This step-by-step tutorial shares a simple way to make homemade Mozzarella Cheese in ONE HOUR. Not only is it a fun DIY project but it tastes perfect on just about everything. Whether you serve it as appetizers on a classic cheese board alongside your favorite meat and cheeses, mix it in macaroni and cheese or soup, melt it in grilled cheese, add it to a grazing platter for your kids as mozzarella sticks, or serve it as a simple cheese ball you won’t be disappointed with this easy recipe. Come check it out for yourself!

How To Make Homemade Mozzarella Cheese

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collage of pictures with step-by-step directions of how to make homemade mozzarella cheese

large ball of mozzarella cheese with three slices

Today I’m going to show you how to make Homemade Mozzarella Cheese. This is  yet another recipe that I never thought I’d make, but I’m so glad that I did! I’ve had this on my “to make list” for a couple years now and I figured it was time to get around to it!

collage of pictures, 1. supplies to make mozzarella cheese, 2. milk being poured into a large pot, 3. pot of milk with spoon of curds, 4. cheese curds floating on the top of the pot

I was so intrigued making this cheese. I think it was part science experiment and part recipe! I was also impressed that from start to finish, clean-up included, it took me less than an hour to make! Pretty impressive if you ask me!

collage of pictures, 1. large pieces of cheese curds on a black spoon, 2. cheese curds in colander in pot, 3. kneading cheese curds on a cutting board, 4. ball of mozzarella cheese

large ball of mozzarella cheese with three slices I know it sounds funny to say, but this cheese tasted just like mozzarella from the store. I felt healthier eating it, though, because I knew it didn’t have all the preservatives that store-bought cheese has. If you have kiddos in your household, that like to experiment, I think they’ll love to make their own cheese. This would definitely be a fun activity for the whole family! One recipe barely put a dent in the supplies I purchased (except for the milk) and I’ll have plenty to make even more yummy mozzarella cheese!



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  1. C

    Your ancestors would be proud of you!

    • Tshanina Peterson
      Tshanina Peterson02-27-2014

      Well, thanks! I appreciate you saying that!

      • Bill

        I just wanted to say thank you for this great recipe. I haven’t actually tried to make it yet because I need to stock some of the ingredients but it sounds like the flavor would be awesome and Italian dishes are my favorite foods. I know once I am successful at making this I will never buy store brands again. Fresh is always better!!! I got to go to the store now but will let you know how it turned out. Thanks again.

        • Tshanina Peterson
          Tshanina Peterson11-16-2016

          You’re welcome, Bill! I look forward to hearing how it turned out.

    • MaryAnn Short
      MaryAnn Short08-28-2015

      How can I print this recipe. I want to save it for future uses.

  2. Anna

    I think I missed the part where we add the cheese salt? Also, where would you find these ingredient s? I’d love to try this out! Thanks!

    • Tshanina Peterson
      Tshanina Peterson03-04-2014

      Hi Anna! You’re absolutely right, I failed to add that step. (Sorry. I’ll get that added in for everyone else.) When you remove the curds from the water for the last time and begin stretching the cheese, add the salt.

      If you click on the ingredient links, you can find the products on Amazon.

      Thanks for stopping by!

  3. laurie

    How much cheese does this recipe yield?

    • Tshanina Peterson
      Tshanina Peterson03-05-2014

      I’m not really sure on the ounces, but the cheese ball in the picture is what this recipe yielded.

      Thanks for stopping by Laurie!

    • Susanne Carlisle Brown Bird Diaries
      Susanne Carlisle Brown Bird Diaries07-09-2015

      Well, I think the reason I wanted an answer to this is to determine if it is cost effective. I found mozzarella on clearance the other day at Winn-Dixie–about a baseball size–for $1.50. I’m not too hung on preservatives. This was fresh, and it did wonderful in my lasagna. Before I invested in the salt and the rennit and the milk, I’d need to know if it would be worth my while, financially.

      • Tshanina Peterson
        Tshanina Peterson07-09-2015

        Susanne, I don’t think it would be cost effective for you! A gallon of milk alone would be more expensive than what you’ve found on clearance.

        Thanks for stopping by!

  4. Ashley

    About how long do you thing the cheese will last? And what is your preferred method of storing it?

    • Tshanina Peterson
      Tshanina Peterson03-06-2014

      I store mine in a plastic ziploc container. I’d say it’ll last 7-10 days in the refrigerator.

      Thanks for stopping by Ashley!

