Homemade Mozzarella Recipe

Everyone loves pizza, and real Italian pizza is made with fresh soft mozzarella cheese. However, we do not always have the opportunity to buy a one-day fresh cheese, which is considered the most delicious. So why not cook mozzarella with a recipe of Italian cheesemakers at your home? Today Cook It would like to share with you this homemade mozzarella recipe.

making mozzarella cheese© DepositPhotos

It will take only an hour and a half of your time, and some milk, citric acid, and a milk-clotting enzyme that is affordable.

Homemade Mozzarella


  • 12 ¾ cups (3 l) milk
  • 1 teaspoon citric acid
  • milk-clotting enzyme

Ingredients for Brine № 1:

  • 6 ¼ cup (1 ½ l) water
  • 1 ½ tablespoons salt

Ingredients for Brine № 2:

  • 4 ¼ cup (1 l) water
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon citric acid
  • ¾ teaspoon (4 ml) calcium chloride solution

Ingredients for Brine № 3:

  • 4 ¼ cup (1 l) water
  • 1 ½ tablespoons salt
  • ¾ teaspoon (4 ml) calcium chloride solution

You Are Going to Need:

  • a food thermometer
  • pots
  • a cheesecloth
  • several containers


  1. Dilute a teaspoon of citric acid in a glass of water. Add diluted citric acid to milk. Stir.
  2. Pour milk into a heavy-bottomed pan and heat over low heat to 90 °F (32 °C).
  3. Dissolve an enzyme in a shot glass of water. Leave it for 10 minutes, then pour it into the milk after it reached 90 °F (32 °C).
  4. Turn off the heat and leave it, a clot should form within 10 minutes.mozzarella cheese at home
  5. After 10 minutes, cut the clot lengthwise and crosswise and leave it on the heat for 10 minutes.
  6. After another 10 minutes, cut the clot diagonally, change the heat to a minimum and begin to stir the grains. Bring the temperature to 110 °F (42 °C). This is going to take about 15 minutes. Stir constantly so that the grains don’t stick together.
  7. After it reaches the temperature, turn off the heat and let the grain set a little.
  8. Next, put a colander in the pan, put a cheesecloth in it. Using a cup, pour the mixture into the colander. A layer of cheese should stay in the colander. Let the liquid drain and proceed to pull.making fresh mozzarella
  9. Heat the brine № 1 until bubbles form. Cut the cheese into strips 1 ½ in (4 cm) thick. Take 2–3 strips and place them in the heated brine. The cheese will begin to soften a little. To get the desired structure, stretch and fold a lump of cheese about 10 times. pulling mozzarella cheese
  10. Connect the thumb and index finger into a circle and form balls by pushing the cheese through it. Roll each ball a bit and place it in the cooled brine № 2. Leave the balls in the cooled brine for 30 minutes.making mozzarella balls at home© DepositPhotos
  11. Transfer cheese to brine № 3. Soak for 3 hours in the refrigerator.
  12. Homemade mozzarella is ready. Enjoy your meal!fresh homemade mozzarella© DepositPhotos

Making cheese at home turned out to be not that difficult. However, the main thing is to use only homemade milk. With a store-bought one, you’ll only waste your time.


Like many people nowadays, I love to explore new places. My favorite type is slow travelling, when you can really blend in with locals and learn about new cultures and languages. But I think there are also perfect times for enjoying freshly baked pastry, a cup of fragrant coffee, and a good movie in the comfort of your own home. I guess I'm kind of a cultural omnivore, and I watch different types of movies, but the ones about art and food inspire me the most!

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