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Cheese News 2014 -April

April, 2014 New England Cheesemaking Supply Co.

Shropshire Blue

This is a fabulous cheese for intermediate to advanced cheese makers. It's a lovely cross between a flaky and acid Cheshire Cheese and a Stilton.

As usual, Jim's recipe is as detailed as you will find anywhere in print. There are pictures and comments for every step along the whey. He even tells you the total time involved in making this cheese, so you can start it early enough in the morning.

Have you made it yet?!

For Jim's recipe - click here

Jim's Shropshire Blue

Sister Gertrude Read

Virginia Dale, Colorado

Sister Gertrude was one of the entrants in our 35th Anniversary Essay Contest last December. She lives at the Abbey of St. Walburga, a beautiful place with a spectacular view of the mountains. She and the other women there raise cattle and sell the beef to support the Abbey.

A couple of years ago, Sister Gertrude was asked if she might be interested in learning to make cheese because there was plenty of milk from the cows. She was and she did! Now, she loves it.

Sister Gertrude did not win the prize in the essay contest- a cheese press (E28), but she did end up with one. A friend of the Abbey read about the contest and sent her a check to cover the cost of a press. (As we said at the beginning of the competition - to enter is to win!)

For more info and pictures - click here

Sister Gertrude with Simon, a Great Dane


Madi and her miniature pony, Journey

Madi Shaw (12)

Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

Madi Shaw is in the seventh grade, being home schooled. She makes cheese from her own goat's milk. She has her own herd (Nubian and Angora), including 9 adorable kids, less than a month old. Madi is actually bottle feeding all her babies because three of her nannies came down with an illness and had to be put down a few weeks ago.


In addition to raising goats and making cheese, Madi spins yarn and weaves, cans jams and jellies and breeds rabbits. Yes, she is awesome and we are proud to know her!

This spring, Madi's family is going to be opening a fiber mill in the house next to theirs and they will be selling Pennsylvania products which they make themselves, including Madi's cheese (yay!). We'll keep you posted when they open for business.

For more info and pictures about Madi - click here

Madi and Lilly



This is a new section we have added as part of our mission to encourage young people to learn the art of cheese making. If you are 18 or less, we would love to hear from you about your experiences and your goals for the future.
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Aussie Cheesemates

We are big New England Cheesemaking Supply fans and look forward to your newsletter each month, so we thought we would tell you about ourselves - The Aussie Cheesemates:

The Aussie Cheesemates are 5 women (at right) who meet monthly to make cheese. We live in Gippsland, which is 2 hours east of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.
Kate, Jan, Isobel, Heather and LaBerta


End of year celebration

At the beginning of the year, we plan a schedule of what cheeses we will make over the year, often using your recipes, ingredients and equipment to make the cheese. We source our milk from a nearby dairy or one of our Cheesemates supplies us with milk from her goats.

Some of the cheeses we have made so far include camembert, cambozola, blue vein, chaource, Wensleydale, cheddar, Cheshire, raclette, gouda, feta, Romano, Monterey Jack, queso fresco, asiago, and gruyere. We have lots more on the list for 2014 and beyond. So many cheeses, so little time!

Our group is very lucky to have Isobel, who runs cheese making classes in Melbourne. She very generously shares her expertise with the rest of us. We are planning to make a group field trip to the Adelaide CheeseFest this October and hope to raise the funds for the trip by all helping run cheese making classes locally and possibly in Tasmania.


The picture (above) is the spread at our end of 2013, holiday celebration luncheon at which we displayed and tasted many of the cheeses we had made over the year. These were accompanied by a gourmet meal of dishes we each brought to share, many of which incorporated our cheeses. Our partners joined us for this event and were so impressed with our cheese products, they have requested repeat performances, at least a couple of times per year.

Cheers, or should we say "Cheese" from Downunder.
LaBerta Forys, Gippsland, Australia


Welcome to Our World!

As a newcomer to making my own cheeses, I just wanted to share my picture of a cheddar cheese I made 3 months ago.

I don't have a pH meter so I rely on time to ripen my store bought whole milk.
Gary Workman, Liberty, New York
Gary's Cheddar



Christiaan Claassen

Making Butter in South Africa

I have just finished reading your article on the history of butter and the making of it (click here).

I grew up in a farm in Natal, South Africa, with homemade butter! I understand now it was a form of cultured butter, as my mum stored the creams until we had enough, exactly as you described it.

I'm living in Johannesburg, South Africa, now. All grown-up with kids and wanting to give healthier food to my family... hence researching on butter making recipes to refresh my memory.

Thank you, firstly, for taking the time to write this down so I may read this and learn far away in South Africa!

