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 this cookbook published by Workman Publishing, you will find 250 plus pages filled with recipes and instructions that are easy-to-follow and foolproof!
Claudia Lucero, founder of Urban Cheesecraft, shows step by step—with every step photographed—exactly how to make sixteen 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.
The recipes in the book are for fresh cheeses (One Hour Cheese!)- no aging required:
- Meyer Lemon Ricotta
- Fromage Facile (cream cheese)
- Curried Paneer
- Chivo Fresco (a spicy Queso Fresco)
- Chevre French Kisses
- Chipotle Lime Oaxaca (smoky and tangy string cheese)
- Brown Butter Burrata (even better than Burrata!
- Favorite Melty Mozzarella
- Honey-Toast Cheese (it's slightly sweet!)
- Pizza Filata (String Cheese)
- Haloumi? Halou-you! (you can grill it)
- Ale-Washed Squeakies (curds!)
- Classic Cottage Cheese
- Triple Pepper Hack
- Smoky Cheater (you pan-fry it for gluten free grilled cheese!)
- Farm-Fresh Rounds (only one that requires raw milk)
Aside from actual cheese, bonus butter and yogurt recipes, Claudia also teaches you how to make all of those fancy pairings you see in the cheese shops- fruit and nut pastes, drunken fruit compote, herbed and spiced nuts, and even several naturally gluten free cracker alternatives.
One Hour Cheese has been translated into Spanish, Chinese, Korean and German- currently available in their respective countries.
For more information visit www.urbancheesecraft.com
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Returns & exchanges
My goal is that every single one of my customers is happy, comes back for more and tells their friends to visit. I always want to hear about anything arriving in less that perfect condition.
I do ask for reasonable fairness as far as the expectations once you start making cheese however; cheesemaking is an art and science and if you use Ultra Pasteurized or Ultra Heat Pasteurized milk, or heat the milk too much, not enough (i.e. if you don't follow the recipe exactly), or if you leave your rennet in the sun etc., your cheese might flop through no fault of Urban Cheesecraft.
Do not get discouraged, always email me for advice so we can figure out what happened but do try to make cheese at least twice before you give up. You can also visit my site for common adventures in cheesemaking, www.urbancheesecraft.com.
I will happily replace your supplies when it is clear that they are not adequate, arrived broken etc.
GIFT GIVING FAQs
*Why is International shipping insanely expensive?
It really is, check it out on the www.usps.com site. Enter 1lb and 3lb to see the costs. Wish we had another option.
*Where is my kit?
We enter tracking for every order. Check your Etsy account. Our fast shipment may arrive before we even get a chance to enter this during the busiest days but U.S. orders ship 2-3 day Priority so they're fast. Allow a little extra time during the holidays though!
*Are the kits perishable- how long are they "good?"
The ones without rennet tablets are good indefinitely as long as you keep the salt and citric acid dry. The kits that include rennet are good for 1 year minimum at room temp, and at least 2 more years if you keep the rennet in the freezer! So don't put off your shopping. Avoid the rush and shop ahead.
*Can you please leave out the invoice so my recipient doesn't see what a deal your kits are?
We NEVER include paper invoices! Yay! You get one by email so we're covered.
*Can you include a gift note?
Absolutely! That we can manage and we love to read them, ha ha! Just type it word for word into the "message to seller" at checkout. Try to get the note in at time of order since an email may not make it in time for our fast shipping.
*Can you take a sharpie and black out Urban Cheesecraft from your printed label so my mom, sister etc. doesn't have a clue what I got for them?
Awww sweet! But no, sorry. May we suggest that you send it to yourself first for maximum surprise power?
*Can you gift wrap?
Nope again, so sorry. Our full focus is on getting these kits made and shipped for you promptly.
*Can my vegan friend use almond milk etc. with your dairy kits?
No, sadly the science just doesn't work in the same way. I do have vegan kits though! Yay! They call for nuts, seeds, veggies and even beans.
*Which kit is best for beginners?
They are all meant for beginners BUT some are easier than others. The Paneer and Queso Blanco kit is super easy and yummy! Great for kids too, just call it farmer's cheese or cottage cheese :).
*What would make an amazing gift for a cook who has not made cheese yet, but is likely to be very interested?
