Liquid Calcium Chloride Solution
This information is from our supplier - New England Cheesemaking
Calcium Chloride will help with store bought milk and goats milk to give a firmer setting curd for easier cutting in the making of hard cheeses.
CONTAINS: Calcium Chloride (concentration of 30-32%)
- Two ounces contains enough Calcium Chloride for 48 gallons of milk
- One pint contains enough Calcium Chloride for 384 gallons of milk
DIRECTIONS: Using 1/4 teaspoon for each gallon of milk, dilute in 1/4c. water. Bring milk to proper temperature and add before adding your culture.
Do not use Calcium Chloride when making Mozzarella. It will keep the curds from stretching.
STORAGE: Store in a cool, dark place. Will last indefinitely if stored properly. --
Any milk that has been pasteurized and cold stored should have Calcium Chloride (CaCl) added. The reason for this is because the calcium originally in the milk slowly becomes soluble and cannot be used to form a firm curd. The exceptions are Mozzarella, Provolone and any other cheese that requires stretching at some point in the recipe. This is because the stretch depends on the calcium leaving the curd. Some fresh milks may need CaCl added if the curd is not firm enough due to poor calcium in the milk, caused by either season or poor diet.
This information applies to both hard and soft cheeses.