      • tammy

        I just wanted to say, I have bought mozzarella and I have bought mozzarella. There is a huge difference in the taste and texture of different cheeses. My man brought home some on sale stuff. It’s still in the fridge. A fantastic quality mozzarella cheese actually melts in your mouth. It’s like silk. I just want to know, do I use regular whole milk I buy at the grocery store?

        • Tshanina Peterson
          Tshanina Peterson12-16-2015

          You sure do, Tammy! Enjoy!

  5. Melissa Widner
    Melissa Widner06-10-2014

    Found this on pinterest and am using for a class at my library next week. Super simple instructions and everything came out great in my test run. Thank you for sharing this how-to!

    • Tshanina Peterson
      Tshanina Peterson06-11-2014

      Melissa, I’m so excited that you’ll be sharing this at your library! Thanks for letting me know!

  6. Morgan

    Wow! Thanks for sharing, I never realized how easy it was to make cheese! I really want to try this now, I just need to buy the ingredients. Hopefully mine turns out as great as yours!


    • Tshanina Peterson
      Tshanina Peterson07-10-2014

      I was shocked at how easy it is to make too, Morgan! I hope you have as much fun making (and eating) it as I did!

  7. Lynda

    WOW ! It worked , and it is delicious! Easy peasy, who knew ? Thanks a bunch .

    • Tshanina Peterson
      Tshanina Peterson01-29-2015

      That’s exactly what I said when I finished mine! :O)

      Thanks for stopping by and letting me know, Lynda!

  8. rachel

    Hello. I was really excited to try this. I bought all the stuff to make it and followed your directions but the cheese came out like ricotta cheese. Does that happen sometime? I’m sure I could still you this in lasagna or something. Any pointers on getting the result of actual mozzarella?


    • Tshanina Peterson
      Tshanina Peterson03-15-2015

      Hi Rachel! Did it ever get to the consistency of the picture in step #5?

      The only thing I can think of is that it needs stretched longer. I hope that helps!

      • rachel

        I don’t think it ever got to step 5. I also tried it with a different milk and still got the same thing! But the mozzicotta does make some mean lasagna though. :) I’ll keep trying with different types of milk. Or do you have a brand recommendation? I am trowing a party when it actually comes out right! My husband is going to kill me when he finds out I’m buying another gallon of milk for this. lol

        • Tshanina Peterson
          Tshanina Peterson04-03-2015

          Well, I’m glad that it was yummy in the lasagna!

          I used 2% milk. Hopefully you will have better success next time!

          • tammy

            If you used 2%. Why did you list While milk in your ingredients list?

            • Tshanina Peterson
              Tshanina Peterson08-17-2015

              I apologize for the confusion, Tammy. If the recipe says I used whole milk, that is what I used. (I must have been confused when I left the comment about using 2%.)

              Thanks for stopping by.

        • Heidi

          Rachel, If you use ultra-pasteurized milk, the proteins cannot set to make curds. Check the label on the milk or try another brand that is just regular pasteurized. That may help. Unless that wasn’t the problem :)

        • theresa

          I thought I was going to have ricotta cheese, too! I kept following the directions, a little disheartened, and then magically, as I was kneading the little tiny pieces of curds, they suddenly turned into the most beautiful mozzarella cheese ball. thank you. thank you. thank you for sharing your talents with us, Tshanina!!

          • Tshanina Peterson
            Tshanina Peterson04-07-2017

            Yay…it’s almost like magic isn’t it Theresa?! So glad you enjoyed the recipe!!!

      • NoNameRequired

        I’m thinking the milk wasn’t heated enough.

    • Barbara

      I had a similar problem. I looked at the directions for the rennet that I bought and it called for a 1/2 tablet. When I used the 1/2 tablet my problem was resolved. I hope this helps!

  9. Cheryl Eggers
    Cheryl Eggers04-09-2015

    Now you can also make ricotta from the whey. Easy and so yummy.

  10. Nancy

    What is the measurement when I’m using liquid rennet? I’m just about to begin.

    • Tshanina Peterson
      Tshanina Peterson06-23-2015

      Nancy, I’ve only used rennet in tablet form!

  11. Pati Manich
    Pati Manich07-01-2015

    Did you, or can you use organic milk?

    • Tshanina Peterson
      Tshanina Peterson07-01-2015

      Pati, I did not use organic milk, so I’m not sure how to advise you!

    • Lisa

      LI used organic whole milk and it came out fine.

