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Suzanne McMinn Challenged Herself This Time and Won!Many of you remember the "Cheese Challenge" we started in 2010 with Suzanne McMinn, creator of one of the most successful blogs ever - Chickens in the Road. Suzanne made a different cheese every month for a year with milk from her beloved cow, Glory Bee.
When we first met her, via e-mail, Suzanne was ready to learn cheese making. She had been a romance novelist in her forties who decided to move her 3 children to rural West Virginia, where she had "roots." She had always wanted to live in a place where there were chickens in the road.
She ended up building a farm with her romantic interest, "52" (named by Suzanne because that was his age when they met). Her blog about her life on this farm became wildly popular, as she shared her experiences milking her cow, making cheese and learning a hundred other skills for self-sufficient living.
Unfortunately, while her blog became more and more successful, her romance fizzled.
But, Suzanne went right on accepting challenges in her life - she wrote a fascinating book about all this and it was just released in October by HarperCollins - Chickens in the Road-An Adventure in Ordinary Splendor.
We were already fans of her website, and we felt like we knew her, but we didn't really know Suzanne until we read her book. The whole time she was writing monthly "challenge" articles about making cheese, she was trying to meet a larger challenge - to keep her relationship with 52.
What happened? Well, she still doesn't quite know and we don't completely understand it either. The road to their farm had chickens it it, but it was a very rocky road indeed ...
Essay Contest Reminder!
December 1st is the deadline for your chance to win a free Cheese Press (E28)Simply write a brief essay (500 words or less) about how making cheese has changed your life. Send it with a picture of yourself doing something cheese related to firstname.lastname@example.org.
All entries will be posted in a blog article when we announce the winner(s), December 16th. (Of course, we think you're all winners if you make your own cheese!)
Making it in Mongolia!Wanted to tell you that I read your cheese making book and another friend here and I got together and made a batch of cheese a couple of weeks ago. (She's done it lots of times, but it was my first!) She had your C101 (mesophilic culture), so through her I learned that I'd need that, so proceeded to order from you.
Lots of talk (I'm a gabber!), but the gist is that I'm really excited about trying out making cheese with Mongolian milk!
It's lag time on milk right now, the animals are drying up for the winter mostly, but those that give extra feed are able to supply small stores with milk (I mean REAL milk, too - fresh from the cow - it's from that day's or the night before's milking).
We have a great opportunity over here to do some fresh cheese! I am determined that I am going to learn to do mozzarella - I'm a novice, but when next spring rolls around and the milk becomes abundant (and half the price of now), I'll be experimenting! Mozzarella cheese is very limited in availability here. I'm very excited about the chance to make some cheese for my family that we will all enjoy. I'll be saving money, and I get to use amazing fresh Mongolian milk!
Thought you might get a kick about your products reaching to this neck of the woods:).
Becky Muller, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
(Becky's family has lived there since 2000 with her husband, Jason, and their 5 children - 4 girls and 1 boy.)
PRESSES - Whatever Works!Note: We sell presses, of course, but we love to hear from folks with their own ideas. This month we happened to get two notes from customers with very different approaches ...
A Not So Simple Solution...
Down side is you need to have a metal lathe and a welder to make this ...
Fred Usack, Carter County, Tennessee
(Note: If you don't think you can make a press like Fred's, we sell those "wooden contraptions!")
Mastering Cream Cheese & Cheddar
I could not believe how simple it was. It also then made amazing cheesecake!
George Murphy, West Hartford, Connecticut
Ricki's Beginner Workshop
Every fall, when the last workshop of the year ends, we try to eke out a schedule for the next year. This is easier said than done, because planning that far ahead can be difficult. A lot can happen between now and then!
However, we have begun the process and we now have one definite date for you - Saturday, April 26th. The snow should be gone from the mountain by then and spring will be in the air. It's a beautiful time of year to visit the royal kingdom. So, if you've been meaning to learn cheese making, you can register here. The Cheese Queen awaits!
Place Your Free Ads Here!
Send your copy to email@example.com, and your ad will be promptly placed in the classified section of our website. It will also appear in the next month's Moosletter (like the ads below).
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750 gallon dairy tank - has agitator and compressor ($750) and a baby vat - 80 gallons ($2850). Ideal for start-up. Located in the state of Washington. Please contact for details and photos - firstname.lastname@example.org
Used ricotta cheesemaking kettle for sale - approx. 60 gallons works great, need to make room ($800). Cheese multi-moulds for sale - high density food grade plastic, can be used for brie, camembert, feta etc. Small round wheels - 10 mould trays, 7 extenders, 1 distribution tray. NEW - $4245, will sell for $3000, only 2 years old, gently used. E-mail for pictures email@example.com. Located north of Toronto, Ontario.
5 month-old disbudded Kinder doeling with affectionate, puppy-like personality for sale in the Carnation, WA area. Both dam and sire are direct lines from Zederkamm stock. Dam currently produces 6 lb/milk with consistent twice daily milkings and daytime with her unweaned kids. Kinder milk contains 9% butterfat and Kinders are an excellent dual-purpose breed. She is milk-stand and lead-trained. Selling to fund new cheese making equipment. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for photos if interested. $400 obo.
WantedWanted: Curd mill, cheese molds, 50 gallon butter churn and a refrigerated milk silo to buy from owner of dairy or creamery for start-up company. No dealers please, contact email@example.com
Sonoma Valley Cheese Conference
February 22 - March 1, 2014
10th Annual Oregon Cheese Fest
Central Point, Oregon
March 15, 2014
World Championship Cheese Contest
March 18-19, 2014
California's Artisan Cheese Festival
March 21-23, 2014
South African Cheese Festival
Sandringham, South Africa
National Spanish Cheese Festival
May 1-5, 2014