The Village of Stilton Cheesed Off

This is an extract from an article in The Grocer magazine, by Jon Yeomans and I hope I do not get into trouble for copying and pasting it into our blog.  It is about DEFRA rejecting an application by a cheese maker to make Stilton in Stilton.  Seems both protectionist and petty to me – what do you think? Cheesed …

A Day of Many Parts

Whilst Stu and Andrew have been valiantly making a 1,900 litre vat of Superior Goat Gouda (105 pots) I have been having a bitty day. First off, we received a possibly unintentionally funny letter from one of our customers about health and safety, reminding us of our duty not to jeopardise the safety of their delivery drivers.  It says, ‘several …

The Week That Was in the Life of Ribblesdale Cheese

It was pumpkin week!  700 pumpkins made by the end of Tuesday – phew.  The 700 pumpkins were picked up by our customer on Thursday and early feedback has been really positive. Because we did not do our usual Tuesday mad waxing, by the end of the week, our shelves were looking very bare.  We need to do some major …

Third Year Annual Snow Book Competition

It may only be a third of the way through October, but going by the temperature when I got in my car this morning: 2 oC, it is about time we ran our annual snow book competition. The usual criteria applies: the date when a layer of snow settles on the ground outside our unit in Hawes.  The local farmers …

Pumpkins, the Final Frontier

We have finally mulched our way through 150 kgs of Tasty Yorkshire cheese, making 700 pumpkins plus a few spare, but not many. By 1.50 pm, we had prepared a full 700.  By 2.30pm, we had finished all the cheese, making some spares.  By  3.30pm we had cleaned down, turned the answerphone on, recorded the temperatures and we are going …

Pumpkin Progress Report, Day 2

It’s just gone half past twelve and we are both feeling a bit more human.  Stu has had his lamb and mint sauce buttie and I have had a bowl of leek and potato soup, all washed down with several chocolate biscuits. The progress to be reported is that today we have made and waxed 140 new pumpkin cheeses and …

Puddled by Pumpkins

I cannot now remember whose idea these pumpkins was.  Stu and I made about 150 between us on Friday afternoon and today, Andrew, Stu and I made 260.  I think I shall dream about them and we still have 280 to go before they are picked up on Thursday. We have decided to postpone our usual mad Tuesday waxing tomorrow …

The Last Two Weeks at Ribblesdale Cheese

The first of the last two weeks I was at work alone as Stu had a weeks’ holiday, no cheese making, just a good catch up.  Day 1 of being at work alone for a week  I was (predictably) greeted by a waiting driver picking up our first order of the day.  I arrived a little after 8am because I …