You might be wondering why cheeses are such an expensive product? To say the truth, I did not know why until I started to work with cheese processing two years ago. You are paying for the consistency of taste and the storage needed to completely produce a cheese.
Cheese making is so much fun although the process takes so long. The first part of cheese processing involved coagulation of the milk, cutting of the curd, molding and pressing, followed by salting/brining the next day. The first part of cheese processing takes about 1-2 days depending on the type of cheese and processing procedure. Anticipating the ripening of our cheese-" the when can I have my cheese" takes even longer.
Cheddar cheese and mozarella are typically aged for 1.5 years. So, the cheese manufacturer actually need to store the cheese for a long time and that cost get transferred to the consumers. You will understand this and pay for it if you have gone through the long processing time and some error in the experimentation like I did. It is a fun experience and I would encourage anyone who like cheese to try making their own cheese. It might not turn out to be the exact cheese flavor you are making but you get a new type of cheese.
P/s: Unless you control your cheese processing steps really well, you will get a different cheese each time you make one.