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Cheese Making

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Cheese

Making Homemade Cheese

Collection of cheeses on round platter. 
This “about cheese making” section contains excerpts from my book, 'The Complete Idiot's Guide to Cheese Making'. You will find answers most common cheese making questions and many tips ranging from buying milk for cheese making to troubleshooting.

Home Cheese Making Kits and Supplies

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Welcome to Leeners Cheese Making Shop! Here you will find kits, ingredients and tools for making fresh, delicious cheese in your kitchen. Our complete kits contain everything you need (except milk) to make various types of cheese from easy one-hour mozzarella to the more advanced hard cheeses like cheddar. All of the supplies are sold separately so you can replenish your kit at any time. If your just starting your cheese making adventure, we invite you to visit our Learn section for tips and instructions. Our Make section is where you will find great recipes for great cheese!

Explore Our Cheese Making Line

  • Dairy & Cheese Making Kits

    Leeners is where to buy cheese making supplies.
    • Mozzarella & Ricotta Cheese Kit(Each)
    • Squeaky Curds Cheese Kit(Each)
    • Ultimate Cheese Kit(Each)
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  • Ingredients

    • Starter Cultures

      Complete line of dairy bacteria cultures for cheese makers.
      • Acidophilus Yogurt Culture(8 dose)
      • Bacteria Linens(Each)
      • Buttermilk & Sour Cream Starter Culture(1 tsp)
      • Feta Mesophilic Starter Culture/8 Dose(2 tsp)
      • Flora Danica Cheese Starter Culture(2 tsp)
      • Helveticus Cheese Culture(4 dose/1 tsp)
      • Kefir Milk Culture(Each)
      • Mesophilic A Cheese Starter Culture(8 dose/2 tsp)
      • Mesophilic M Cheese Starter Culture(8 dose/2 tsp)
      • Penicillum Roqueforti(1/4 tsp)
      • Propionic Shermanii Swiss Cheese Starter Culture(1 tsp)
      • Thermophilic Cheese Starter Culture(8 dose/2 tsp)
      • Vegan Yogurt Culture/4 Dose(1 tsp)
      • White Pencillium Candidum(1/4 tsp)
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    • Rennet

      Home cheese making non-animal dairy rennet milk coagulant.
      • ChyMax Extra Liquid Vegetable Rennet(1 oz)
      • Marschall Vegetable Rennet Tablets(10 count)
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    • Salts

      Pure grade sodium chloride cheese salt for making cheese.
      • Flaked Salt(2 lb)
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  • Chemicals

    • Cleansers, Sanitizers & Cleaning Tools

      A sterile kitchen is as important as a sterile dairy for cheese making.
      • Easy Clean(8 oz)
      • IO-Star Sanitizer(4 oz)
      • Straight A Premium Cleanser(8 oz)
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    • Additives

      It's necessary to use chemical additives to adjust store bought milk to make cheese.
      • Annatto Cheese Color(1 oz)
      • Calcium Chloride Liquid (30%)(1 oz)
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    • Enzymes

      Lipase powder cheese additives for home cheese making.
      • Capilase Sharp Lipase(1 oz.)
      • Lipase Enzyme Powder (mild)(1 oz)
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    • Chemical Acids and Bases

      Compounds needed to make cheese by the direct acidification method.
      • Citric Acid(2 oz)
      • Tartaric Acid(2 oz)
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  • Equipment

    • Stainless Steel Kettles

      Cheese making vats and double boilers.
      • Stainless Steel Brew Kettle (5 gallon)(Each)
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    • Storage and Aging Supplies

      Cheese waxing supplies and soft cheese wraps.
      • Cheese Wax (red)(1 lb)
      • Cheese Waxing Brush 1" wide(Each)
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    • Shaping & Draining Mold

      Cheese presses and shaping molds for making cheese.
      • Ricotta Cheese Draining Baskets(10 count)
      • Tomme Cheese Press(Each)
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    • Draining and Steeping Tools

