Has there ever been anything you really wanted to attempt in the kitchen, but wasn’t sure of your ability to conquer it? Last Mother’s Day I had a similar situation with macaroon cookies, but UncommonGoods helped me master, er, well, at least bake, a few beautiful cookies. This Valentine’s season UncommonGoods gave me the opportunity to do it again! I made homemade mascarpone cheese!
I love the vast variety of unique gifts at UncommonGoods. Operating out of Brooklyn, New York in the historic Brooklyn Army Terminal, UncommonGoods values their employees, paying them 50% above minimum wage. Employees at UncommonGoods are pleased to work for a company that also embraces mother nature by offering hand crafted products made from recycled or natural materials that have never been tested on animals. And each purchase made on their website offers customers a chance to donate $1.00 to a listed non-profit charity of their choice.
So with Valentine’s approaching I thought it a great time to learn how to make my own cheese. It does go great with wine, right! With the sponsor’s awesome support, I opted for an Italian Cheese Making Kit by Mad Millie, a Feta and Greek Yogurt Making Kit by Urban Cheesecraft, and a beautiful wooden wine box that opens up to a serving tray, perfect for romantic picnics in the park.
The perfect time to showcase this cheese is during #FreshTastyValentines, a sponsored event running February 1st-8th, featuring 22 bloggers and 13 sponsor, 14 prizes and over 100 fresh and healthy recipes for your Valentine. Check it out here! UncommonGoods is offering a gift card worth $150 for their prize! Wow!
Are you ready to see how this came together with the help from our wonderful sponsor?
The kit included some easy to follow instructions, along with links for videos on YouTube.
For the mascarpone, I heated 1 pint of heavy whipping cream to 185F, which took about 5 minutes of babysitting. Then I added 1/4 tsp of citric acid that I diluted in 1 Tb of cold water, stirred it in, removed it from heat and covered it for a bit. After it had significantly cooled, I poured the mixture into a cheesecloth lined colander that was placed into a bowl.
After several hours of chilling in the refrigerator, I had rich creamy mascarpone cheese that was ready for any mix-ins, or as is.
Isn’t the little wood box adorable? You can even serve it on a handmade carving board for some crafty charm.
I love that you can literally see the freshness in this fancy cheese. Nobody will know how easy it was to make.
I see some Tiramisu and extra chilled Sweet Red Wine in this cheese’s future. (Psst, try a corkcicle.)
Oooh lala, now that is some seducutive cheese for your special someone.
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This post was sponsored by UncommonGoods. I received complimentary product from the sponsor for participating in #FreshTastyValentines. No additional compensation was received by me. All opinions, text, images, and recipe are my own, unless otherwise noted. Feel free to substitute the branded ingredients as needed with a like for like product. *This post contains affiliate links.