The Guild of Fine Foods: Ribblesdale Cheese joins retail movement

From the Guild of Fine Foods   Yorkshire-based Ribblesdale Cheese is the latest small food producer to move into retail, enabling it to trial new products and build brand awareness. The 240 sq ft Little Cheese Shop in Hawes sells Ribblesdale’s complete range of goat and sheep’s cheeses, alongside products from other small producers. The shop joins several other outlets …

Dairy Thermometer

I was asked the other day – where did we get our dairy thermometer from and why and when do we use it? Two Thermometers We have two dairy thermometers, both are made by ETI.  Both have one decimal place digital read outs.  We have two to double check that both read the same and in case one breaks or for …

Where to Buy Danisco Starter Culture

The best place to buy Danisco starter culture is from Orchard Valley. I like the guys at Orchard Valley as they are extremely friendly, approachable but above all, knowledgeable.  Their customer service is also good and deliveries are prompt.  Ask for Trevor, he is an absolute star and has helped me enormously. Their website is: http://www.orchard-dairy.co.uk/ and they can be contacted …

How To Make Wensleydale Cheese

Yesterday, Stu made a 1,100 litre vat of Wensleydale cow cheese.  We got about 120kgs from it – 60 x 2kg pots.  And an excellent job he made of it too.  Crumbly, creamy, full of flavour – very nice.  There was a lovely, rich, creamy smell wafting around the dairy.  How We Make Wensleydale Cow Cheese     Pasteurise     We pasteurise the milk straight in …

Where To Buy Hansen’s Starter Culture

This is a tricky one.  Until earlier this year, Hansen’s had only one UK stockist: Somerset based Strattons tel: 01749 838 690.  Strattons come in for a fair bit of criticism over service – it can take a long time for them to get hold of the starter, so if you do order from Strattons, be prepared for delays.  They do, however, …

Third Prize at the Great Yorkshire Show 2010

I mentioned a while back that our Superior Goat cheese won third prize in the speciality goat cheese section at the Great Yorkshire show.  Here is a picture of the certificate and rosette!  

Ribblesdale Cheese Attend Swinton Park Food Festival

We were invited to take a stand at Swinton Park Alfresco Food Festival last weekend. The weather managed to hold off, although we were inside a marquee and there was a good crowd of people. Lydia and her mate Chris ran a stall for us and did an outstanding job.  Thanks to both! Here are some pictures of last Sunday’s …

The Effect of Washing Curd

I was reading through some old notes made by my uncle whilst clearing out a filing cabinet.  There is an interesting piece about washing curd with hot water i.e. removing some whey and adding hot water (or hot whey) to replace it and the effect this has on the texture and flavour of cheese. The aim of washing curd is to …

Our Shop: a meeting place

I do the Sunday shift at the shop and we had a good day today.  Our landlord, Bob, very kindly let us borrow a table, chairs and parasol to put outside the shop.  Bob also loaned us a chalk board to put up on the wall outside the shop advertising our drinks, sandwiches and home made cakes.  The table ouside …

The Ribblesdale Cheese Groupon

I had a day off today, the first in a while.  Back in the shop tomorrow, so time is precious and too much falls by the wayside.  After four lots of washing, a bit of tidying, in between playing with the pigs, I settled down outside in the bit that passes for a garden, (it is grey and overcast here in North …