First Sheep Make of 2014 Part 2

After a while of stirring, Stu let the whey off.  This is one of my favourite parts of cheese making, seeing the mountain of curd at one end of the vat as the whey runs off.  After the whey is run off, Andrew starts to help after his cheese polishing or pot washing duties and between them they cut the …

First Sheep Make of 2014 Part 1

Andrew, our favourite milk delivery driver dropped off 1,500 litres of sheep’s milk with us yesterday.  It is always nice to see Andrew – it has been almost a year.  He is in good health and continues to go to his dancing dos.  It was nice to see him and I swear, he does not look a day older. So, …

The Last Week at Ribblesdale Cheese

Yet another January week gone by in a blur.  I have a theory that January days go faster than other days in the rest of the year.  Mondays are always busy for both of us.  Last Monday, Stu made a small vat of Wensleydale which was timely as we had run out.  Whilst tending the vat, the pair of us …

The Guardian and The Grocer: the Goat Cheese Shortage of 2014

There is an article in the online version of the Grocer, but it will not let me copy and paste – how very wise – so here is an article from the Guardian that starts off in what I hope is a tongue in cheek kind of way.  But before that…. This is the time of year when the goats …

Last Week in the Life of Ribblesdale Cheese

Wow, what a week! Last Monday we took the last batch of Original Goat out of the press, vac packed and weighed it.  We then rustled up a few orders to go out and potted out 28 x 500g pots of our luscious goat curd to be picked up the next day, only it wasn’t.  I then resumed the search …

Separation of Pasteurised and Raw Milk Cheeses, an FSA Response

I have been reading the latest edition of the Specialist Cheese Maker’s Association leaflet, issue 80- dated December 2013 which has just landed on my desk.  It says, in response to an enquiry from an enforcement officer – on the need for segregation of pasteurised and raw milk cheese at retail outlets and the use of separate knives and chopping …

Our Christmas Present From the Biorenewables Development Centre, York University

I have been meaning to mention a project we have worked on with the Biorenewables Development Centre (BDC), a not-for-profit spin-out of the University of York. Initially, they contacted me to see if we may benefit from their funded service, and as it turned out, we did! After an initial discussion, we agreed that the best way they could help, …

Our First Official Week Back in 2014

Once again, Happy New Year to all and wishing everyone all the best for 2104. We started back, officially on Monday 6th January 2014 to a very cold dairy.  It was about 8 oC at our place which is usually, when not making cheese, about 4 degrees warmer than the outside temp.  But at least it has not not snowed, …