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Getting Ready to Make Cheese

Oct
19


I’m gonna get a halter on Glory Bee any day now! Really!

Glory Bee, on the driveway, on the other side of the house from her mother.

Soon as I chase her down…..the driveway….. Seriously, she’s killin’ me. We’re working on a secret plot to foil her forever. Stay tuned.

And now! For those of you joining me in the cheese challenge, I want to go over a few of the basic supplies and equipment you’ll want to gather now, if you don’t already have them. The good news is that many of the things you need to make cheese are probably in your kitchen right now, such as colanders and measuring spoons, etc. Normal kitchen stuff. There are a few specific things, though, and if you’re like me, when you try something new, you don’t want to spend a big wad of money. (What big wad of money?) Luckily, it doesn’t take a big wad of money to gather up the few things you need to get started making cheese.

For one, you need a large pot (stainless steel, glass, or unchipped enamel) and either a perforated ladle or large slotted spoon. (Stainless steel is best.) Hard cheese recipes usually call for two gallons of milk. You need a big mama pot. I found my big stainless steel pot at Wal-Mart for about $40. You may have a huge pot already. If you don’t, go looking for a “stock” pot–they make excellent cheese pots. And you can also use them as….stock pots! (I just used mine to blanch a ton of tomatoes all at once. A giant pot–you need one anyway!)

You also need a dairy thermometer, or any cooking thermometer that registers temperatures in the correct range. (Many candy thermometers, for example, don’t register low enough.) For dairy purposes, the thermometer needs to register below 100 degrees F and up to 220 F. I have a couple of different thermometers I use for cheese. One is a “real” dairy thermometer that is nice and tall and clips to the side of the pot, which is handy. The other is actually a meat thermometer but it’s digital and registers in the lower temps needed for cheesemaking. You only absolutely need one thermometer, and you can use any thermometer as long as it registers in the right range, so check the ones you already have.

You also need cheesecloth–and be careful about cheesecloth from hardware or grocery stores. It’s often not of the quality needed for cheese. The weave may be looser, which can cause you to lose your curds, and it also won’t hold up to washing for repeat use. (Be frugal. Re-use your cheesecloth.) It’s best to buy cheesecloth for cheese from a cheesemaking supply house–the quality will hold up to repeat use, which makes it cheaper in the longrun. For many hard cheeses, you also need cheese wax and a wax brush. (Cheese wax keeps the cheese from drying out during the aging process.) Or you can dip your cheese in wax instead of brushing it on, and after some hassles with the cheese brush during my cheddar-palooza, I’m now moving to dipping. I use an old crock pot to melt the wax, and when I’m done, I just put the lid on to keep the wax clean and handy for the next time I’m waxing cheese.

For aging cheeses, you need a “cheese cave” and that can just be an old fridge, large or mini. My cheese cave is an old fridge on my back porch. (It was free!) In a pinch, you can even use your regular refrigerator to age cheese, but it’s not ideal because the temperature required to keep normal refrigerated food is lower than what is optimal for most cheeses. Most cheeses age in the 45 to 55 F range. I keep my cheese cave fridge at 50 degrees.

A good way to monitor your cheese cave temperature is to keep a thermometer in a glass of water in the fridge. When you open the door, the temperature of the air changes, but the water will maintain temperature better and make a better spot-check on the real temperature your fridge is holding.

You’ll also need a cheese press. You can see how I made my homemade press here. I’ve made a few changes since I wrote the post about my press based on my experience using it. Overall, it works great. I love it. I did have some problems with the mold and the follower. For one thing, the mold didn’t have drainage holes in the sides, and PVC is a bit thick to punch holes in. Also, unless you have special woodworking tools, it’s difficult to make a follower that exactly fits your mold, which results in ridges around the edges of the cheese where the follower didn’t press it. Yeah, I know, that’s so cosmetic! But, as with any craft, the more you get into it, the more you want your result to be pretty. I also had trouble with the drip tray–I was using an upturned salad plate at first. Similar problem as with the ill-fitting follower–it left an impression on the bottom of the cheese. It wasn’t pretty.

I can’t take it!

I NEED MY CHEESE TO BE PRETTY!

And properly drained.

As an inexpensive upgrade, I now use a professionally-made cheese mold in my homemade press. I think this is a great compromise between homemade and, well, pretty. I love, love, love this cheese mold. (It was only $15.95.) It came with a follower that FIT. It also has nice, neat drainage holes on the sides. (I got it here and it fits just right in my homemade press.)

You can go with this inexpensive compromise between a homemade press and professional equipment, or you can go with your own homemade mold. You can make a mold out of just about anything–just be sure to use a food grade plastic material and punch holes in the sides.

To solve my drip tray problem, by the way, I now use the bottom out of a springform pan. It’s flat, so it doesn’t make an unwelcome impression on the bottom of my cheese. I off-balance the press just slightly with a cutting board tucked under one side so that it’s a little lopsided to promote drainage. (This is a yet unperfected area of my homemade cheese pressing. But it works. And leaves my cheese pretty!)

Ingredients such as rennet, starters, cheese salt, and so on vary per recipe. The first cheese challenge recipe (post date: November 15!) will be Monterey Jack. For Monterey Jack, you will need mesophilic starter, rennet, a small amount of cheese salt, and cheese wax. (These are inexpensive supplies, similar to buying lids and pectin, etc, if you’re canning.)

