Hi Jill and welcome to this forum! I'm also in Houston, Texas, well west side in Katy.
Good question, I haven't looked in Houston for a cheese making supply store, I've just bought all mine online from a US based webstore. I've made a listing of all suppliers that I've found here
. I've also bought a few equipment items and some yogurt culture off of Amazon.com in US. The first key ingredient I needed was rennet and I did find some vegetarian Malaka brand liquid rennet locally in the Richmond Whole Foods Store in the cheese section! Not in another Whole foods store and not in Kroger or HEB grocery stores. If you find anything please let us know.
I also made an Cheesecloth Info Page here
, I basically bought a range of materials and tried to find what works best. For hanging you want stronger, for molds you want very thin. For wrapping in aging you want very whispy material. I've made a couple posts in the Equipment-Making Board
on a hanging bag I made and one I bought online.
On next cheese making steps, the Cheese Making board is roughly arranged in increasingly complex types, take your pick, where is your interest?
Good luck on your new cheese making adventure!
Anyone else have advice?