End of milking season news 2013-2014
Hello Happy Cheese Makers!
Thank you for all the lovely emails, photos and company you have given me over this 2013 to 2014 milking season.
As a farmer and cheese maker I measure the year according to when the cows are in milk. The very dry conditions have made it a hard milking year. The cheese making however has been great. My cheese store (a wine fridge) is full of great cheeses.
I'm going to visit cheese makers in Europe in June this year and hope to have some wonderful new recipes and ideas to bring back.
New Teaching Kitchen
I have had a new kitchen installed in my Otahuhu house and now have 2 teaching kitchens for cheese making classes - one on the farm in Waihi and one in South Auckland.
New dates are listed for later in the year at both venues (see our bookings page). I will still travel to other parts of the country too though.
2014 New Zealand Cheese Awards
The 2014 New Zealand Cheese awards were a great success with many new entries and a huge increase in sheep milk cheeses. The craft cheese maker section, which I judged, showed just how much home cheese making has improved in New Zealand over the last five years. Many medals were awarded in the craft cheese maker category and I encourage anyone making cheese at home to enter their cheeses. Go to the New Zealand Cheesemakers Association web page for details of entry. Plan now for March 2015.
More Cheesemaking and Preserves
I have been really happy with the feedback from my first book and DVD on cheesemaking. It's great to be able to introduce people to a new skill that they can do for themselves and then enjoy with family and friends.
In case it's been some time since you did a cheesemaking course with me and you haven't visited the website for a while, I have a couple of newer books on both cheesemaking and preserves.
Sheep and Buffalo Milk...
Although I predominately use jersey cow milk, I am experimenting with sheep and buffalo milk this year and hope to have some spectacular cheese recipes for you. I have also developed some great soft cheese recipes using supermarket milk for those who don’t have access to raw milk.
Don’t forget to send me photos and information about your cheese. I will try to answer any queries that you have also.