• DIY CHEESE PACKAGE (MOZZARELLA & RICOTTA)

    This package includes one Mozzarella & Ricotta DIY Cheese Kit and a copy of One-Hour Cheese by Claudia Lucero.*

    ONE-HOUR CHEESE
    It’s a DIY cook’s dream come true: It’s pizza night, and you’ve made not only the crust and sauce but the mozzarella, too. Or you're whipping up quesadillas for a snack, using your homemade Triple Pepper Hack. Or the dinner party's in high gear and out comes the cheese plate … and yes, you've made all the cheeses on it. Even better: You made them all earlier that day.

    In a cookbook whose results seem like magic but whose recipes and instructions are specific, easy-to-follow and foolproof, Claudia Lucero shows step by step (with every step photographed) how to make 16 fresh cheeses at home, using easily available ingredients and tools, in an hour or less. The approach is basic and based on thousands of years of cheesemaking wisdom: Heat milk, add coagulant, drain, salt and press. Simple variations produce delicious results across three categories: Creamy and Spreadable, Firm and Chewy, and Melty and Gooey. And just as delicious, the author shows the best ways to serve them, recipes included: Squeaky “Pasta” Primavera, Mozzarella Kebab Party, and Curry in a Hurry Lettuce Wraps.

    MOZZARELLA & RICOTTA DIY CHEESE KIT
    Make your own succulent mozzarella and creamy ricotta with an Urban Cheesecraft Kit!

    Your Mozzarella & Ricotta DIY Cheese Kit includes these carefully selected and tested supplies:

    • Instruction/recipe handbook and unlimited email support
    • Fine-mesh, 100% cotton cheesecloth (also known as butter muslin)
    • Glass dairy thermometer (alcohol, not mercury)
    • Gluten-free, non-GMO vegetarian rennet tablets
    • Gluten-free, non-GMO citric acid
    • Pure, non-iodized flake salt

    The ingredients allow you to make at least eight batches of cheese. You can reuse the recipes, thermometer and cloth, and find refills of rennet tablets, salt and citric acid in the Urban Cheesecraft shop online when you run out.

    Simply add a gallon of cows' milk and in one hour, you will be eating and sharing homemade, all-natural mozzarella or ricotta!

    A batch is about 1 ½ to 2 pounds, depending on whole or low-fat milk, or mozzarella vs. ricotta, so you'll have plenty of supplies to experiment with different herbs, shapes and recipes.

    The cheese kit was developed by Claudia Lucero, author of One-Hour Cheese. It shows readers how to make these cheeses and many more with step-by-step photos, a rarity in cheesemaking books.

    FOOD SAFETY AND HANDLING: Please note that this kit and its supplies are hand-poured, hand-folded and assembled in a food-safe, fully licensed space. The food items are all gluten-free but packaged in a room that comes in contact with wheat, soy, corn, nuts and other food allergens. The kits are also vegetarian-friendly.

    *Book and cheese kit will ship separately.

    Item: 7882

    Format: Other/miscellaneous products

  • DIY CHEESE PACKAGE (FETA, GREEK YOGURT, & CREAM CHEESE)

    This package includes one Feta, Greek Yogurt, & Yogurt Cream Cheese DIY Kit and a copy of One-Hour Cheese by Claudia Lucero.*

    ONE-HOUR CHEESE
    It’s a DIY cook’s dream come true: It’s pizza night, and you’ve made not only the crust and sauce but the mozzarella, too. Or you're whipping up quesadillas for a snack, using your homemade Triple Pepper Hack. Or the dinner party's in high gear and out comes the cheese plate … and yes, you've made all the cheeses on it. Even better: You made them all earlier that day. In a cookbook whose results seem like magic but whose recipes and instructions are specific, easy-to-follow and foolproof, Claudia Lucero shows step by step (with every step photographed) how to make 16 fresh cheeses at home, using easily available ingredients and tools, in an hour or less. The approach is basic and based on thousands of years of cheesemaking wisdom: Heat milk, add coagulant, drain, salt and press. Simple variations produce delicious results across three categories: Creamy and Spreadable, Firm and Chewy, and Melty and Gooey. And just as delicious, the author shows the best ways to serve them, recipes included: Squeaky “Pasta” Primavera, Mozzarella Kebab Party, and Curry in a Hurry Lettuce Wraps.

