Steve from Manufacturing Advisory Services

Like many small cheese makers, we use electricity to power all of our equipment which is a fairly expensive and lengthy way of generating heat.  In the dairy alone, we have two vats to heat, a wash tank and a pasteuriser to run. Ideally, we would like to convert to steam, which would allow us to process larger quantities of …

Wensleydale Heifer Lunch Booked

For those of you who are not from around here, the Wensleydale Heiffer has to be one of the best eating places around here and we have booked lunch there next week.  They specialise in fish.  Can’t wait! They won an AA award for the funkiest B&B 2011, and hold a Guinness Book of Records award for the world’s largest serving of fish …

The Story of the Travelling Chicken

This is a completely non cheese related story about Arabella chicken who went away on a day break.  I think she had packed some corn sandwiches and a little chicken flask wrapped in a neat little jaunty red bandanna and all she needed was a lift somewhere different.  I don’t think she minded where she was going, she just fancied a change …

More Christmas Wedges

A lady called Mandy from the Yorkshire Hamper Company got in touch with us a couple of days ago asking us if we could make her some Wensleydale mini truckles. Unfortunately, we had just made 100 for our ‘Special Customer’ and had very few left in the shop and wouldn’t be able to make enough for her in time for the weekend. So instead, …

Visit to Theakstons

Yesterday I went up to Theakston’s brewery who let us have oak chippings to smoke our cheese.  I met the cooper who makes their barrels who told me that he had been getting hold of whisky barrels and planing them down. The sacks of shavings smelled absolutely gorgeous, a heady mix of whisky and oak.  As we have recently been putting the smoker …

Christmas Cheese Boxes

It is about this time of year that we start to put together cheese boxes for our friends and family.  As we no longer have the wax bath on 5 days a week, due to my economy drive, instead, we schedule when we are going to wax and have Mad Waxing Days, so if we have it on, then we …

Festive Season Cheese Wedges

Our very special customer, the one for whom we make the ‘special stuff’ has asked us to create some festive goat cheese wedges. So this is what we did this morning: our Original Goat, cut into 12 wedges and waxed in red and green.  Only we did rather more than 12 which did take a little time. Then each had …

Trial Cheese Making & Cheese Making Course

We have been approached by three people in the last couple of weeks to help them start making cheese.  This is very flattering and whilst we have not got the years of experience of someone like Val Bines, we have learned the hard way, making mistakes sometimes along the way but we take something each time when something doesn’t work quite as …

Cheese Tasting with Bettys of Harrogate

We are very proud that Bettys of Harrogate have been a customer for quite a while, but we have never met them! One day back in October, Lydia and I ventured out of the Dale, passports at the ready, to meet up with our wholesaler who puts our cheese into Bettys and do a cheese tasting of the 15 cheeses …

Our Latest Marmalade – Lime and Kiwi Fruit

Whilst I was out doing a cheese tasting for a new customer this morning, Lydia and Stu were hard at it, prepping a new jam: Lime and Kiwi Fruit Marmalade. By the time I came back, the little trial pan was bubbling away, nicely reducing.  A couple of hours later, it had reached that hard to define jam consistency stage and …