Cutting the Cheese


Behold! The cheese….

….has indeed….

….been cut!

And it was quite tasty! Cuts in nice, cracker-size slices or in wedges. Can also be shredded or flaked for various recipes. (The wax peels away very easily.) Tastes…..oddly like CHEDDAR. In other words, it came out perfect!

I’m quite pleased with myself.

The Making of Farmhouse Cheddar
Waxing the Cheese
How to Build a Cheese Press

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NOTE that because I’m putting this post up in the middle of the day, the eligible entry continues till noon tomorrow and the winner be announced shortly after that time.

To win: Leave a comment on this post and let me know you want it. You can just put (BBB) at the end of your comment or otherwise note that you want to be in the draw. One winner will be drawn by random comment number to receive a Ball Blue Book. Eligible entry cut-off is noon Eastern (U.S.) time tomorrow (Feb. 23). This post will be updated with the winner shortly after noon Eastern (U.S.) time tomorrow (Feb. 23). Return to this post to see if you won.

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UPDATE 02/23/10: The winning comment number is #84, Phyllis! Email me at CITRgiveaways(at) with your full name and address for shipping!


  1. Sheryl - Runningtrails says:

    You should be pleased with yourself! It’s absolutely beautiful! Good job done!

    I’d like the Blue Ball Canning Book :happyfeet:

  2. Cate says:

    Ooohhh, that looks yummy! Now you’ve given me another food project to try.

    Please enter me into the Ball Blue Book giveaway. Thank you.

  3. Blessings says:

    The cheese looks amazing! I would love a BBB…

  4. SuseM says:

    The cheese looks delicious! 😀
    Please enter me for the BBB drawing!

  5. Connie Crowl says:

    That cheese looks wonderful. I have to try this. By the way I love to can and would like to enter the Ball Blue Book contest.

    Like you I visited WV every summer and spent time with my grandmother. I was born in Tucker Co. but left at age six weeks and long to go back. Thanks for your blog. I just love it.

    Connie Lambert Crowl

  6. Lauren says:

    mmmmmm! I wanna make my own cheese! BBB please! 🙂

  7. rain says:

    Love the photo of the day-we all occasionally -hopefully go off the beaten path! Good for us! :sheepjump: BBB-hope-hope-BBB!!! :sheepjump:

  8. Marymac says:

    that cheese looks divine!!! please put me in the drawing for the BBB

  9. Stargirl Heuser says:

    Oh my, that cheese looks amazing! I so want to try it. BBB

  10. MNStacey says:

    Congrats on cutting the cheese! (never thought I would say that). I would love a chance to win the Canning book!

  11. Amber says:

    I’m going to have to make some cheese. That looks awesome!!! I’d also love to have a BBB. THANKS!

  12. Brenda says:

    Love you blog have made my own face scrub thanks to you. I would love the BBB!

  13. CMay says:

    High Ho the Dairy O
    The cheese stands alone!

    BBB please :wave:

  14. Cousin Sheryl says:

    Bring me a sample – -PRETTY PLEASE! :hungry:

    :heart: :hug: :happyflower: :french: :chef: :hungry2:

  15. Melanie says:

    BBB, please! Thanks.

  16. BuckeyeGirl says:

    Oh Suzanne! It looks absolutely FANTASTIC! Do you have a plan to make one wheel a month? That might be too often eh? I hope it tastes as good as it looks. yuuu-uuum!

  17. BuckeyeGirl says:

    Oh, and I forgot! I’d still love to win a BBB!

  18. Yalan says:

    Please enter me to win a BBB!

  19. Jennifer Ream says:

    Oh the cheese looks so good I love cheese so much…I would love to have the BBB Thanks so much for the recipes.This site is great..

  20. Linda G says:

    I would love a copy of the BBB. Thank you.

  21. Pat says:

    I don’t think I will ever do my own cheese, at least not one, that requires waxing. I do have a recipe for Labneh balls in line here and will make them soon.
    I’d like to be entered to win the BBB

  22. CindyP says:

    Oh my, that looks so good!!! Definitely need to do this!! Too many things to do and try!

    Would love the BBB!! Thank you January Baby for sponsoring!

