Raw vs Pasteurised cheese by Marcella Wright

Here is an interesting discussion from American Marcella the Cheesemonger Raw, taken from her blog which can be seen here. Pasteurized has been a topic of vigorous discussion in the US Cheese Community for decades. 2014 brought passionate discussions following new regulation interpretations by the US FDA. Many popular European raw milk cheeses were delayed or held indefinitely by US …

Our Friend Kristen who came to see us and Brytec for advice with setting up her new dairy

Mexican Cheese Made in Peckham Launches From the Speciality Fine Food Magazine 11/6/13 Urban dairy launches new cheese An urban dairy is launching its own Mexican cheese. Gringa Dairy, which is housed under a railway arch in Peckham, South London, has produced a soft cow’s milk cheese is the style of a Mexican cheese which is not dissimilar to Feta. …

It’s Going To Be A Nice Day Today – my Pigs Said So

Unlike Linda Evangelista, my pigs get out of bed for two things: food and sunshine. Yesterday, we were told that temperatures were going to reach 30 oC.  Like hell they did!  Is the weather as well as most other things utterly south and London-centric?  It was grey, wet and generally miserable yesterday until about 3pm until the sun dared to …

Stage 1: Ripening

Once the milk is pasteurised (or not as the case may be), we heat it to between 32 -33oC depending on what we are making and we add starter culture which determines the taste, texture and characteristics of the cheese we are making. The main microbiological purpose of the starter culture is to turn lactose, milk’s natural sugar in to …

Wheyfeeds

We, like a lot of dairies in our area, use a Nottingham based company called Wheyfeeds to take our whey away. In all honesty, if they did not take our whey away, we would have a real problem.  We used to give it away to a pig farmer who came down from Bishop Auckland, but with increasing diesel costs, it …

Tidying the Cold Room – Before and After

Lydia is very particular about keeping the cold room clean and tidy.   So am I and so is Stu but together we cringe when we abandon cheese straight out of the press in to it, all nicely vac packed, knowing that Lydia will be cross with us.   Or when we have all done a big hand waxing session, …

People Wanted for TV Show

This is an e-mail from Charlotte: I’m working on the second series of John Bishop’s Britain – a Saturday night entertainment show for BBC1. I’m currently contacting people and businesses all over Britain in the hope of finding unique characters to be interviewed on the show.    John Bishop’s Britain is a prime time, Saturday night BBC1 entertainment show which …

Thieves steal £1,000 of food in North Yorkshire raid

Thieves steal £1,000 of food in North Yorkshire raid 12:19pm Wednesday 9th March 2011 By Jennifer Bell » Crime reporter for the York Press THIEVES stole more than £1,000 of meat and cheese in a raid on two North Yorkshire food companies. A camera, two laptops, jewellery, other food and cash were also stolen during the thefts at the Ribblesdale …

Revival of the Cheesemakers The Dalesman February 2011

We have just had a lovely write up by local journalist, Helen Johnson who came to see us a while back about our little dairy and our new shop.  This is an extract of her article which can be found in the February 2011 edition of The Yorkshire Dalesman.  This is what she says: When I met Iona Hill, we …

Reminder: Cheese and Chutney Tasting 11am onwards, Tuesday 25th Jan

An open invitation to everyone and anyone – come and meet us at The Little Cheese Shop next Tuesday, 25th Jan 11am onwards. We will be sampling some of our chutneys and our cheese and we would like your feedback on our endeavours. Hope to see you at The Little Cheese Shop, 11am onwards on Tuesday 25th Jan.  Your chance …