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Cheese News 2011-September

September, 2011     New England Cheesemaking Supply Co.

They've Only Just Begun ...

(but, this is the last of the silly wedding clipart!)

To see pictures of the most fabulous wedding ever - click here

Suzanne's Biggest Challenge!

Teaching Mozzarella to 40 Excited Guests at Her 1st Annual Chickens in the Road Retreat

Well, you could say Suzanne did not actually meet our challenge this month by making a new cheese, but we gave her a pass because of the enormity of her undertaking! 

Not only did she teach a lot of people to make cheese, she also taught them workshops in a variety of other back-to-basics skills over a two day period.  (The picture at right shows folks using their mozzarella to make pepperoni rolls in a bread making class.)

Suzanne held her retreat at Camp Sheppard in Roane Country, West Virginia.  The picture at left shows the main building, but there are bunk houses and other lodges, as well.

The day after the retreat, Suzanne hosted a party at her farm- Stringtown Rising.  So, it was a busy 3 days for the lucky participants, and judging from their comments at her forum, they loved it.  (They always seem to refer to our 30 minute recipe as "Magical Mozzarella," which we think is very cute!) 

Next month, after Suzanne has recovered from her latest challenge, she will be back to more "pressing" matters - making a new cheese ...

To read about Suzanne's teaching experience - click here


It's a word that conjures up visions of pyramids, cannonballs, logs, layers of ash and that fresh, light flavor we love so much.  As Jim points out, there are many, many varieties and in this country, the word, chevre, applies to virtually any fresh cheese made from goat's milk.

Chevre is extremely easy to make at home. (Ask anyone who has done it.)  In fact, we have managed to make it even easier by combining the starter culture with the rennet in one small packet (C20G)

With this and Jim's detailed instructions, what are you waiting for?

To see Jim's recipe - click here


Wine Maker + Cheese Maker = Happy Man!

Hi there,

You would think making 40,000 cases of wine a year would satisfy my desire for making things, but I get great pleasure in making cheeses for friends and family in my spare time.
I got started when my daughters gave me your book for Christmas 15 years ago and have never looked back.  Thanks for supporting all of us cheese makers around the country and helping to keep this beautiful food art alive.
Rudy Marchesi

Note:  Rudy is the owner/winegrower of Montinore Estate in Forest Grove, Oregon.  His orchard is a Demeter Certified Biodynamic Farm.  This means his entire farm is certified organic, he sets aside 10% of his land for biodiversity, and his crops are grown with natural fertilizers from the land itself. 

He also teaches cheese making classes at Kookoolan Farms in Yamhill, Oregon.  His classes are popular, as you might guess, so, for the rest of this year they are full.  However, you can register now for his spring workshops.

Making Mozzarella in the Philippines

Note:  We did a blog article in June about Joanne Bulova who makes cheese in Jamaica (and sells it in Kingston at a shop called "Uncorked."  She sent us this update:

... At the moment I am in the Philippines for 3 weeks visiting my son and daughter-in-law, who live here.  I'm attaching some pictures of teaching cheese making to a group of Filipino kids at a Saturday program for rural children called the Bright Lights Community Learning Center.  And the cheese we're making is Ricki's 30 minute mozzarella!  We're using whey to stretch the cheese since microwaves are not available.  The milk is fresh raw cow's milk.

The learning center is a voluntary Saturday program set up by an adventurous American woman (Diane Pool) who arrived here on her boat and decided to stay.  It's run on the principles of the open classroom school: the children choose their activities, the older ones help the younger ones, and  there are two staff members to provide guidance.

She (Diane) is hopeful that the children may be able to do the cheese making and actually market their product.
Joanna Bulova

Bravos for Brazos!

Note:  We did a blog article about Brazos Valley Cheese in September, 2010, and Rebeccah Durkin sent us this update:

We just attended the 29th Annual American Cheese Society Conference in Montreal, Canada. This year there were 1,686 cheeses from all over the North American continent, entered in the judging and competition. In the Brie category we won first place for Eden (our Brie with a line of vegetable ash in the center and wrapped in fig leaves) and second place for plain Brie. In the bandaged-wrapped cheddar category we won third place!
Rebeccah Durkin
Brazos Valley Cheese

Swedish Curd Cake (Ostkaka)

Hi Ricki,

I've been making several of your fresh cheeses and my friends and I love them!!!! I'm writing because every month you have some great recipes and I have my great grandmother's cookbook from 1934. 

