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

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

3 More Cheese Recipes, And A New Feature

Cheese Making Recipes

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.

With a few extra hours available to me at home now, one of the things that I knew I would spend more time doing is making cheese. I’ve had in the back of my mind other cheese recipes that I am keen to have a go at but I have been sticking to my old favourites due to a lack of time to ‘play’ and trial.

So over the next few weeks, I’m going to be giving these recipes a go:

  • Edam – a semi hard cheese with a mild taste
  • Havarti – a cheese that is delicious grilled and melted
  • Blue Cheese – cheese with ‘blue’ mold veins throughout the cheese

I have added these new recipes to Curd-Nerd after researching all of the recipes I could find for each and bringing together what seemed to be the commonly agreed methods for making these cheeses.

Once I make these myself I will, of course, adjust the recipes if I find anything to be wrong or detrimental to the end result but in the meantime, if you also have a hankering to advance to a different cheese recipe why not try one of the above and let me know how it goes.

I’m always keen to hear the success other Curd-Nerds have with their cheese making.

I will continue to add new recipes to Curd-Nerd but if there are any specific cheese recipes you want to try out, please drop me a line in the comments below and I’ll do my best to research and find a recipe for you to test out.

On a different note, just to let you know that I have added a new feature to the comments area of Curd-Nerd.

It’s a very simply feature, but definitely handy none-the-less.

Now when you post a comment (thank you to all those who have got in touch) you will be able to subscribe to your comment so that when a reply is posted, you will be alerted via email.

The other great thing about the new feature is that if you spot a comment that another reader has posted, which you would also like to see the answer to, you can subscribe to that comment without actually having to comment yourself.

And while we’re talking comments….if you see a question, that you have the answer to, don’t be shy. Drop a comment back and join in the discussion. I don’t proclaim to be an expert by any means and if you have something valuable to add it would be a shame for other readers to miss out on your knowledge.

So go on! Join in with the comments and share a little of what you know : )

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

QA6 – Why Didn’t My Curd Knit Together?

QA6 – Why Didn’t My Curd Knit Together?

Why Didn't My Curd Knit Together?

If you’ve ever pressed a cheese and ended up with curd that has failed to knit together, you’ll know how disappointing this dilemma is. I certainly do!

The point of pressing your cheese is to not only expel the whey but it is also how the small curds are knitted together to form the smooth shape, texture and density of the cheese.

When the curds don’t knit properly you will get a range of results from creases, cracks and crevices throughout the cheese, or a complete catastrophe of curd that doesn’t form any kind of shape or mass and just falls apart.

So what causes a lack of knit with cheese curds? Read more

Cheese Making Press – How To Press Cheese

Cheese Making Press – How To Press Cheese

This post is Part 6 of the continued basic home cheese making instructions. See the Curd Nerd Beginner Page or the Basic Instructions category for previous parts.

Pressing your cheese is not only an important part of shaping the cheese but is also important in creating the texture and as part of the aging process.

 

What Cheese Needs Pressing

Soft cheeses need either no pressing, are pressed under their own weight or have minimal light weight applied to form the cheese.

Hard cheese on the other hand must be pressed and after your cheese has been through each of the steps to get to the point of having curds ready to turn into cheese, you need to apply enough weight in a way that will knit the curds, expel any extra whey and create the shape of your final product.

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3 New Soft Cheese Recipes!

Today’s post is a short and sweet one, but hopefully also helpful in adding to your home cheese making repertoire.

Curd-Nerd has added 3 new soft cheese recipes to the recipe list for you to try your cheese making hand at.

We have also made a small change to the menu so that the Soft Cheese Recipes and the Hard Cheese Recipes have been split out into separate menus. This should make it quicker to find the recipes you want.

The latest recipes to be added include:

  • Chevré– a fresh goat’s milk cheese which is extremely simple to make
  • Cottage Cheese – extremely versatile and more delicious than the watery store bought stuff
  • Brie – known as ‘The Queen of Cheese’ this one is challenging, but well worth mastering

We’ll be adding even more recipes soon but if there are any specific cheese recipes you want to try out in the meantime, please let us know in the comments below and we’ll do our best to add it straight away.

Good luck with these new recipes and please, ask any questions that you have.