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The Gift of Rennet

Back in 2002, I had the privilege of touring France with a group consisting mostly of amateur and professional cheesemakers from all over the U.S. And it was on this tour that I began to develop a deeper understanding of the true importance and value of rennet.

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How to Choose a Culture

Probably the most often asked question from new cheesemakers is how to choose a culture. This can be a daunting task, but made much simpler when you have a basic understanding of how and why the cultures work.

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Goat Cheese with Ash

The history of ash in cheesemaking goes back hundreds of years to its use as a method to protect the surface of young cheese. As years passed, they later discovered that it also greatly improved the surface molds and how they grew on fresh cheeses for ripening.

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Butterkäse

The mild flavor and soft texture make this an ideal cheese for the table. I am sure that a lot of those requests that came to me for this recipe came from folks who grew up with this as the “go to” cheese at home when young (or not so young).

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Chèvre Cheese With Rascleberry Appetizer
March 14, 2019 · · Home Dairy

Add to Favorites Chèvre cheese is a soft mild cheese made from goat milk. It is a simple two ingredient recipe, perfect for the beginning cheesemaker like myself. The first …

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Making Goat Cheese with Surplus Milk
March 14, 2019 · · Home Dairy

Got Milk? Make Cheese! Making goat cheese is an easy way to use that surplus milk for your family.

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How to Make Feta Cheese
March 14, 2019 · · Home Dairy

Some hard cheeses are intimidating, but feta doesn’t need to be. Making feta cheese is a simple way to practice for more complicated recipes.

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DIY Cheese Cave: An Affordable Option

I’ve been making Parmesan cheese for two years and loving it. While my Parmesan was turning out fantastic, my biggest challenge was figuring out how to make a DIY cheese cave that wasn’t a mold machine.

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Understanding Cultures Used for Making Cheese at Home
March 14, 2019 · · Home Dairy

Add to Favorites Though people have been making cheese at home for millennia, the rules changed with pasteurization. Here’s how to use cultures for safe and successful dairy products. Pieces …

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How to Do Goat Hoof Trimming
March 14, 2019 · · Health

Add to Favorites Goat hoof trimming is part of maintenance for keeping goats healthy. Regular goat hoof trimming will help prevent hoof rot. All ruminants are at risk for a …

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