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Cheese……

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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 Fingers crossed

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Today mostly I’ll be making Cheese ……

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.

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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 Smile

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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!! Nyah-Nyah

Cheese update…

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 Winking smile

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.

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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.