The only other big piece of equipment you need is–

I’m just kidding. Don’t be scared. You can use milk from the store. You’ll just miss out on all the ornery calf fun.

I get all my supplies from New England Cheesemaking Supply Company and to help you join me in this challenge, they are letting me give away one Basic Cheese Making Kit here today! Go here to see everything that’s included in the kit.

To be in the draw, just tell me you want it! Eligible entry closes at midnight Eastern tonight, October 19. One winner will be drawn by random comment number no later than 9 a.m. tomorrow, October 20. Good luck! Let’s make cheese! (And I’ll be giving away another Basic Cheese Making Kit soon, too!)

UPDATE 10/20/10: The winning comment number, drawn by random.org, is #172, Pam from Ohio. Email me at CITRgiveaways(at)yahoo.com with your full name and address for shipping!

THIS CONTEST IS CLOSED.

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  1. 10-19
    1:20
    am

    Oh, enter me please! ::dreaming of homemade cheese:::

  2. 10-19
    1:29
    am

    I want it I want it!
    The wife and I were just talking about trying to make cheese.

  3. 10-19
    1:30
    am

    I would LOVE learning to make cheese along with you!Please
    Enter Me!!!
    ~~HUGS~~

  4. 10-19
    1:34
    am

    Oh I need that cheese kit too for all the goats milk I’ll have in the spring.

  5. 10-19
    1:46
    am

    :wave: pick me!

  6. 10-19
    1:56
    am

    That looks like so much fun, please sign me up :)

  7. 10-19
    1:56
    am

    I would love to try my hand at making cheese, even though I would have to use storebought milk.

  8. 10-19
    2:18
    am

    oh i would love to learn to make cheese.What better way to start,then by winning a kit

  9. 10-19
    2:26
    am

    I would have a lot of fun with the kit please enter me. :)

  10. 10-19
    4:31
    am

    Oh, now this is exciting! Yes, please enter me in the drawing.

  11. 10-19
    4:50
    am

    Not quite 2 AM here in AZ and I am wide awake with insomnia :( But that does mean I get to see this post bright and early :D

    I want it, I want it! I have always wanted to try cheese making.

  12. 10-19
    4:50
    am

    Please enter me in the drawing as well. Thank you :)

  13. 10-19
    4:55
    am

    I’m having a similar can’t-get-a-collar-on-the-wee-beastie situation with 2 of my goats. Rascals!

    Please, oh please enter me for the cheese kit. As soon as my Gertie girl starts to give us milk, we’ll be in business. ;)

  14. 10-19
    5:37
    am

    This is going to be fun~Please enter me in the drawing :)

  15. 10-19
    5:46
    am

    Really?, You’re giving away a cheese making kit? I so want this!!!

  16. 10-19
    5:51
    am

    it would be a blessing to win the cheese making kit, please enter me to win. thank you and God bless!! :heart:

  17. 10-19
    5:52
    am

    I want to make cheese. Please enter me!

  18. 10-19
    6:02
    am

    Id love a cheese kit :)

  19. 10-19
    6:14
    am

    Yes, please enter me in the give-away for the cheese making kit! Looking forward to all the fun.

  20. 10-19
    6:19
    am

    Mmmmm cheese….please enter me, and thank you!

  21. 10-19
    6:34
    am

    I want it!!

  22. 10-19
    6:44
    am

    Would be thrilled to win the cheese making kit. My family LOVES cheese and it’s one of the few things I don’t do homemade, but would like to give it a try.

  23. 10-19
    7:01
    am

    Enter me, too. Just the shove I need to try cheesemaking.

  24. 10-19
    7:02
    am

    Please add me to the drawing….I would love to learn to make cheese!!! Thanks!

  25. 10-19
    7:07
    am

    Oh yes, I’d love to win the cheese kit!

  26. 10-19
    7:09
    am

    I’ve been watching your journey to cheesemaking and think I’d like to try it. I’d love to win the cheese kit. Thanks!

  27. 10-19
    7:13
    am

    Please enter me. Thanks. And thanks for the giveaway – I hope the winner shares her/his success with all of us following your experiment.

  28. 10-19
    7:14
    am

    Please enter me in the drawing…I would love to make cheese along with you!

  29. 10-19
    7:15
    am

    Pick me! Pick me! Pick me! I want it sooooo bad!!!!! :snoopy:

  30. 10-19
    7:16
    am

    I’d love to win the cheese kit! I am trying to build up my confidence to join your challenge.

  31. 10-19
    7:16
    am

    :chicken: I want it! You make it look so easy..thanks for sharing. I’d love to make some cheese!

  32. 10-19
    7:16
    am

    Please enter me for the cheese kit. I would love to learn to make cheese. Thanks

  33. 10-19
    7:17
    am

    Oooooohhhh!! I would LOVE cheesemaking kit!!!

  34. 10-19
    7:27
    am

    I would love, love, love it!!!!!

  35. 10-19
    7:31
    am

    Want!! Totally want :) I’ve always wanted to try my hand at cheese making, but never have the extra cash to shell out.

  36. 10-19
    7:33
    am

    I want it!!

    And today is my birthday after all!!

    tee hee….

  37. 10-19
    7:34
    am

    I would absocheesely LOVE to give it a whirl!
    FUN!!

  38. 10-19
    7:35
    am

    I so want the cheese making kit, I have challenged myself this year to canning, and I did, to making bread, and I did, so the next logical step is cheesesmaking. Plase let me learn right along with you, okay you are further ahead then I but I am a quick learner, I will even do extra credit work. Please let me win the cheese kit, as my kids would say, PLZZZZZZZZZZ MOMMMMM(even though the youngest of the 4 children is 25)

  39. 10-19
    7:37
    am

    Please enter me for the cheese making kit !