  23. Kelley says:

    That cheese looks delicious! A BBB (and a bite of that cheese) for me please. :eating: k

  24. Suzanne says:

    I am seriously thinking it is about time to give this a try. I love the idea of making my own cheese. Heaven knows we eat enough of it at our house that making it would be perfect.

  25. Brenda (Prairie Daisy Handspun) says:

    It looks delicious! And after reading yesterday’s post, now I’m wanting to try making yeast. Next thing you know, you’ll have us growing cane and making our own sugar! 🙂

  26. Heather from KY says:

    I want that CHEESE!!!! It’s gorgeous! Way to go, Suzanne! You’re my farmer HERO! BBB!!

  27. Deb Martin-Webster says:

    May I just say I’m so totally jealous and impressed with your cheese making ability! You are amazing! Already have the BB canning book,just wanted post my congrats to you on making the perfect cheese! 🙂

  28. Shirley says:

    The cheese looks delish.


  29. Sarah says:

    Rather than wasting some (ok, a lot) of my harvest this year, I’d love the Blue Ball Canning book! Congrats on the cheese!

  30. Mary Tullila says:

    :snuggle: Ok who is “cutting the cheese”?? hahaaaa Good job Susan!!! Count me in .. I NEED a BBB!! :moo:

  31. lavenderblue says:

    Yay! for the cheese :shimmy:! Yay for Suzanne’s homesteadin’ skills :woof:

    But my daughter wants to know if all cheese wax is red. She’d like hers in blue, please.

    I’d be happy if I could just have a taste, no matter what color it came waxed in. :eating:

    BBB entry, please. :happyflower:

  32. Cheryl Shaver says:

    I’d rather win a round of that cheese, but if that’s not an option, please enter me in the BBB contest. :moo:

  33. mochah says:

    Suzanne, You never cease to amaze me. The cheese looks divine! As a canner, I would love the BBB.

  34. G-Mama says:

    That cheese looks so good. I wish there was a way I could have a taste. I would like a BBB. Thank you.

  35. Estella says:

    Looks delicious!

  36. Karen W says:

    what an inspiration you are on a daily basis!
    Suzanne, you make all of this farm stuff sound so easy a new countryfied girl could do it!

    Sign me up for the Ball Blue Book please, and if I am blessed enough to win, could you please include some of your energy too?

    Not sure when we will get our 3 girls milked, they don’t seem to appreciate the idea…must be my technique…or lack of!

  37. Kimberly says:

    please enter me in the drawing 🙂 BBB

  38. kerri says:

    That cheese certainly looks delicious. Well done, Suzanne! I’m going to go get a snack of cheese and crackers now. The power of suggestion…. :eating:
    I’d love to be entered in the BBB drawing. Thanks Anna and Robyn!

  39. MMT says:

    That cheese looks so tasty! Please enter me in the BBB. Thanks

  40. Jennifer says:

    I’d love to win the book!

  41. Debbie in Memphis says:

    The cheese looks delicious! I wish I was brave enough to try making my own. Maybe this will give me the courage to try. (BBB)

  42. LisaAJB says:

    Suzanne, first off those cheese pictures make me hungry! When I logged onto google reader today this post didn’t appear and I wouldn’t have noticed it if it hadn’t been for facebook. Is there a way I can make everything you post appear on my reader? Thanks!

  43. Jenny says:

    I just shared this post and your other cheese making posts with my hubby, and he’s agreed to make me a cheese press this weekend! The cheese looks yummy.

  44. NorthCountryGIrl says:

    Is there anything you CAN’T do? Super bread, homemade yeast, and that gorgeous round of cheese! Not to mention all the other talents you have…you are one amazing gal!! I’m so glad I came upon your site last Fall. You’ve been a real source of inspiration to me ever since. Thank you, Suzanne! I look forward to visiting with you each day. Have a great evening. (BBB)

  45. Darlene in North Georgia says:

    Nice looking wheel of cheese. Now you need to make yourself some homemade mac and cheese. You’d pay a fortune for white cheddar in the store!

    BBB please.

  46. mommafox says:

    I think you should write a new series of books–SUZANNE-SUPERWOMAN!!!!!!!!!!!! :sun: :sun: :sun:

  47. mommafox says:

    OH-OH-My one track mind forgot :reindeer: Please enter me in the draw for the BBB.

