During my 2 weeks off I had a lovely time…and my cheese cave (aka the wine chiller) is looking not too shabby…bit worried about the cheeses at the top though..not sure I pressed them enough and they’re looking a bit wonky !!!…they seem to be drying out OK so hopefully
Well as the title says yesterday (not today) I spent the day making cheese. I am so pleased I have finally found somewhere I can get raw milk from (which until my cows can have calves I really need) and I can get easily as much as I need…….so yesterday I got 40 litres (in fact a little bit more).
So I spent the day making cheese and put 25 litres of milk to what I think was good use.
In the end
Gouda ~ did one large one which I cut in half and 2 small ones – one I put cracked black pepper in (I had this made by a commercial company and really liked it)…altogether around 3kgs (61/2 lbs)of cheese
Had huge amounts of whey left so that was used 2 ways..
Ricotta ~ I would say about 1kg (2lbs)
…….and after that had been strained what was left went out to the pigs this morning….so nothing was wasted….I like that…a lot
I’ve still got 20 litres or so left so I’m thinking Mozzarella either today or tomorrow.
It’s been a bit of a revelation to rediscover just how fascinating milk is. Don’t get me wrong I think I’ve always though it was amazing because there are so many things you can do / make with milk but cheese making has given me a completely different appreciation of it all over again …..
Does that make me sound sad ?!!!…Oh gawd I sound like I have no life and now I find milk fascinating!!! Ahhh well I’ll just go and sit quietly and rock in a corner LOL!!
The cheese I made back in February has been sat maturing away in the wine fridge …sorry cheese cave…so we thought as it had reached the grand old age of 6 months we’d open it up and check it …for quality assurance purposes you understand
I have to say I was delighted…it tasted like a mature cheddar (thank goodness!) so we kept half to eat, I cut the half into quarters and then re-waxed them to carry on doing their thing.
I’m off work now for a couple of weeks so one of my days is going to be taken up making more cheese….roll on.