  40. 10-19
    7:37
    am

    I want, I want, I want! lol

  41. 10-19
    7:44
    am

    I want a kit. But in the event that we don’t win, please let us all know where we can get one :)

  42. 10-19
    7:45
    am

    Mickie, you can get one at the link on the kit!

  43. 10-19
    7:45
    am

    I want it! I’ve always wanted to try to make cheese!

  44. 10-19
    7:47
    am

    I”m in! I’d love to learn how to make cheese. =)

  45. 10-19
    7:47
    am

    I want it!!! I will build my own press…I haven’t seen any clues of it being made by anyone else!

  46. 10-19
    7:58
    am

    Niiiiccceeee giveaway!! ME PLEASE :snoopy:

    Dede

  47. 10-19
    7:59
    am

    I have really been hesitating about making cheese. A woman at the local farmers market sells her cheese there and it’s wonderful. I want it! Just the kick in the butt I need to get going!

  48. 10-19
    8:00
    am

    I’d love to win the cheese kit! Pick me! Pick me!
    :)

  49. 10-19
    8:00
    am

    This would be great….my husband and I are starting on our first winter of trying to be independent of the grocery store and cheese was one of three items that we were going to have to buy at the store….this would be very helpful. I am looking forward following your adventure in cheese making!

  50. 10-19
    8:02
    am

    I would LOVE to make cheese…I’ve been wanting to for some time now, but just haven’t ordered the kit. I used to make mozzarella when I worked at a gourmet cheese shop and would love to experiment with some harder cheeses, etc! :moo:

  51. 10-19
    8:04
    am

    Cheeeeese (kit) Pleeeeaze! I’ve bookmarked the link in case I don’t get it though! …and looking at ways to make a cheese press too. :dancingmonster:

  52. 10-19
    8:05
    am

    Please enter me into the cheese making kit drawing! I will pay or shipping in a heartbeat but I don’t think I can spring for the kit right now.

    We have a really great farmers market around the corner once a week, and our milk guy sells raw cow, sheep, and goat milk. I’ve made plenty of paneer and soft cheese, but I’m really starving for cheddar and jack. They don’t really do those around these parts….

  53. 10-19
    8:09
    am

    I would surely love to win this cheesemaking kit. I’ve always wanted to learn the process,and it sounds like fun !

  54. 10-19
    8:14
    am

    Please enter me in the drawing for this! Pretty cheese?

  55. 10-19
    8:20
    am

    cheese kit please :sheepjump:

  56. 10-19
    8:23
    am

    Sounds like the cat’s meow……i need this kit!!
    Enjoy

  57. 10-19
    8:32
    am

    Cheese me please!!! No cow here but i want cheese!

  58. 10-19
    8:34
    am

    Please enter me, I would love the kit. We are getting goats in the spring so this will be good practice.

  59. 10-19
    8:35
    am

    I want to make cheese with you! Please enter me in the drawing!

  60. 10-19
    8:37
    am

    I would love to be entered in the drawing, please! Your cheese looks so wonderful.

  61. 10-19
    8:37
    am

    Please enter me in the dra

  62. 10-19
    8:37
    am

    I just found a man willing to give me all the free fresh milk I want. I’m making butter today and am looking forward to making cheese next. I’d love a cheesemaking kit!

  63. 10-19
    8:40
    am

    I would love to have the kit!! I so want to try making my own cheese!!!!

  64. 10-19
    8:42
    am

    Please enter me in the drawing. I was just ogling this kit yesterday. I have found a local source for vat pasteurized milk, so now I’m just waiting until Payday to purchase this kit and i’ll be right there with you. Plus Monterey Jack is my kids’ favorite cheese. I’m so excited.

  65. 10-19
    8:43
    am

    I would love to start making cheese! I’ve been pondering with the idea of making cheese and this would definately get me going.

  66. 10-19
    8:47
    am

    I really, really want this! I’ve been wanting to make cheese for a while now, but haven’t had the ‘guts’ to get started on my own. This would be awesome to help me out at first!

  67. 10-19
    8:47
    am

    I would love to win the kit- pretty please

  68. 10-19
    8:48
    am

    hooray for cheese! I actually made fromage blanc the other day…so yummy. Please sign me up

  69. 10-19
    8:50
    am

    Ooooo, I would LOVE a cheesemaking kit! Your posts always speak to the homemaker in me.

  70. 10-19
    8:54
    am

    I’m very intrigued at how fun cheese-making looks. I’d love a chance to win the kit!! Thanks for the chance!

  71. 10-19
    8:54
    am

    I want it! :)

  72. 10-19
    8:56
    am

    I think I could live on cheese, I love it!
    I would love a cheesemaking kit :eating:

  73. 10-19
    8:58
    am

    Enter me for the cheese making kit, please!

  74. 10-19
    8:59
    am

    Please enter me! My sweet son brings us raw milk when he visits from Pennsylvania but I don’t have a cheese making kit of my very own!

  75. 10-19
    8:59
    am

    I would love a cheese making kit. Please enter me.Thanks.

  76. 10-19
    9:00
    am

    I wanna make cheeeeese!!!! :shimmy:

  77. 10-19
    9:01
    am

    I’ve never made cheese, although it looks so interesting that I’m planning to try it this winter when the snow flies. I would love that cheesemaking kit. Thank you so much for the opportunity.