  12. Holly Shope
    Holly Shope07-06-2015

    Can the cheese be frozen afterward?

  13. elizabeth

    do you think that this would work with almond or soy milk?

    • Tshanina Peterson
      Tshanina Peterson07-09-2015

      Elizabeth, although I’ve never tried it, I don’t think this recipe would work with almond or soy milk.

      I haven’t cooked with those milks a lot, but when I did add soy milk to my scrambled eggs it ended up having a weird flavor.

  14. elizabeth

    thank you so much for your response!!

  15. Nancy young
    Nancy young07-18-2015

    instrad of using citric acid powder you can use 1/2 cup of apple cider vinegar. You can also use the junket tablets that usually are in the pudding/baking section of the store. It is the same as rennet, but you don’t have to get it some place special. We used to share a Jersey cow with another family and I made all the butter and mozzarella. You can also add seasonings to your cheese at that last stage. It also freezes very well if you happen to make it last that long!

    • Connie

      awesome post. Never thought of making it. But want to try it now. Nancy would like recipes if you have any to share. Does Walmart carry items listed

    • Wendy Wilkinson
      Wendy Wilkinson08-26-2015

      This was really useful thanks as I can’t seem to find rennet tablets.

      • Tshanina Peterson
        Tshanina Peterson08-26-2015

        Hi Wendy,
        If you’ll follow the link to the vegetable rennet under the ingredients list it will take you to Amazon where you can purchase them.

        Thanks for stopping by!

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  17. Brandie

    I am wondering if you could make this with Lactose free milk?

    • Tshanina Peterson
      Tshanina Peterson08-26-2015

      Hi Brandie,
      I haven’t tried lactose free milk so I honestly don’t know if it will work with it or not.

      Thanks for stopping by!

      • Brandie

        I am going to try in a week or 2 and I will let you know how it turns out.

        • Tshanina Peterson
          Tshanina Peterson08-27-2015

          Please do!!!

        • ShoeQueen

          Did you ever try this with lactose free milk? If so, how did it turn out? I love cheese, but it does not love me in return. Have you ever seen the movie French Kiss, where Meg Ryan’s character ate a ton of cheese, and was then curled up in a ball, in pain? Yeah, that’s me. We used to live 45 minutes from the French border, and we loved going over for the day, or sometimes, just for dinner. Of course I always ordered the cheese plate (I mean, it’s France, and it’s probably illegal not to order one, anyway), and would relish in the sheer deliciousness of it, despite my husband rolling his eyes at me the entire time, but later I would be a puddle of weeping misery. Totally worth it.
          I’d like to try to make this with lactose free milk, but it’s expensive, and I’d rather not do it, if I know it doesn’t work! Crossing my fingers I’ll hear back from you, and you’ll tell me that it worked and was crazy delicious. ;)

          • Brandie

            I have not tried the lactose free milk yet. (Life has been busy.)
            I am going to try it this weekend or next week. I will let you know how it comes out.

            • Patricia

              Have you tried the lactose free milk yet? I left a comment below before I read this one I am in the same boat as Shoe Queen when it comes to cheese.

  18. Justine

    I would LOVE to try out this recipe, however, I have a question… what “gallon” did you use? I tried converting “Gallon” to “Litres” and there’s a UK and US gallon with different results; UK was 4.5L and US was 3.7L… Which is closest to what you used?

    • Tshanina Peterson
      Tshanina Peterson09-07-2015

      Hi Justine, 3.7 liters is closest.

      Thanks for stopping by, and enjoy!

  19. Danette Van Dusseldorp
    Danette Van Dusseldorp09-04-2015

    What is special about cheese salt?

    • Tshanina Peterson
      Tshanina Peterson09-07-2015

      To be totally honest, I’m not sure. The cheese salt was in the original recipes I used so that’s why I included it in my recipe.

      Thanks for stopping by, Danette!

      • Cortney

        Cheese salt is just that the salt is without iodine. Iodine harms and inhibits bacterial growth and well-being that is essential to any good cheesemaking. Iodized salt can also slow the aging process drastically.

        • Tshanina Peterson
          Tshanina Peterson09-18-2015

          Thanks Cortney!

  20. Debra

    Hey all. Just finished reading all your posts. A couple of observations.

    1. If you use liquid rennet you use 1/4 teaspoon power gallon of milk. Dilute in non chlorinated water prior to adding to milk.