Secondly, thank you for being part of helping humanity get healthier by 'doing things themselves' rather than supporting comfort living. Thirdly, thank you for the friendly and inviting tone with which you have written this article.

I already have a contact for the cream - unpasteurized straight from a farm. So I'll get going on this and look forward to being part of your circle.
Christiaan Claassen, Passion Assist Advisory, Johannesburg, South Africa



Sage Derby

Greetings here from a too sunny Perth, Western Australia!! (Bushfires with horrible consequences... 55 homes lost.)

Just to let you know, I tried a couple of recipes for Halloumi... yours and one other that was less complicated. I must say it seems it's always better to take a bit more time and use the best milk you can.

The result I got using your recipe was far superior. A delightfully, soft-textured cheese that lets the pure, sweet taste of the milk shine through on the palate.
Karen's Sage Derby

I used some flavored oil (garlic, rosemary and sumac) from a previously made batch of marinated feta, to brush the cheese with, before grilling and it was truly 'heaven' on a plate.

Jim, you and your team are amazing!! You rock!!

Here is my latest effort - a beautiful sage derby which is just 2 days old. It looks absolutely stunning!! I did my sage infusion a bit differently. After soaking and drying the sage and spinach leaves, I just put them through a slow juicer without adding any water at all.

Hence the vivid green color. I just hope that adding it undiluted will not add any bitterness to the final product. Let's see in a couple of months.
Karen Francis, Perth, Australia



Photo: Michael Pereckas/Wikimedia

New Use for Brine

We heard from two readers about towns in Wisconsin where used brine is being spread on the streets at a much lower cost to the town than road salt. Apparently mozzarella and provolone brine works best.

Sharon Suri who lives in Penang, Malaysia (where she doesn't have to worry about road salt) sent us a link to an article in Outside Online.


We also heard from Reuven Segal in Melbourne, Australia who sent us a link about the same subject - click here.

Reuven went on to write:

I have been into making my own cheeses for the last three years, ever since my wife sent me on a day-long cheese making course. It is a wonderful accompaniment to my other food- related hobbies: charcuterie, brewing and pickling/fermenting. I have also just started with wines and meads. These hobbies really complement each other and use much of the same equipment.

I have made many friends through these hobbies, without whom I would never have learned nor enjoyed as much as I have. I have since graduated to teaching friends and family, and have been asked to teach some groups, which I will be beginning later this year. I hope it brings them as much enjoyment as it has to me.

I am interested in the more unusual and complex cheeses, although my family and friends keep me busy with the staples - Feta, Mozzarella, Feta, Camembert, Feta, Brie, Haloumi, Blue and Feta. I would love to experiment with more sheep and goat milk, but they are either very difficult to come by or prohibitively expensive here. My next move is to try washed- rind (Limburger anyone?), Drunken Goat (sometimes you have to splurge), and a Danish cheese that is smoked with straw (anyone have information on this cheese?).

I now use a 71L (19 gallon) stainless pot for big wheels of Parmesan, Gouda and Swiss-style cheeses, which is a big jump from the 19L (5 gallon) pot I began with not too long ago. Although I use (collect?) many different 'standard' moulds, my Dutch wife brings back Gouda and Manchengo moulds when she visits her family- nothing below 5kg (11 lb.), of course.
Reuven Segal, Melbourne, Australia


Reuven's 6 kg (13 lb.) Parmesan (aged 15 months) that will be opened on his son's first birthday.


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(Note: Questions about making cheese go to


Sarah's 30th!

Ricki's youngest daughter, Sarah was surprised (and delighted!) to find herself celebrating her birthday with the royal staff of NECS at a local restaurant. Her husband, Mark had simply asked her if she felt like going to lunch that day.

There were 3 generations present - the Cheese Queen, her two daughters (the Cheese Princesses) and 4 month old, Jocelyn (a Lady in Waiting). Of course, Jocelyn doesn't know about cheese yet - she was mostly waiting to be fed!

Sarah will be bringing Jocelyn to work with her soon, so she can "learn the ropes." We predict she'll know the difference between a mesophilic and a thermophilic culture in no time!
Sarah, baby Jocelyn, Mark, Ricki, Jenny


Ricki, April, baby Jocelyn, Sarah, Jeff, Jenny, Angie, Kathy, Jeri, Jim


Ya Gotta Make the Butta!

Question: Have you bought cultured butter lately? Here in western Massachusetts, we pay $3.50 for 2 quarters! It's supposed to be homemade, but it's sold in the large supermarkets as well as the food co-ops. So, how homemade do you really think it is?

