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Dutch Style Cheese Press

Regular price $140
SKU: E30
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Dutch Style Cheese Press

Dutch Style Cheese Press

Regular price $140
SKU: E30
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Description

This cheese press is proudly made in the USA and built to last a lifetime. Made from solid hard wood, Maple, this press is well balanced and easy to use.

Pressure is applied by hanging weights at one of four notches on the lever arm. Each notch is a multiple so you can calculate how much pressure is being applied. For example, a 5 lbs weight hung on notch three will provide 15 lbs of pressure.

With an ability to apply up to 100 lbs of pressure, this press can be used with cheese weighing up to 10 lbs.

Details

Dimensions
19 1/2" L x 9" W x 26 3/4" H

Material
Solid Wood

Country of Origin
USA

Note
Does not come fully assembled

Directions

Recognizing Proper Pressing Weight

The proper amount of weight for pressing should be specified in each cheese making recipe. However, this can sometimes lead to over or under pressing, due to the final cheese moisture or fat content of the curds.

Excessive cloudy/milky whey or even butterfat leaking with the draining whey or on the cheese surface when turning, are signs of over pressing. Higher fat cheese requires less weight in early pressing stages when butterfat is still in a liquid state.

Under pressing will result in unconsolidated curds in the final cheese. This can be identified with open curd spaces on the rind or excessive open spaces in the cheese body.

A tight smooth rind with open space in the cheese body can be from applying excessive press too soon. This would seal the surface and trap moisture inside. This is usually accompanied by a cheese leaking moisture in the aging room.

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Dutch Style Cheese Press

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MJ
05/20/2018
Michelle J

Had to 'rig' it to get even press

It was very easy to assemble and use. However, here was the issue I faced; the centering guide is almost the exact circumference of the cheese round insert so after getting it where you think it's aligned and add 40 lbs of weight, the centering guide falls or wedges down into the center circle of the cheese mold (M3 is what was recommended for size and what I purchased). I had to have my husband cut me a block of wood to go between the two pieces to keep the pressure evenly distributed. Fingers crossed, my cheese is evening out! :)

P
02/27/2018
Patricia
Sebastopol, CA

Works Just Fine

Easy to put together and easy to use. It does the job although I wish it had a drip pan so the remaining whey has a path to drip down but that's minor since a towel works fine.

P
02/20/2018
Patricia

A little funky to put together

I haven't had a chance to use it but I'm sure it will work OK, but make sure you have your drill bits on hand because the screw holes aren't lined up at all. I had to redial 3 of the 8 holes (also be careful not to strip the screw heads, they strip easily if your holes aren't completely lined up). And I'm confused by the design because the lever isn't lined up straight with the plunger so it's not a fluid movement (maybe that's the way they want it?). I'm sure it works fine though and can't wait to try it.

D
06/30/2016
dfr
FL

exactly what I hoped it would be

A nice compact design that was easy to assemble and use. When it first arrived, the plunger was broken (likely during shipping) but April had a new part shipped out immediately and without fuss. My first pressed cheese - a colby - looks professional.

A
04/11/2016
A.calhoun
Iowa

Dutch press

Works very well. I'm pleased! Made cheddar! I love that it doesn't take up a lot of room! Great price made very well. I chose, because it was made in the USA!! I'd buy again.