    FETA, GREEK YOGURT, & YOGURT CREAM CHEESE DIY KIT
    Make your own tangy feta, Greek yogurt, and yogurt cream cheese with an Urban Cheesecraft Kit!

    Your DIY Kit includes these carefully selected and tested supplies:

    • Instruction/recipe handbook and unlimited email support
    • Fine mesh, 100 percent cotton cheesecloth (also known as butter muslin)
    • Glass dairy thermometer (alcohol, not mercury)
    • Vegetarian rennet tablets
    • Yogurt starter cultures
    • Pure, non-iodized, non-GMO flake salt

    The ingredients allow you to make at least eight batches of feta and about 24 batches of yogurt treats. You can reuse the recipes, thermometer, and cloth and find refills of rennet tablets and salt in the Urban Cheesecraft shop online when you run out. Simply add cow's or goat's milk and you will be eating and sharing homemade, all-natural feta, Greek yogurt and yogurt cream cheese! A batch is about 8 ounces to 1 1/2 pounds (depending on what you make), so you'll have plenty of supplies to experiment with different herbs, shapes, and recipes. Though these are not instant treats, the wait times are minimal and worth it!

    • Plain yogurt (the starter) is ready in 12 hours or more (most of it being passive wait time)
    • Greek yogurt takes another four hours or more
    • Yogurt cream cheese takes another eight hours or more
    • Feta requires 1/4 cup of yogurt (store bought or homemade) and is ready in one week (Compare that to recipes that take 3 months!)

    FOOD SAFETY AND HANDLING: Please note that this kit and its supplies are hand-poured, hand-folded and assembled in a food-safe, fully licensed space. The food items are all gluten-free but packaged in a room that comes in contact with wheat, soy, corn, nuts and other food allergens. The kits are also vegetarian-friendly.

    *Book and cheese kit will ship separately.

    Item: 7932

    Format: Other/miscellaneous products

  • A CHEESEMAKER'S JOURNEY

    Based on 35 years of experience making cheese, teaching cheesemaking classes across the country, and working with other cheesemakers, Mary Jane Toth makes it easy to be successful making cheese in your own home.
    Item: 6155

    Author: Mary Jane Toth

    Format: Paperback

  • CHEDDAR

    One of the oldest, most ubiquitous and beloved cheeses in the world, cheddar has a fascinating history. Over the years it has been transformed from a painstakingly handmade wheel to a rindless, mass-produced block, to a liquefied and emulsified plastic mass untouched by human hands. The Henry Fordism of cheddar production in many ways anticipated the advent of industrial agriculture. They don’t call it “American Cheese” for nothing.

    Cheddar is one man’s picaresque journey to find out what a familiar food can tell us about ourselves. Cheddar may be appreciated in almost all American homes, but the advocates of the traditional wheel versus the processed slice often have very different ideas about food. Since cheddar—with its diversity of manufacturing processes and tastes—is such a large umbrella, it is the perfect food through which to discuss many big food issues that face our society.

    More than that, though, cheddar holds a key to understanding not only issues surrounding food politics, but also some of the ways we think of our cultural identity. Cheddar, and its offshoots, has something to tell us about this country: the way people rally to certain cheddars but not others; the way they extol or denounce the way others eat it; the role of the commodification of a once-artisan cheese and the effect that has on rural communities. The fact that cheddar is so common that it is often taken for granted means that examining it can lead us to the discovery of usually unspoken truths.

    Author Gordon Edgar (Cheesemonger: A Life on the Wedge) is well-equipped to take readers on a tour through the world of cheddar. For more than 15 years he has worked as an iconoclastic cheesemonger in San Francisco, but his sharp talent for observation and social critique were honed long before then, in the world of ’zines, punk rock and progressive politics. His fresh perspectives on such a seemingly common topic are as thought-provoking as they are entertaining.

    Item: 7744

    Author: Gordon Edgar

    Format: Hardcover

  • CHEESE & DAIRY MADE AT HOME

    The book contains six sections, beginning with guidance on how to set up a dairy in a home kitchen for cooking, airing, drying and aging, the equipment needed, and using starter cultures. Sections include milk, cream, butter, yogurt and cheese.