    2. Cheese salt is non iodine salt. Also known as kosher salt.

    3. When using fresh cows milk you do not need the citric acid.

    4. With your leftover whey make ricotta cheese. Just boil the whey to 200 degrees then let sit till it cools to 140 degrees. Place in cheese cloth and let drain for about 1 hour or until it gets to the consistency you want.

    Happy cheesemaking!

  21. Kati

    I have tried to make mozzarella a few times, and failed! It is hard for me to admit that I cannot make this work for me cause I am usually very successful in the kitchen. I want to try again now cause your pictures are awesome. And I so want to have delicious homemade mozzarella for cheap!

    • Tshanina Peterson
      Tshanina Peterson09-18-2015

      Kudos to you for trying, Kati!

      Thanks for stopping by!

  22. Lisa/Syncopated Mama
    Lisa/Syncopated Mama09-18-2015

    How ironic – I am just finally getting around to making this cheese myself for the first time today! I’m guessing you have the same book I do – have you tried any others from it?

    • Tshanina Peterson
      Tshanina Peterson09-18-2015

      Hi Lisa! I don’t have a book, but would love to check it out.

      Have fun making your cheese!

      • Lisa/Syncopated Mama
        Lisa/Syncopated Mama09-24-2015

        My cheese turned out great, too! Yes, I’ve made several cheeses from this book – did the paneer the other day – and they’ve all been good. The book is One Hour Cheese by Claudia Lucero. :)

        • Tshanina Peterson
          Tshanina Peterson09-25-2015

          Yay! I’m so excited to hear that, Lisa! And thanks for the sharing that book. I can’t wait to check it out.

  23. Ann

    Looks so easy..but I think I’m just going to screw it up! It’s quit unfortunate that we don’t have easy access to the rennet here. :'( Thanks for sharing! :)

    • Tshanina Peterson
      Tshanina Peterson09-18-2015

      That is a bummer, Ann!

      Thanks for stopping by!

  24. Sahana

    Wow, looks simple. Didn’t know that cheese making could be easy at home.Thank you for sharing with us at #HomeMattersParty. We would love to have you next week again.

    • Tshanina Peterson
      Tshanina Peterson09-23-2015

      It sure is, and is also so fun to make!

      Thanks for stopping by Sahana!

  25. Opal

    Can I substitute carrageenan for vegetarian rennet?

    • Tshanina Peterson
      Tshanina Peterson10-08-2015

      I have only made it with rennet so hopefully someone else can chime in on the carrageenan!

  26. rose

    At what point did you add the citric acid. I didn’t read through all of the comments to see if that was brought up. Thanks!

    • Tshanina Peterson
      Tshanina Peterson11-23-2015

      Dissolving the citric acid in water is the very first step.

      Thanks for stopping by, Rose!

  27. Peggy

    my pot is not stainless steel, will this be a problem?

    • Tshanina Peterson
      Tshanina Peterson12-07-2015

      No, that shouldn’t be a problem. Enjoy, Peggy!

  28. Ansa Molver
    Ansa Molver12-12-2015

    Hi I am in South Africa, please explain what is rennet? Maybe I can find something else here that I can use.

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  30. M.

    How much cheese does this make? If it uses a whole gallon of milk I would hope it makes a lot of cheese!

    • Tshanina Peterson
      Tshanina Peterson05-16-2016

      The cheese ball in the pictures is how much it yields.

      Thanks for stopping by!

  31. Andrea

    Hello, I’m new to the cheese making world. I have ordered rennet, citric acid and salt but I’m a little lost on what milk to use. Many sites say to not use UTH milk and this and that and so forth. What kind of milk did you use? It looks like a store bought one. Did you look for something special when buying it?


    • Tshanina Peterson
      Tshanina Peterson05-22-2016

      Hi Andrea! I didn’t use a special milk, just the store brand of whole milk from wherever I was shopping at at the time.


  32. Michele

    I tried this this weekend and it didn’t work out so well. Taste was good but it never got to where I could stretch it and was more like a ricotta texture. After 2 days in the fridge it did set up but during the making, after “kneading”, which was more like squishing my hands through thick mud, for at least 30 or 40 minutes, the texture was just like dry’ish ricotta. Any suggestions would be appreciated.

    • Tshanina Peterson
      Tshanina Peterson08-23-2016

      I’m sorry to hear that it didn’t go as planned, Michele!

