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.
NOTE: Picture to be updated soon. Now includes a drip tray and the plunger runs through the weight arm.
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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After converting an old wine press and using it, it was finally nice knowing exactly what pressure I am putting on cheese. So far have made 6 cheeses with the Dutch press and totally happy. I can tell the cheese hasn't had all the moisture pressed out of it. Love it! If anyone is on the fence about buying one of these presses, my recommendation would be "take the leap"!
I’m very happy with my Dutch cheese press. I’ve used it twice so far, and my cheese wheels both turned out perfect!
The press was easy to assemble but make sure you have the right screw bit. I used avocado oil to seal the wood. The instructions say “three” slots, but there are only two for weights. The grooves are small, I may have hubby enlarge the diameter of the weight grooves. I m cheap and just tied a string to my workout 5Lb weight. The construction is solid. Overall, I’m happy with my purchase.
Thank you for making such a nice home press available. We can't wait to give our Dutch Cheese Press a whirl!
This was super easy to assemble and also to use. The materials appear to be good quality. If I was persnickety (or had those kind of visitors) I would probably want to sand off a little of the rough edges in a couple spots. But we're pretty redneck here and the rough edges do not affect function at all. The only thing I added is a thin piece of metal to insert in the marked slot... it's actually the metal belt/pocket clip from a defunct pocketknife. This keeps the weight from sliding down. (You can see it in the pic). Seems like that should probably come with the press--or perhaps the grooves should be deeper. This is the only reason I gave it 4 stars instead of 5. Anyway, we are used to improvising. And overall I am perfectly satisfied.