    Item: 6854

    Author: Dick & James Strawbridge

    Format: Paperback

  • GOAT: MEAT, MILK, CHEESE

    From appearances at the most high-end restaurants to street food carts coast-to-coast, goat meat and dairy products are being embraced across the country as the next big thing. With its excellent flavor, wide-ranging versatility and numerous health benefits, goat meat, milk and cheese are being sought by home cooks. And while goat is the world's primary meat (upwards of 70 percent of the red meat eaten around the world is goat) never before has there been a cookbook on this topic in the United States. Goat is a no-holds-barred goatapedia, laugh-out-loud cooking class, cheesemaking workshop, and dairy-milking expedition all in one. Authors Bruce Weinstein and Mark Scarbrough have brought together recipes such as Pan-Roasted Chops with Blackberries and Sage, Meatballs with Artichokes and Fennel, and Chocolate-Dipped Goat Cheese Balls, making this book the resource for this new frontier.

    Item: 6817

    Author: B. Weinstein, M. Scarbrough

    Format: Hardcover

  • GOATS PRODUCE TOO! VOLUME 2

    Goats Produce Too! is a complete guide to making practically every variety of goat cheese. If other books have left you feeling like a failure, don't despair: Here's the book that will make you an expert! Author Mary Jane Toth provides clear guidance on pasteurizing and preserving milk by canning and freezing, as well as how to make butter, delectable desserts, cultured buttermilk and creamy yogurt. A whole section covers soapmaking and "udder" nonedibles, and goat meat gets its own chapter. The information in this book works equally well for cow's milk.

    Item: 6796

    Author: Mary Jane Toth

    Format: Paperback

  • HOME CHEESE MAKING (3rd ed)

    The consummate home cheese making book, Home Cheese Making has been updated and revised to reflect the recently revived interest in artisan-quality cheeses and the availability of home cheese making supplies and equipment.

    Discover 75 recipes for making your own cheese and other dairy products that require basic cheese making techniques and the freshest of ingredients, offering the satisfaction of turning out a coveted delicacy. Among the tested, step-by-step recipes in this cheese making book are farmhouse cheddar, gouda, fromage blanc, queso blanco, mascarpone, ricotta and 30-minute mozzarella. Recipes for dairy products include crème fraîche, sour cream, yogurt, kefir, buttermilk and clotted cream.

    As the most comprehensive cheese making book on the market, Home Cheese Making also features recipes for cooking with cheese, including such treats as Ricotta Pancakes with Banana Pecan Syrup, Cream Cheese Muffins, Broiled Pears and Vermont Shepherd Cheese, Prosciutto and Cheese Calzones, and Grilled Vegetable Stacks with Roasted Red Pepper Sauce.

    Profiles of home cheese makers and artisan cheese makers scattered throughout this cheese making book share the stories of people who love to make and eat great cheese. Also included in Home Cheese Making is information on how to enjoy homemade cheeses, how to serve a cheese course at home, cheese tips, lore, quotes, a home cheese making glossary and more.

    About the author:

    Ricki Carroll is the founder of the New England Cheesemaking Supply Company, in Ashfield, Mass., which has been offering cheese support and expertise since 1978.

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    Item: 1660

    Author: Ricki Carroll

    Format: Paperback

  • JENI'S SPLENDID ICE CREAMS AT HOME

    Filled with irresistible color photographs, this delightful cookbook contains 100 of her jaw-droppingly delicious signature recipes-from her Goat Cheese with Roasted Cherries to her Queen City Cayenne to her Bourbon with Toasted Buttered Pecans. Fans of easy-to-prepare desserts with star quality will scoop this book up.

    Item: 6789

    Author: Jeni Britton Bauer

    Format: Hardcover

  • KEEPING A FAMILY COW

    This Chelsea Green edition of a nearly 40-year-old classic has been revised and updated to incorporate new information on the raw milk debate, the conversation about A1 vs. A2 milk, totally grass-fed dairies, practical advice for everyday chores, updated procedures for cow emergencies, and more.

    Item: 6855

    Author: Joann S. Grohman

    Format: Paperback

  • MASTERING ARTISAN CHEESEMAKING

    Mastering Artisan Cheesemaking - the forthcoming book by acclaimed cheesemaker Gianaclis Caldwell - is the book every cheesemaker will want as their guide, taking them from creating their first, simple cheeses to producing unique, masterpiece cheeses.

    While there are increasing numbers of books out there on making cheese, none approach the intricacies of the science behind how milk becomes cheese in such easy-to-understand detail. Mastering Artisan Cheesemaking explores the complexity of fermentation, affinage (aging), and considerations for preparing each category of cheese variety.