  78. 10-19
    9:05
    am

    Oh I would so LOVE to have that kit! Pick me! Pick me! :)

  79. 10-19
    9:06
    am

    I really want it! I haven’t ventured into hard cheeses yet. I have only tried making mozzarella.

  80. 10-19
    9:09
    am

    Me, me, me, me, me. Pick Me!!! I’ve always wanted to make cheese at home. I purchased some citric acid to make ricotta, but that is the extent of it. Would love the kit and better yet, would love to go to the school. Vermont in Autumn… just think about it.

    Love your blog!!!

    Susan

  81. 10-19
    9:10
    am

    As my Dad always said, “Do you want it or need it?” Oh I really, really need the Cheese Making Kit. Thanks.

  82. 10-19
    9:11
    am

    This is wonderful! I want a cheese making kit!

  83. 10-19
    9:12
    am

    Please enter my name. I would love to join your cheese making challenge.

  84. 10-19
    9:12
    am

    What a cool homeschool project to go along with our Laura Ingalls Wilder study!!! ;)

  85. 10-19
    9:15
    am

    I would love to win the cheese making kit. I have wanted to try this for so long and this would finally get me started.

  86. 10-19
    9:17
    am

    This would definately motivate me to making cheese sooner. It’s something that I’ve been wanting to do for a very long time now.

    Thanks for all your great instructions and for having a super contest!

  87. 10-19
    9:20
    am

    I would love to win the kit. Have been wanting to try making cheese ~ seems like the logical next step after making butter and yogurt!
    Thanks for the opportunity to win the kit and for the cheese making tutorial!

  88. 10-19
    9:24
    am

    The hubby and I were just talking about trying home cheese making. This would be a great way to get started!

  89. 10-19
    9:26
    am

    Oh, I would LOVE to win this!

  90. 10-19
    9:27
    am

    I SOOOO want it!!! Can’t wait for the cheese challenge!

  91. 10-19
    9:28
    am

    Oh, YES!! We NEED that starter kit!!

    Picked up some rennet and butter muslin, but need everything else!!

  92. 10-19
    9:29
    am

    Awesome! I’m a cheese freak! I’d love to win that Cheese making kit!
    Thanks for the opportunity.

  93. 10-19
    9:32
    am

    Yes, please enter me in the contest. I would love to try my hand at making cheese.

  94. 10-19
    9:32
    am

    Please enter me in the drawing. Thankyou!

  95. 10-19
    9:37
    am

    Please count me in on the draw.

  96. 10-19
    9:40
    am

    My friend and I were planning on making cheese this fall. We’d love to use the kit! A great place to start.

  97. 10-19
    9:41
    am

    I would love a cheesemaking kit! I’ll even send a blog post and photos if/when I get to make cheese.

    Now all I need is a COW!

  98. 10-19
    9:42
    am

    Me too- I need a basic start to actually start.
    I’m a chicken about doing it on my own.

  99. 10-19
    9:42
    am

    I want in the drawing!! I would love to win a cheese kit

  100. 10-19
    9:44
    am

    Enter me too! I’d love to win a cheesemaking kit.

  101. 10-19
    9:44
    am

    I would love to try making cheese! And btw, my husband LOVES your cornbread recipe and would like me to make it almost everyday! :snoopy:

  102. 10-19
    9:47
    am

    Just getting into making cheese and would love to have a kit. Looking forward to following your blogs on the cheese!

  103. 10-19
    9:47
    am

    What a great give away! I would love the cheesemaking kit.

  104. 10-19
    9:49
    am

    I would love to have this kit. Thank you for the giveaway.

  105. 10-19
    9:51
    am

    oh please pick me I want to make cheese so bad!!

  106. 10-19
    9:52
    am

    Ohh! How fun! I would love to make cheese! :chicken:

  107. 10-19
    9:52
    am

    With just 10 minutes before 9…. :shocked: whew…. just in time! :snoopy: Please enter me in for a free kit!!!!!! :sun:

  108. 10-19
    9:53
    am

    I would love to win the Cheese Making Kit.

  109. 10-19
    9:53
    am

    Merlin, the contest is open all day!

  110. 10-19
    9:53
    am

    I would love it! I just went to a hard cheese workshop this past Saturday!!

  111. 10-19
    9:56
    am

    waiting for my supplies to arrive to start out with soft cheeses (baby steps, here!). but would love a goal to work towards (hard cheeses)! pick me, please:)

  112. 10-19
    9:58
    am

    I would love to try making my own cheddar. Please enter me in the drawing!

  113. 10-19
    10:01
    am

    I am from Wisconsin….I am a cheesehead….I’d love to win the kit so I can become a homemade cheesehead!

  114. 10-19
    10:04
    am

    Please enter me in the drawing. My cats and I would love fresh, homemade cheese. I have been following your adventures for over a year now and can’t wait for the cheese challenge. You brighten my day everyday. Thanks again.

  115. 10-19
    10:05
    am

    Cheese please! I want this kit!

  116. 10-19
    10:06
    am

    Please enter me in the contest, I would love to learn to make cheese!

  117. 10-19
    10:06
    am

    Okay, I’m hooked! Why not add cheese to my “gotta do its” like soap, candles, pressure canning, steam juicing and homemade bread! Please enter me in the drawing so I can play along!

  118. 10-19
    10:09
    am

    Cheese please for me!

