Semi-Lactic

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…)

Little Squirrel In A Jar: Semi-Lactic Cheese Experiment

I am constantly on the look out for new techniques to try with my cheesemaking, so when I heard of David Asher’s blog and his upcoming book, The Art Of Natural Cheesemaking, I just had to check things out.  He recently posted his version of a Mason Jar Marcellin, a true lactic cheese that used raw milk and natural Geotrichum to ripen the milk.  I don’t have access to raw milk but I figured that I might be able to make a version using store milk.  20150626_190448

Though it may not be true to the original vision or spirit of David Asher’s version, but I think I may be on track with my “Little Squirrel In A Jar” version. (more…)

Blue Cheese #4 – The Great Deceiver, or One Cheese Does Not Make A Success!

I am in the weeds here folks!  I’ve tried to make a lactic blue cheese, with varying success.  The first was a salt lick but looked pretty, the second didn’t even get any blue on it, but looked pretty as well.  The third and most successful to date was a spur of the moment decision to add some p. roquforti to one of my Camembert, it was not pretty but super tasty.  The fourth attempt had everything going for it, great coverage and the sampler cheese, well…

A nice looking blue!

A nice looking blue!

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No Blue For You! Second Attempt At Making A Blue Cheese.

My last attempt at making a blue cheese was a success, well in the sense that I got a blue cheese, but it was a salt lick.  I wanted to make another, so I could “fix” my mistakes from the first batch.  I had received some new moulds and I wanted to use them to change things up a bit. (All pictures taken with my iPad)

My Valençay moulds arrived.

My Valençay moulds arrived.

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The Blue Review – Testing the Barrels!

It was time, a time that I was both excited and feared.  It was time to try the Blue Barrels, my first Blue Cheese.  How would it taste?  Would I like it, would my friends like it?  The Blue Barrel

There was only one way to find out… (more…)

Little Blue Barrels

In my last post I talked about my first attempt at making a blue cheese.  Things have progressed with these “Little Blue Barrels” and now they are covered with wonderful blue mould, the geo that I added has started to bloom and give some nice wrinkles too.

Little Blue Barrels

Little Blue Barrels

It is amazing how much a difference a week can make when aging these little things.  I am constantly surprised at my sudden affinity for these cheeses that I swore I would never make (more…)

A Madman With A Blue Cheese Box!

Ever since I started to make cheese, I have had friends asking me to make blue cheese.  For years I have answered with screwed up face and a big “NO!”  I have had a few blues over the years and there are only two that I don’t mind, Salt Spring Island Cheese Company’s “Blue Juliette” and the occasional piece of Stilton, but only after a few glasses of wine.   Oh how the times have changed

It was time to fire up the double boiler and make something.

It was time to fire up the double boiler and make something.

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Twisted Squirrel = Twisted Mess!

It is often said that you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, the same could be said for cheese.  This is the case with my experimental “Twisted Squirrels“.

Slightly brainy, and fluffy it looks good....

Slightly brainy, and fluffy it looks good….

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