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My Vegan, Dairy Free, Paleo Cheese Kits Are On Kickstarter

Here’s a peek of my Kickstarter Campaign for lactose-free, paleo and vegan cheese making kits. I hope you’ll go check it out. I have videos and lots of info. on there for you! You can even watch me make dairy-free mozzarella with almonds and zucchini!

Hi, I’m Claudia!

I’m the cheesemaker behind Urban Cheesecraft. I created do-it-yourself cheese kits that make it super easy for anyone to master simple cheesemaking at home. I also teach classes and I even wrote the book, One Hour Cheese. But I realized that lots of people living the dairy-free life were missing out on the delightful world of homemade cheese. I can’t have that!

So, I turned my focus to the awesome potential of dairy-free cheese and launched a small batch of a test kit: my Dairy-Free Mozzarella & Ricotta Kit. It works for a variety of needs—including allergen-free, paleo and vegan diets.


Cheese lovers may roll their eyes or cringe in disgust at the mention of this but hear me out. I love dairy, I love real cheese. I make real cheese remember?! I’ve gotten requests for dairy-free alternatives since 2009 when I opened my business but I hesitated because like you, I did not like the store-bought options I’d come across. But I experimented and approached it from the perspective of a cheesemaker- someone who still eats cheese and know what makes it good!


I’ve applied my knowledge and high standards and voila! I developed GOOD dairy-free cheese recipes that use real food like nuts, seeds, vegetables, fermented foods, spices and fresh herbs for delicious results.

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And of course, I want those in need to be able to make these cheeses at home quickly and easily. So, kits are on the horizon!


You can find behind the scenes info, photos and shareable posts here- thank you for helping me improve the world of dairy-free cheese! Remember to watch the videos and tell your friends about my project. You really just never know who might be really into this idea! Thank you! (the kickstarter campaign page)

Fall feast day is almost here!

This morning I found the garden, grass, fence, and my car covered in glittery ice. It makes me hopeful for snow!! Wouldn’t that be neat tomorrow when lots of people are off work and school? Whatever happens and how you spend it, I hope you have good company and a full belly.

As I dream about what I’ll be making for our feast, I thought I’d post my best wishes for you along with my menu ideas! I did get a turkey from our good friends at Terra Farma (same farm where we get our milk, eggs, chicken, pork) and lots of winter squash from our CSA farmers at Fiddlehead Farm.


I like seasonal treats. Where I veer off is what I make with them. I am not a traditionalist when it comes to food. There are too many yummy dishes to try. The following links are to my inspiration recipes. I plan to tweak the recipes a bit as I tend to do.

I can’t help but bring in my Mexican roots so this year I think I’ll treat friends to turkey mole (not pronounced like hole or the bullfighting cheer- ole! Start saying molecular and stop after mole….then put the accent on the mo, not the le- confusing enough? Hey I’m not a language instructor). Mole is what many Mexican American households make with leftover turkey (or an easy turkey machaca) but since I always preferred it over turkey and gravy, why not start there? We’ll also have potato, paneer and delicata squash mole for the vegetarians. I was going to take the day off making cheese but the paneer sounds too good in the mole! We’ll keep it casual and make tacos with delicious Three Sisters masa and tortillas and if I can pull it off, some kind of pumpkin spice flan (or ice cream!). We’ll wash it all down with a chilled autumn fruit sangria.


The paneer in a spicy stew (paneer doesn’t melt) is inspired by Indian curries of course- if you have my book, you know I like mixing cuisine styles. Sounds like a delicious menu to me- it’ll be fun to share. Hope you have a relaxing day (don’t stress out over perfection) and if you end up shopping during your food coma (does not get more American than that I’m afraid), here are some links to our new hexagon shaped Williams Sonoma kits, and our deluxe kit and book bundle featured on Portland Eater’s holiday gift guide for food lovers. Oh, if you like my ramblings (and photos of cheese), follow me on Instagram where I post almost daily! Cheers, Claudia

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My First Year As A Cook Book Author

It’s been a whirlwind year since May 2014 when my book, One Hour Cheese hit the book shelves! I got to speak at bookstores, Mother Earth News Fairs and cheese shops near and far. Even a bookstore on Orcas Island!
The book has received great reviews and Powell’s even chose it as a top 5 cook book. Awesome.


I made cheese, signed books and met lots of excited new cheesemakers and aspiring cheesemakers! As this year is getting into the last quarter when we get super busy with cheese kit sales around here (thank you!!!), I’m pausing to reminisce.

Just check out some highlights of my incredible year. I am so grateful for Workman my publisher who, I hear from other authors, has treated me like a queen. I hope you enjoy these links as they bring my book to life with videos, recipes, interviews and cheesy jokes! They will give you a big sneak peek and hopefully convince you to buy a book or three, or use the one you already bought to support my work, riiiiiight?! BTW, it’s a great time to buy books for the holidays and some kits on super sale! The combo makes an amazing gift you know ;).

Made cheese with Potluck Video at Beecher’s New York with their large scale cheesemaking set up in the background!

NPR’s All Things Considered featured my Smoky Cheater!


I woke up at the crack of dawn for a Live TV Appearance on AM Northwest
Watch the archived show now! I made One-Hour Cheese in 6 minutes!

Hallmark Channel Hallmark Home and Family
Hosts cooked out of the book and reviewed it! WATCH NOW

BLOG Book Tour-  Bloggers made cheese, posted my recipes and their gorgeous photos!


And recently, Etsy featured my shop again, announcing my DIY Dairy Free Cheese Kits coming this fall! Thanks for all your support leading up to this year. I hope to have many more cheesy adventures with you all. Go enjoy what we have left of basil and tomato season with some homemade cheese right now! Love, Claudia