Theo’s Homemade Mozzarella

Title: Theo’s Homemade Mozzarella
Broadcast: Episode 1, 1st July 18
Presenters: Theo Kalogeracos & Nikki Heyder

When making a good homemade Mozzarella it is important to use a full cream milk to get the best product. Today we used milk from local West Australian Dairy Grumpy Farmer. Their milk comes from a single herd of Guernsey cows which are naturally high in the A2 protein.

Serves – Makes 1kg of Mozzarella cheese.

Main Ingredient

  • 4 litres of full cream milk
  • 2ml of Calcium Chloride
  • 2tsp Citric acid, dissolved in ¼ cup of water
  • 1 tablet of Rennet, dissolved in ¼ cup of water


  • Place milk in a pot with a thick base
  • Turn to a medium heat and add Calcium Chloride & citric acid and heat milk to 32 Degrees, stirring occasionally when it reaches 32.
  • At 32 degrees, take the pot off the heat and add Rennet. Stir, cover and let sit for 30 minutes.
  • Wait 30 minutes.
  • Once 30 minutes is up, using a long knife cut curds gently into 3cm x 3cm Squares
  • Place pot back on a medium heat and heat up to 42 degrees, stirring very gently.
  • Remove from heat on reaching 42 Degrees.
  • Strain curds in a fine colander, let it strain for 5-10minutes until all the liquid is gone (you can keep the whey to make ricotta)
  • Get a pot of Hot water to 90 degrees and a bowl of salted cold water.
  • Add the curds to a bowl.
  • Slowly add 2-3 cups of hot water and using a spoon mix till it comes together.
  • Start stretching it out of the water for 5 minutes and keep adding a cup of hot water ifif needed– you have to keep it HOT so it stretches
  • Grab the smooth cheese, rip off a ball, tuck the end in and put in salted water for 5 minutes.

Recommendation for serving:  
A simple Mozzarella salad

  • Cherry Tomatoes cut in half
  • Fresh ripped basil leaves
  • Your fresh mozzarella ripped into pieces
  • Salt and pepper and a drizzle of good quality Olives Oil.

Crusty bread is a must for me with this salad!