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Your Guide to Cheesemaking 101

Your Guide to Cheesemaking 101

Over the past thirteen years, I've taught numerous classes on how to make cheese.  My philosophy on understanding cheese - or any specialty food or...

Cheesemaking 101: How to Make Feta Cheese (with Cow's Milk)

Cheesemaking 101: How to Make Feta Cheese (with Cow's Milk)

Feta cheese is traditionally made with sheep and goat milk. Though on the rise in the States as alternatives to cow milk, it is still much easier to find high quality, local cow's milk at your supermarket than goat or sheep milk. Learn how to make a flavorful, cow's milk feta at home.

How to Store & Ripen Fresh Crottin Cheese

How to Store & Ripen Fresh Crottin Cheese

Learn the history and cheesemaking practices for fresh crottin. This blog post highlights how storing fresh crottin properly is important for rind development of the cheese. Crottin can be enjoyed as a soft and spreadable cheese or as a dense and crumbly cheese, depending on the age of the cheese. Learn how to store...

Home Made Queso Blanco #cincodemayo

Home Made Queso Blanco #cincodemayo

Queso Blanco is a simple cheese to make. It’s also great for cooking or frying due to its more naturally springy texture. The apple cider vinegar ...

Fresh Goat Discs Wrapped in White Wine Infused Kale and Cabbage Leaves

Fresh Goat Discs Wrapped in White Wine Infused Kale and Cabbage Leaves

I’m always on the hunt for how to preserve my cheese a little bit longer.  How can I enhance its flavor while prolonging its shelf life? How do I ...

Ricotta Salata Recipe

Ricotta Salata Recipe

After you've mastered how to make ricotta at home, it's now time to try your hand at a homemade Ricotta Salata recipe. Fresh ricotta is drained, salted, and pressed into a wheel and then aged in the refrigerator for one week, ideally in a Cheese Grotto. This is a great introduction to cheesemaking recipe.

Buttermilk Ricotta Recipe

Buttermilk Ricotta Recipe

Traditional Ricotta is made by reheating the whey from a previous batch of rennet cheese, such as pecorino or mozzarella.  The recipes that you’l...

House Made Mascarpone Recipe

House Made Mascarpone Recipe

I’ve tested different variations of this recipe, and the lemon juice set version is my acid of choice. The great thing about making mascarpone from scratch is that it doesn’t hurt the final result if you add a little more lemon juice to the recipe, which only makes the final creamy goodness brighter in lemony flavor.