Got Gouda?


Got gouda? I do!

Gouda cheese originated in the medieval Dutch city by that name, but of course it’s made all over the world now. Except, until recently, in my kitchen. I was afraid of gouda. It’s made by the “washed curd” method, and I’m afraid of any new cheesemaking method, which is why I’m writing this series of cheese challenge posts for New England Cheesemaking. I have to fulfill my monthly challenge and meet my deadline! No time for fear! Or procrastination!

The washed curd method involves removing whey from the pot and replacing it with hot water. This “washes” the milk sugar, or lactose, from the curds, lowering the acidity level and producing a creamy, mild flavor to the cheese. The cheese is then soaked in a brine, air-dried, and waxed. (Traditionally-made gouda in Holland is not waxed, however. It’s sold with a natural rind. I want to try some natural rind cheeses…..)

I’m using my well worn copy of Home Cheese Making by Ricki Carroll from New England Cheesemaking as my guide. Let’s go! (And don’t miss the giveaway at the end!)

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How to make Gouda:

2 gallons whole milk
1 packet direct-set mesophilic starter*
1/2 teaspoon liquid rennet diluted in 1/4 cup cool water
2 pounds cheese salt (for brine) — may be cheese salt or any non-iodized salt
1 gallon water (for brine)
cheese wax

*You can use regular mesophilic starter, but the special mesophilic starter designed specifically for soft ripened and fresh cheeses will give you more of the pronounced butter-like flavor you expect from a gouda.

1. Heat the milk to 90 degrees. Add the starter and mix well. Cover and allow the milk to ripen for 10 minutes.

2. Add diluted calcium chloride, if using. (If you have trouble with weak curds when using store-bought or home pasteurized milk, for a two gallon recipe add 1/4 teaspoon calcium chloride diluted in 1/4 cup cool water. Read more about using calcium chloride here.)

3. Add the diluted rennet and stir gently with an up-and-down motion for 1 minute. If using farm-fresh cow’s milk, top-stir 1 minute longer. Cover and let the milk set at 90 degrees for 1 hour, or until the curds give a clean break. Toward the end of the hour, start heating your pot of water for step 5.

4. Cut the curd into 1/2-inch cubes. Let them set for 10 minutes.

Curds are a beautiful thing.

5. Drain off one-third of the whey. I have no idea what one-third of the whey is as I pour off. I make my best guess at it.

Stirring continuously, slowly add just enough 175 degree water to raise the temperature of the curd to 92 degrees.

6. Let the curd settle again for 10 minutes. Drain off the whey to the level of the curd.

7. Once again, while stirring constantly, slowly add just enough 175 degree water to bring the temperature of the curd to 100 degrees. Keep the curd at 100 degrees for 15 minutes, stirring often to keep the curds from matting.

8. Allow the curds to set for 30 minutes.

9. Pour off remaining whey.

10. Quickly place the warm curds in a 2-pound cheese mold lined with cheesecloth, breaking them as little as possible. Press at 20 pounds of pressure for 20 minutes.

11. Remove the cheese from the mold and gently peel away the cheesecloth. Turn over the cheese, re-dress it, and press at 40 pounds of pressure for 20 minutes.

This is my new press.

It’s a spring-loaded press from New England Cheesemaking.

I really like not having to heft weights around anymore!

12. Repeat the process (turn over the cheese, re-dress it) but press at 50 pounds of pressure for 12-16 hours. Remove from the press. By the way, I keep one special piece of cheesecloth that I use for cheeses when going in the press for the final pressing stage. It’s a much smaller piece of cheesecloth, cut so that there’s very little excess material to clump and cause indentations on the top of the cheese during pressing.

I was so excited when I took this cheese out of the press. This is the best, smoothest pressed cheese I’ve ever made.

It’s a work of art! IT BELONGS IN A MUSEUM!!! But they can’t have it. It’s mine, mine, MINE.

13. Make a saturated brine solution by combining the salt and water in a noncorrosive (glass or stainless steel) container. Soak the cheese in the brine for 12 hours. I used an (unchipped) enamel bowl for my brine.

Flip the cheese in the brine occasionally. I also rested a spoon on top of the cheese to keep it under the surface.

14. Remove the cheese from the brine and pat dry. Refrigerate the brine solution for other recipes. Air-dry the cheese at 50 degrees for 3 weeks.

I’m still in the air-drying stage with my first gouda. I air-dry cheese on a cheese mat.

15. Wax the cheese.

16. Age it at 50 degrees for (at least) 3-4 months, turning it 3 or 4 times a week.

Yield: 2 pounds.

My experience: Gouda is an easy cheese! I’m afraid of washed curds no more! I’m thrilled with how my goudas have been coming out. I’ve made more since my first, which are in varying stages of air-drying, and I may even age one with a natural rind….. I’ll report back when my goudas have aged long enough to test! After my experience with letting one of my cheddars age six months before opening it, I am directing myself to let my cheeses age longer now. I’ll wait at least four months before breaking open one of my goudas.

My friend Astrid is from Holland, so she grew up with gouda. She makes it herself now from milk from her cow. Fascinated with the whole gouda thing and wanting to know how a real Dutch girl did it, I asked her how she makes hers. She makes it as outlined above except she doesn’t air-dry her gouda for three weeks. She air-dries her cheeses for a few days then either waxes them or goes with a natural rind. When making her natural rind goudas, she places them inside a plastic bag while they’re aging and watches for mold. She uses a toothbrush and some saltwater or vinegar to remove it, should any appear.

See how to make a homemade cheese press here. The spring-loaded press I use now can be found here.

See how I made my cheese cave here.

