The News of the week came from this link in the Scotsman.com; http://www.scotsman.com/news/scottish-news/top-stories/harrods-snaps-up-mum-s-home-kits-for-making-cheese-1-2924733. Well done to Ailsa and her future endeavours.
The Cheese of the episode is Colby. I describe how this unique washed curd cheese is coloured with Annatto, and how many commercial cheeses are dyed with this food colouring.
There are many listener questions which cover topics such as Lactose free soft cheese, a swollen parmesan, sour farmhouse cheddar, and a correction to the quick mozzarella recipe. Keep sending them in, as I love reading them on air.
Thanks for to the many listeners for subscribing. It would be a great favour and help raise the profile of the show if you could leave a comment/review and rate the show within the iTunes store. In this way, more home cheese makers will become aware of this free resource.
Until next episode curd nerds!
Hi Gavin, I'd love to listen to your podcasts but live in a rural area with download limits and prefer to know how big a file is before I download it (just really can't watch YouTube vids – too data hungry). Do you know how big the download/podcast files are?
Hi Cassie, All the episodes so far are under 22MB each.
I like to keep them under 30 minutes, which keeps the file size down.
Thanks Gavin, we have a 3G 12GB per month connection and it's all that's available to us here. The 12GB has to do all of us (including catch up tv when the reception is rotten), can't buy more data, connection just becomes unusably slow if we exceed. It makes me very cautious but now I can indulge!
Thanks for answering my lactose free soft cheese question. I'll definitely give ricotta a try with the lactose free milk.
No problem Sarah. Hope it helped.
Edwina CF says
Gavin, apologies, I haven't listened to this -will subscribe now – and you may have already answered this question in the past. What are your views on the cost of milk making cheesemaking prohibitive? I tried to make a cheddar with a kit. I only had one go at it because it was such a disaster but I would love to have another go at some time. However, the recipe called for 8 litres of full cream milk. Do you find it's more expensive making your own but the flavour makes it worthwhile?
Hi Edwina. I looked back at previous posts, and this is the first time the questions has come up.
I will answer this via a podcast episode, but basically, home cheese making is economical if you eat a lot of cheese other than standard crappy processed cheddar. 8 litres of milk cost me AUD$8. The ingredients per cheese average to be about $1. So for a 1kg round of cheese total price is $9 per kg. Try and find cheese anywhere for $9 per kg!
As for a press and cheese moulds, you can make these items yourself from second hand material for a very low cost. They do not add much to the overall cost per cheese.
Hope that helps.
I should have said "Good" cheese anywhere for $9 per kg!