She was an immigrant from Sweden and this cookbook was put together by her church.  (I can't even read some of the recipes because they're written in Swedish, but thought you might like this one.)
Heather Flavell

2 qts. milk
1 rennet tablet
4 eggs
1/2 c. sugar
2 Tbs. flour
salt to taste
cardamom seed, crushed

Dissolve rennet tablet.  Add to lukewarm milk.  Allow to stand until the milk cuts and forms like cheese.  Drain off water (whey).  Add the beaten eggs, sugar, salt and cardamon seed.  Add flour mixed in a little milk.  Bake in a moderate oven.
The directions are a bit vague but since this is like a custard, it would bake until set about an 1-1.5 hours.
Hope you like it and thanks for all you do.

Note:  We tried this recipe and it's delicious.  However, it's important to cut and drain the curds, or the result will be too watery.  We have another (slightly different) recipe for ostkaka in our RECIPE section (on the left hand nav bar of our home page).  It's one of the "recipes submitted by our customers" - Click Here

Save this Date!

October 2nd in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont

Note:  We love getting news like this to share.

Here are two images of cheese making ala 1840, in the kitchen of S.R. Hall House in Brownington Vermont at Old Stone House Museum.

The two women are Mary Hill Stone and Eva Dannenburg making a hard cheese at The "Cheese & Apple Tasting" last October.  It is an annual event which will happen this year Sunday, October 2, Sunday from 11-3.  The public is invited to taste cheeses from the Northeast Kingdom.

The children are campers at Time Travelers Camp this summer at the Museum. They are working with Mary Hill Stone to learn cheese making.  They are "milling curd" and apparently found that it felt pretty strange the first time they stuck their hands in it.
We did get a good demo model cheese out of each of these vats, by the way.  Milk was from the Neil Frome's 20 cow organic dairy in East Albany, Vermont.
Susanna Bowman

For more info - click here

Finally, a New Dairy in Town!

Hi there, 

I live in Placerville, CA (northern California gold country).  I am beyond thrilled to let you know that our county has opened up the its first dairy since the seventies!  It's a small goat ranch called Jollity Farm

A husband and wife run it, and they just recently completed all of the steps required to sell their cheese at the retail level in California!  They are at our Saturday morning farmers' market each week, and their cheeses are to die for.  The owners are the nicest people you could meet.  

Thought I'd pass along a bit of cheese news to you.  
Sander Thomas

Send your news & responses to Jeri at

(Note: Questions about making cheese go to

This takes the worry out of waiting for your cheese to age.

You want to check your cheese, but you don't want to cut it open if it isn't ready.  So, you take your trier, pull out a plug, taste it and stick it back in the tiny hole.  Simple, no? We have two sizes:

Small Cheese Trier (E13)
Large Cheese Trier (E10)

Cheesemaking 101

Workshops with Ricki Carroll

A full day of hands-on cheese making with Ricki in her beautiful house in the foothills of the Berkshires. You will learn to make Farmhouse Cheddar, Queso Blanco, Whole Milk and Whey Ricotta,  30 Minute Mozzarella, Fromage Blanc, Creme Fraiche and Mascarpone.

For more info - click here

Cheesemaking 201

Advanced Workshops with Jim Wallace

Jim Wallace has been our technical resource for a number of years now, teaching and answering our technical questions. He is an expert photographer, a great teacher and he has a wealth of knowledge. You will be delighted with his classes. They are more technical in scope than Ricki's introductory class, but are fine for the cheese maker who wants to learn more details of the process.

For more info - click here

Blair Cheese Festival

Blair, Wisconsin

September 15 - 18

Bra Cheese Festival

Bra, Italy

September 17 - 18

Wellesley Apple Butter & Cheese Festival

Wellesley, Ontario, Canada

September 24

The Great British Cheese Festival

Cardiff, Wales

September 24 - 25

Pennsylvania Apple & Cheese Festival

Canton, Pennsylvania

October 1 & 2

Watonga Cheese Festival

Watonga, Oklahoma

October 7 & 8

Riverbank Cheese & Wine Exposition

Riverbank, California

October 9 - 10

ADGA Convention

Grand Rapids, Michigan

October 15-22

Third Annual Wisconsin Original Cheese Festival

Madison, Wisconsin

November 4 - 5

Colorado Cheese Festival

Centennial, Colorado

November 5 & 6

9th Annual Sonoma Valley Cheese Conference

Sonoma, California

February 25 - 29, 2012

Great Canadian Cheese Festival

Picton, Ontario, Canada

June 1 - 3, 2012