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Beginning Cheesemaking
How to make your own cheese

Beginning cheesemaking is a fun prepper skill!
Don't be afraid to make your own cheese. It's easier than you
may think. Did you know you can make cheese from powdered
milk? Cheesemaking is a practical, and economical prepper skill
that's also an ancient skill. Below is everything a prepper needs
to know to get started making farmer's cheese...

Here's How to Make your own Cheese
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Get started making cheese today!
Get started making cheese at home. It's not that scary! While
you can get fancy and get special equipment, it's not really

Step One: Consider Cheese Making Equipment:.
You don't need to buy expensive cheesemaking equipment to
get started making prepper cheese! The cheese press right is
nice to have, but you can weight down your cheese with a plate
and heavy object.

Start with the tools you may have in your prepper's kitchen,
such as stainless steel pots, enamel or glass containers. Using
steel, enamel or glass containers will not reactive to the acidity
produced in the cheese making process.

Cheesemaking tools include:

  • Butter muslin - a cloth for soft cheese.
  • Cheese boards - you'll need two for air drying and aging.
  • Cheese salt - please don't pass on the cheese salt!
    Cheese salt, pictured right, melts easily and contains no
    iodine. Iodine will kill the lactic bacteria in the aging
    process and it is the lactic bacteria that is important to the
    proper aging of cheese.
  • Cheese press, pictured right.
  • Cheese wax - protective coating to inhibit bacterial
  • Cheese wrap cellophane
  • Cheesecloth to drain curd.

  • Colander (for draining curds)
  • Curd knife
  • Dairy thermometer, pictured right
  • Drip tray
  • Ladle with holes (perforated)
  • Molds (food grade plastic with drainage holes or stainless

  • Do NOT use aluminum (not only because they are
    dangerous to your health) but because it will cause an
    unpleasant metallic taste to your curds.

  • Do NOT use cast iron in cheese making. While it is a
    healthy way to cook both indoors and out, cast iron is not
    suited for cheese making as it will cause corrosion in the
    metals making sanitation difficult. As well, it will give your
    cheese an unwanted metallic flavoring.

Beginning cheese making
The best way to get started in cheese making is to start with
cheese making kits. As your comfort level increases you can
make cheese from scratch, and even learn how to make cheese
from powdered milk or canned goats milk. You'll find a variety of
easy beginning cheese making kits on this page.

  • How to make mozzarella cheese:  The Mozzarella
    Cheesemaking kit, pictured immediate right will get you on
    the path to cheesemaking. Ready for something a little
    more advanced? It may sound advanced to make home
    made cheese, but it's really not. Here's how to make
    mozzarella cheese in thirty minutes or less.

  • How to make ricotta cheese. To make ricotta cheese, you
    need just four ingredients (whole milk, heavy cream,
    course seas salt and lemon juice).

  • Advanced Cheesemaking Kit: The advanced
    Cheesemaking Kit, pictured right, includes tools and
    everything you need to learn how to make cheese at home.
    Make seven of the best-loved cheeses with this complete,
    easy-to-use kit.What's more, you can make cheese, butter
    and yogurt. The package includes the ingredients to make
    seven cheeses: (Farmhouse cheddar, Gouda, Monterey
    Jack, Feta, Cottage Cheese, Colby and Parmesan).
    Equipment includes basic cheese mold, hard cheese mold,
    cheese cloth, butter muslin, 12" curd knife, 12" laboratory
    thermometer, stainless steel skimmer, reed mat, cheese
    wax and cheese brush, citric acid, cheese salt, calcium
    chloride, liquid vegetable rennet, lipase powder, hemophilic
    and thermophile cultures (5 of each). It's everything but
    the cheese press!

Cheese food storage
Cheese is sure to please survivors of a post apocalyptic world.
While you can store cheese in various forms (waxed, freeze-
dried, powdered, etc), there is a satisfaction in making cheese
from scratch. Learn the art of cheesemaking and enjoy today as
you prepare for tomorrow! It's a practical, fun and economical
prepper skill

Ideas in Cheese Food Storage:

  • Preserve your Favorite cheeses in cheese wax: Preppers
    don't have to make cheese to ensure they will have an
    abundant supply. It's easy to coat store bought cheeses it
    in red cheese wax to extend the shelf life. Waxed cheese
    can last 25 years if stored properly in a cool temperature!
    It's simple to melt wax and dip hard cheeses into the
    cheese wax. This wax protects the cheese against mold,
    bacteria and moisture. The method was featured on the
    first season of Doomsday Preppers.

  • Canned Bega Cheddar Cheese. Preppers can be choosers
    with Bega canned cheese. This processed cheese in a can
    is great-tasting cheese that you can slice or grate.
    Imported fresh from Australia, it has a long shelf-life (up
    to 10-15 years when stored properly). It's the perfect
    alternative to waxed cheese, which you may not be able to
    store properly.

  • Freeze dried cheese: Freeze dried Mozzarella will be the
    perfect accompaniment to your pasta dishes. Try also
    Freeze Dried cheddar cheeses. They are available in
    shredded and powdered forms. A good everyday cheese to
    add to your pantry is the gourmet cheddar cheese powder
    from Hossier Hill Farms, pictured right. The shelf life will
    impress you, but you'll need to use the cheese in your
    everyday cooking and store some #2.5 canned cheeses and
    #10 canned cheese in your pantry. Future Essentials makes
    the smaller canned cheese varieties, while you'll find larger
    #10 canned cheeses from food storage manufacturers
    including Provident Pantry, Honeyville Farms, and Augason

If you love make home made cheese, or have cheesemaking
recipes for preppers, we'd love to hear from you. At all costs,
avoid Velveeta and "cheese food" products, including canned
squirt cheeses, and shelf packaged cracker and cheeses when
you can make your own home made cheeses, wax your own hard
cheeses or buy freeze dried cheese.

Get Started Cheese Making from Home
Grab some rennet and get ready to make cheese! To get you in
the right frame of mind to make your own cheese, watch the
video below. It will give you a glimpse of what it's like to make
your own cheese at home with just a few simple ingredients.

As an overview of how to make a simple and delicious cheese at
home, you'll need just two ingredients:
  • 3 liters of fresh and warm milk
  • 1 teaspoon liquid rennet (pictured right is organic rennet)

You'll also need
  • A colander
  • Cheesecloth
  • Towel or blanket
  • Time (about two hours)

Watch how easy it is to make a simple cheese
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Seher in the Kitchen shares how to make cheese at home. It's not a recipe but
provides an overview of the ancient craft of cheesemaking.

Watching videos on YouTube or Rumble is a great way to get an
overview about how to make cheese before you get started. Again,
the video above isn't meant as a recipe, as the content producer
says, but as a "great way to familiarize yourself with the steps of
this ancient craft."

Now you have a better understanding of the cheesemaking tools
and equipment you'll need to make a variety of cheeses. Get
started today!

Happy endings...
Say cheese! Now you can enjoy cheese even during the next power
outage or apocalypse. While it's good to make your own cheese, be
sure to stock up on powdered cheese, which has a long shelf life
and is good to have on hand for emergencies.

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