Homemade Smoked Mozzarella Cheese Recipe

  • 5 1/3 cups powdered non-fat milk
  • 15 1/4 cups cold water, divided
  • 1 pint heavy whipping cream
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons citric acid powder
  • rennet
  • flaked sea salt to taste
  • 2 drops liquid smoke, or more to taste
  1. Reconstitute powdered milk by stirring into 15 cups cold water; stir until dissolved.
  2. Combine reconstituted milk, heavy cream, and citric acid in a large pot over low heat. Heat to 90 degrees F (32 degrees C), about 15 minutes.
  3. Dilute 1/4 teaspoon rennet in remaining 1/4 cup water. Pour into the pot and stir, about 45 seconds. Continue to heat mixture until it reaches 100 degrees F (38 degrees C), about 10 minutes. Remove from heat.
  4. Let mixture stand until temperature climbs to 105 degrees F (41 degrees C), about 3 minutes, and sets into curd. Pull edge of the curd gently with a thin knife or spoon to check to make sure it is set.
  5. Slice vertically into the pot to cut curd into 1-inch squares. Transfer curd to a microwave-safe bowl using a hand-held strainer or slotted spoon, draining out as much liquid (whey) as possible.
  6. Heat the curd in the microwave on high for 1 minute. Drain off whey. Stretch curd mixture and fold, repeating until it cools and becomes difficult to stretch.
  7. Reheat in the microwave for 30 seconds. Drain whey. Stretch and fold the curds repeatedly.
  8. Repeat this process one more time, kneading salt and liquid smoke into the cheese. Shape into a ball and place in a bowl of cold water. Cover with plastic wrap and chill until firm.