cheese.
Step 8
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Ladle the curds into a colander which has been set into a larger bowl. Take your time and be sure to get all the curds.
Step 9
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Heat the whey to 175 degrees F. While the whey is heating, very gently pick the ball of curds out of the colander and hold them in your hands, allowing the whey to drain. Dump the drained whey back into the kettle and put the curd ball into the big bowl. You no longer need the colander.
Step 10
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Knead the curds into a 1/2 inch disc. Add half the salt. Turn the cheese in on itself and repeat the kneading and salting. Form a ball again, and let the curds rest.
Step 11
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Once the whey is hot, pour enough whey over the curds to cover by about 1/2 inch. Allow to sit for a couple of minutes.
Step 12
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Using a pair of wooden spoons, move the curds around, maintaining the ball. Push the curds together, and then gently pull them apart. As soon as you can get your hands into the hot water, pick out 1/2 the curd ball.
Step 13
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Begin stretching by allowing the ball to elongate using gravity. You want to stretch about 12 inches. Fold the cheese in on itself and repeat the process. You're looking for the consistency of taffy. If the cheese doesn't want to stretch, dip it back into the hot water to reheat the curds.
Step 14
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When you have that "taffy" look, fold the cheese back on itself and gently form a ball by folding the raw edges under itself. You should have a shiny smooth surface on the top of the ball. Drop into ice water and repeat the process with the other half of the cheese.
Step 15
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Allow the cheese to cool in the ice water for 30 minutes. Dry and cover with plastic or drop into a storage dish and refrigerate.


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Posted by therealshari - July 13, 2012 at 1:31 pm

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