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DIY Cheese: Your Next Family Activity

DIY Cheese: Your Next Family Activity

Spending time together is good for families. Strengthening the bonds of affection between you and your kids is always a win-win proposition. Kids especially love hands-on activities. One awesome do-it-yourself project for a weekend afternoon is making homemade cheese. Expect tons of laughing, smiles and wonderful memories with your little cheese makers.

DIY Cheese: Your Next Family Activity

Cheese Making Tips for Families

Making cheese isn’t difficult, as long as you have a recipe to look at and some basic tools. Guarantee success with these helpful tips:

  • Choose a kid-friendly cheese: Aged cheeses taste great, but have lots of extra steps. Fresh cheeses like ricotta and brie are virtually effortless for beginners.
  • Shoot for short rest times: Cheddar can take months before it’s ready to eat. With made-from-scratch mozzarella, your kids have something to munch on five minutes after you’re done.
  • Have everything ready: Assembling ingredients and utensils makes it easier for multiple people to work comfortably in the kitchen.
  • Don’t expect perfection: Even if cheese doesn’t look perfect the first few times, it still tastes great. Focus on having fun.

Cheese Making Essentials

A few recipes only require milk and lemon juice. Most require specific cheese cultures and rennet to cause the cheese to curdle. Besides that, you’ll need tools. Stainless-steel utensils are preferable because they’re easier to disinfect in preparation for working with cheese cultures.

 

  • Large stainless-steel stock pot – 3 gallons minimum
  • Long-handled spoon
  • Cheesecloth and colander
  • Large mixing bowl
  • Food thermometer
  • Cheese mold

Awesome Health Benefits

Besides being tons of fun, making cheese also makes moms and dads happy because it’s healthy. Homemade cheese lets you decide what ingredients to use, such as organic, non-GMO milk from local farmers. The same processes used for cheese also apply to yogurt; with a yogurt strainer bag your family can make great yogurt with different kinds of fresh fruit. It’s healthy and tasty.

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Brandy Ellen is a born and raised NH resident who enjoys living life to the fullest. Raising 3 kids and a pug, Brandy spends her free time writing for her two blogs – ParentInfluence and Brandy EllenWrites. Brandy is also a ghostwriter for other blogs, click here to hire Brandy to write for you.

4 comments found

  1. Goodness! My family loves cheese and this is so great to try! Never thought we can actually do a diy cheese, will surely try this with my family!

  2. This is awesome! I love homemade stuff because I can tweak it according to my preferences, and most importantly, I can make sure there are no harmful additives! Thanks for this post. Will try making our own cheese this weekend.

  3. I don’t think I would have ever thought of this but I think my Kiddies would love to give it a try. I may need to get the supplies and make this one of our final summer fun nights…

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