Cheese Board Ideas For A Hot Summers Christmas Day

Cheese Board Ideas For A Hot Summers Christmas Day

cheese board ideas for home made cheese

As you may know, Christmas in my part of the world is a hot summers day. To me, that means swimming, barbeques, prawns and cocktails. This year, Christmas is at my place, so of course I want to be sharing my gorgeous home made cheese for my family to enjoy. I will be kicking off the day with a couple of cheesy starters before our traditional Christmas barbeque, and in this post I want to share my Christmas cheese board ideas for summer.

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Christmas Cheese Board For Home Made Cheese

Christmas Cheese Board For Home Made Cheese

 

christmas cheese board for home made cheese

 

If you haven’t read my previous post on the Cheese Filled Brioche Christmas Tree, let me fill you in. I am having Christmas at my place this year and it inspired me to come up with a couple of ideas of how I can share my home made cheese for all of my family to enjoy.

Usually, I give out different cheeses, wrapped up nicely as gifts. This year, instead of giving them out, we will be sharing them together. I have decided to start off our Christmas meal with both the Brioche Christmas Tree (which turned out exceptionally well in my trial run) as well as a Christmas Cheese Board before serving the main meal.

 

How To Choose The Right Cheese For A Christmas Cheese Board

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New Feature On Curd-Nerd

New Feature On Curd-Nerd

NewThere’s something new going on here at Curd-Nerd.

We’ve been working on this project for a while and, now, we think it’s ready to share with you.

It’s our new forum feature.

We’re excited to announce that the Curd-Nerd forum is live! Read more

Is Cheese Making Seasonal?

Is Cheese Making Seasonal?

Is Cheese Making Seasonal? Seasonal CheeseLast night we had the first frost of the coming Winter season.

And it was a good one. At -5º Celsius overnight the ground was icy white by this morning.

The first frost always signals a few changes for me. The frost cloths go on the citrus trees in our edible garden, the Yams get dug over after the first frost kills off the tops of the plants, and I prepare to get the Garlic planted to grow over the Winter.

It’s also my signal to stop making cheese for the Winter. Read more

BeesWax Cheese Wax

BeesWax Cheese Wax

Waxing Cheese With Beeswax

If you’re making hard cheeses like Cheddar or Gouda, chances are you either already waxing them, or have been looking into how to do so.

Cheese wax is a pliable, paraffin based wax that is usually coloured red, yellow or black. You can also get green and blue wax.

On a side note, ever wondered why there are different colours? Read more

QA9 – Can You Use Existing Cheese As Cultures For New Cheese?

QA9 – Can You Use Existing Cheese As Cultures For New Cheese?

propagating cheese culturesIn the past we’ve talked a little bit about various ways to reduce the cost of your home cheese making adventures.

It seems costs savings are still on the minds of some home cheese makers since we’ve been asked a few times now if existing cheeses can be used as cultures for making new cheese, as a means towards saving money. Read more

How To Make Blue Cheese Cultures (Penicillium Roqueforti)

How To Make Blue Cheese Cultures (Penicillium Roqueforti)

How To Make Blue Cheese Cultures (Penicillium Roqueforti)Are you a blue cheese fan? Do you love yourself some funky blue mold?

I have to say that blues aren’t my favourite cheese, but I can certainly enjoy the right one when I’m in the mood. I’ve had a couple of blues that were absolutely delicious, and there are certain times when I crave that extra something in my cheese.

If you’re a blue cheese fan and a home cheese maker, I’m guessing you’re either already trying your hand at making your own blues? Or at least it’s in your future plans.

A lot of Curd-Nerd’s are absolutely passionate about their blues, and are busy perfecting their own version. Some have great success, others are finding it a bit more challenging. Getting that blue mold to grow as it should is usually the biggest test. Read more

Do You Keep Making Dry, Crumbly Cheese?

Do You Keep Making Dry, Crumbly Cheese?

Do You Keep Making Dry, Crumbly Cheese?

Dry, crumbly, pasty cheese.

It’s the curse of any cheese that you hoped would turn out smooth and soft.

There are cheeses that we expect to have a slightly drier or crumblier texture, but when it isn’t planned, it’s a real disappointment, and the worst part is that you usually don’t know your cheese has gone that way until after you’ve waited weeks, or months, and then cut it open to find less than desirable results. Read more