  33. Patricia

    I am lactose intolerant and wonder if this would work with lactaid milk. I did read that overly pasteurized milk may not work, and I just wondered if anyone had tried it with lactaid milk. I would love to be able to have mozzarella I could actually eat without taking a bunch of pills first!!

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      ks pierce01-15-2018

      The lactose intolerant pills are your best bet if you’re going to make cheese with cow’s milk. Years ago when a baby was lactose intollerant they could tolerate goat’s milk. I wonder how the recipe would need to be modified or even if that’s possible if you used goat’s milk. Maybe do some research. I know you can make cheese from goat’s milk, but I’m not certain what types.

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  36. Karen Vanderford
    Karen Vanderford10-14-2016

    After you place the curds in the second 190 degree water, do you turn that pot of water off while it sets for 5 minutes? I assume so since you’re trying to get the temp down to 135 degrees, but just wanted to make sure before I tried it.

    • Tshanina Peterson
      Tshanina Peterson10-17-2016

      Yes, that is correct, Karen!

  37. Kathy

    Would this work with lactose-free milk?

    • Tshanina Peterson
      Tshanina Peterson10-17-2016

      Hi Kathy,
      I honestly don’t know if it will work with lactose-free milk or not.

      Thanks for stopping by!

  38. Laura

    I made this cheese as best as I could with the recipe provided, but maybe there is someone out here that can help me trouble shoot….I had to use dbl strength liquid vegetable rennet (I’m not sure if that has anything to do with my issue or not) and I used the instructions for the gal of milk on the bottle of rennet instead of 1/4 tablet…. mys cheese tastes good, but is a bit chewy and squeaks on your teeth as you eat it (my kids thought it to be quite a funny food lol), But I'[m wondering if I wasn’t able to knead it enough/ stretch it etc or if it was the rennet I used for it…? I used Barber’s whole milk. – thanks for any assistance that could be given to this first timer :)

  39. Jamie

    I have had great success using tartaric acid to make mascarpone. Do you think i could substitute this for the the acetic acid you used? If so, any ideas on the quantity of tartaric a=ocid I should use?

    • Tshanina Peterson
      Tshanina Peterson01-10-2017

      Hi Jamie! Unfortunately I haven’t worked with tartaric acid so I don’t know how to guide you. But, I’m the type of baker that likes to try things so I would definitely try it!

      If you do use the tartaric acid please let us know how it turns out!

  40. Jeff

    This may sound stupid, but have tried it on pizza and does it melt good?

    • Tshanina Peterson
      Tshanina Peterson03-02-2017

      Doesn’t sound stupid at all! Honestly, it’s never lasted long enough to try on pizza so I’m not sure how well it melts.

      If you try it on pizza, please let us know how it turns out!

  41. Suzette Turner
    Suzette Turner04-22-2017

    Hi Tshanina,

    This recipe turned out great! Thanks for the great information and instructions! Best mozzarella ever!!!!

    • Tshanina Peterson
      Tshanina Peterson04-27-2017

      Yay, Suzette, thanks for sharing!

  42. Courtney

    Hi! I have been so excited to try this recipe, however when I attempted to make it tonight it did not curdle at all- it was still the consistency of the milk I started with. Any idea on what may have gone wrong? I want to try again this week but want to try to troubleshoot beforehand. Any feedback would be most appreciated!

    • Tshanina Peterson
      Tshanina Peterson05-04-2017

      Hi Courtney! It sounds like it may need to be heated longer.

  43. Georgia Addison
    Georgia Addison05-18-2017

    Its really a nice and easy way to make cheese at home. I am very much excited for trying this. Thanks for sharing your idea, Tshanina Peterson.

  44. Lois

    I imagine have an agreement with Amazon to promote products but I would note that some of the products to make the cheese are found at a better price through Walmart.

  45. Terry

    2 questions… Are the ingredients available (other than milk) at stores and/or where can one find them? And when would you add other ingredients ( like basil, pepper flakes, etc) if one wanted to. Are there any rules to additions? Ok, 3 questions!

    • Tshanina Peterson
      Tshanina Peterson12-08-2017

      Hi Terry!

      More than likely the ingredients are available at stores, but I’m not sure where to point you since I purchased mine on Amazon.

      I haven’t added other spices to mine but I bet it would be scrumptious! I’ve heard that you need to place flavorings (garlic and large pieces of spices) in a cheese cloth and add it when you first start warming your milk. I would think you could add your basil and pepper flakes at that same time. Or you could sprinkle them on top when you serve your cheese. I hope that helps!

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