How to Make Quick Mozzarella Cheese Without a Microwave

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Several readers have inquired about how to make the 30-minute Mozzarella Cheese Recipe from Ricki Carroll's great book, Home Cheese Making, without using a microwave. Here's how.

Follow the recipe for 30-minute Mozzarella until Step 5.

* When you get to Step 5, reserve the whey. Then put on heavy rubber gloves.

* Heat the reserved whey to at least 175 degrees Fahrenheit.

* Add 1/4 cup of cheese salt to the whey.

* Shape the curd into one or more balls, put them in a ladle or strainer, and dip them into the hot whey for several seconds.

* Knead the curd with spoons between each dip and repeat this process several times until the curd is smooth and pliable. When it stretches like taffy, it's done.

* Roll the cheese into small balls, and serve warm. Or place them in a bowl of ice water for half an hour to bring the inside temperature down rapidly. This will produce a consistent, smooth texture throughout.

* If you have any cheese leftover (highly unlikely!), cover and store in the refrigerator.

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