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Claudia Lucero of Urban Cheesecraft moved to Portland, Oregon in search of a life that emphasized quality over quantity. She started pickling vegetables using a practice known as lacto-fermentation — acquiring produce from her local CSA and dairy whey in liquid form to preserve her shares. She soon realized that the dairy whey was, in actuality, a byproduct of making cheese.

In search of a more complete approach of acquiring dairy whey, she started researching cheese recipes online and started her trade with an easy mozzarella. While many cheese makers hone their art form through years of tradition, Claudia soon discovered that there are many simple, fresh cheeses that you can make in your kitchen in under an hour with just a gallon of milk. The result is a DIY cheese kit and the centerpiece of her business.

Claudia’s intellectual curiosity led her to question the very milk where her cheese originated. After sourcing milk from local farmers, she saw an immediate result in her cheese; in fact, she started to view the milk as a living thing. As she states, “When we as human beings jump into the picture and interact with milk, then there are two living creatures working to create something. Add cultures, add molds, add humidity and heat, and then you’re encouraging and kind of pampering this live product, which evolves into cheese.”

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  • maggiesraggedyinn

    maggiesraggedyinn says:

    How interesting!!!! I never thought of making chesse. Your shop is wonderful!

    2 years ago

  • LiuRokSilver

    LiuRokSilver says:

    Mmmm cheese... Nice idea. =)

    2 years ago

  • accentonvintage

    accentonvintage says:

    Congrats! It looks so easy. My family made farmer's cheese for years! Great info!

    2 years ago

  • ohbabydotcom

    ohbabydotcom says:

    Great video! It's fun and easy to produce your own cheeses.

    2 years ago

  • TwinkleStarCrafts

    TwinkleStarCrafts says:

    Interesting article. Thank you for the info. Now, I want some cheese and wine!

    2 years ago

  • StillWithYou

    StillWithYou says:

    Your values and how you carry them out, is admirable! All the best to you.

    2 years ago

  • NangijalaJewelry

    NangijalaJewelry says:

    Oh my goodness this is fabulous!!! I am all about supporting local and eating organic food, so this is right up my alley :-) Thank you for such a wonderful feature!

    2 years ago

  • myvintagecrush

    myvintagecrush says:

    This is the best!! Cheese lovers unite :D yum yum yum

    2 years ago

  • junkyardglitter

    junkyardglitter says:

    Yea cheese is the best. We should marry it. Great life you have there!

    2 years ago

  • mirasolfarm

    mirasolfarm says:

    We've made cheese using her DIY kits and it's FANTASTIC! Way to go, Claudia.

    2 years ago

  • funktionslust

    funktionslust says:

    I never thought I could make my own cheese, that's really eye opening. Kudos to you for being so curious and inventive!

    2 years ago

  • PaintBoxWearables

    PaintBoxWearables says:

    Wow making your own cheese is that easy??? I like to eat cheese on everything. Maybe I should try this DIY version. Urban Cheesecraft you are opening our eyes.

    2 years ago

  • GardenApothecary

    GardenApothecary says:

    I love this! What a fabulous product... great labels, too.

    2 years ago

  • ikabags

    ikabags says:

    Beautiful ! Congrats :)

    2 years ago

  • MootiDesigns

    MootiDesigns says:

    Growing in France I was accustomed to this as my grandmother would make cheese for all of us. Great memories. Thanks for sharing.

    2 years ago

  • beliz82

    beliz82 says:

    This so gorgeous !!! Home made cheese yumm :))

    2 years ago

  • doggydetail

    doggydetail says:

    We purchased 2 of these kits in Oakland, CA at our urban farming gas station! The people we gave them to LOVED the cheese they made!

    2 years ago

  • caradesigns

    caradesigns says:

    sweet! or rather, savory! :) I may have to try this.

    2 years ago

  • overthemeadow

    overthemeadow says:

    Awesome!! I love cheese :-) What a fantastic idea :-)

    2 years ago

  • vKnit

    vKnit says:

    I'm a big cheese fan! What a wonderful shop you have :)

    2 years ago

  • mamif

    mamif says:

    neat!

    2 years ago

  • dianamadeit

    dianamadeit says:

    Wow! I have always wanted to learn to make cheese... I am going to have to get a kit. Great idea!

    2 years ago

  • miasole

    miasole says:

    That was wonderful and so cool!

    2 years ago

  • EnchantedBluePlanet

    EnchantedBluePlanet says:

    I am moved by the noble work you are doing and the fact that you are making ancient home arts available to new generations.

    2 years ago

  • PamelasDesertRocks

    PamelasDesertRocks says:

    I have been looking for a great cheese shop in my area to no avail. And don't get me started about supermarket cheeses... This offers a nice alternative. Very cool!

    2 years ago

  • AuroraVk

    AuroraVk says:

    Wow!! what a great idea. I'm a cheese lover!

