Basic Hard Cheese Kit

Make Basic Hard Cheeses with this Great Beginners Kit!

Brand: New England Cheesemaking Supply    Item Number: HM600


In Stock! Ships from Northern CA.


In Stock! Ships from Northern CA.


This kit makes eight delicious, homemade cheeses: Farmhouse Cheddar, Gouda, Monterey Jack, Feta, Cottage Cheese, Colby, Parmesan and Ricotta.

With a little effort and a lot of fun, you can make your very own preservative free cheeses in your own kitchen! Start now and make this a family tradition. Our kit comes with detailed recipes, demystifying all the steps in the cheese making process. This kit is designed so it may be used without a cheese press.

  • CONTENTS: Basket Mold, Vegetable Rennet Tablets, Mesophilic DS Starter, Thermophilic DS Starter, Dial Pocket Thermometer, 1/2oz. Calcium Chloride, 1 yd Re-usable Cheesecloth, Recipe Booklet
  • Cultures will last for 2 years when stored in the freezer.

Note on buying milk for your cheese The real problem is that milk is being shipped cross country after being processed by huge processing plants. In order to do this the milk must be processed at higher temps and then held at cold temps for long periods while shipping long distances to markets. This is especially true for our so called "organic milks". Many of the milks not labeled as UP are in fact heat and cold damaged and will not make a proper cheese curd. Our best advice to date is to buy a LOCAL milk, one that has not had to have the extensive "LongHaul" treatment.

This kit contains cultures that will die in temperatures over 100 degrees. Please make sure that the package they arrive in does not sit in a hot place for an extended period of time.


Cheese/Culture Type Cheddar, Colby, Cottage Cheese, Feta, Gouda, Jack, Made from Cow's Milk, Parmesan, Ricotta Cheese Aging Time 3+ Months
Culture Use Direct Set
Cheese/Culture Type Cheddar, Colby, Cottage Cheese, Feta, Gouda, Jack, Made from Cow's Milk, Parmesan, Ricotta
Cheese Aging Time 3+ Months
Culture Use Direct Set

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Shipping Weight: 3.00 lbs. Dimensions: 6.5"L x 6.25"W x 5.25"H


So far so good

I followed directions. It looks like it worked just fine. A few glitches on my part but nothing too dramatic and they were me not the kit. The instructions were basic enough that I followed along and it worked out.

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Cheese Making Kit

This is such a great kit because it has so many options for cheese varieties. The instructions are clear and the process is easy. I'm looking forward to making some herb additions to the cheeses! The box is very cute and this would make a great gift for any cheese-lover.

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