Making Home Cheese Making Cheaper

Making Home Cheese Making Cheaper

Tips on homemade cheese molds, homemade cheese cloth and homemade cheese press ideas

When you first start home cheese making, it is easy to end up spending a lot of money on all the equipment you feel like you have to have to make great cheese. There are cultures and Rennet to buy, stockpots and thermometers, pH meters and curd knifes, cheese cloth and molds and a press for hard cheeses.

Plus the price of good milk alone can be quite frightening!

And what if for some reason you end up deciding not to make cheese any more? Then you’ve spent good money that will go to waste.

Well there is no need to break the bank when you first start making cheese. You can easily save yourself a bit of money when you are first testing the waters of cheese making as a hobby, by altering or re-purposing common household items into cheese making equipment. Read more

The Pressing Issue About Cheese

The Pressing Issue About Cheese

When I first started making hard cheeses I fashioned a cheese press out of all sorts of items. Filled stock pots of water, cans of food, rocks, anything that would give me enough weight to press the curds in the mold.

Eventually I got frustrated with the balancing acts (and the anxiety caused everytime said balancing acts didn’t work) and went looking for a proper press to upgrade my cheese making process.

I bought a press made by a local engineering student whose father is a cheesemaker.

The press works well but I found the mold that comes built into it is too wide in diameter, resulting in a larger flat cheese rather than a short stout one. The problem with larger flat cheeses is you end up with a lot more rind than paste as the drying area is bigger. Read more