MOZZARELLA & BOCCONCINI

Storage: Refrigerator 7 days (best eaten fresh)
Yield: 450-600g (approximately)
    
INGREDIENTS:
4 litres (1 gallon) full cream milk (not UHT and non-homogenised)
1 1/2 teaspoons citric acid (dissolved in 1 cup filtered water)
1/4 teaspoon liquid rennet (or 1/4 rennet tablet*) (in 1/4 cup filtered water)
45g (1.5oz) cheese salt
450g (1lb) water
6 ice cubes
    
METHOD:
1. Sterilise equipment. 
2. Optional**: prepare lipase solution and set aside.
3. Add citric acid solution into a large pot. Pour milk into pot and whisk to combine.
Miss 4 years helping me stretch the mozzarella :)
4. Warm milk slowly via indirect heat to 32°C (90°F). Remove from heat.
5. Add lipase solution** and stir to combine. Pour rennet solution slowly into milk mixture, stir slowly to combine. Cover and rest for 5-30 minutes.
6. Check for a clean break. 
7. Cut the curd into 2.5cm (1 inch) cubes. 
8. Heat curds slowly to 42°C (108°F). Remove from heat and stir gently.
9. Ladle curds into a heat-proof bowl. Reserve whey to make whey ricotta.
10. Cook curds via microwave or water bath method.
Fresh tomato from the garden + stretchy mozzarella stick
Microwave: Heat curds for 1 minute (800 watts). Drain, fold, press, and drain again. Heat for 30 seconds. Drain, fold and drain again. Heat for another 30 seconds if required, repeating draining until cheese reaches around 57°C (135°F) and stretches easily to become shiny and smooth. Sprinkle with a little salt in the last folding, if using. You won't need to add salt for sprinkling if you are putting the mozzarella into salt water instead.
Water bath: Wear gloves. Take a handful of mozzarella curds and place into a pot of hot water (70°C/160°F) for 20 seconds. 
11. Shape into a ball for mozzarella, or small balls for bocconcini. Or stretch and fold (repeat several times) to make stringy cheese. Set the cheese by placing the cheese into iced salt water (10-20% salt) for 12-15 minutes (less time for a softer cheese or smaller sized cheese)
12. Wrap cheese in plastic (vacuum seal for longer storage) and consume at room temperature within 12 hours, or store in whey, salt water (or no liquid) in the refrigerator.
   
*Double quantity of rennet if using Mad Millie tablets. 
**Optional: 1/8 teaspoon lipase (dissolved in 1 tablespoon filtered water) for extra flavour (add double rennet if adding lipase).
    
Enjoy your fresh mozzarella with fresh tomatoes, basil and a drizzle of olive oil!

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