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Sharman Hofmann says
Hi Gavin. I have been making Feta and Camembert for 2 years now and as I have even more time to concentrate on my cheesemaking, I would like to expand my skills and try perhaps a gouda first up. I note your recipe using MO30, I have MM100 could I substitute this.
Gavin Webber says
Hi Sharman. MM100 has the following properties; Moderate acidifier with some gas and high diacetyl production. Use for Brie,
Camembert, Havarti, Gouda, Edam, Feta, Blue, Chevre and other buttery, open textured
cheeses. Optimum diacetyl production at 70 – 72º F.
Lynn E Monroe says
Hello Gavin, we plan to make the uncheddared cheddar next. I didn’t see a humidity # for the curing, can you let me know? Thank you and love your videos!
James Boulton says
G’day from the UK
More of a sharing than a question for you, I have only been making cheese at home for a few months. started with cheddar and then gone on to gouda,triple pepperjack.leerdammer and red leicester
but have yet to taste any of them as they are not ready yet. So getting a bit impatient I had a go at Cammenbert
as it has a short maturation and it happens to be a favourite of mine So had the big tasting tonight….. It was awesome a bit runny on the outside but tasted just great i am really happy about the outcome I used your little bert recipe i think it was bang on! I matured for 4 weeks at 10 degrees. Would a shorter maturation time and a slightly lower temperature make it better do you think? I love your vids and podcasts so please please dont stop doing it you have given me loads of confidence and knowledge about cheese All the best
Danielle Nair says
I live in Bangalore, and would like to get in touch via email. I too want to start making cheese at home.
I would like your inputs on a few things, like vegetable rennet, cultures, etc.
Please email me, it’s firstname.lastname@example.org
Naomi Patrao says
Comment: Hello Gavin,
Greeting from Bombay, India!
I love your Youtube vids. I chanced upon them quite serendipitously, and now I want to experiment with cheese making. The Indian subcontinent does not have a tradition of cheese-making after the European methods of using mesophilic culture, rennet, lipase, calcium chloride and the other’ cheddaring’ ingredients that you typically use in your cheeses. ‘Paneer’, or south Asian cottage cheese, requires nothing more that hot milk and a squeeze of line.
As I result, acquiring these somewhat ‘exotic’ chees- making supplies would entail some legwork — not that they are not available around (there is a growing European-style cheese making community here), but perhaps I am being just plain lazy! Perhaps I will one day (sooner than later!) get up the gumption to kit my self out more fully, but not just now.
Therefore, I was wondering if I could make some of the cheeses in your vids (may be some; I’m sure not all) with store-bought full fat yogurt.
When I last checked, I noticed that the list of ingredients of these ready-made products — Nestle, Danone, as well as some domestically-produced yogurts brands — had mesophilic culture, calcium chloride, and ‘microbially-produced’ (animal rennet is not culturally acceptable in largely vegetarian India) rennet. I haven’t noticed lipase on the list, though.
Since these yogurt products have most (certainly not the lipase, though) of the ingredients that you use in your cheeses, would I be able to proceed with the store-bought yogurt as my starting point?
I should tell you that, as an experiment, I drained two 500 gm full fat yogurt tubs (Danone), pressed the curbs in a DIY cheese press with 5 kg weights, and the pressed block is now being brined in the 10 % non-iodised NaCl solution, acidified with vinegar according to you feta making video (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gnvqtQV754E)
Although I haven’t tasted it yet, I am happy to report that it looks and feels exactly like feta, even after only one day of brining! Yeyyy!!
I am sure the purist in you must cringe at my question, but I would still be interested in your thought on making cheese (again, I should qualify that by saying ‘some’ varieties of cheese) with store-bought yogurt as the starting point.
I would love to hear from you 🙂 And yes, one day, I will acquire the full cheese-making armamentarium (what a great word, that!) and approach my new found hobby more professionally!
Have a great day, and keep posting more vids — we love them!!
Christopher Barry says
Really like your cheesemaking instructional videos. If I could recommend a Raclette cheese tutorial? There isn’t much information online and it is hugely popular in Europe with Raclette grills. Thank you and keep up the great work.
Gavin Webber says
Thanks Christopher. It’s on the list!
Peter Plantec says
I’m glad you asked this question Christopher…because now Gavin has posted a Raclette recipe and it’s gotten me started. Not just Raclette, but other alpine cheeses as well.
Linda Scott says
Hello Gavin..Today I made your Jarlsberg recipe from your video. I am very confused about some of ur instruction. This is a washed curd. U instruct that after draining the original whey from the curd to pour water that has been heated to 140°f over the curd up to the level of the original whey. Then u say this should lower the temperature to about 100°. Then you instruct to heat the curds up to 108°f over the course of 30 minutes. Here is the problem. ..When u pour 140°water over curds that hav been ripening at 90° you are not going to lower the temperature to 100°.. in fact u get a matted curd mass with a temperature of in excess of about 120 degrees. The only thing I knew to do was to stir the 120° matted curd mass for about 30 minutes in order to eventually lower the temperature to 108 over 30 minutes. No idea how this is going to turn out. It’s in the press now. Do u hav an amended recipe somewhere, or do u concur that this was a misspeak? Any help u could give me for next time would b appreciated
Gavin Webber says
Hi Linda. Here is the full written recipe; https://www.littlegreencheese.com/2016/10/making-jarlsberg-cheese-home.html