Ribblesdale Cheese Bank Holiday Weekend

What a pleasure and a luxury it was to have three and a half days off! Stu did his domestics on Saturday and found a pint with his name on it after having taken Pip for a long 9 mile walk.  Since Stu bought his pedometer, he can now tell Pip how far they have walked which pleases Pip as …

No Official Gloucester Cheese Rolling in 2013

I read a couple of days ago, via the BBC website that three policemen from Gloucestershire constabulary visited 86 year old cheese maker, Diana Smart who makes a 12″ Gloucester cheese for the annual rolling down the hill event and gave her a bit of a rollicking, warning her that she should not make nor supply any cheeses for the event in …

The Last Two Weeks in the Life of Ribblesdale Cheese

Week Before Last On Monday, we made a small vat of Wensleydale with our new cow milk supplier’s milk and at the same time took a cheese making course with Tina. Tuesday was a mad waxing day with Stu and I waxing like crazy, having put the smoker on twice.  We smoke our own cheese, using oak chippings from Theakston’s brewery. On Wednesday, we …

Whey Collection

People sometimes ask me about how to arrange for whey disposal. I have come across two firms that dispose of whey, certainly around our area: Whey Feeds’ contact information is as follows: Wheyfeed Ltd Hill Farm Melton Road Stanton-on-the-Wolds Nottingham NG12 5PJ     Phone: (0115) 937 7374 Fax: (0115) 937 7375 Email: info@wheyfeed.co.uk Web: www.wheyfeed.co.uk A second whey pick …

Cheese Making Class Feedback from Tina

Here is some feedback from camera-shy Tina from our last cheese making class: ‘I just wanted to say that I really enjoyed the cheese making course. It was a perfect mix of information, practical skills, guidance tailored to my needs and good company. Add to this the fact that I have a great cheese ( a few crumbs fell off …

A Week in the Life of Ribblesdale Cheese

Back to work after the Bank Holiday, Tuesday elicited a fair few orders.  I had taken in delivery of 3,800 litres of goat milk on the Monday and Stu and Andrew made a vat of Superior Goat Gouda.  I spent a good part of the day preparing orders and organising the lab samples and then our journalist friend, Andrew arrived. On Wednesday, …

UK Cheddar Labelling Misleads Consumers

Posted by Tom Shingler on 07/05/2013 in Cheese and Deli Counter, taken from the Speciality Fine Food Magazine The head of Dairy Crest has said that consumers who are keep to buy British produce are being confused over foreign cheese that appears to be made in Britain Mark Allen said that 100,000 tonnes of Cheddar is exported to the UK annually, yet …

Tuesday After the Bank Holiday

A busy day!  Quite a few new orders to get done and out and a vat of Superior Goat Gouda in the making as I type.  I am guessing that we had a lot of orders because our customer’s customers had a good long weekend; hopefully the better weather helped.  I do hope that Wensleydale Dairy’s Visitor Centre had a …

Andrew the Flybe Journalist Came To See Us Today

Wow, we are going to get a mention in the Flybe inflight magazine.  I forgot to ask when it is going to issued and how long it lasts, but hey, not bad!  And all down to our friend Roger who runs Rowleth End, a very smart, up market B&B in Swaledale.  Thank you Roger! The article, titled ‘All Cheeses Great …

Table Rule

We are not big on rules here, but there is one rule we all abide by and that is not to try and wheel a fully loaded table with newly vac packed cheeses into the cold room by yourself.  All of our stainless steel tables have wheels which is very useful because we can wheel them in and out of …