Cheese making

The Winding Road to the American Cheese Society Conference 2017

Years ago I contacted the American Cheese Society to see if I could become a member.  At the time the only option open to me was to become a “Cheese Enthusiast” member, now flash forward several years and I am now a full “Industry” member and I attended my first conference and brought home an award for one of my cheeses.

If there isn’t pictures, it didn’t happen.

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Almost A Year On The Winding Road or How The Time Flies!

Every time I sit down to type out a blog post I get side tracked with a customer order, an email from my business partner or I am just too tired to type.  They are good distractions to have from a business point of view, but not so much for the people who have been loyally waiting for an update on my Travels along the Winding Road.  When I started this blog all those years ago under the name of “Pop-tarts and Schnitzel”  who would have thought my rambles about food would turn to cheese making, to Much To Do About Cheese; now to being the cheese maker/co-owner of Winding Road Artisan Cheese.   It is funny what journeys life will take you on.

Our view

The view from the door of the cheese building

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Five Months On The Winding Road

Wow, where has the time gone?  It has been 5 months since we started production at Winding Road Artisan Cheese and almost a year since we first were offered the opportunity to buy the facility.  It has been a whirl wind of a five months, with an inclined learning curve and some lessons learned.  We finally have our website up and running.  I will be “tweaking” it here and there over the next few weeks when I can, mainly to add places where you can get our cheese.  There is much more to share, but be sure to click on the picture of the webpage to go to Windingroadcheese.com.Screen Shot 2016-09-05 at 12.00.33 PM (more…)

Traveling the Winding Road – The Transition from Amateur to Professional

Marketing, determining costs per kilogram, tracking sales, inventory of product and supplies; these are all things that never crossed my mind when I was in my kitchen making one or two wheels of this or that, going on about how, if I could do this for a living I would in a heart beat!  Dreams have become reality and the learning curve is steep but worth every step.  I am blessed with a great business partner who not only is a friend but has become a mentor for the business side of things.  I am learning that these items are important to bring our cheese to market and still be able to pay the bills, without his advice and collaboration I think things would not have gone as well as it has been.

I recently had a friend, who is a photographer, come out and do some promo pictures of me and more importantly of the cheese, so all the pictures in this post come from Ernest at Studio-E Photography in Edmonton.

It was weird to be directed on how to stand in my aging rooms.  But I like this picture.

It was weird to be directed on how to stand in my aging rooms. But I like this picture.

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Much To Do About Winding Road Artisan Cheese

I still have a hard time believing that I am a professional cheese maker!  It has been a little over month since we started production and it this will be our second week at the French Quarter Grand Market in Edmonton.  What a month it has been.

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This was a highlight of my first month. I have to say the inspectors from Alberta Agriculture and Alberta Health Services are great to work with.

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Now We Are Cooking With Gas…Errr Milk

It has been a long and winding road to get to this point in my cheese making journey, as of this past Monday, we have passed all our licensing  inspections and we can now start making cheese.  As I type this I am waiting for my first milk delivery of 400 litres of Organic Milk.  Next week we up the delivery to 1000 litres.  I am blessed in the fact that my long-suffering cheese widow wife has supported me through this transition from Government/Union employee to Professional Cheese Maker.  I hope to be updating the blog more often about my first steps into Cheesetopia.

This is my new "Office" and I can't wait to get going.

This is my new “Office” and I can’t wait to get going.

I want to thank everyone who has supported this page while I have prepared for this transition.  We are working on getting a website setup for our Company and my blog will be made part it as well.

Lets Make Cheese!

It’s Been A While – Cheesy Updates!

It has been well over a month since I last posted and that was about our now completed Kickstarter Campaign, more on that later, but I have some updates about what I have done the last month or so.  One of which is crossing off a cheese that is on my list of must try’s. 20151116_181745 (more…)

Chasing My Cheesemaking Dreams-Kickstarter Campaign

I know I have been away for over a month, but it has been for a good reason.  I have been in negotiations to buy an existing cheesemaking business and now I am ready to launch my Kickstarter to help raise funds for start-costs.  Please take a look , donate if you want, but please share this .

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The link to the project is here https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/542185596/chasing-my-cheesemaking-dream-of-owning-my-own-cre

Thank your for your support!

Ian