Cheese Press – Weight & Pressure Variations

Cheese Press

 How To Use A Chess Press When Changing Recipe Quantities

It is a common occurrence that you find a cheese recipe that you really want to make, but the quantity is just not right for you. Perhaps the recipe calls for 3 gallons of milk and you want to use 2 gallons, or you want to increase it to 4 gallons. Read more

The Ashwood Dutch Cheese Press

Dutch Cheese Press

The Ashwood Dutch Cheese Press

Any amateur home cheese maker will tell you that the most delicate part of the whole cheese making process is the pressing of the curd into a solid even block of cheese. This is why a good cheese press is essential if you want to have good looking cheese, and edible at that. Read more

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

Do You Keep Making Dry, Crumbly Cheese?

Do You Keep Making Dry, Crumbly Cheese?

Dry, pasty, crumbly 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

4 New Recipes To Celebrate!

cheese making

Wow! Curd-Nerd has just recently reached 400 (plus) subscribers!

I’m super excited that we have so many keen home cheese makers out there. And I’m so appreciative that so many of you have chosen to sign up to Curd-Nerd, and allow me to wander into your inbox every month (or so).

When I started this website approximately 18 months ago, I really didn’t know if anyone would ever read it, or find it useful. All I knew was that I wanted to share information on home cheese making and spread the word on how easy and enjoyable this hobby can be. Read more

Vacuum Sealing Cheese | Cheese Preservation Techniques

Vacuum Sealing Cheese | Preserving Cheese Methods

Once upon a time there was only cling film, and sandwich bags. 

Then someone found a way to take the concept of those two items and invented a product which didn’t just cover your food in plastic, but it actually sucked out all the air first, creating a air-tight, vacuum sealed wrapper.

Welcome to the Vacuum Sealer!

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QA7 – How Do I Label My Waxed Cheeses?

How To label Cheese - Cheese Labels

So you’ve made a great looking round of cheese and now it’s time to wax it.

But once it’s waxed and stored away for aging, how do you ever remember which cheese is which, when it was made and when it will be ready?

Obviously the answer is to label the cheese, but how?

Don’t worry cheese labels are extremely simple. Read more

3 More Cheese Recipes, And A New Feature

There have been a few changes around the Curd-Nerd household lately. One of which has allowed me to spend a little more time on my home cheese making.

I recently left my full time job and have been spending the last few weeks settling into a new routine. I have to say it has been quite strange after 20 years in the corporate world, aiming for the top of the ladder but it’s also exciting to be following a shift in priorities. Read more