      Cheesecloth, mesh bags and strainers for home cheese making.
      • Bamboo Drying Mat(Each)
      • Coarse Cheese Cloth(2 yd)
      • Fine Cheese Cloth(2 yd)
      • Jumbo Coarse Straining Bag(Each)
      • Reusable Small Coarse Draining Bag(Each)
      • Reusable Small Fine Draining Bag(Each)
      • S.S. Double Mesh Strainer, 10"(Each)
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    • Thermometers, Hydrometers, Testing Tools

      pH meters and acid test strips for monitoring development of cheese milk.
      • 2” Dial Stainless Steel Thermometer with 12” Probe(Each)
      • Deluxe Checker 1 pH Testing Kit(Each)
      • pH 4.01 Buffer Solution(Each)
      • pH 7.01 Buffer Solution(Each)
      • pH Meter Storage Solution(250ml)
      • pH Strips Universal (100 ct)
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    • Tools, Utensils & Accessories

      Make handling cheese milk easy by employing the right equipment.
      • Curd Cutter(Each)
      • Curd Knife 12” Stainless Blade plus handle(Each)
      • Stainless Steel Perforated Spoon 15” Long(Each)
      • Stainless Steel Solid Spoon 15” Long(Each)
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Recipes for Making Homemade Cheese

Collection of cheeses on round platter.  
You can transform store bought milk into fresh homemade cheese or other dairy items like yogurt by following the instructions given for each cheese style. You must be aware that time and temperatures are two critical elements of any cheese recipe.

Recipes

Mascarpone Cheese Making Recipe
Make your own Mascarpone cheese. This homemade Mascarpone cheese recipe is taken from the CIG to Cheese Making.
Cream Cheese
Make your own Cream cheese. This homemade Cream cheese recipe is taken from the CIG to Cheese Making.
Mozzarella Cheese Making Recipe
Make your own Mozzarella cheese. This homemade Mozzarella cheese recipe is taken from the CIG to Cheese Making.
Yogurt Cream Cheese Making Recipe
Make your own Yogurt Cream cheese. This homemade Yogurt Cream cheese recipe is taken from the CIG to Cheese Making.
Yogurt Dessert Cheese Making Recipe
Make your own Yogurt Dessert cheese. This homemade Yogurt Dessert cheese recipe is taken from the CIG to Cheese Making.
Cottage Cheese Making Recipe
Make your own Cottage cheese. This homemade Cottage cheese recipe is taken from the CIG to Cheese Making.
Feta Cheese Making Recipe
Make your own Feta cheese. This homemade Feta cheese recipe is taken from the CIG to Cheese Making.
Monterey Jack Cheese Making Recipe
Make your own Monterey Jack cheese. This homemade Monterey Jack cheese recipe is taken from the CIG to Cheese Making.
Baby Gouda Cheese Making Recipe
Make your own Baby Gouda cheese. This homemade Baby Gouda cheese recipe is taken from the CIG to Cheese Making.
Colby Cheese Making Recipe
Make your own Colby cheese. This homemade Colby cheese recipe is taken from the CIG to Cheese Making.
Squeaky Cheese Curds Making Recipe
Make your own Squeaky Curds cheese. This homemade Squeaky Curds cheese recipe is taken from the CIG to Cheese Making.
Farmhouse Cheddar Cheese Making Recipe
Make your own Farmhouse Cheddar cheese. This homemade Farmhouse Cheddar cheese recipe is taken from the CIG to Cheese Making.
Fromage Blanc and Chevre
This cheese recipe can be used to make homemade Chevre from goat’s milk or fromage blanc using cow’s milk.
Buttermilk and Sour Cream
The recipe for making buttermilk and sour cream
Ricotta Cheese
How to use the whey from homemade mozzarella to make fresh ricotta cheese.
Queso Blanco
Central American Style Cheese
Paneer Cheese from India
Indian Paneer