    2 years ago

  • KettleConfections

    KettleConfections says:

    These kits are a great idea- you know your cheese is fresh, plus you know what's in them! There are so many things we can make which we buy from the supermarket- if we only knew how. Thanks for sharing your cheesemaking knowledge with us!

    2 years ago

  • SpicyMouse

    SpicyMouse says:

    How beautifully inspiring you are with a simple decision and small action. Thank you.

    2 years ago

  • bebePhilena

    bebePhilena says:

    Thank you for sharing. This is something I will try and pass on to others.

    2 years ago

  • alacloth

    alacloth says:

    You rock. Love. and thank you!

    2 years ago

  • theroyal

    theroyal says:

    i think buying dairy from humanly treated animals is rad and important. congrats on the feature

    2 years ago

  • LoveYourBling

    LoveYourBling says:

    wonderful!

    2 years ago

  • enhabiten

    enhabiten says:

    wonderful. a woman after my own heart. love DIY, personal empowerment, eating local and CHEESE!

    2 years ago

  • RedOnionWoodworks

    RedOnionWoodworks says:

    Another Oregonian creating something awesome! I'm hosting a mozzarella making party with some friends this week to spread the gospel of cheesemaking. It is so easy and fun!

    2 years ago

  • noonblueapples

    noonblueapples says:

    This is so exciting! Now I want to make my own cheese, too! Thank you :)

    2 years ago

  • seasonsofthevalley

    seasonsofthevalley says:

    So awesome!! I LOVE Cheese!

    2 years ago

  • SimplyMadeByErin

    SimplyMadeByErin says:

    How amazing, I love to make whatever I can homemade but, I never thought it would be cheese.

    2 years ago

  • bydesign4u

    bydesign4u says:

    What a wonderful business..of nature and sharing your special craft of making homemade cheese..Love that~

    2 years ago

  • tropAcool

    tropAcool says:

    what an inspiring individual!

    2 years ago

  • PetiteRobeNoire

    PetiteRobeNoire says:

    OH I WANT TO MAKE CHEESE...yes, yes, yes!

    2 years ago

  • Hurray4Crochet

    Hurray4Crochet says:

    VERY interesting...my husband loves cheese...may have to invest in one of those kits!

    2 years ago

  • FrederickAvenue

    FrederickAvenue says:

    This is wonderful! I'm putting it on my wish list. ;-)

    2 years ago

  • VillaCollezione

    VillaCollezione says:

    Claudia! Wow! You are an inspiration! You have a niche market, you support your community and give back to the community. You rock!

    2 years ago

  • LittleWrenPottery

    LittleWrenPottery says:

    I've always wanted to try this ever since I came across the cheese making kits on Etsy, congratulations on being featured - its such a cool idea!

    2 years ago

  • rebourne

    rebourne says:

    I just read a tutorial on kombucha today, and I am loving these science experiment/home school lesson/food source 'crafts'. I make yogurt with my little ones, but I want to explore cheese making and kombucha and pickling. thanks for the inspiration!!

    2 years ago

  • ThePolkadotMagpie

    ThePolkadotMagpie says:

    Beautiful video. I used to make cheese from my Nubian goats' milk. When I saw Claudia hang the cloths from her cabinet knobs...it brought it all back. It never occurred to me to go buy goat's milk from a local farmer. I no longer keep goats...but I know where to get the milk. :-)

    2 years ago

  • breadandroses2

    breadandroses2 says:

    I've never tried to make cheese though I used to make yogurt & tofu from scratch. Cheese making looks pretty much the same. Will have to try it. Thanks so much!

    2 years ago

  • prunellasoap

    prunellasoap says:

    Wonderful, Claudia! Congrats!

    2 years ago

  • Mclovebuddy

    Mclovebuddy says:

    brings back great memories of my mom making cheese and other hand crafted food.

    2 years ago

  • seacucumbermama

    seacucumbermama says:

    Great video. I want to make cheese!

    2 years ago

  • esther2u2

    esther2u2 says:

    What a beautiful short film. Claudia you are cute as a button and a great inspiration, you make me want to do and Be more :)

    2 years ago

  • Iammie

    Iammie says:

    Yummy.

    2 years ago

  • ShaneLilyRain

    ShaneLilyRain says:

    What a great post and video - It was great to see this featured!!! I have bartered with this seller in the past - Great shop and Great seller :)

    2 years ago

  • LavenderField

    LavenderField says:

    Looks delicious and so simple to make :0)

    2 years ago

  • BanglewoodSupplies

    BanglewoodSupplies says:

    I wish I could eat cheese. Well I can eat it but I'm a mess afterwards... It looks so DELISH!

