Home Cheesemaking Recipes (Beginner to Advanced)
Easy 1 hour cheeses....all the way up to Homemade Parmesan Style Cheese
Home cheesemaking is an incredibly satisfying (and delicious) hobby, and you don't have to have a cow at home to get started. Actually, just about every cheese can be made with store-bought milk, and many are done in as little as an hour!
I've organized this list of cheesemaking recipes from the easiest cheeses to the most complex.
The simple ones require no specialty ingredients, and they're ready in as little as 1 hour. From there, I take you on to cultured cheeses that take a bit longer and then onto simple pressed cheeses that can be made without specialized equipment.
Finally, I'll give you some recipes for advanced cheeses that you can work towards, like long-aged parmesan-style cheese and more.
Before you get started, I'd strongly recommend that you read my beginner's guide to cheesemaking which takes you through all the basics of making cheese at home, including common steps, ingredients, and equipment.
Read More: 50+ Cheesemaking Recipes (Beginner to Advanced)
Things You Might Need This Week
70+ Uses for Wood Ash ~ If you’re heating with wood, your ashes should really have started to build up by now. Turn them into a resource!
100+ Medicinal Plants and Their Uses ~ Winter is a great time to learn to work with herbs!
Gardening with Wood Chips ~ Wood chips are essential to our garden, and they’re what enables us to grow so darn much food each year on our permaculture homestead.
Recipes to keep your larder full all year round…in season now:
How to Make Lonzino (Cured Pork Loin)
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Things I’m Loving
North Spore ~ This is where we get our mushroom cultivation supplies. Based out of Portland Maine, they’re one of the best sources anywhere. They sell easy tabletop mushroom kits for beginners (great for gifts), outdoor log kits for intermediate growers, and both sawdust spawn and plug spawn (which are what we use to grow wine cap mushrooms and shiitake mushrooms). Use coupon code “SELFRELIANCE” for 10% off your order.
Earthbeat Seeds ~ A small medicinal herb seed supplier based right here in Vermont. She has many hard-to-find medicinal herb seeds, including things like Jewelweed and Marshmallows. This is also the best place to buy Ramp Seeds (wild leeks), as she’s all about sustainable harvesting and natural practices.
High Mowing Organic Seeds ~ One of the few sources for 100% organic seeds and growing supplies anywhere. They only sell organic seed, and they’re right here in Vermont.
What are you harvesting, preserving, building, or exploring on your homestead this week? I’d love to hear about it!
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Until Next Time,
Ashley at Practical Self Reliance
I plan on making my own cheese this year,
Also turning a club house (two story) into a green house, by repurposing glass removed from my house.
Thanks for sharing your in sote and experience
Lettuce is what we're harvesting right now. Enough for us and a neighbor or two. Raised beds.
The seeds mentioned, will they grow in AZ? Also would love to grow mushrooms but with the coming summer heat, doubt it will work. Do you know? Thanks for all the recipes and suggestions. Love your site. Coming to your site is like "going home to family." Blessings to you and yours.