This week's photohunt theme is Education. I started to do another post on France until I realized that I did it for the theme of School. Then I had an idea....
Last weekend I was in Paso Robles for the "Slow Bowl", one of the annual get together of members of the Slow Travel forum. Shannon does a wonderful job of organizing the tasting and dinners. This year she was also able to arrange for a class on how to make fresh homemade mozzarella and burrata cheese. Her friend Alan has been making homemade cheese and she arranged for him to give us a demo.
We gathered in the kitchen at Slow Bowl Central. Alan is a great instructor, humorous but also very detailed oriented. A couple of people had attempted to make mozzarella before so they also discussed how they had failed.
It was actually pretty simple if you can get the correct ingredients. One key is to get milk that has not been ultra pasteurized so it will curdle correctly. He also gave us several tips on how long to cook and the right temperatures. In less than two hours, we were all enjoying wonderful fresh warm mozzarella. It was definitely an education in cheesemaking.
Equipment, ingredients and recipe organized to start