A while ago (years) a friend of mine gave me a book about cheese. I read it. I put it aside for when I had time to really look at it, and then I promptly forgot about it. This weekend while cleaning out a closet for Goodwill, I came upon the book again. It is called, Home Cheese Making.
Here it is, with a link in case you want to check it out.
I have decided that I now have absolutely no time to spare for myself, so it seems like the perfect time to try out cheese making. (Can you hear the sarcasm?) Even though I don’t have any time to myself, I find that I haven’t tried to learn something new in a while now and I am itching for something to try. I usually find something new to learn at least once a year. For instance in the last decade or so I have learned to quilt, cross-stitch, crochet, knit (this one not very well), I have learned glass bead making, cake decorating, yoga, vegetable gardening, fruit orchard gardening, pond plants and fish care, wine making, and many, many more. Why not cheese?
There was one cheese recipe that almost halted me right in my tracks, where it said I needed to slowly increase the heat to a pot of cheese in the making every five minutes for 2-3 hours. Every five minutes? For two to three hours? WHAT! Do these people not have lives other than cheese? Well the towel was almost tossed before I had even gotten started. Then I took a deep breath and continued to read.
I have decided to give it a whirl this weekend when I try Fromage Blanc, AKA white cheese. This is a beginner cheese. No five-minute checks. Just cook, set, drain, and done. Well that’s about it anyway. I’m sure I will find a way (whey?) to screw it up. At least once. It can’t be that easy, can it?
So, are there any cheese makers out there? Have any tips?