  119. 10-19
    10:10
    am

    OH, I would love to make some cheese. Sounds like fun and very tasty. Thanks to you and the cheese company. So enter me in the drawing pretty please!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :happyfeet:

  120. 10-19
    10:13
    am

    Throw my name in the hat!

    I’m looking forward to reading about all your cheeses, too…

  121. 10-19
    10:13
    am

    I would love to try. Please enter me.

  122. 10-19
    10:14
    am

    Oh I would love to win this , just like every one else I guess. I’ve only ever made cottage cheese . This would be great!!

  123. 10-19
    10:18
    am

    Gosh your cheese looks so beautiful Suzanne. But alas, it is dairy and I no longer “do dairy” but perhaps some day I’ll take a taste of cheese again. That has been one of the most difficult sacrifices to make in changing to a vegan diet ~ giving up cheese. I LOVE cheese, having grown up on a diary farm and looking at the photo of your cheddar, it makes me want to buckle and have a taste. :yes:
    But NO!

  124. 10-19
    10:19
    am

    Oh!!! Oh!!!! I want to be in your contest today!!! :snoopy:

    I’m planning on doing this challenge with you…I just started dabbling in cheeses this past summer. Have made the same as you…LOTS of soft cheese and I’ve tried farmhouse cheddar a couple times.

    I’d love to have the BASIC cheesemaking kit!!! :shimmy:

  125. 10-19
    10:26
    am

    Pick me! Cheese is its own food group in my house…I am dreaming of aging cheese in my electric wine cabinet, we have the temp in the white wines set about where it would be for cheese. Monterey goes good with Chardonnay!

  126. 10-19
    10:26
    am

    Cheesemaking is next on the list of lost skills to recover and therefore the cheesemaking kit would be most welcome! Love the picture of GB and BP.

  127. 10-19
    10:29
    am

    Oooh, I’m kinda scared if I do win this thing! Will you hold my hand while I make cheese if I win it?

  128. 10-19
    10:29
    am

    Your challenge is brilliant. Count me into the drawing.

  129. 10-19
    10:36
    am

    I love your challenge idea! Definitely put my name in the drawing!

  130. 10-19
    10:37
    am

    I WANT THE CHEESE MAKING KIT!!!!!!!

  131. 10-19
    10:39
    am

    Would love to win the kit!

  132. 10-19
    10:42
    am

    I would love the cheese kit!!! I am ready to make cheese, I even have an ornery calf!! She doesn’t want to get with the program either!

  133. 10-19
    10:43
    am

    I want it – I need to start making cheese – though I have no cow – but I love the look of your cheese and the idea of making it myself.

  134. 10-19
    10:47
    am

    Yeah. I totally want it. Can’t wait to see your Monterey Jack!

  135. 10-19
    10:49
    am

    Yes, please include me in the drawing.

    Thanks, too, for the tip about wax in and old crockpot. That’s a great idea (and just as we were getting ready to donate our old one!)

  136. 10-19
    10:51
    am

    I wanna make cheese!!!!

  137. 10-19
    10:52
    am

    Yay!!! I wanna make cheese! Can I borrow B.P.? Please enter me in the drawing!

  138. 10-19
    10:56
    am

    Congratulations! The cheese looks wonderful! Thanks for sharing the opportunity to learn cheesemaking! Would love to give it a go! Please pick me! :moo:

  139. 10-19
    10:57
    am

    Please enter me in the draw!

    I’m very interested in the cheese making…

    I even took a one-day workshop from a local cheese maker, but then I was too nervous to make cheese all by myself and I didn’t have all the stuff….

  140. 10-19
    11:08
    am

    I would love to win this. Please enter me in the drawing.

  141. 10-19
    11:12
    am

    I want the cheese kit please! I have other stuff ordered from there to start mozzerella…the idea came from your website :)

  142. 10-19
    11:12
    am

    I would love to win the cheesemaking kit! (Apparently my dog disagrees, as she is nudging my hands off the keyboard as I type.)

  143. 10-19
    11:13
    am

    Well, I’ve tried lots of stuff with ~various~ results, so why not cheese making! I’d love to win the kit…to make things easier you see. Sal

  144. 10-19
    11:27
    am

    oh put me in too!! I’m a long time lurker of your site. I love it!

  145. 10-19
    11:32
    am

    I was going to order one…how awesome it would be to win it instead!!

  146. 10-19
    11:35
    am

    I would love to supply my cheese addiction myself!

  147. 10-19
    11:36
    am

    I would love to win. We just started the milking thing. Luckily we were able to catch our calf when she was nursing and get a halter on her. We now have a dog leash on her to catch her from a little farther away. a little. good luck.

  148. 10-19
    11:39
    am

    Your cheddar round makes me salivate. I’m a total Cheese Head & would love to make my own cheese. I’ll even find some fresh milk at a local farm. Pick me! Pick me!

  149. 10-19
    11:42
    am

    My fingers are crossed! I’m getting better at mozzarella and want to move on. Oh please, oh please…

  150. 10-19
    11:44
    am

    I would love to have a chance of winning the cheese making kit. Homemade is always better. Yum!

  151. 10-19
    11:46
    am

    Oh, what a fun giveaway! Thank-you to you and the N.E. Supply Co. Please enter my name! :woof:

  152. 10-19
    11:52
    am

    Please enter me! I’d love to make some cheese! :)

  153. 10-19
    12:01
    pm

    Please enter me in the giveaway. This would give me the perfect push into making my own cheese. I have wanted to do it since you put up your first post, but haven’t had the time, money, or energy to find the “stuff” to do it with.

