We’ve Been Mentioned on Oxford Radio by Juliet Harbutt!

For anyone who does not know Juliet, she is the patron saint of cheese and instrumental in putting the British Cheese Awards together. Whilst waiting very patiently to try and get on-line to make some bank payments – the site is down – what’s new for Barclays at the end of the month…I  received an e-mail saying, ‘just a quick email to say your delicious cheeses were mentioned on BBC …

Making Mini Wensleydale Truckles

Most cheese makers make mini truckles by chopping or mincing cheese in a bowl chopper, adding some distilled water and extruding it into fixed weights.  We do not want to destroy the texture of the cheese, so we do not extrude or use already made cheese. Instead, we take fresh curd from the vat at the end of a regular …

Bruce Oliver Winding Up

I have just received a final report from the liquidators for Bruce Oliver.  It rather looks like Bruce Oliver’s employees remain unpaid as do their trade creditors, of which we are one.  Looks like no-one is going to receive anything. A very unhappy conclusion all round.

Our Favourite Delivery Driver: Andrew from SMUK

Here is a picture of Andrew, our favourite milk delivery driver.  Andrew has just returned from holiday and was looking very brown and healthy in an envy-making kind of way. Andrew drives tankers for Simon Stott who owns Sheep’s Milk UK, aka SMUK which sounds like it should be an acronym for some Russian spy, but isn’t. Nice to see …

Penultimate Sheep Make of the Year

  Goodness, it has been a busy day, what with making 2,000 litres of sheep cheese, Gerry from Carbon Group popping by to say hello and our internal BRC audit.  Frazzled does not describe my current frame of mind and is not helped by not having access to internet at home for a fortnight now. Stu started the make off, …

Gerry from Carbon Group

An unexpected surprise in a very busy day: Gerry popped by to say hello, having just been to see our friends up the road. It is always nice to see him, although it was an unscheduled very fleeting visit.  Gerry provides us with our wax.  So I thought I would take a picture of him standing infront of our boxes …

Happy Birthday to Stu

Happy birthday to Stu for yesterday; our valiant cheese maker who comes in day in day out with a smile and a ready cup of coffee at hand.  What more could you ask for!  Apart from not working on your birthday.  His birthday present has not yet arrived, but may take a picture of it when it does and put …

The End of Our First Mammoth Make Week

People may not realise how much more there is to cheese making than just stirring a vat of milk and making cheese.  There’s pressing the cheese, taking it out of the press, knocking it out, bandaging or vac packing, washing the pots, rinsing, sanitising and rinsing the pots, soaking the cloths and getting those on to a boil wash, cleaning the press …

Things We Have Learned About Bandaging Cheese

A few people have written in to ask for more information about bandaging cheese. We bandage cheese at two stages: either when they come straight out of the press or when they have matured for a little while in vac packs. Without wishing to sound pretentious, I think that when cheese is bandaged it has a much greater complexity of …

Useless Fact of the Day

Turophile: a cheese lover; someone who really likes cheese. From the Greek ‘tyros’ for cheese and ‘philos’ meaning loving.