You may remember my post telling you all to register for Eat Alberta. Well, those of you that listened joined a fun filled foodie day at NAIT!
My lovely sister, Kristy, joined me for the day, as well as Mira and Yvonne! Kristy and I took the same sessions while Mira and Yvonne went off on different culinary adventures.
Our first session of the day, after a great morning keynote by Nature's Green Acres, was Cheesemaking!
Mozzarella. The bane of my cheesemaking existence.
I've tried to make it 3 times before at home. Alas, all I have accomplished was complete and utter failure.
Until today. The day I met Chef Allan Roote of NAIT!
He was an excellent teacher! No wonder NAIT scooped him up... He'll also be instructing NAIT's upcoming Artisan Cheese Program.
We used an adaptation of Ricki Carroll's 30minute Mozzarella. A recipe I have used before with little to show for my effort.
I had followed all the directions!
Don't heat the milk too fast.
Don't over heat the milk.
Use good quality milk.
Add your ingredients at the right stages. Make sure they're measured out correctly.
I had been using whole milk (3.25% milk fat).
Mozzarella works BEST with 1% or 2% milk!!!!!
First we added the pre-measured and dissolved citric acid into our pre-measured milk, stirring slowly but constantly as we poured it in.
Then, the milk is SLOWLY heated up (burner on LOW). The slower the milk is heated, the better the cheese.
The whole time the milk was heating, we were stirring. Gently, of course. No spoons were allowed to scrape the bottom of the pots!
Poor Kristy's burner... even though it was set on low her milk heated up fast and over temperature.
The rest of the session we (including Chef Allan) were trying to save it, but it basically turned into a mushy ricotta....
Still, her failure in class was still WAY better than anything I had made at home.
Don't worry, she still got to take home some mozzarella.
We were in the same room for French Macarons afterwards so when Chef Allan came back to finish a cheese someone had abandoned he let Kristy finish it with him and she got to take it home :) What a great guy!