  154. 10-19
    12:02
    pm

    OH MY GOSH! I want one!! my mom used to make cheese. she is a women who would have been a great pioneer.

  155. 10-19
    12:02
    pm

    I have been making mozzarella & ricotta. I am SO ready to graduate to something else! I am keeping my fingers crossed!

  156. 10-19
    12:03
    pm

    Please let me have the cheese kit. I promise to put it to good use.

  157. 10-19
    12:03
    pm

    I’d love to try making cheese!

  158. 10-19
    12:18
    pm

    Oh, I want to make cheese. Wish I had the cow to go along with it but I’ll make do with milk from the grocer.

  159. 10-19
    12:21
    pm

    I want it, I want it! Pick me, pick me!!!!! I’m getting ready to quit my job and spend more time at home doing home-y things, and cheese making intrigues me, thanks to you! :wave:

  160. 10-19
    12:21
    pm

    I would love to have a cheese making kit. Consider me in this give away!!!! Please!!!!
    :duck:

  161. 10-19
    12:22
    pm

    Mee too please! We’ve no cows of our own but some live down the way. It would be fun!

    Abhaya from Oregon

  162. 10-19
    12:24
    pm

    Good luck on your cheese endeavor!

  163. 10-19
    12:33
    pm

    I just made my first ricotta from my cow’s milk last week. Very exciting! I’d like a chance at the drawing!

  164. 10-19
    12:37
    pm

    Oh, I’d love to win it!

  165. 10-19
    12:41
    pm

    I would love a cheesemaking kit! I need someone to enable my cheese problem ;)

  166. 10-19
    12:42
    pm

    I would to win this, yes, yes, yes, please!!!!

  167. 10-19
    12:43
    pm

    I would love it!!

  168. 10-19
    12:44
    pm

    Winning this kit would be just the kick in the backside I need to learn how to make cheese!! :snoopy:

  169. 10-19
    12:45
    pm

    I would love to make cheese. I don’t have a cow, but I have threatened to buy goats for our back yard. This would be a perfect “reason” to buy goats…to make wonderful cheese.

  170. 10-19
    12:48
    pm

    Oooh! I would love this kit. I’d like to get going on making more cheeses. I just made ricotta for the first time and WOW! It was super easy and delicious. Making my own cheddar would be divine!

  171. 10-19
    12:49
    pm

    After ordering the ricotta kit and having fun with that, of course I want to be entered in the drawing for this one!

  172. 10-19
    12:51
    pm

    I’m ready to try this! Please enter me in the drawing!

  173. 10-19
    12:52
    pm

    You share such clever tips. I never would have thought to do the thermometer in a cup of water trick. Clever!

  174. 10-19
    1:10
    pm

    I wanna make cheese! Put me in for a chance to win.

  175. 10-19
    1:15
    pm

    I love learning from you and would squeak in excitement if I WIN the kit. Yes, please enter me in the drawing.

  176. 10-19
    1:19
    pm

    I would love to join in the making of cheese! :snoopy:

  177. 10-19
    1:19
    pm

    I would love to have the kit. I want to start making cheese.

  178. 10-19
    1:22
    pm

    Me, Me…I just bought raw milk and have made Paneer…very simple, would love to try more.

  179. 10-19
    1:25
    pm

    Yep, she IS sticking her tongue out at you! Good tip from Jennifer (#147)… maybe catch her while she’s nursing. Gotta chuckle at the thought of a dog leash with a cow attached to it!
    I’ll be out of town during your first cheese challenge :cry: But I’d love to make cheese! What a nice give away. Count me in. :yes:

  180. 10-19
    1:26
    pm

    I am thrilled you are starting the cheese challenge with Monterey Jack! Pepper Jack is high on the list of cheeses to make and perfect.
    We just tried my very first cheese that I made following your instructions, it has been aging for 60 days and all 6 testers loved it including a judge of dairy goats from the Dixie Nationals!

    I used our Alpine goats milk and have 3 more aging…

    My question is can I replace the cow’s milk with goat’s milk to join you making the Monterey Jack?
    thanks! and would love to win the cheese kit!

  181. 10-19
    1:32
    pm

    Hmmm, I would have to change the name of my operation to “Hens and Herbs and Cheese”…I can live with that. Sign me up!

  182. 10-19
    1:41
    pm

    PLease put my name in the hat! I would love to try this!

  183. 10-19
    1:46
    pm

    I never thought about making my own cheese, but since finding your website, I have made your crock-pot yoghurt cheese twice, and love it. Would love to try other making cheeses – please enter me in the contest!

  184. 10-19
    1:47
    pm

    Yes, I want it. It would be neat to make cheese. Thanks for the chance. Christy

  185. 10-19
    1:50
    pm

    Yes please, I would like the kit. Please. Pretty Please.

  186. 10-19
    1:51
    pm

    pick me…guess I will have time to order items if I am not the winner. :pawprint:

  187. 10-19
    1:52
    pm

    Me!Me!Me!!!! Would LOVE to try my hand at making cheese! :snoopy:

  188. 10-19
    1:54
    pm

    Please enter me in the drawing for the cheese making kit!

  189. 10-19
    1:58
    pm

    Please enter me into the drawing.

  190. 10-19
    2:02
    pm

    BEHOLD the power of CHEESE! Enter me, please?