  48. Tammy says:

    Love the title to the post – teehee – nothing like a flatulance reference to get my inner child giggling. BBB please. Tammy

  49. LeAnn says:

    Suzanne, I love reading your blog and using your wonderful recipes and ideas. When I was a kid we had milk cows and made our own farm cheese, butter, yogart and etc. I haven’t been able to convince my hubby that we need a milk cow, he grew up milking cows also, and doesn’t care to relive those days 🙂 Anyway, thanks for all the great inspiration and please enter me in the BBB giveaway.

  50. Sandy says:

    The Cheese looks great! I wish I had the motivation to do stuff like that. I do some canning and already have the book and have found it to be quite useful. Your winner will love it!

  51. Grace Reynolds says:

    That cheese wheel looks so yummy. You all are eating mighty fine at your house! (BBB)

    Grace in CA

  52. Marcia says:

    Let’s have a party–I’ll make the crackers and you bring the cheese. BBB

  53. Cheryl S. says:

    That cheese looks heavenly. Please enter me in the draw for the BBB.

  54. Anne says:

    The cheese looks divine! I must try this. BBB please. Thanks, Anne

  55. Marla says:

    The cheese looks yummy!!! Wish I could taste it! (BBB)

  56. Nancy in Iowa says:

    It’s picture perfect, and you say it also tastes fabulous? I won’t be making cheese – just wish I could beam over to your farm, go up on the deck (I promise not to step on the Crooked Little Hen), knock on your door and buy some of yours! If I’m lucky, you’ll invite me in and offer me some cheese and crackers.

  57. Connie Trippett says:

    That cheese looks great!! I just don’t know if Im ready to try that yet. Im still working on the other recipes from here.

    Really need a bbb.

  58. Valerie says:

    That cheese looks so good…almost looks creamy. Like a cheesecake. Now, got to get dh to make a press for me…but since he already has a 23 page honey-do list I don’t know where to fit this in.
    I, too, own a BBB, it’s wonderful.

  59. MrsC says:

    Oh dear, two posts… I almost missed this one. Cheese… My goal!

    BBB entry please!

    Happy farming,


  60. Sandra in SC says:

    The cheese looks wonderful….wish you could send us all a taste!!! Ooooh, maybe a future drawing for a Wheel of Cheese!

    I’d love to be in the drawing for the BBB!


  61. Molly says:

    Mmmmmm…..cheese……mmmmm……BBB. WANT. BOTH.

  62. JustAnotherJenny says:

    I think one of the things that I love most about your blog is that you make me feel inspired to do things I would normally never have the confidence to do. I make (and use) over a gallon of yogurt a week! It never even occurred to me that it was possible to do at home. You’re saving me boat loads of money. I don’t know of any place that you can get a gallon of organic yogurt for $6.00.

    I’m totally going to try this cheese making thing. I’m going to start with either the fresh mozzarella or the ricotta.


  63. Nancy says:

    It’s whiter and creamier than I thought it would be…yummy! BBB

  64. Laura B. in Greenwood, IN says:

    The cheese looks so yummy! :hungry: Which I was there to help you figure out what to do with it. :hungry: :hungry:
    BBB please!

  65. Lynda Dunham-Watkins says:

    I have to ask. What makes Cheddar cheese yellow?

  66. farmershae says:

    I am so glad your cheddar tastes like cheddar!!! That is some beautiful cheese you have there….I think you have out done yourself!!!! Fine job!! and oh – BBB me!

  67. Michele Messier says:

    BBB book please. That cheese looks like it came out perfect. Wish I could eat some right now for dinner!

  68. chives says:

    That is the most beautiful wheel of cheese. BBB please Chives

  69. Janice says:

    Congratulations! I am on a cheese making mission too.

  70. smiledarlin says:

    Here is a website that has alot of different flours and grains… especially if you are gluten intolerant.


  71. KentuckyFarmGirl says:

    Congratulations on cutting the cheese!!! It’s beautiful!


  72. Tobey says:

    wow! another blue book day!

    What beautiful cheese. Wish I was there to try a bit, along with a crispy slice of apple!

