Homemade Burrata

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Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm 

Winston Churchill

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Turns out, cows don’t just poop out cheese. We recently acquired a rather fantasmical piece of equipment which seemed like it would open up a world of possibilities and launch Incredibrie Cheesy in a thrilling new direction. Hopefully not the same direction as One Direction (RIP). We’ll give you a clue, it’s more exciting than a cheese grater, even more exciting than a cheese slice, EVEN more exciting than a personalised cheese knife…

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Yes, you guessed it, a syringe, a cloth and some acid! With which we attempted, for many more hours than the recipe stated, to make our own Burrata.

For the sake of experimentation, and because like Kim Kardashian our self-confidence far outweighs our talent, we went straight in guns blazing for level ‘Difficult’. We were feeling optimistic; sun shining, beer in hand and with the weight of final exams lifted we had little else to do other than culture some mighty fine casei (caseiculture = cheesemaking for all you numbskulls out there).

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We began our venture with some milk, added some acid, rennet and heat, then sat on our tuffets to make some lovely curds and whey. All to plan so far.
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The concoction got hotter…
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We separated the curds and made some creamy filling. We were a little heavy-handed with the salt…
After heating the curds, the mozerella needed to be stretched, really quickly, but it was too hot to touch even with our sexy marigolds.
After heating the curds, the mozzarella needed to be stretched, really quickly, but it was too hot to handle even with our sexy marigolds.

Millie made it look so easy on her youtube tutorials, but despite our best efforts the stretching just wasn’t happening for us.  We did eventually end up with something that vaguely resembles Burrata, more by looks than taste. So here goes nothing, we present you with our review of Incredibrie’s first produce, Incrediburratie.

Texture: Stodgy and thick. A bit like biting into a boiled egg rather than fresh mozzarella. In the mouth it breaks apart into weird bits. Not quite what we were going for. The whole creamy-fresh-cheese thing is kind of missing.

Taste: Like cheese but really, really salty. It’s not particularly moreish, although we did eat the whole thing anyway. Salt aside, the filling was more flavoursome than the outer-shell and definitely had potential. In general though, pretty bland.

Appearance: It looks like Burrata! The middle didn’t ooze out when cut open like it was supposed to because the shell was too thick. But on the plate, it definitely resembled Burrata. Success!

Strength: Salty.

Overall Score: 1.5/10

Final Comments: Good for a first attempt, we did pick one of the hardest recipes. We wouldn’t recommend Incrediburratie if you have high blood pressure… or a tongue. We did actually save the leftover filling to put into a pasta bake which worked surprisingly well! It made great drunk food after a night out.

We think the main problem was probably the quality of the milk rather than our lack of skill (ego still intact!) thus we have decided that the logical next step is to invest in an Incredibrie Cow. Click here to see what’s going down…

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