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.
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
When I last wrote, I asked for your help in sharing with the Curd Nerd readers what other home cheese makers are using to ripen and age their cheeses.
There comes a time when most home cheese makers decide to move on from making fresh cheeses, to aged cheeses, but one thing that often holds them back is the seemingly difficult task of creating the right aging environment for their cheeses to maturein.
But a cheese ripening box really doesn’t have to be that hard, or too expensive. Read more
Buying equipment for cheese making can get expensive.
I know I’ve said it before, but this concern often comes up in the comments or emails I receive from Curd-Nerd readers, so it’s definitely on peoples minds.
And yet, not investing in certain pieces of equipment can make some parts of the cheese making process much more difficult, particularly when it comes to aging.
Wine fridges have recently become popular for creating a suitable environment for cheese aging, with the necessary temperatures and a dedicated aging area, but what if you’re not in a position to spend the money on a wine fridge, or you simply don’t want another appliance in your home? Read more
Many new home cheese makers are surprised to discover that you don’t need a whole lot of fancy, technical equipment to make cheese.
Sure, you can go all out and buy the best of the best and get everything you could possibly want and need to make cheese, but you can also start making cheese with just a few basic tools and the right ingredients, and without spending a whole lot of money. Read more