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avaserfi 05-13-2009 03:52 AM

Calcium Chloride - When?
 
When do you add calcium chloride to the milk when making cheese? I have been having mixed results with curd formation using store bought homogenized milk, so I just ordered some because I have heard the salt can help. I was thinking of adding it as I brought the milk up to heat about a minute or two before adding the rennet.

I tried to look around online, but see mixed responses to the question. Right now I am focusing more of soft cheeses that don't require a cave - that is until I can find something that will do on the cheap.

Yooper 05-13-2009 12:00 PM

The cacl is diluted in some distilled water, and added after the milk is heated, stirring in well. Then the culture is added, and later, the rennet. (You can probably just add the CaCl before heating, too).

avaserfi 05-13-2009 01:43 PM

So with a 30 minute mozz recipe. I would add the citric acid while heating the milk up, after it is heated add the calcium chloride, mix well, and then add the rennet?

Easy enough. Thanks!

Saccharomyces 05-13-2009 07:59 PM

As long as it is in before the rennet I don't think it would matter when you add it but when I did the 30 min moz I added it before heating the milk.

avaserfi 05-19-2009 01:41 AM

Just used the stuff. It helps - I didn't really need it, but it made the curd stand much more firmly which makes the whole process far easier. I strongly recommend using the salt additive.

HenryHill 05-19-2009 04:09 PM

- Calcium Chloride - 1 Pint #C14P

"Calcium Chloride is used with store bought milk and goats milk to give a firmer setting curd for easier cutting in the making of hard cheeses.

CONTAINS: 1 pint Calcium Chloride

YIELD: Each pint bottle contains enough Calcium Chloride to do approximately 768 gallons of milk.

DIRECTIONS: Using 1/8 teaspoon for each gallon of milk, dilute in 1/4c. water. Bring milk to proper temperature and add before adding your culture.

STORAGE: Store in a cool, dark place. Will last indefinitely if stored properly.

NOTE: Do NOT use Calcium Chloride when making Mozzarella. It will keep the curds from stretching."


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