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Urban Cheesecraft

Jul 19, 2011

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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 said 9 years ago

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

  • LiuRokSilver

    LiuRokSilver said 9 years ago

    Mmmm cheese... Nice idea. =)

  • accentonvintage

    accentonvintage said 9 years ago

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

  • ohbabydotcom

    ohbabydotcom said 9 years ago

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

  • TwinkleStarCrafts

    TwinkleStarCrafts said 9 years ago

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

  • StillWithYou

    StillWithYou said 9 years ago

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

  • NangijalaJewelry

    NangijalaJewelry said 9 years ago

    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!

  • myvintagecrush

    myvintagecrush said 9 years ago

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

  • junkyardglitter

    junkyardglitter said 9 years ago

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

  • mirasolfarm

    mirasolfarm said 9 years ago

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

  • funktionslust

    funktionslust said 9 years ago

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

  • PaintBoxWearables

    PaintBoxWearables said 9 years ago

    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.

  • GardenApothecary

    GardenApothecary said 9 years ago

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

  • ikabags

    ikabags said 9 years ago

    Beautiful ! Congrats :)

  • MootiDesigns

    MootiDesigns said 9 years ago

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

  • beliz82

    beliz82 said 9 years ago

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

  • doggydetail

    doggydetail said 9 years ago

    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!

  • caradesigns

    caradesigns said 9 years ago

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

  • overthemeadow

    overthemeadow said 9 years ago

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

  • vKnit

    vKnit said 9 years ago

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

  • mamif

    mamif said 9 years ago


  • dianamadeit

    dianamadeit said 9 years ago

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

  • miasole

    miasole said 9 years ago

    That was wonderful and so cool!

  • EnchantedBluePlanet

    EnchantedBluePlanet said 9 years ago

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

  • PamelasDesertRocks

    PamelasDesertRocks said 9 years ago

    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!

  • AuroraVk

    AuroraVk said 9 years ago

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

  • KettleConfections

    KettleConfections said 9 years ago

    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!

  • SpicyMouse

    SpicyMouse said 9 years ago

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

  • bebePhilena

    bebePhilena said 9 years ago

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

  • alacloth

    alacloth said 9 years ago

    You rock. Love. and thank you!

  • theroyal

    theroyal said 9 years ago

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

  • LoveYourBling

    LoveYourBling said 9 years ago


  • enhabiten

    enhabiten said 9 years ago

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

  • RedOnionWoodworks

    RedOnionWoodworks said 9 years ago

    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!

  • noonblueapples

    noonblueapples said 9 years ago

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

  • seasonsofthevalley

    seasonsofthevalley said 9 years ago

    So awesome!! I LOVE Cheese!

  • SimplyMadeByErin

    SimplyMadeByErin said 9 years ago

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

  • bydesign4u

    bydesign4u said 9 years ago

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

  • tropAcool

    tropAcool said 9 years ago

    what an inspiring individual!

  • PetiteRobeNoire

    PetiteRobeNoire said 9 years ago

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

  • Hurray4Crochet

    Hurray4Crochet said 9 years ago

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

  • FrederickAvenue

    FrederickAvenue said 9 years ago

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

  • VillaCollezione

    VillaCollezione said 9 years ago

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

  • LittleWrenPottery

    LittleWrenPottery said 9 years ago

    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!

  • rebourne

    rebourne said 9 years ago

    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!!

  • ThePolkadotMagpie

    ThePolkadotMagpie said 9 years ago

    Beautiful video. I used to make cheese from my Nubian goats' milk. When I saw Claudia hang the cloths from her cabinet 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. :-)

  • breadandroses2

    breadandroses2 said 9 years ago

    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!

  • prunellasoap

    prunellasoap said 9 years ago

    Wonderful, Claudia! Congrats!

  • Mclovebuddy

    Mclovebuddy said 9 years ago

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

  • seacucumbermama

    seacucumbermama said 9 years ago

    Great video. I want to make cheese!

  • esther2u2

    esther2u2 said 9 years ago

    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 :)

  • Iammie

    Iammie said 9 years ago


  • ShaneLilyRain

    ShaneLilyRain said 9 years ago

    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 :)

  • LavenderField

    LavenderField said 9 years ago

    Looks delicious and so simple to make :0)

  • BanglewoodSupplies

    BanglewoodSupplies said 9 years ago

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

  • TheSteelFork

    TheSteelFork said 9 years ago

    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

  • OhMafelt

    OhMafelt said 9 years ago

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

  • bhangtiez

    bhangtiez said 9 years ago

    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!

  • WalterSilva

    WalterSilva said 9 years ago


  • busybodybelle

    busybodybelle said 9 years ago

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

  • TheScarfTree

    TheScarfTree said 9 years ago

    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!

  • NicoleMarieHandbags

    NicoleMarieHandbags said 9 years ago

    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.

  • fbstudiovt

    fbstudiovt said 9 years ago

    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!!!

  • UrbanCheesecraft

    UrbanCheesecraft said 9 years ago

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

  • MWHandmadeDesigns

    MWHandmadeDesigns said 9 years ago

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

  • LongLeafSoaps

    LongLeafSoaps said 9 years ago

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

  • mybrokenart

    mybrokenart said 9 years ago

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

  • mindybanta

    mindybanta said 9 years ago

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

  • AlpineGypsy

    AlpineGypsy said 9 years ago

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

  • BeachHouseLiving

    BeachHouseLiving said 9 years ago

    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.

  • dododiy

    dododiy said 9 years ago


  • jenniferwhitmer

    jenniferwhitmer said 9 years ago

    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!

  • slumptown

    slumptown said 9 years ago

    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.

  • honeystreasures

    honeystreasures said 9 years ago

    Great video. What a wonderful idea.

  • KikiLaRu

    KikiLaRu said 9 years ago

    This was so wonderful and inspiring!!

  • HeartlandCloset

    HeartlandCloset said 9 years ago

    This is fantastic! Congrats to you!

  • redemptionart

    redemptionart said 9 years ago

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

  • RealmofNevermoore

    RealmofNevermoore said 9 years ago

    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

  • TheSuppliesDiva

    TheSuppliesDiva said 9 years ago

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

  • woolheadworks

    woolheadworks said 9 years ago

    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.

  • MegansMenagerie

    MegansMenagerie said 9 years ago

    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!

  • copperandglass

    copperandglass said 9 years ago

    absolutely wonderfully inspiring! Thank you!

  • happlesandfimo

    happlesandfimo said 9 years ago

    wow! how wonderful idea! congratulations!

  • BethElsie

    BethElsie said 9 years ago

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

  • PiacereMioPaperie

    Nancy from PiacereMioPaperie said 5 years ago

    Awesome video. You have inspired me to try making my own cheese! Congratulations, your business is a wonderful one!

  • 2LittleGypsies

    Dianne from BloomingVioletStudio said 5 years ago

    I found this so interesting and inspirational -- on many levels. Congratulations on the success of your shop and delicious products!

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