    2 years ago

  • TheSteelFork

    TheSteelFork says:

    Yay! congratulations Claudia. What a wonderful video. We really enjoyed it. We really appreciate your mission to "de-mystify" cheese making. What a terrific pursuit. Well done Claudia! Take Care

    2 years ago

  • OhMafelt

    OhMafelt says:

    These kits are fantastic and super simple to use. I love giving them as gifts. Thank you Claudia!

    2 years ago

  • bhangtiez

    bhangtiez says:

    Wonderful story & so happy to have discovered these cheese kits. So awesome u r in Portland too, I luv Oregon! They are now on my etsy wish list =) Thank you for sharing!

    2 years ago

  • WalterSilva

    WalterSilva says:

    Inspiring!

    2 years ago

  • busybodybelle

    busybodybelle says:

    I have been making mozzarella for many years but have not ventured into other varieties. Way to go, and good luck! Patti

    2 years ago

  • TheScarfTree

    TheScarfTree says:

    Lovely product and a great story! Fantastic that you persevered to introduce your own home grown product to the world! Well done! Thank you for sharing!

    2 years ago

  • NicoleMarieHandbags

    NicoleMarieHandbags says:

    That was such an inspiring video. I got a little emotional thinking how sad it is that we the people have lost the simple abilities in life--like making cheese.

    2 years ago

  • fbstudiovt

    fbstudiovt says:

    YES! This is awesome and the idea of quality over quantity is part of the reason I moved to Northern Vermont. Thanks for sharing. This may have just introduced me to my next obsession - cheese making!!!

    2 years ago

  • UrbanCheesecraft

    UrbanCheesecraft says:

    Awwww, thank you everyone! I will try to make you proud :). Claudia

    2 years ago

  • MWHandmadeDesigns

    MWHandmadeDesigns says:

    Always wanted to make cheese! Never knew where to get the rennet from! Will try to talk hubby into it!

    2 years ago

  • LongLeafSoaps

    LongLeafSoaps says:

    I would love to make my own cheese! Awesome video...thanks!

    2 years ago

  • mybrokenart

    mybrokenart says:

    Wonderful, thank you so much for sharing. I can't wait to try it!

    2 years ago

  • mindybanta

    mindybanta says:

    Very inspiring! Love the idea of making your own homemade cheese! The goats are soooo cute!

    2 years ago

  • AlpineGypsy

    AlpineGypsy says:

    I would venture to say that homemade cheese is in fact one of the best substances known to Man!!! Great little article! Heidi

    2 years ago

  • BeachHouseLiving

    BeachHouseLiving says:

    Wow! Thank you so much for sharing your wonderful story. This is a great project for a winter day and a perfect gift for a cheese lover.

    2 years ago

  • dododiy

    dododiy says:

    wonderful!

    2 years ago

  • jenniferwhitmer

    jenniferwhitmer says:

    It is so wonderful to have a cheesemaker on Etsy! Who knew? I am on my way to your shop right now. I will love making the simple cheeses I use in my kitchen all the time. Thank you for this!

    2 years ago

  • slumptown

    slumptown says:

    This is a great video. I have seen these kits around town ( I live in Portland) and have been sort of intimated. The thought of making my own cheese seemed hard. The video made it look really easy and I can't wait to pick one up and make cheese.

    2 years ago

  • honeystreasures

    honeystreasures says:

    Great video. What a wonderful idea.

    2 years ago

  • KikiLaRu

    KikiLaRu says:

    This was so wonderful and inspiring!!

    2 years ago

  • HeartlandCloset

    HeartlandCloset says:

    This is fantastic! Congrats to you!

    2 years ago

  • redemptionart

    redemptionart says:

    Thank you so very much! My son raises goats and we are just learning the trade, this really helps!

    2 years ago

  • RealmofNevermoore

    RealmofNevermoore says:

    Very Cool. My husband tampered with a simple cheese once at home, it tasted similar to cream cheese but a much milder flavor. He's been wanting to play with it more, so I will definatley be bookmarking your site for product. Thanks for the wonderful interview. :D

    2 years ago

  • TheSuppliesDiva

    TheSuppliesDiva says:

    Congratulations! you did a really good job and thanks for sharing.

    2 years ago

  • woolheadworks

    woolheadworks says:

    Oh, my goodness, I love this video. It's one of my favorites. What a beautiful system -- with emphasis on buying and selling local, handmade, and quality goods.

    2 years ago

  • MegansMenagerie

    MegansMenagerie says:

    What a great idea! I'm going to have to try one of those kits out! You are so talented and I love your passion about it! Congrats to you!

    2 years ago

  • copperandglass

    copperandglass says:

    absolutely wonderfully inspiring! Thank you!

    2 years ago

  • happlesandfimo

    happlesandfimo says:

    wow! how wonderful idea! congratulations!

    2 years ago

  • BethElsie

    BethElsie says:

    So cool! I'm going to try this and use it as a gift for my friend who makes her own yogurt!

    2 years ago