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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! http://bit.ly/dfcheese

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!

http://bit.ly/dfcheese (the kickstarter campaign page)




Vote for Urban Cheesecraft

Hi, I’ve been working my way to a post for you and I haven’t done it yet. Sorry about that, the holiday season and book touring has kept me insanely busy but I promise it’s coming. In the meantime, just wanted to send a quick plea along with some fun not-so subliminal images…

Soooo, Paypal chose 6 businesses for this contest and mine is one of them! Of ALL the businesses nationwide. Crazy right?! Please help me win 30K! It takes 5 seconds to vote, https://www.paypal-sxswduel.com/

20150203_1046I have a chance to win $30,000 to use as I see fit as well as pro business advice from Shark Tank (FUBU) fellow, Daymond John. Please vote, pass it on, share it with your audience (people who love cheese, have made cheese, used my kits or should :). My social media skills have me at 6th at this time, yikes!

Though this is not usually my cup of tea, now that they threw me in I’m not gonna lie, I’m dreaming about the snazzy how-to videos and new non-dairy cheese kits that money could help me create! Underdog coming in for the win at the end? Ha ha!


Just so you know, these photos are from a photo shoot for the contest that my awesome friends jumped into last minute but the Paypal team only ended up using a close up of a kit and my friend Ben’s arm, ha ha! That’s how it goes but I wanted to share some of the photos so you see our efforts and fun times!

Your votes will get it down to 2 of us, then Daymond John chooses the big winner at the South by Southwest Music Fest in Austin this March. Quick turnaround at least! Please vote! Thank you for letting me spam you ;). Love, Claudia

If you want to twitter or facebook for me here are helpful snippets for you- feel free to use any of these images for Instagram (I’m @urbancheesecraft there, follow me! 🙂 :


  • Help my pal @cheesekitpdx get face time with @thesharkdaymond for the chance to win $30K at the #paypalduel. Vote here:http://bit.ly/1JaQljl@paypal