  191. 10-19
    2:07
    pm

    Count me in. I’m going to give cheese making a try. And thanks for letting us know where you get your supplies.

  192. 10-19
    2:14
    pm

    Could I be entered into the give away?
    Thank you,
    pattyb :

  193. 10-19
    2:18
    pm

    I love your website. Yes, please enter me in the Cheese Making giveaway.

  194. 10-19
    2:25
    pm

    I hope I win. I want it so bad. I have been wanting to make cheese for a long time but I am kind of scared to make it.

  195. 10-19
    2:27
    pm

    I would like this cheese making kit!!!

  196. 10-19
    2:31
    pm

    Today is still the 19th so please enter me as well!

  197. 10-19
    2:40
    pm

    This would be a great thing to win! Thanks!

  198. 10-19
    2:42
    pm

    Please put my name in the basket…I wanna make cheese too!\
    Barbara

  199. 10-19
    2:43
    pm

    :wave: Would love to win this! Have been buying items for cheese-making one at a time as I find them on sale. My hubby has tried a couple of times but has never had a successful batch. Hoping this will help, if we do win it. :moo: :moo:

  200. 10-19
    2:43
    pm

    Yes! Enter me in the drawing! I’m only making soft cheeses now. ON to the hard stuff.

  201. 10-19
    2:50
    pm

    I recently found your blog on the New England Cheesemaking Blog and I love it! I have been wanting to make my own cheese for awhile and this kit would be great!

  202. 10-19
    2:52
    pm

    I want it! Would love to make hard cheese.

  203. 10-19
    2:55
    pm

    Iiiiiiiii WANT it!! :jackolantern:

  204. 10-19
    2:56
    pm

    I’ve always wanted to make cheese and this kit may be the shove I need:)

  205. 10-19
    2:58
    pm

    I would love to give cheese making a try. Please enter me!

  206. 10-19
    3:15
    pm

    I would love to make cheese!! Please put me in the drawing.

  207. 10-19
    3:33
    pm

    I would love to make cheese too. Sign me up. Did anyone notice the discount for buying 12 or more kits? Those that don’t win should buy in group. It’s almost half price that way. Anyone else interested?

  208. 10-19
    3:36
    pm

    I would love the cheese making kit. Our cow had her very first calf on Saturday, and I can’t wait to get started milking her! This should be an adventure :moo:

  209. 10-19
    3:47
    pm

    I would love to try making cheese. I have been following all your blog posts on cheese and think I can master all the steps except milking the cow.

  210. 10-19
    3:54
    pm

    Would love love love to win this. Have made soft cheeses but want to start making the harder stuff :lol: and it’s my birthday today too :):):) Please pick me ;)

  211. 10-19
    4:01
    pm

    I would love, love, love a cheesemaking kit! I’d love to try making cheese, even if I don’t have my own cow. Though a cow would be nice! can you give away one of those next time?

  212. 10-19
    4:04
    pm

    I want it!! And I will take Glory Bee, if she needs a little Vermont vacation…. She is SO darn cute!

  213. 10-19
    4:13
    pm

    Please enter me in the drawing for the cheese making kit. I would love it. Thanks.

  214. 10-19
    4:16
    pm

    Those of you interested in making a bulk purchase together for the discount–you can start a topic on the forum — http://chickensintheroad.com/forum/ — and get together that way if you want!

  215. 10-19
    4:26
    pm

    Suzanne,

    Duh on my part!!!!!! :hole: I was up quite early and I reckon my brain was not quite awake to pay attention that the contest closes tonight! OY!!!!!! Thanks for alerting me to that just now. LOL….

  216. 10-19
    4:32
    pm

    I want to make cheese, too! Enter me to win!

  217. 10-19
    4:42
    pm

    I would love to have the cheese kit! (My mother would be so excited, she’s made butter and now has set her sights on cheese)

  218. 10-19
    4:53
    pm

    Suzanne, I’m wondering if you’re using your whey for anything? Do you feed it to the animals?

    Looking forward to the next installment of Glory Bee vs. the halter.

  219. 10-19
    5:01
    pm

    Just thinking about being able to make my own cheese has me excited!!! Please count me in (and pick!) me for this one!!!

    ps: you have the cutest cows I’ve ever seen…

  220. 10-19
    5:03
    pm

    I would LOVE to enter the giveaway for the basic kit! I need one and want one so I’ll be crossing a few fingers and hoping I can still milk! lol

    THANK YOU to NECSC!!!

  221. 10-19
    5:03
    pm

    I would love to make cheese with you. I want to win!

  222. 10-19
    5:04
    pm

    I’ve been dying to make my own cheese for years…but until I found your website, I didn’t realize it could actually be done. I would LOVE the kit so I can finally enjoy my own homemade cheese!

  223. 10-19
    5:07
    pm

    Yes, please – I love cheese!

  224. 10-19
    5:12
    pm

    What a fun giveaway. A cheesemaking kit is just what I need.
    I can’t wait to see the next chapter on cheesemaking.
    Thanks for entering me.

  225. 10-19
    5:12
    pm

    Please enter me in the giveaway! I make soft cheese with my goats’ milk, but haven’t yet tried hard cheese and really want to!

  226. 10-19
    5:23
    pm

    CHEESE! I have wanted to try my hand at hard cheeses. I can make yoghurt and buttermilk, next step please!

