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Traditional Mozzarella again, with questions
« on: August 26, 2012, 12:07:48 AM »
Cheese # 30, Traditional Mozzarella # 2
Ingredients:
2 gallons paturized, non homogenized cream top milk pH 6.6
¼ tsp thermophillic blend from Cheesemaking.com (C201)
½ tsp lipase in ¼ cup water
¼ tsp calcium chloride in ¼ cup water
1.75 ml rennet (Mad Millie)
2 rounded Tablespoons salt

Flocculation multiplier: 3.5
pH target to rennet  6.4, target to drain 6.1, target to stretch 5.2

9:50 Milk to temperature at 90 degrees. Stirred in starter and covered.
11:30  Temp 85 so heated a bit, pH 6.5
12:35 Temp 90, pH 6.4    Lipase stirred in, calcium stirred in, then rennet in with flocculation at 10.5 mins. Multipler of 3.5 used, and curd cutting started at just over 35 mins. Curd was cut in 2 inch squares, rested 10 mins, then cut at ½ inch, rested 10 mins, then very gentle stirring with breaking up larger pieces.
1:45 Pot placed into sink with water at 120 degrees, stirring a few mins, then resting 10 mins, stirring, then resting, stirring, then resting for about 40 mins.
2:40 pH 6.3, temp 104 Curd stirred gently occasionally to prevent matting
3:30 pH 6.3, temp 102, curd stirred gently a few strokes. Curd squeaky but not firm
4:20 pH 6.1, temp 100. Curd squeaky and firm
4:30 drained into cloth and strainer, and returned to empty pot in warm sink
5:00 whey which drained off measured at 5.4 pH
5:15 whey pH 5.3
5:25 whey pH 5.2
Small piece place in 120 degree water and it did stretch!
Half of curd wrapped and placed in freezer. Other half cut into short ½ inch strips and placed into empty pot. Two quarts of whey were heated to 180 degrees with the salt added into the whey, then poured against the side of the pot with the curds. After about 10 mins the curd could be gathered into a ball and stretched and shaped.
6:00 Cheese in the frig!
7:00  Caprese salad!

Now my questions...  1: The make went pretty well, though same as last time, I would like to know why it took such a long time for the pH to drop sufficiently to meet the markers, much longer than it seemed to me like it should have taken.
2: I really wanted a softer cheese this time, so I increased the flocc multiplier from 3 to 3.5 and made sure to stir very gently, and to not let the temp get above 104 degrees. Unfortunately, the cheese again was much more firm than what I was looking for, and almost rubbery. However the flavor was good!
3: On the cheesemaking.com website, there is a suggestion to make the mozzarella softer as follows: "Temperature can be reduced to 86-90F and a mixed meso/thermo culture such as MA4002 can be used , curds cut larger to 1-1.5 inches."  Has anyone tried this? Would the pH markers still be the same?






Susan


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Re: Traditional Mozzarella again, with questions
« Reply #1 on: November 15, 2012, 07:22:52 PM »
Hey scasnerkay

Thank you so much for posting this! I'm new to the whole cheese making art, and just recently completely flubbed up an attempt at Mozzarella (I didnt even get the curd to stretch...). This post really layed out how the whole precedure should go.
you putting down the times pointed out the duration of each step which is what i think i really misunderstood.

I wish I had an answer to your question, since you've helped me out... but like I said... i'm a noob. lol

thanks

MOZ

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Re: Traditional Mozzarella again, with questions
« Reply #2 on: November 16, 2012, 06:59:01 AM »
Curious about the use of lipase...seems that would make the cheese a bit goatie?

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Re: Traditional Mozzarella again, with questions
« Reply #3 on: November 16, 2012, 08:25:03 PM »
Though the texture was not what I wanted, the flavor was very good. I may try this cheese again this weekend, but with a different starter and a lower cooking temperature. I will still use the lipase however!
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Re: Traditional Mozzarella again, with questions
« Reply #4 on: November 16, 2012, 10:20:45 PM »
Have you conidered using TA 60, or MM culture?


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Re: Traditional Mozzarella again, with questions
« Reply #5 on: November 17, 2012, 12:54:55 AM »
Interesting that you could get any stretch at all using calcium chloride.  Usually that will interfere with the ability to stretch and is not recommended for use when making mozzarella.  The Lipase powder would be responsible for the piquant taste and certainly would not give it a goatie taste.  It would be more like provolone.  I suspect that perhaps holding at 120 degrees could be the cause for the rubbery texture.  It seems a little too warm.   I would probably try holding it at a lower temperature such as 100-104 during the time you were waiting for the PH to get to the stage for stretching.