Monday, 19 September 2011

Farmhouse Cheddar Video Tutorial

Friday night was cheesemaking night, and as the Farmhouse Cheddar tasted so good, I thought I had better make a replacement toot sweet!  So as I made the cheese, I filmed it as well, and over the last few days I have been editing and producing another of my tutorial cheesemaking videos.

So here it is!





This cheese is just so simple to make and has a great taste, especially when you add peppercorns!

10 comments:

  1. Susan from Michigan USA19 September 2011 22:30

    Gavin, I have made Farmhouse cheddar two times and although it tasted great it was very dry and when I grated it over a casserole it just got hard instead of melting. What could be causing this problem?

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  2. Thank you for your excellent video. Watching the process of cutting and stirring the curds is much better than still shots! I am anxious to try the peppercorns!
    Where did you get your nifty little press? It is a nice low profile!

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  3. @ Susan. Not really sure as I would have to watch your method. Did you let it dry completly before waxing? I find that this changes the consistency of the final product somewhat. Was there whey present when you opened the wax?

    @ SCK, thanks very much. I got the press from Green Living Australia. Just search for it.

    Gav

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  4. For Susan from Michigan - I heard today that using more rennet than necessary can result in a dry cheese as well as getting the temperature a little too warm during the cooking stage. My cheeses so far have been rather crumbly (which I actually like) but it would be nice to also have one non-crumbly. I keep very accurate notes and I am sure I don't go over the recommended temperature and I weigh the rennet on a laboratory scale. Hmmm. As someone once said it is all trial and error, mostly error!!
    Good luck and keep trying.

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  5. Susan from Michigan USA22 September 2011 22:37

    I think that I need to see if my thermometer is correct. I have directions on how to re-calabrate it. Then I'll try again. Thanks for the ideas.

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  6. Hi Gavin,
    i live in Queenstown, New Zealand and i have tried myself on some soft cheeses and after finding your website, i started getting all my cheese equipment together to make hard cheeses.I am only missing a cheese cave, but I'm sure i find one eventually. With this being said, i just wanted to tell you i think it is great what you are doing(not just the cheese making,everything else as well)I would like to be more self sufficient and you showed that when you really want something you can do it. Thank you also for the cheddar tutorial, this is the first cheese I'm gonna try next week.:)

    Antje

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  7. Hi Antje,

    Nice to hear from someone over the Tasman! Thanks for the encouragement, and I am so glad that you decided to start making hard cheeses. It is a very rewarding skill. I love sharing cheese with friends and family.

    Gav x

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  8. Hi,

    I attempted to make the cheddar cheese 6 days ago and ive been turning it twice a day. Unfortunately the weather over here in nz hasnt been the best and i noticed this morning that my cheese hasnt really gone yellow and crusty but has green and red mould growing........ive wiped this all off and wondered what you can suggest for it not to come back or how much longer til i should wax it?! help......

    Regards,

    Clare

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    1. Hi Clare,

      May I suggest that you wipe the wheel over again with a strong brine, then once touch dry, wax it straight away. Make sure that the temp of the wax is at least 90C, which will also kill the mould.

      Gav x

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  9. Hi Gavin,

    Ok thanks ill get onto that straight away!

    Regards,

    Clare

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