Feta Class – Huge Thanks to Blush Lane Organic Market.

I love making cheese and I love teaching people how to make their own cheese.  On March 7th I had the pleasure of teaching a “Feta” Class for Metro Continuing Education here in Edmonton.  I want to thank Scott Bladon and his team at Blush Lane Organic Market for sponsoring the class and providing the Goat Milk for the students.  Milk is the most expensive part of cheesemaking, so when Blush Lane Organic Market offered to donate the milk I was truly grateful.Blushlane (more…)

Josef 3.0 – A New Beginning.

First off I want to apologize for not posting over the past couple of weeks.  I have been extremely busy with my day job, cheesemaking classes, The Canadian Amateur Cheesemaking Awards and on top of that I slipped and fell of my steps a couple of weeks ago and it finally does not hurt to sit.  Enough of that, it is time to talk about cheese, and more specifically the third version of Josef.

This was a double batch.  Each pot had 16 litres of milk

This was a double batch. Each pot had 16 litres of milk.

After our League of YEG Home Cheese Makers meeting I opened up my second version and it was time to make another. (more…)

Canadian Amateur Cheesemaking Awards – Call For Entries!

Recently I posted about the possibility of there being a Canadian Amateur Cheesemaking Competition/Awards to recognize and give feedback to Home Cheesemakers.  We have turned this possibility into reality.   We have officially opened the first  Canadian Amateur Cheesemaking Awards and are accepting entries until April 15, 2015.  Click on the image below to get to the Canadian Amateur Cheesemaking Awards page.

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I know some of you are saying “My cheese is not competition worthy”, that is not the point of the Amateur Cheesemaking Awards.  We want to provide encouragement and feedback to Home Cheesemakers.  Everyone who enters will get a copy of the judging reports to help improve their skill level.

Lets make this be a showcase for Amateur Cheesemaking in Canada!  If you have any questions contact me or email competition at cheesefestival.ca or click here

Josef – 10 Months In The Ageing.

In March 2014 I made another Josef, an Appenzeller style cheese, and at our most recent League of YEG Home Cheese Makers’ meeting it was time to see if all my hard work would pay off.

Josef Ready.

Josef 2.0 was ready, I was ready, but would it taste good.

Who better than to share it with, but my fellow league members. (more…)

The League of YEG Home Cheese Makers Meeting January 31, 2015

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Yesterday was the first meeting of the League of Yeg Home Cheese Makers for 2015. Rather than reinvent the wheel, one of our members who blogs at Explorations with Sailor Rick, had a nice write-up about it. Well done all the members who were able to make it.

Originally posted on Explorations with Sailor Rick:

Well today was the first meeting of the year for the League of YEG Home Cheese Makers.  It has been quite awhile since we had met and we hoped some new members would attend.  It was nice to see everyone and try their cheeses.  For this meeting we decided to make fresh cheeses and of course we all brought along tidbits of other creations we had made.

Now for some cheese curdography:

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Corinne’s Goat Cheeses

Corinne made a fresh goat cheese and then rolled the cheese in two different seasonings.  The upper one was rolled in Herbes de Provence from the San Juan Islands.  (this was the best tasting Herbes de Provence I have ever had).  The smaller balls were rolled in cardamum and pistachios (if my memory is correct).  Both very tasty.

Next up was Jonatan, our young transplant from Belgium who is on a quest for good…

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Canadian Amateur Cheesemaking Awards – Lets Make Them Happen!

We are getting closer to this becoming a reality, interest is growing. The Media Release is ready and starting to be sent out, see the copy below.

AC-Announcement 01-29As you can tell by the release I am part of the organizing team, this means I will not be entering any of my cheeses for judging, but it gives me the opportunity to work with a great group of people who run the Canadian Cheese Awards/Le Concours des fromages fins canadiens.   I highly encourage everyone who is interested to email competition (at symbol) cheesefestival.ca  and let us know, including those not in Canada as we are looking at expanding to include US home cheesemakers too.

Lets make this a reality and see you in Picton in June!

 

The Blues & The Greys – Stilton Update.

I know it has been over a week since my last post, but things have been a bit hectic,  that combined with a bit of flu thrown in for good measure.  The Stilton has been showing signs of life over the past couple of weeks, so much so that it still has its own ripening box and cheese fridge.

alone in the box.

The lonely cheese, it has the blues and the greys

I actually shouted it’s alive one day as I brought it out of the fridge to flip. (more…)