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Making Cheese

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For my birthday last August my family pooled their money together to get me all the tools I would need to make my own cheese. It had been something I have wanted to do for a long time and I was so excited the day it finally arrived

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I started out making Colby cheese and I have to tell you that this was a very l o n g , involved process. The first initial step took most of the day.

I started with two gallons of raw milk.

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It takes a while to get the milk at just the right temperature, gently stirring and checking the thermometer constantly.IMG_3248 Then you let it rest. Next you add the culture.

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You bring it back to a certain temperature-slowly-then let it rest. The process goes like this several times until you finally begin to see the curds taking form. This was an exciting step for me.

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You drain it to separate the curds and whey.

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This is where I called in reinforcements. Aria came to help mammy break the curds into little pieces.

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Also to sample the cheese of course!

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Then we put the curds into the press.

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There were several steps to pressing the cheese. We would press it for a certain amount of time under a certain weight.

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Bring it out of the press, turn it over, then press it again for another certain amount of time under heavier weight.

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It slowly began to take shape until the final pressing which took all night.

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In the morning the cheese was ready for the next step, which was a drying out for a few days.

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I then had to wax the cheese to protect it from mold.

Then it went into a cooler for 3 months for aging.

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It turned out wonderful! I have plans this summer to make different kinds of cheese, I think cheddar will be next.

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honey, butter, sheep, goats, and cheese for David and those who were with him. For they said, “You must all be very hungry and tired and thirsty after your long march through the wilderness.” 2 Samuel 17:29

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