Ribblesdale Cheese Blog is Three Years Old; 75,000 hits!

I know it is not a lot compared to some of the really big blogs, but it is something we are all really proud of. I hope that we can continue to raise the profile of Ribblesdale Cheese, we are only a two and a half person artisan cheese makers, specialising in goat cheese and we are not very good at …

Weekly Catch Up With Ribblesdale Cheese

Apologies to regular readers of this blog as I have missed a week with my meandering recapture of what we have been up to. We were very busy the week before last and I was doing SALSA in the evenings and last week I was painting bedroom walls and scraping down the staircase in the evenings, so had little time. …

Last Sheep Make of 2013

As readers of this blog will know: for us to process 2,000 litres of sheep’s milk is hard going.  We use both vats, putting 1,500 litres in the large vat and 500 in the small vat.  Any more than this in either, makes it too difficult to block and cut because there is too much curd in the vat. A moment of sadness …

Dairy farmers blockade Morrisons’ depots

Taken from Farmers Weekly by Johann Tasker Monday 22 April 2013 09:34 Dairy farmers blockaded two supermarket distribution centres in a further night of protests over milk prices. Farmers targeted the Morrisons distribution centres at Wakefield, West Yorkshire; and Gadbrook Park, Northwich, Cheshire. Articulated lorries were forced to queue in the road as tractors blocked the entrance, preventing vehicles from entering and …

Update on Direct Fruit Supplies

Latest update on Managing Director, Michael Marcus, caught growing £27,000 of cannabis September 2013, see here. We have received correspondence from the Administrators of Direct Fruit Supplies.  It takes a little bit of wading through, but this is my understanding of the latest state of play. Direct Fruit Supplies entered into a CVA (Creditor’s Voluntary Arrangement) but were unable to meet …

Yesterday’s Original Goat Make and a Record

Yesterday, Stu and later with Andrew’s help, processed 1,950 litres of goat milk.  It was fantastic to see that much milk in the vat because of the national shortage of goat milk we have all been experiencing.  I know that this is not the fault of our goat milk supplier, simply that the milk has not been around and that …

Who Says Cheese Makers Do Not Have A Sense of Humour?

Today, Thursday, we are making our Superior Yorkshire Goat Gouda.  Yesterday was Original Goat. Talking of Original Goat, I was the person who potted up the last make and I rather over egged the pot sizes.  So much so, that they pretty much, when waxed, labelled and bagged, did not fit in their boxes. I did a quick calculation (it’s …

Raw Milk Case Dropped Against Selfridges

Taken from the Specialist Fine Food Magazine, by Tom Shingler on 08/04/2013 in Chilled & Frozen The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has said it will be discontinuing a case against Selfridges for selling unpasteurised milk in its London store.  The agency still plans to prosecute Stephen Hook, the farmer who supplied the milk sold from vending machines in the shop in 2011. …

Ribblesdale Yorkshire Bowlers

As readers of this blog will know, we make a small round cheese, containing 235g of our award winning Wensleydale cheese, shaped like a cricket ball, with a food grade piece of string wrapped around it which looks like a cricket ball when it is hand waxed in red. Today, Stu made 60 of the little beasties; they are extremely …

My Friday Last Week

Ever wondered what cheese makers do when they are not making cheese? Friday was a busy day: I had yesterday (Thursday, this was written real time) off as the vet came to see Snouter and was a little late because he had to perform two emergency caesarians on two cows so Stu has today off, so I am alone today, just me, …