Glad you asked that very detailed question. ;) A Deluxe kit and my new book One Hour Cheese as a combo is perfect. You can also choose a Mozzarella/Ricotta kit and book if you're on a budget. Both kits allow you to make every cheese in the book and the combo practically enrolls you in cheese school!
*Do you need raw milk?
You do not need raw milk to make cheese although it works great with these kits. You can use regular pasteurized milk from the grocery store as long as it is not ultra pasteurized or ultra-heat pasteurized. Even some of the large organic brands now do this to milk. Its only benefit is a long shelf life. Find a milk that you like and works, then stick with it.
*Do you need an aging cave, a press or other fussy stuff?
Nope! All of our cheeses are easily made in a regular kitchen and other than the Feta and Mascarpone, they are eaten as soon as you make them. Feta salt cures in your fridge for 6 days and Mascarpone drains for 8-12 hours. Still easy!
*Is it safe to make cheese at home?
Just as safe as making soup or pie in your kitchen! Keep everything clean, use good practices and you'll be just fine.
*Do you sell wholesale?
Sure do! Email email@example.com to get started.
*What makes yours the best DIY cheese kits out there?
I'll toot my own horn for a minute because I worked and continue to work hard to make my kits the best, so here goes...
An Experience- When you give a kit, you give an experience not just a thing that will be tossed, broken or forgotten. We hear so much that people make cheese with their children, grannies, workmates or partners. We love that and do it too! In a world of disposable junk and obligation gifts, we hope you see the difference here.
My Commitment and Experience- I take your success in making cheese very seriously and because I do this full-time- I mean business! I test and fine-tune recipes and each kit repeatedly for 1-2 years before I launch anything (I ask family and friends to help test too :). I have taught classes for years and get to see lots of students learn and arrive at cheese in all sorts of ways- so I am well-prepared for most questions and can troubleshoot with you any time you need.
History- I opened my shop on Etsy in January 2009 and I'm always improving and simplifying for your success! I was lucky enough to get a short film made about my business by Etsy. It's so well-done, check it out! https://blog.etsy.com/en/2011/urban-cheesecraft/
Environment- I strive to avoid trash so the kits are made with items that are re-usable, recycled/recyclable, refillable, and compostable (sorry about the bubble wrap around the glass thermometers- they come to me that way but you can continue to use the wrap as padding). Similarly, because of perishable foods I had to use some plastic zipper bags. You can refill the items that run out in my shop!
Food Quality- In addition, the kits are vegetarian and in some cases vegan, I have high standards for food, am conscious of food allergies and keep everything gluten free..
Good Design- The kits have to make me smile so I take design and packaging as seriously as the contents themselves. I work with artist friends Julz Nally and Amy Ruppel on design. Check out their work, https://www.etsy.com/shop/handmadejulz https://www.etsy.com/shop/aruppel.
We get lots of compliments so I'm glad other people notice those details too!
Email Support- As if that all weren't enough, I include free cheesemaking support for life with each kit! My email is in every single kit.
Tested and Consistent- Have you read my shop reviews? https://www.etsy.com/your/shops/UrbanCheesecraft/reviews?ref=shop_info
I was lucky enough to be the only cheesemaker selling kits on Etsy for over 3 years! That gave me quite a head start and makes my kits the tried and true kits for success. In fact, Williams Sonoma tested and chose my kits so I partnered with them after their test kitchen rigorously compared mine to newer competitors.
Human Touch and Food Safety- I painstakingly test my recipes and engineer every aspect of these kits. The kits and supplies are hand-poured, hand-folded and packaged in a food-safe, fully-licensed space. Do note that although the food items are all gluten-free, they're packaged in a room that comes in contact with wheat, soy, corn, nuts and other food allergens (with serious Dept of Agriculture guided cleanings in between of course).
Super Customer Service- I'm nuts about good companies that know how to treat a valued customer so I want us to be one of them. We get to do what we do because of you, in return we strive to make each one of you a repeat customer! We aim to impress! Really.
I wrote the book on DIY Cheese- Literally. I wrote a book called One Hour Cheese! I show you how to make the cheeses in my shop and many more with step-by-step photos; a rarity in cheesemaking books. You can order a book here on our site or you can get the book at most major book stores in the U.S. and Canada, www.powells.com, www.indiebound.org and of course, Amazon.
I know this is a lot of info. but I get a lot of questions! ;) Got more?
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