200 year-old house on 25 rocky acres in high country upstate NY and SO many highbush blueberries!
Tuesday, January 19, 2010
I got cheese on the brain! After Saturday's cheese press adventure, I decided to get serious about researching the right way to press cheese. Or at least a better way.
The first place I looked was the website of the New England Cheesemaking Company, where I bought my starter cheesmaking kits, here.
They sell this cheese press for over $200. Even though I'm pretty sure I'll make a lot more cheese, I think I don't need to spend this much money to press it well.
She does sell instructions for how to make a wall-mounted press, similar to what I did - but I think I can figure it out without paying her money for the plans. I do plan on staying with the wall-mounted, lever setup though.
I found a few people who wrote about using a wall-mounted setup, but they didn't post pictures. I only found one picture that uses the wall like I did:
And lastly - here's the cheese I made on Saturday. I don't have wax, so I'll probably eat it in the next week or so rather than let it age and pick up too much of the terroir from my refrigerator. I couldn't wait and tried some of it last night. It was good, but when I start using the right starters - the it will be truly yummy! I ordered some cultures, wax, and other minor stuff last night, so should receive it next week, and by then I should have cheesepress 2.0 ready to go. Hard cheese here I come!