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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This is so much better than stacking whatever I could find around the house and hoping it didn't fall over. It seems well made and was easy to put together. My cheese came out looking great!
Better than I thought it would be.
The press arrived quickly and was easy to assemble. We were using another style press and and this is by far easier to use. Did a quick oil and wax coating for easier clean up along with some minor modifications for hanging weights and stabilizing the arm to keep it centered properly. Over all we would rate this 5 out of 5 stars.
Photo is of 3-25-22, pressing a requested 2 lb pepper jack (5 jalapeños, 3 green chilies and 2 habaneros: seeded and cleaned): used a plant hanger for the gallon jugs of water, which works rather well for around a 50 lb press, counting the plunger weight. Currently (3-26-22) have a 4 lb Gouda under light press, with the weight of the plunger and another plant hanger holding a can of soup on the tip of the pressing arm. Love this contraption: gave it a light sanding and sealed with mineral oil before assembly.
Absolutely the BEST!!!
I have 2 Dutch Style presses and this one is the only one that I use. The pressure is exact with this one. Very sturdy and very well made.
Just like I'd hoped!
An heirloom-quality device. I look forward to making cheese with mine for decades to come.