  73. Julie Wriston says:

    Oh! you should be pleased. That looks wonderful! We saw a cheese making demo in Holland and I’ve wanted to make cheese since then! Watching you do this via your wonderful blog, I might just be persuaded! 😀

  74. carsek says:

    That looks Yum!! I’m going to have to make one of those. I have already done the soft goat cheese but haven’t tried a hard cheese. Thanks for making it so easy!

  75. Diane says:

    It is so tempting to try making cheese after I saw how nice yours turned out. Very good and its looks pretty too.

    BBB please!!!

  76. Johanna says:

    Hooray! I can almost taste it from here!

  77. Amy Price says:

    Oooooo that cheese looks good! Hopefully one day I will be able to tackle that project. BBB Please!!!!!! :happyfeet:

  78. Ruthdigs - Exeter, UK says:

    Your cheese looks fab, I’m so glad it turned out right. I’ve been pretty initmidated by all the ‘stuff’ you need for hard cheese making but I think I’ll go back and read through your posts and see if I have the courage to try it now I’ve seen yours. :yes: Looks delish :eating: what’s the texture like?

    Love to be entered for the BBB too as well please! :ladybug:

  79. Phyllis says:

    WOW!! I love cheeeeese!!! That looks scrumptious.
    I would love a copy of the BBB.

  80. nikki says:

    Oh yum that cheese looks so good! I can’t wait to make some myself!

    BBB please!

  81. Amanda says:

    Congrats on the cheese! BBB please.

  82. Nikki says:

    Congrats! And also yum.
    BBB please.

  83. Heidi533 says:

    I can’t wait until I’m making cheese with my own fresh goat milk. Maybe I’ll try some farm house cheddar with store bought milk so I can see how the flavor compares.

    (BBB) please!

  84. carol bellamy says:

    I will one day try to make cheese. It looks lovely. I would love to have the BBB.


  85. Nancy says:

    I’m approaching retirement, and your projects are so inspiring!

    BBB please.


  86. Emily says:

    Mmmmm…..I can’t wait to do this…but I have to.

    BBB please!

  87. Sally says:

    Oh Cheese! Maybe someday. BBB please

  88. jan-n-tn says:

    DH will be making me the press as soon as he gets home. It’s not like we don’t have the parts, already laying around here! Yours looks so good that we can almost taste it through our screens. GREAT JOB♥♥♥love cheese♥♥♥

  89. dorothy says:

    :sun: Hide the beer from that Crooked Little Hen and her Beau, or you’ll have empty cans as well as (chicken) butts all over your porch! BBB please

  90. Melinda says:

    The cheese looks delicious. Maybe I will be brave enough to try making my own cheese someday. I would love to win the BBB.

  91. Deborah R says:

    Yay! Congratulations on another successful project!

  92. vande2 says:

    This is the year I’m going to can everything! Enter me in the drawing, please!

  93. anne says:

    Lovely cheese. BBB Please.

  94. katie says:

    :dancingmonster: great job 🙂 please enter me in the contest

  95. mafong says:

    Your cheese looks wonderful-=-I think that I will try making goat cheese first then the hard cheese. I love all your receipes!


  96. nuge says:

    MMMMMM MMMMM MMMMM I’m having cheddar envy. That’s one beautiful hunk a cheese. I can’t believe I missed this post for two whole days and only found it by accident right before I turned my computer off for the night. No how the heck am I gonna get to sleep with visions of cheese and crackers, open face toasted cheese sandwiches, no no cheese fondue, or mac and cheese. :hungry: It really turned out spectacular. ENJOY!

  97. Angela P says:

    😆 Suzanne You are now given the title of THE BIG CHEESE! I took a cheese making class last summer and according to the instructor….taught my Ricki herself…This is the ultimate kudos.
    Congratulations….you are so amazing. :yes:

  98. Molly says:

    Hi Suzanne: I’m hoping you get all incoming. This was just in the NY Times and I thought you’d be interested in the knead/no knead question.

    I made my first grandmother bread over the holidays and I KNOW I didn’t knead it for 10-15 minutes.


  99. RosieJo says:

    Hope it doesn’t matter that my comment isn’t so much about your teriffic cheese-making adventure. I have made your ‘hamburger helper’ recipe several times already and we have thoroughly enjoyed it. I’m hoping that you might try to come up with a recipe for a swiss steak similar to McCormick’s Bag ‘n Season product.

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