Third Sheep Cheese Make of 2013

It only seems yesterday that we had a delivery of sheep milk from Andrew, our favourite milk delivery driver.  This week has been a relatively quiet week for cheese making as we did not have any goat milk to process.  We generally take a 3,800 litre load a week, but since the beginning of the year, we have only had four deliveries …

Yet More Snow 13th Feb 2013

Wow, it has been a long, hard, cold winter and there seems to be no sign of it improving.  I had snow at my place this Saturday and Sunday and my pigs are extremely unhappy, especially after I told them that it might be warming up a little. Being this cold really does put a damper on making cheese; we …

Where to Buy Cheese Making Supplies from – updated

Starter Cultures & Rennet Orchard Valley  01584 811137 http://www.orchard-dairy.co.uk/   Strattons 01749 838 690 They have a website   Ebay       Moorlands 01963 350634 www.cheesemaking.co.uk   Ascot 0845 130 6285 ascott-dairy.co.uk   Alliance Pastorale – French website   http://www.alliancepastorale.fr/   CRJ Solutions 01749 346 133 www.crjsolutions.co.uk   The Cheese Making Shop (also Jaap de Jong) 0121 744 4844 …

A Typical Week in the Life of Ribblesdale Cheese

On Monday, we have around 120 Yorkshire Goat Gouda to vac pack and put away, then the 166 pots of sheep to take out of the press, vac pack, wash the pots and clean the dairy down. Our next milk delivery is goat milk on Tuesday, so Tuesday is going to be a mad waxing day. Wednesday we will make Goat Gouda, Thursday …

Second Sheep Make of 2013

Last Friday was our second sheep make of the year and jolly hard work it was too.  Having said that, Stu assured me that it went a great deal smoother than the first time, a couple of weeks ago when the pasteuriser played up because we asked it to pasteurise just over 2,000 litres, which it doesn’t like, and the …

A Conversation with Penny Pig and Snouter

This morning after the pigs had finished their breakfast, I followed them in to their pig bed and sat down with them as they made themselves comfy, scraping up straw to make cushions for the heads and body bolsters.  I think they do this partly to make themselves comfortable and partly to keep warm. Penny Pig asked me when the …

Ribblesdale Cheese to Appear on BBC Countryfile 7pm Sunday 3rd Feb 2013

Three weeks ago, on Friday, pretty much the whole country was forecast to receive really bad snow.  This was the day that I and several others were filming for BBC Countryfile up in the ruins of twelfth century Cistercian Jervaulx Abbey near East Witton, about 50 minute’s drive away from Hawes. Jervaulx Abbey is the only privately owned abbey in the UK and …