Posted By on March 10, 2013

Homemade mozzarella cheeseJust doing some math here to figure out if making mozzerella at home saves us money. It’s a fun hobby, but even better if it saves a little money.

In the case of mozzarella the savings are somewhat negligible. It depends on the price of the whole milk you buy. At an average $3.50 per gallon around our neck of the woods, factoring about 17 cents for calcium chloride and citric acid (you could use a lemon instead of powder), the total per batch comes to $3.67 or so, which yields right around 10 ounces.

Comparing that to decent quality fresh commercial mozzarella, about $3 for 8 ounces, we’re looking at a total savings of about 8 cents per batch. Maybe nothing to write home about, but it’s a fun hobby, and well worth the time if you enjoy it. Also, the $3 is probably the low end of the range for commercially available fresh mozzarella.

Cheaper to go to the store? That depends on how far away the store is, and your MPG 🙂

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I've been homebrewing and learning about good craft beer since 1999. My wife, Cindy, and I enjoy road trips, exploring new places and finding great brewpubs and breweries. Explore with us through as we continue on our quest of Road Trips and BrewPubs!


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