Yesterday we made mozzarella, it was pretty easy and lots of fun. It was really gooey and tasted delicious on the pizza that we made with it. Making mozzarella was a great science experiment because we weren’t quite sure if it was going to turn out well or not. In the end it did turn out well so we were pleased. If you want to make some then all you need to do is follow these instructions.
- 4 litres of creamy cows milk
- 2 teaspoons of citric acid
- 1/2 teaspoon of calcium chloride
- 2 tablespoons of boiled, cooled water
- 1/2 teaspoon of rennet
- 1 teaspoon of salt
Put milk into a big bowl, stir in the citric acid for 30 seconds. Add the calcium chloride (dissolved in 1 tablespoon of sterile water), and stir for 30 seconds. Dad said that it was important to just stir it for 30 seconds because I didn’t.
Warm the milk to 31°C over a pot of boiling water.Dissolve the rennet in 1 tablespoon of sterile water, add to the milk and stir for 30 seconds. Now increase the heat to 41°C.
Once the milk has reached 41°C, remove it from the heat and place it on a bench with a clean cloth for 20 minutes. The curds and whey will separate over this time.
Drain the curds and place them in a large, microwave-safe bowl. Heat in the microwave for 1 minute or until it starts to melt.
Put on rubber gloves, take the bowl out and squeeze the curds together to remove any whey, do this until there is no more whey coming off. Put the bowl back in the microwave for 20 seconds until it all melts together – it should look like thick custard.
Remove from the microwave and sprinkle the salt over the curds. Begin to knead the curds, fold them over and over, it will be very hot so remember to wear the gloves. Pull the cheese together and then stretch it out, then roll it into a ball and repeat the process. It should be the consistency of chewing gum. This should only be done when the cheese is hot – if it isn’t then you will need to reheat it.
Shape handfuls of the mixture into balls and put the balls in cold water to cool down. Once the mozzarella is cold, you can use it.
If you want to make the pizza dough to put the mozzarella on, then this is how you do it:
- 300 mls of hot water
- 500 grams of flour
- 2 teaspoons of instant yeast
- 1 1/2 teaspoons of salt
Put all of the ingredients in a bread maker on dough cycle. If you don’t have a bread maker, then you will have to look up ‘how to make pizza dough without a bread maker’ because we have a bread maker so I made it in one. Briar didn’t want to have anything on her pizza, so she scraped it all off and ate just the pizza dough and the olives!