One thing I love is being able to share an antipasto platter full of everything I’ve made from scratch. My Cheese Classes make for a big part of my platters.
You might think cheese making is too much work, but it’s not, and you can get others involved for a bit of fun. You just have to commit. Another thing that puts some people off is that most well-written recipes look like they’ve got lots of steps. Long pages of text can be daunting, but It’s like anything you’re new at the more written steps, the better. After a while, you’ll understand the process, and you need a lot less instruction. Some of the recipes I write are a little long, not difficult, just long. Rather than assume you know a process or technique I try to fill in the dots. I also like to add any tips that I can think of while I’m writing. I mean why not, everyone wants to make things quicker, smarter with less cleaning up right! Hopefully, I write something that helps you too.
Another thing that puts some people off is that most well-written recipes look like they’ve got lots of steps. Long pages of text can be daunting, but It’s like anything you’re new at the more written steps, the better. After a while, you’ll understand the process, and you need a lot less instruction. Some of the recipes I write are a little long, not difficult, just long. Rather than assume you know a process or technique I try to fill in the dots. I also like to add any tips that I can think of while I’m writing. I mean why not, everyone wants to make things quicker, smarter with less cleaning up right! Hopefully, I write something that helps you too.
18 years of experience in making cheese in my home kitchen.
I’ve been making cheese for 18 years. If you don’t have time to read books on cheese making and want to make cheese the easy way, “do my class. I’ve got loads of tips, and I’ve written some easy instructions. Once you’ve made Greek Feta and understand the process, you can make anything you want. I have many students that have gone on to making Camembert, Brie, Hard goats cheese and blue.
I’m going to be truthful here, cheese takes a little time to do its thing, and there are steps you need to follow, but they’re not hard steps and the time you have to put in physically, is minimal. You just need to choose a day that you’re going to be home. You’ll have to spend five mins here and there, but in between, you can go off and do your own thing. You will have to warm milk, stir, add ingredients, cut the curds and drain, these steps don’t take much time at all. I’ve been making cheese for almost two decades eeek now I feel old. Trust me, if it were hard, I wouldn’t still be making it. I’ve managed to develop little routines to make the job so much easier, and I’ll show you these in class.
Why do people make cheese at home?
First of all, you need to think it might be fun! If not, you probably won’t do it. Oh, liking cheese is somewhat important too. Hehe hee
Cheese needs time to do its thing, but you don’t have to be physically doing it for hours, just a few minutes here and there is the usual routine.
There are health benefits to making your cheese, as long as you sanitise everything correctly. I have so many tips and tricks for that; it’s too easy. You can choose ingredients for quality, flavour and price.
You don’t have to add any artificial ingredients, so if you’re trying to stay away from certain processed goods, you might consider it. The reason I got into making cheese was that my son at the time couldn’t tolerate processed cheese. There was something in it that would make him ill. Being a young boy of 8 and being told he couldn’t eat Pizza anymore was way too terrifying for him, so I went and learnt from some experts.
The cheese making process is easy. As I said earlier, I tell people once you’ve made Greek feta and you’ve learnt the basic steps; you can make any cheese you want. The steps to making different cheeses are very similar, the main things that change in each recipe are time, temperature, curd cutting and draining. Pretty simple really.
Once you have what you need, it’s not expensive. Unlike other hobbies, you don’t need a lot of fancy equipment to make cheese. A large pot, kitchen thermometer, a few basic tools (that you probably have already, in draw number 2) and culture will get you started on the path toward years of delicious fun. Although you can buy specific tools if you want them, I show you how to get by without most of it.
Want something that the family can get involved in?
Kids love to make cheese because kids usually love to eat cheese. They can participate and learn along the way. If you home-school, Cheesemaking is a unique way to teach science and chemistry. It’s not boring because you’re only doing it for short periods of time and when you come back at each stage usually looks entirely different.
It’s delicious! No matter what kind of cheese you make. Even if you think you’ve messed up a process, drain, salt, and try it anyway. You may not ever be able to repeat it, but you’ll probably still enjoy eating it. Some of the most fabulous rare cheeses were discovered quite by accident. In fact, the very first cheeses were made by accident.
Cheese making is one of our lost kitchen skills. There aren’t that many people out there that know how to do it anymore. Large food production companies have made it so easy for us to choose from a huge range of cheeses, so much so that we don’t think of making it anymore. I may not have if it hadn’t been for my son being sick with the processed stuff as a child. Not a nice thing for him, and he’s ok now, and I learnt to make cheese. Not a total disaster. 😉
If you’re interested in learning all my tips and tricks in the making of Gourmet Feta (Persian feta), Greek Feta, cultured butter, yoghurt and halloumi.
My Cheese making class is a 10:30 am till 3:30 pm class. It includes lunch and samples along the way. 😉 You also receive a small beginners kit, to make uncultured cheeses, or if you think cheese making is for you, you can trade up to another type of kit. I just want to ensure you go away with something, so you have no excuse to get started.
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