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bkov 03-18-2009 05:11 AM

is making cheese economical or more of a hobby?
is making cheese economical or more of a hobby?

Picobrew 03-18-2009 07:37 AM


Originally Posted by bkov (Post 1204035)
is making cheese economical or more of a hobby?

I have been wondering the same thing, because milk seems so expensive. I like to make pizza, so the price of fresh moz and ricotta is what I'm thinking of. I am going to try to make both of those soon as they seem easy.

Yooper 03-18-2009 11:43 AM

It's definitely not economical in my case. I pay $7 a gallon for fresh raw goat's milk. That makes about 1 pound of cheese. I also bought the rennet, cheesecloth, cheese salt, citric acid, cultures, cheese wax, press, etc, so I am paying about $7.50 per pound of fresh mozzarella. Same with the ricotta and feta. However, it's fantastic.

This weekend I'll be making some monteray jack cheese. I don't know how much it is per pound in the store, but at over $7.50 per pound and at least two months of aging, I doubt that's economical either!

RC0032 03-18-2009 12:21 PM

Link to cheese making details? How-to, where to buy, etc?

flyangler18 03-18-2009 12:22 PM


Originally Posted by RC0032 (Post 1204196)
Link to cheese making details? How-to, where to buy, etc?

CheeseMaking - Online Store

Yooper 03-18-2009 12:26 PM

Here's where I got most of my stuff: Cheese Making Books

The bottom recipe is how I make my feta: Cheesemaking Recipes for Semi Hard Cheese

k1v1116 03-18-2009 12:47 PM

If you get cheap milk it can be inexpensive, for me 1lb mozz is about $7-8 depending on were I get it and that's just the square block of stuff at the supermarket not even fresh, 1 gallon of milk costs about $3.50 of course its not organic goat milk or anything like that. So for me to make basic mozz its close to half price and still better quality that anything I can get at a supermarket.

Tenchiro 03-18-2009 02:44 PM

It isn't any cheaper than buying cheese but like brewing it is fun. We just made our first batch this weekend and while it wasn't quite Mozzarella it was good.

zoebisch01 03-18-2009 05:03 PM

If you make high end cheeses it will be. For standard grocery store cheeses, no unless you raise your own dairy goats/cows. Even then I doubt it would be more economically feasible (the milk part).

Yooper 03-19-2009 12:27 AM

But, as others said, it's fun and it's GOOD! The raw goat's milk comes to me only because I have an interest in the herd- that's why it's legal. Even so, it's $7 a gallon. Honestly, though, the fresh mozzarella is so worth it, and the feta is fantastic. My husband loves the ricotta- I make it from the whey leftover from the other cheeses, and he likes it creamy and puts it on his morning whole wheat toast. It's kind of like a cream cheese, the way I make it.
You can also use much less salt than what's in commercial cheeses, and add herbs and seasonings as you make it, too.

Tonight I'm having some garlic ricotta on triscuits from ricotta made yesterday.

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