I was reading over that last post about wine making, and it reminded me of this great shop in town that sells everything you could possibly need for home brewing. The other great thing this shop has is cheese making supplies, and they’re the only place in town that carries rennet– super important. Now, I’m pretty new to cheese making, so I’m not going to try and show myself off as some kind of ultimate expert or anything, but I would definitely call myself an “avid” cheese maker despite my novice status. Mostly I’ve relegated myself to ricotta, cottage cheese, and mozzarella. If you have any sanity: you’ll do the same.
The Leeners Ultimate Cheese Making Kit is a great way to get your feet wet with cheese making. Not only does it contain all of the regular gear that you’d need to get to make cheese, but it also contains the ingredients and recipes that you’ll need to start making cheese right out of the box. When it comes to ease of use it really doesn’t get any better than that. One of the great things about this setup is that it doesn’t get you into making anything that would be beyond the capability of a beginner. You won’t be making really exotic cheeses or anything, but you’ll be left with something very edible that you’ll be very proud of.
You don’t have to be part of a Little House on the Prairie episode to get into doing all this stuff for yourself. If the eco-friendly movement has shown us anything it’s that there is a lot of joy to be found in the simplicity of making your own stuff. Whether it’s building a chicken coop, making your own lip balm, making your own soap, or making your own beer, there is definitely something to be said for doing it yourself.