Monday, July 12, 2010

Ricki Carroll and a Giveaway

Today Beth Groundwater interviews me on her blog. She asks me to tell something I’ve never revealed in any other interview. My answer isn’t exactly scandalous, but at least it’s true!

The Giveaway

ricki bookRicki Carroll, the Cheese Queen herself, has donated a basic hard cheese making kit and a copy of her book, Home Cheese Making for me to give away here on Hearth Cricket. Together they retail for $47.

She also permitted me to post her recipes for 30-Minute Mozzarella, Whole-Milk Ricotta and Queso Blanco on the recipe page of my website. The last two don’t require any special cultures or equipment, and are a great way to get started making fresh cheese.

This kit makes eight delicious, homemade cheeses: Farmhouse Cheddar, Gouda, Monterey Jack, Feta, Cottage Cheese, Colby, Parmesan and Ricotta.

cheese making kit

It contains a basket mold, vegetable rennet tablets, mesophilic DS starter, thermophilic DS starter, dial pocket thermometer, 1/2 oz calcium chloride, one yard of re-useable cheesecloth, and a recipe booklet.

This is the same kit that I bought in the ‘90s to learn how to make Cheddar and Monterey Jack. I’ve used the thermometer and basket mold ever since.

If you’ve ever wondered about making your own cheese, or if you’ve already dabbled with fresh cheeses, this is the perfect way to get started with easy hard cheeses. It’s fascinating that even with the same culture, the method used can produce cheeses as different as Ricotta and Parmesan.

If you want to know more about Ricki and cheese making in general, check out The New England Cheese Making Supply Company.

Despite my proselytizing, not everyone wants to make their own cheese, so this time around either leave a comment on Hearth Cricket saying specifically that you want to win the cheese making kit, or let me know at if you want to enter the contest. You can enter more than once, too, in one or more of the following ways:

Add Hearth Cricket to your blogroll and email to let me know you’ve done so. Or, email and let me know if you already have me on your blogroll.

Tweet this contest and email to let me know you did.

Post on Facebook about this contest and email to let me know you did.

Recommend Hearth Cricket on StumbleUpon and email to let me know you did.

Bookmark this post on Delicious and email to let me know you did.

Thanks Ricki! I’ll announce the winner next Monday. Good Luck, everyone!


  1. Sounds like cheese making could be fun. I'll throw my name into the mix. Thanks for this opportunity. Now I'm off to check out the recipes posted.

    Thoughts in Progress

  2. I would love the cheese making kit! Crossing my fingers and toes!

  3. I'd love to have the cheesemaking kit.