    The history, science, culture and art of making handmade cheese on a small scale receive a thorough examination. Caldwell provides comprehensive information on home-scale equipment and scaling for what makes most sense. She furnishes readers with everything they could hope to know about affinage and using oils, brushes, waxes and other alternative aging techniques.

    The book contains extensive recipes that include hard numbers, as well as the concepts behind each style of cheese. There are beautiful photographs, profiles of other cheesemakers, a detailed troubleshooting guide, and an extensive appendix for quick reference in the preparation and aging rooms.

    Caldwell acts as a tutor, guide and cheering section as readers follow the pathway to cheesemaking artisanship described in Mastering Artisan Cheesemaking. This enjoyable and easy-to-use book will thoroughly explain the craft and techniques that allow milk to be transformed into epicurean masterpieces. For everyone from the avid home hobbyist to the serious commercial artisan, Caldwell has created an irreplaceable resource.

    Item: 6188

    Author: Gianaclis Caldwell

    Format: Paperback

  • MASTERING BASIC CHEESEMAKING

    The craft of home cheesemaking is exploding in popularity. However most “beginner” books are essentially loosely organized collections of recipes that lack a progressive approach to teaching the fundamentals of this exciting and satisfying traditional skill. Mastering Basic Cheesemaking provides a complete hands-on guide to making cheese and other fermented dairy products from scratch, geared toward helping the novice cheesemaker develop the intuition and abilities needed for success, especially in the real world of the home kitchen.

    This well-illustrated, clearly written practical guide assumes no experience on the part of the aspiring cheesemaker. Topics include:

    • Understanding your ingredients, tools and techniques.
    • Whipping up “instant cheeses,” such as ricotta and paneer, while learning basic milk chemistry.
    • Progressing to fermented dairy products such as kefir, yogurt and sour cream.
    • Using bacteria and coagulant to create spreadable and tender cheeses like quark, chèvre, cream cheese and American-style cottage cheese.
    • Graduating to curdled, aged and ripened cheese—mozzarella, feta, cheddar, gouda, and parmesan.

    Whether you are a budding cheesemaker, avid do-it-yourselfer, foodie, homesteader or cheese professional, this complete course in beginning cheesemaking from one of North America’s foremost instructors is packed with everything you need to create delicious, nourishing and beautiful classic cheeses and other dairy delights.

    Item: 7777

    Author: Gianaclis Caldwell

    Format: Paperback

  • RAISING GOATS NATURALLY

    Complete self-sufficiency may seem out of reach, but for more and more of us, increasing our self-reliance as much as possible is the order of the day. Incorporating dairy goats as the centerpiece of a diversified homestead can be the key to achieving this goal, and Raising Goats Naturally will show you how.

    By working with nature, you can raise dairy goats and produce your own milk, cheese, meat, fertilizer, leather, fiber, and soap -- all without relying on drugs or following the factory farm model. By observing your own animals closely and educating yourself about their specific needs, you can create an individualized plan for keeping them healthy and maximizing their productivity. This unique, fully-illustrated guide will teach you to help your herd thrive with:

    • Breed-specific descriptions to help you choose the right goats for your goals and lifestyle
    • Detailed information on housing, fencing, breeding, health, milking, and nutrition
    • Complete recipes and instructions for making your own cheese, dairy products, and soap, as well as cooking with goat meat.
    Packed with personal experiences backed up by expert veterinary advice and scientific studies, Raising Goats Naturally brings together a wealth of practical information on raising goats for the love of it and using their milk and meat to become more self-reliant.

    Deborah Niemann is a homesteader, writer and self-sufficiency expert who has raised livestock for over 10 years. The author of Homegrown and Handmade and Ecothrifty, she presents extensively on skills for living a self-reliant life.

    Item: 6794

    Author: Deborah Niemann

    Format: Paperback

  • RAW MILK REVOLUTION

    Beginning in 2006, the agriculture departments of several large states — with backing from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration — launched a major crackdown on small dairies producing raw milk. Replete with undercover agents, sting operations, surprise raids, questionable test-lab results, mysterious illnesses, propaganda blitzes, and grand jury investigations, the crackdown was designed to disrupt the supply of unpasteurized milk to growing legions of consumers demanding healthier and more flavorful food.

    The Raw Milk Revolution takes readers behind the scenes of the government's tough and occasionally brutal intimidation tactics, as seen through the eyes of milk producers, government regulators, scientists, prosecutors and consumers. It is a disturbing story involving marginally legal police tactics and investigation techniques, with young children used as political pawns in a highly charged atmosphere of fear and retribution.

