A hard season. A new book...
Another hard year for dairy farmers. The summer was long, hot and dry. Not ideal grass growing weather and the milk in the vat has suffered. Milk prices are low and morale even lower. Thankfully I have enjoyed making cheese with many enthusiastic home cheesemakers.
My new hardback cheesemaking book 'How to Make 50 Cheeses' will be out in October 2015. It covers everything the beginner will need to know as well as some more advanced recipes for the adventurous cheesemakers out there. Grab a copy for Christmas.
2015 Cheese Awards
This was the first year yoghurt and butter have been entered to the NZ cheese Awards. I was the aesthetic judge for yoghurt and a wonderful selection was available. The standard was high, particularly the buffalo yoghurt. If you haven't tried buffalo yoghurt you are really missing a gourmet treat. I also judged the craft section of the awards. More than forty entries in this category show how popular home cheesemaking has become in New Zealand.
I encourage you to enter in March 2016. Go to the NZ Specialist Cheesemakers Association website for entry details.