  227. 10-19
    5:27
    pm

    I want it! I never win anything, but I really, really want to win this. I’ve been wanting to make cheese for years, but my wants take a far back seat to family necessities. It’s been a pretty bad year here, and it’s not looking to get better for a while; this would be a really nice surprise.

  228. 10-19
    5:33
    pm

    I made soap last weekend and now cheese is next on my list. I’d love to be the winner.

  229. 10-19
    5:47
    pm

    :woof:
    I love really sharp cheese, and would love to be able to make my own.

  230. 10-19
    5:52
    pm

    I wanna play too, pick me, pick me, I’ve been wanting to try Monterey Jack for awhile. Please enter me in the give away.

  231. 10-19
    5:52
    pm

    I want one, there is a place about a 2 hr drive in Ann Arbor Michigan that teaches cheese making. I am still thinking about signing up for a class.

  232. 10-19
    6:37
    pm

    I would love to win a cheesemaking kit! I have been wanting to try for awhile now!

  233. 10-19
    6:50
    pm

    I would love to win this! Thank you!

  234. 10-19
    7:07
    pm

    I’ve made soft cheeses using store-bought milk before. Been wanting to try hard cheeses.

  235. 10-19
    7:15
    pm

    I’d love to try making cheese. You make is sound so good. Please enter me in the give away. Thanks!

  236. 10-19
    7:39
    pm

    I love cheeses, and making my own would be amazing. Please enter me in the drawing. Thanks.

  237. 10-19
    7:51
    pm

    I swear, that baby gets cuter with every picture!!

  238. 10-19
    8:05
    pm

    I’d love it!

  239. 10-19
    8:09
    pm

    :cowsleep: I have cow would love to learn to make cheese
    Margaret

  240. 10-19
    8:32
    pm

    I just conquered makimg wine… makeing cheese to go with the wine would be a perfect match and another thing crossed off of my to do list. Please count me in.

  241. 10-19
    8:33
    pm

    I would love to be entered in the drawing for the cheese making supplies. Thank you, Suzanne!

  242. 10-19
    9:31
    pm

    I’ve made a couple hard cheese, but not been consistently happy with the results. I’m going to have to try it out again and get better at it though as we are hoping to have four goats in milk next year!
    I’d love to win this!
    Thanks for the giveaway!
    ~Jenny~

  243. 10-19
    10:07
    pm

    I’ve never made cheese but would like to try it! Thanks for entering me in the drawing!

  244. 10-19
    10:12
    pm

    All I want is Glory Bee – put that baby cow in my CAR!!! She is too cute for words….Maybe I can house train her and she can sleep with me and my cats in the bed – just might have to kick the hubby out to make room for Glory Bee ;o)

  245. 10-19
    10:30
    pm

    Yes please enter me in contest. I have never made cheese and it would be a great new skill to start working on…thankyou!

  246. 10-19
    10:31
    pm

    Yes, would love a cheesemaking kit!!!

  247. 10-19
    11:08
    pm

    I want it! Please, please please???

  248. 10-19
    11:17
    pm

    I know that it’s in the cosmos for me to make cheese. I could sure use a starter kit

  249. 10-19
    11:22
    pm

    Hi-Ho, the derry-o
    The cheese stands alone.

    I would love to win a cheese making kit!

  250. 10-19
    11:24
    pm

    Yes please, I’d love a cheese making kit. Thanks for the chance!

  251. 10-19
    11:30
    pm

    Been wanting to try my hand at cheese making for a long time. This would be a great way to start.

  252. 10-19
    11:32
    pm

    Enter me, too.
    Just became vegetarian, need to learn now how to make chesse… :D

  253. 10-19
    11:46
    pm

    :sun: Brillant idea!
    I have the cows……..well they are beefers in the pasture, and a few are pets! Sooooo count me in on being the Lucky Winner of a Cheese Making Kit.
    I’ve followed all your unique and healthy ways…….and
    CHEESE is on my list to try next!

    Thanks! Liz

  254. 10-20
    12:33
    am

    Okay me tooo on the CHEESE KIT!!!! :happyflower:

  255. 10-20
    9:00
    am

    THIS CONTEST IS NOW CLOSED. The winner is #172, Pam from Ohio.

  256. 11-3
    1:10
    am

    I am wanting to make cheese and this was a great help to me.
    Thanks

  257. 11-16
    1:24
    am

    Suzanne,

    Thanks for sharing your experience with making Jack cheese!
    It’s always helps to see other people’s technique.

    Cheese making is a fun challenge and I feel so empowered when I score a success. I’ve had my share of failures but the learning curve is heading in the right direction.

    It’s a great blog.

  258. 11-16
    11:53
    am

    Cheese making stuff is always always needed!

  259. 3-16
    10:28
    am

    I would love this kit! I am new at this and very excited to try some new recipes. You guys are a real inspiration! Thanks for all you do.

  260. 5-26
    4:17
    pm

    Suzanne, You have goats. Any milkers? I love goat cheese. And it’s so easy to make. have you ever made some?

  261. 5-26
    4:23
    pm

    kj, yes, I’ve made goat cheeses, mostly chevre. My goats are dairy goats–Nigerian Dwarf.

  262. 8-21
    2:45
    pm

    :wave: Where do I find your cheese press plan.
    I want to build it. where did you get the professionally made cheese mold that fit the plan.

  263. 8-21
    2:47
    pm

    I got my mold from New England Cheesemaking.

    The press plans are here:
    http://chickensintheroad.com/cooking/how-to-build-a-cheese-press/

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