League of YEG Home Cheese Makers

Cheesemaking Workshops on Open Farm Day – Northlands Park

The League of YEG Home Cheesemakers was invited to meet at Northlands Park as part of their commitment to Urban and Sustainable Agriculture.  People have been making cheese at home for centuries so it is a good fit for both organizations.  As part of this partnership we are running three workshops for Open Farm Days

Alberta Open Farm Days is about farmers and ranchers inviting their urban and rural neighbours to stop in for a visit to share stories, see demonstrations, and learn more about the farmers who grow their food.

Albert Open Farm Days Website.

Northlands

For more information about Open Farm Days activities at Northlands click on the image above.

Space is limited so get your tickets early you can order them though Ticketmaster here.

Check out Open Farm Days here in Alberta, it is a great thing to do with your family and you can see where your food really comes from.

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My How Time Flies – Updates & The Great Amateur Cheese Adventure.

It has been almost a month since I last posted something.  What can I say, life has been hectic and there hasn’t been much to report on the cheese front.  Well other than we are days away from the Inaugural Canadian Amateur Cheesemaking Awards, which I will be attending (more on that later).  I do have a few updates on some cheeses that are in progress.

4 Month Old Josef.

4 Month Old Josef.

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League of YEG Home Cheese Makers – May Meeting-Bloomies

On May 9th the League of YEG Home Cheese Makers, a growing group of Edmonton based home cheese makers, met in a spacious room at the Expo Centre at Northlands here in Edmonton.  Our theme was Bloomy Rind Cheeses, or what ever a member had to share.  Not only did we have a great time but we also discussed expanding membership numbers.LYEGHCMPlease note that all the pictures were taken with my phone, sorry for the quality. (more…)

Washing Up An Election Day Cheese

I had some time off this week and the League of YEG Home Cheese Makers has a washed rind cheese theme for our June meeting so I felt it was time to start my cheese for the meeting.

I fired up the roaster vat after voting in our election

I fired up the roaster vat after voting in our election.

It just so happen to be a provincial election on the same day, so this is the “Election Day Cheese.” (more…)

Taming Of The Blue – Moraine Blue

Once again I fell into the trap of making cheese, trying it and moving on.  I have issues being motivated enough to write posts for the site.  I have been lax in my picture-taking, except for Instagram/Facebook.  Well the time has come for me to play catch up.  I want to share a cheese that has changed my mind about Blue Cheese.  On December 27, 2014 I made my first proper blue cheese, it was a Stilton Style cheese.  Now 3 months later it was time to open up this cheese and see if the finished product was any good.

Blue ready

The finished product.

Quick spoiler – it was.  But there is more to this cheese than that. (more…)

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

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.

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!

 

First Meeting of League of YEG(Edmonton) Home Cheese Makers for 2015

A new year is upon us and it is time to reconnect and reboot the League of YEG Home Cheese Makers. What is the League you ask? It is a group of Home Cheese Makers from the Greater Edmonton Area who want to get together and talk about all things cheese and share the fruits, or wheels, of out labours with like-minded people.Processed with Rookie

 

I will be hosting the first meeting, where we will plan out activities and themes for the rest of the year’s meetings as well as plans for any trips or cheese making meet ups.  I have a small place so this meeting might be limited to 10 people.

If you are interested in joining the League then please visit the League of YEG Home Cheese Makers page on this site and it will direct you on how to join.

A Year In Cheese – The Big 3!

I have been tempted to take the next few weeks off from writing and concentrate on Family and personal cheese making, but I have some pictures that I wanted to share.  They from a Yukon Raft tasting, but of two of “The Big 3” cheese that I made this year.  The Clothbound Cheddar and Josef.

"The Big 3" - Clothbound Cheddar, Yukon Raft and Josef

“The Big 3” – Clothbound Cheddar, Yukon Raft and Josef

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