Dutch Style Cheese Press
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.
19 1/2" L x 9" W x 26 3/4" H
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Does not come fully assembled
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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I believe this press will be quite serviceable, but it has a rather unfinished quality. The holes in the plunger were so splintery that they needed to be sanded or filled off to make them smoother. On the plus side, the press was child’s play to put together even though the little nail referred to in the instructions was missing from the supplies.. Also, the price was reasonable. I can’t wait to use it.
Don’t waste your money. The press exert uneven force on the cheese when pressing, making one side more compacted than the other. Worst buy ever.
We love the Dutch Style Chees Press. It is well built and sturdy, easy to assemble. Does a great job, easier to estimate how many pounds of pressure we are using.
I’ve recently started cheese making and finally decided to make the jump to pressed cheeses. I had been making mainly fresh, soft cheeses up till now that didn’t require a press. It’s a great feeling to now be able to make my favorite hard cheeses. The press is very well made and was easy to put together. The hardwood and the solid feel to it makes me think I will be using it for years to come. It also looks nice when it’s sitting out it looks decorative. I’m very happy with my purchase.