Keeping Coagulants Straight

It is hard to sort out all the different types and categories of rennet. For that reason, you often hear them mixed up, even by some experts! Here is a little guide that will hopefully help you sort them out – and keep them straight! Rennet vs. Coagulant While the term rennet originated from theContinue reading “Keeping Coagulants Straight”

Fresh, Squeaky Cheddar Curds – In about Two Hours

Who doesn’t love fresh, squeaky cheese curds? Plain, slathered with pesto, deep fried, or with fries and gravy as poutine, cheddar curds are fun and delicious. But making them usually involves half the day, and who has time for that? In this recipe, I have shortened up a few of the steps, the result isContinue reading “Fresh, Squeaky Cheddar Curds – In about Two Hours”

Disbudding – Using Sedation

In the archives you’ll find my article on the Dehorning Dilemma . Because I seem to like inspiring a bit of controversy, here is a video and instruction on how producers can sedate their kids (or calves) and disbud while the animal is semi-conscious. This drug also provides pain control (analgesia).  While some of you mayContinue reading “Disbudding – Using Sedation”

Excerpt #2: Mastering Basic Cheesemaking

  Chapter 7: Rennet-Coagulated Semi-Firm Fresh Cheeses (From Mastering Basic Cheesemaking, 209 page ebook, 5.99 on Amazon) In our last chapter we introduced a bit of rennet to help create our cheeses. Now we’ll move on to the largest family of cheeses—those that rely completely on rennet for coagulation. Most will still use bacteria, too,Continue reading “Excerpt #2: Mastering Basic Cheesemaking”

Excerpt #1 Mastering Basic Cheesemaking

I have just published on Amazon an ebook (5.99) for those just getting started making cheese. It is a different approach than any other beginning book available. The recipes are lessons, each one builds organically on the previous and adds a layer of skills and knowledge.  I hope you will give the book a tryContinue reading “Excerpt #1 Mastering Basic Cheesemaking”

Burrata – Forming the Dumplings

As an augmentation to the article I wrote for the summer culture the word on cheese magazine http://culturecheesemag.com/diy/beautiful-homemade-burrata , here are step by step photos of how to make burrata sachets, dumplings, packets or whatever you want to call them!

Aging Cheese on Wood Shelves and Food Safety – a Non-Issue

As a person who tends to want to follow rules, it is sad to be reminded that a good portion of food production regulations have little to do with actual food safety, rather they are the result of a ponderous, rigid system that steam rolls forward, sometimes based more on the ease of generalizing rather than theContinue reading “Aging Cheese on Wood Shelves and Food Safety – a Non-Issue”

One pot Lasagna Cheese

Lasagna Cheese – All in one pot recipe for Mozzarella and Ricotta While writing an article for Culture magazine on how to make Burrata, I realized how easy it is to make both quick mozzarella and ricotta at the same time, literally within one hour. An email from a reader mentioned that it was herContinue reading “One pot Lasagna Cheese”

Once a Day Milking – a Viable Option for Quality of Life

Think about it, 75-80% of the milk for about half the labor, half the chemicals, half the grain, AND evenings (or mornings) with a few extra hours of “free” time. Once a day milking (OAD), as opposed to the more conventional twice a day (TAD), is a popular option in several other countries as aContinue reading “Once a Day Milking – a Viable Option for Quality of Life”