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 two notches on the lever arm. Each notch is a multiple so you can calculate how much pressure is being applied. For example, a 5 lb. weight hung on the furthest notch (4) will equal 20 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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Just like I'd hoped!
An heirloom-quality device. I look forward to making cheese with mine for decades to come.
Dutch Press Review
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!
Pretty and works well
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!