Well, we're done whining about it now! The solution is to use the latest technology to make our own. You can do it by hand or by using that new-fangled electricity. Or, how about both? (That way, when the power goes out, you can still make the butta!)


For more info:
Hand Churn (E51) - click here
Electric (E52) - click here

At left: Making it look easy in the good old days!

Place Your Free Ads Here!

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Zing-Training: Ari Weinzweig's "A Lapsed Anarchist's Approach to Managing Ourselves;" April 15th; Portland, Maine, For more info - click here

Artisan/Farmstead Cheesemaker Food Safety Workshop with Dr. Dennis D'Amico is coming to New England. June 06, 2014, 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM at the University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT. Only $49, includes lunch and materials. Sponsored by the New England Dairy Promotion Board and UConn Extension. To register visit: Contact Dennis D'Amico at with questions.

Eighth Annual Washington County New York Cheese Tour, the biggest cheese tour in the US, Saturday and Sunday, September 6th and 7th, 2014, 10am - 4pm, Contact: Renata Pilato, 518-812-9273, e-mail -, website -

For Sale


Mueller 20,000 gallon vertical cylindrical refrigerated & insulated silo type storage tank - Stainless Steel Alcove, 304 SS Interior, stored organic raw milk. $28K. Located in Maine.

2001 Clair Milky cream separator, #E85, used little, great condition, s/s milk tanks and food grade plastic milk and cream spouts, 60L or 18 gal/hr capacity. $700. Contact Debora Casey at for pictures and more info.

Stainless stain drain table - with wheels and 2" outlet, 7' long, 24" wide, $1200; 2 tri-clover C114 pumps, $600 each; manual stainless steel curd mill $1000; Anderson time temperature recorder; cheese vat pasteurizer - 600L, only 2 years old, works great. Contact Located north of Toronto, Ontario.


Wanted - Direct from dairy owner only (no dealers please) used stainless steel tank any size from 500 gallon and up.

Looking for a 100 gal. bulk tank (as close to NH as possible), either to buy outright or possibly trade for the 300 gallon tank we currently have. Contact Matty Huckins at 603-630-8720 or


We are downsizing our herd of American Milking Devons and have 4 bred cows, 1 bred heifer, 1 yearling heifer and 1-2 year old bull for sale. Some A2 genetics in the bunch. All registered and well handled. Call or e-mail for pricing and more info. Heather Gallagher, 603-675-2200, Located in Cornish, NH.


Jobs & Employment


Huckins Farm in New Hampton, NH is looking for a cheese intern who will work (over a few months) being our full time cheese maker. For more info: Contact Matty Huckins at 603-630-8720 or



I am looking for a cheese making course in Sweden or Denmark. Angela Coetzee,

Road trip! I am about to take the plunge into starting a cheese making business.
My dream prior to tackling it full-time is to take a road trip along the south coast (from Arkansas to Georgia) and the east coast (up to Vermont), visiting cheese makers along the way - to see them in action and ask questions. I plan to be on the road from May to July, 2014. If you make artisan cheese commercially in this area, please let me know if I can visit you and ask a few questions. Contact Jessica at or (479) 466-6694.

Philosemitic cheesemakers wanted! We're a group of Boston-area kosher cheese lovers who want to enjoy your cheese, and will pre-pay for kosher-supervised cheese runs. You provide the dairy expertise, we'll provide the rabbi. Please contact jonathan@abbett.orgto learn more.


Workshops and Classes

Quillisascut Farmstead Cheese and School of the Domestic Arts, Intro to Home Cheesemaking, June 20-21, Rice, Washington,

Cheesemaking 101

Beginner Workshops with Ricki Carroll

A full day of hands-on cheese making with Ricki and Jamie in their 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 teaching and answering our technical questions for a number of years now. You will be delighted with his classes. They are more technical in scope than Ricki's beginner classes, but are fine for the cheese maker who wants to learn more details of the process.

For more info - click here


South African Cheese Festival

Sandringham, South Africa

April 26-29


Between the Bluffs Beer, Wine & Cheese Festival

La Crosse, Wisconsin

April 26


National Spanish Cheese Festival

Trujillo, Spain

May 1-5, 2014

Minnesota Cheese Festival

Falcon Heights, Minnesota

May 18


Pine Island Cheese Festival

Pine Island, Minnesota

June 6-8

Great Wisconsin Cheese Festival

Little Chute, Wisconsin

June 6-8


Canton Wine & Cheese Festival

Canton, Pennsylvania

June 28


Finger Lakes Cheese Festival

Odessa, NY

July 26


Washington County Cheese Tour

Washinton County, New York

September 6 & 7


Green County Cheese Days

Monroe, Wisconsin

September 19-21