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Last 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
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
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
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
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
Have you thought about selling your cheeses? Is it time to test your delicious creations out in the commercial market?
While most home cheese makers find making cheese for their family and friends enough of a thrill, some cheese making hobbyists decide to take things to the next level, and start thinking about selling their cheeses at markets or, if possible, in local stores. Read more
With cheese making, there are a couple of real ‘buzz moments’ for me.
The first is when I get a really good, firm curd and get a strange satisfaction from cutting it in clean, neat lines. The other is when I make Camembert and see that gorgeous fluffy white mold growing over the cheese. That beautiful Camembert cheese mold, there’s nothing better than watching that white blanket start to cover over each round, signally the beginnings of another successful Camembert batch. Read more