Cheese Course - Bites and tidbits for cheese fanatics.

Best Dairy Free Goat Cheese Recipe - One Bowl, No Blender

Looking for the best dairy-free goat cheese recipe with no soaking and no blending required? You've come to the right place! We know real cheese here at Urban Cheesecraft so we will only share delicious recipes that are made of real food - vegan cheeses are no exception. We began offering dairy free cheese kits, books and recipes on our website back in 2016 after receiving requests from our students and customers, but also our own family members and friends.

Dairy-free cheese is a great option for those with dairy allergies, lactose intolerance and vegan or dairy free diets but even if you eat dairy having a good non-dairy recipe is also very helpful for cooking for and hosting friends and family with mixed diets. 

This vegan goat cheese recipe is inspired by Urban Cheesecraft founder and cheesemaker Claudia Lucero's book, One Hour Dairy-Free Cheese

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ULTIMATE GUIDE TO USING VEGETARIAN RENNET TABLETS

Cheesemaking is an ancient art that has been practiced for thousands of years. While traditional methods of making cheese involve using animal-based rennet, there has been a rising demand for vegetarian alternatives. This demand is partly driven by those who are vegetarian or keep Kosher, but it is also due to modern lifestyles that don’t rely on, or simply don’t have enough of, the young animals that animal rennet comes from.

cheesemaker claudia lucero holding a young goat kid at Terra Farma farm in Oregon

One reason we have always used vegetarian rennet tablets in our DIY Cheese Kits here at Urban Cheesecraft is because we understand that beginners may not make cheese weekly and animal rennet expires much faster.

Our cheesemaking kits are designed to set aspiring cheesemakers up for success, and we do not want expired or weak rennet to be a factor they must think about or run into at all.

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MAKE 2 MINUTE MOZZARELLA THIS SUMMER - FREEZE CURD!

Making easy mozzarella in one hour with our DIY Cheese Kits is already pretty convenient, but did you know that you can freeze curd to stretch later? This is a great time saver that allows you to make Caprese salads, picnic panini, or BBQ appetizers on the fly all summer long.

Less time in a hot kitchen for the win!

Read on to learn more about this hack, and if you're thinking that the freezer might ruin the final product know this...
portioned curd from easy quick mozzarella recipe ready to stretch or freeze

 

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Copycat Bitchin Sauce Recipe - Chipotle, Nacho Jalapeño, Herb Garden

This is not any copycat recipe, now that I've recreated Bitchin Sauce to be adaptable to many diets, I call it Sassy Sauce! Make this tasty dip your way with my customizable base recipe and three variations including chipotle, nacho and herb garden.

Copycat Chipotle Bitchin sauce recipe, nacho and herb garden.

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Make DIY Cheese Gifts for Valentine's Day With Free Printable Labels

Is cheese your love language? Show someone you care with an adorably cheesy gift. Sign up to access the labels and other goodies for cheese lovers from time to time. CLICK HERE to access the labels.

Variety of cheeses wrapped in Free Valentine's Day gift labels cheese labels for gift basket

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GINGERBREAD GRANOLA AND YOGURT

When you make your own yogurt regularly the mix-ins and toppings become an art unto themselves. We hope you enjoy our gingerbread granola recipe below and share it with friends! If you've never made yogurt before, follow our recipe here.

yogurt and granola

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EASY HOLIDAY CANNOLI WITH QUICK HOMEMADE RICOTTA

Cannoli, made with your own, quick creamy ricotta are hard to beat for the holidays and celebrations. Purchase the shells and make ricotta on the stove or Instant Pot - your ricotta will be ready in way under an hour. For lots more cheese-based (and whey) dessert recipes, check out my cheesemaking books and DIY cheese kits.

three cannoli

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EASY DAIRY-FREE FONDUE PARTY

Use our Dairy-Free Sauces Kit to host an epic fondue party! It includes three mixes, all with differently delightful flavor profiles perfect for a fondue party.

Vegan non dairy alternative fondue dip recipe in black fondue pot with bread dipping in

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Cooking with Whey Event Jan. 19 in Portland, OR

Happy new year friends!

I hope we can toast in person at the official Portland, OR
launch party for my new book Cooking with Whey!

It’s on January 19, 6pm-8pm at Vivienne Culinary Bookstore.

TICKETS

Just $20 includes the panel discussion and a signed book. I will also make my book’s whey cornbread for you.

claudia lucero toasts with whey cocktail and book cooking with whey

Did you know that over a dozen chefs and makers from all over the U.S. contributed to this book? Yes!

Some of the locals will be at the event ready to chat whey, recipe development and more.

I’m thrilled to announce that Chef Cathy Whims of Nostrana, food scientist Emily Darchuk of Wheyward Spirit, food writer Heather Arndt-Anderson of OPB’s Superabundant, Pasta maker Leta Merrill of PastaMaia and Sarah Marshall of Marshall’s Haute Sauce fame will all celebrate with us on this special evening.

cooking with whey book and whey cocktail station
BOOK

If you can’t make it, you can still purchase a book from
Vivienne Bookstore.

Haven’t made cheese to produce whey yet? Oh no!
Check out my online shop - a quiet holiday sale is still running!

SHOP KITS & BOOKS

I hope your year is off to a great start, Claudia

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NEW! BOOK ON WHEY, CLASSES ONLINE AND IN PERSON

I have been busy behind the scenes and I have new cheesemaking classes for you both online at The Fermentation School (Mozzarella and String Cheese for Beginners) and in person hosted by the local wine shop Helioterra here in Portland Oregon (Burrata and Mozzarella plus Wine Tasting!). I also wrote a new book, Cooking with Whey!
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MY NEW BOOK, INSTANT POT CHEESE - ALSO, PROBIOTIC POWER!

In this welcome break from scary virus talk to bacterial fun, I share a recipe for a yogurt cream cheese and our good friends' (www.ferment.works) free e-course on fermenting veggies. Preserving veggies using this healthy and mouthwatering method is especially invaluable right now that we can't shop for fresh food as often.

Also, I finally get to share my Instant Pot Cheese debut. It is available for pre-order now. 30 plus recipes for quick and cultured cheeses/dairy. I got to include 7 dairy-free recipes too! 

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instant pot cheese book

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RUNNING LOW ON CHEESE? MAKE CREAM SAUCE

You might be running low on cheese, maybe you're making some like we are! Either way, stretch your cheese stash and enjoy your stockpiled pasta even more with a homemade cream sauce. Dairy and dairy-free options as usual! 
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