    Are regulators' claims that raw milk poses a public health threat legitimate? That turns out to be a matter of considerable debate. In assessing the threat, The Raw Milk Revolution reveals that the government's campaign, ostensibly designed to protect consumers from pathogens like Salmonella, E. coli 0157:H7, and listeria, was based in a number of cases on suspect laboratory findings and illnesses attributed to raw milk that could well have had other causes, including, in some cases, pasteurized milk.

    Author David Gumpert dares to ask whether regulators have the public's interest in mind or the economic interests of dairy conglomerates. He assesses how the government's anti–raw-milk campaign fits into a troublesome pattern of expanding government efforts to sanitize the food supply — even in the face of ever-increasing rates of chronic disease like asthma, diabetes, and allergies. The Raw Milk Revolution provides an unsettling view of the future, in which nutritionally dense foods may be available largely through underground channels.

    Item: 6128

    Author: David Gumpert

    Format: Paperback

  • SWEETER OFF THE VINE

    Celebrate the luscious fruits of every season with this stunning collection of heirloom-quality recipes for pies, cakes, tarts, ice cream, preserves, and other sweet treats.

    Item: 7963

    Author: Yossy Arefi

    Format: Hardcover

  • THE ART OF NATURAL CHEESEMAKING

    Most DIY cheesemaking books are hard to follow, complicated and confusing, and call for the use of packaged freeze-dried cultures, chemical additives and expensive cheesemaking equipment. For though bread baking has its sourdough, brewing its lambic ales, and pickling its wild fermentation, standard Western cheesemaking practice today is decidedly unnatural. In The Art of Natural Cheesemaking, David Asher practices and preaches a traditional, but increasingly countercultural, way of making cheese—one that is natural and intuitive, grounded in ecological principles and biological science.

    This book encourages home and small-scale commercial cheesemakers to take a different approach by showing them:

    • How to source good milk, including raw milk.
    • How to keep their own bacterial starter cultures and fungal ripening cultures.
    • How make their own rennet—and how to make good cheese without it.
    • How to avoid the use of plastic equipment and chemical additives.
    • How to use appropriate technologies.

    Introductory chapters explore and explain the basic elements of cheese: milk, cultures, rennet, salt, tools and the cheese cave. The 14 chapters that follow each examine a particular class of cheese, from kefir and paneer to washed-rind and alpine styles, offering specific recipes and handling advice. The techniques presented are direct and thorough, fully illustrated with triptych photos that show the transformation of cheeses in a comparative and dynamic fashion.

    The Art of Natural Cheesemaking is the first cheesemaking book to take a political stance against Big Dairy and to criticize both standard industrial and artisanal cheesemaking practices. It promotes the use of ethical animal rennet and protests the use of laboratory-grown, freeze-dried cultures. It also explores how GM technology is creeping into our cheese and the steps we can take to stop it.

    This book sounds a clarion call to cheesemakers to adopt more natural, sustainable practices. It may well change the way we look at cheese, and how we make it ourselves.

    Item: 7640

    Author: David Asher

    Format: Paperback

  • THE BACKYARD HOMESTEAD BOOK OF KITCHEN KNOW-HOW

    Growing vegetables and raising livestock is only the beginning of a successful homestead -- that fresh food goes to waste unless you can properly prepare, cook, and preserve it. Andrea Chesman shows you how to bridge the gap between field and table, covering everything from curing meats and making sausage to canning fruits and vegetables, milling flour, working with sourdough, baking no-knead breads, making braises and stews that can be adapted to different cuts of meat, rendering lard and tallow, pickling, making butter and cheese, making yogurt, blanching vegetables for the freezer, making jams and jellies, drying produce, and much more. You’ll learn all the techniques you need to get the most from homegrown foods, along with dozens of simple and delicious recipes, most of which can be adapted to use whatever you have available.

    Item: 7604

    Author: Andrea Chesman

    Format: Paperback

  • THE DAIRY GOOD COOKBOOK

    The Dairy Good Cookbook is a celebration of the world of the 47,000 dairy farm families and their contributions to American life. The 115 recipes showcase the taste of dairy in many forms, from cheese to yogurt, milk and butter. The book gives a unique perspective through recipes and photographs of a day in the life of dairy farms, cows and the farmers who bring us our dairy.

    Item: 7835

    Author: Lisa Kingsley

    Format: Hardcover

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