See all my posts in Cheesemaking here.

I get my supplies here.

This is my cow.

To help you get started making cheese, New England Cheesemaking is providing a package including (value of each item in parentheses): a hard cheese mold ($15.95), mesophilic culture ($5.95), veal rennet ($6.50), red wax ($5.50), cheese brush ($7.95), cheesecloth ($5.95), cheese salt ($2.95), and calcium chloride ($4.95). The total value of the package is $55.70. Note: This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only.

For a chance to win: Leave a comment on this post and let me know you want it. ONE winner will be drawn by random comment number to receive the package. Eligible entry cut-off is midnight Eastern (U.S.) time tomorrow night (January 16). This post will be updated with the winner by 9 a.m. Eastern (U.S.) time on Monday (January 17). Return to this post to claim your prize!

UPDATE 01/17/11: The winning comment number, drawn by, is #82, CD. Email me at CITRgiveaways(at) with your full name and address for shipping!



  1. patchkat says:

    Suzanne, you are indeed adventurous! The Gouda looks great and is one of our favorite cheeses. I would love to have the cheesemaking starter kit to get me going!!!

  2. Enjay says:

    I really want it. Please enter me in the contest, please please please πŸ™‚

  3. jojo says:

    Oh I would so love to win the prize!

  4. Ashlee M says:

    I’d LOVE to win so I could finally try to make my own cheeses! *fingers crossed*

  5. Mandy Hagenaar says:

    I’m a real Dutch cheese-head and I would love to be able to make it! Right now I let my mother buy aged Gouda and send it to me in San Francisco. Yes, you can buy it here, but the very best Gouda cheese is kept (and eaten) in Holland. Maybe I can start making my own…
    Growing up in Holland, a block of Gouda is a standard staple, which you can eat for breakfast, for lunch, and as a snack.
    Because it is so good you need only a slice on your bread (not an inch thick).

  6. Nic, SD says:

    WANT IT. Totally.

    Thanks for the opportunity!

  7. Mary says:

    I would love to try this!

  8. Nancy S. says:

    Enter me to win! (I want one of those cheese presses too!)

  9. Kara says:

    We’d love it! Just experimented with homemade mozzarella tonight!

  10. glenda says:

    That cheese is a work of art!

    I should make myself milk more and try this….

    Enter me to win the package too.

  11. Rob B. says:

    This did not sound are hard as I thought it would be, maybe I will actually try to make gouda, and what will help is that cheesemaking kitso enter me please, thank you!

  12. Teresa says:

    Yes, yes, I would like to win! You have inspired me. Your Gouda is beautiful, just b-e-a-u-ti-ful! Thanks for your posts and for this amazing give-away.

  13. Cheryl LeMay says:

    Please enter me for the giveaway. Your gouda looks really good.

  14. David Bader says:

    Ohhhh, I want to learn to make cheese, please!!

  15. WatkinsGal says:

    The closest I’ve come to making cheese is making home made yogurt. If the home made cheese results are anything like the yogurt…well, there is NO comparison to store bought. Your “artisan” gouda looks divine! Would love to give the kit a try!!!

  16. Teresa says:

    I too would love to win the cheese making kit. I love all your post and I think my husband is in love with Dr. Pepper also. He’s just sooooo cute!

  17. esp says:

    Oh…Gouda is my most favorite cheese. I’d love to be entered!

  18. Jerry Hamm says:

    Yesterday I made my very own Goda, kind of scary, after making farmhouse cheddar, but following Ricki*s directions it worked. it is now in the press. How am I going to wait to taste it? I have to keep the waxed cheese in a cooler in the garage, where it is 55 degreese in the Texas winter, that is why I started making it in December, because by March we are back to 85 and from then on turn up the heat. I read Susanne*s cave invention, and am going to do that myself. Jerry

  19. CindyR says:

    The gouda looks wonderful, I’d love to try so enter me in the drawing.

  20. Maureen says:

    I would love to win it!

  21. Hamp Girl says:

    I got my mother a kit for Christmas. She’s used it so many times trying to perfect her Velveeta (from your recipe), she’s almost run out of supplies. I’d love to get another kit!

  22. CindyP says:

    Would love to get the kit!

  23. carla says:

    Wow! You make it all look so easy!! I have made a couple cheddar cheeses before my goat dried up. It is time consuming, but well worth it! Great job!

  24. Connie from Ohio says:

    You are the bravest person I know. Would love to win the hard cheese kit. I have the soft cheese one.

  25. Laura Reazer says:

    I keep borrowing this book from the library, would love to own a copy I think Gouda will be my next cheese attempt Thank you for making it look so easy

  26. Erin says:

    Making cheese would be fun! I’d love the kit!

  27. susan arkles says:

    please put me in for your drawing. You make it look so easy I want to make more then mozzarella and rocotta too!

  28. Connie says:

    I’d love to win it! I need to expand my cheesemaking horizons.

  29. Tisha says:

    I wanna make some cheeeeeeeese!!!!

  30. Michael Fross says:

    Hello Suzanne. Thanks for yours posts. I’ve not worked myself up to trying cheesmaking as I thought it would be really difficult. I’ve read Ricki’s book, and your blog have taken away most of my apprehension. If I win I’m going to jump in feet first. Thanks for taking the time and helping us all out.

  31. KellyF. says:

    It would be so great to win this package. I have wanted to try making cheese but haven’t been able to order the supplies.

  32. Bonnie Ward says:

    Gouda Job!! (ok, someone had to say it). I’d love to be entered in the drawing. You’ve inspired me to try making Gouda once I’ve mastered Camembert (my husband’s demand in exchange for becoming high quantity milk consumers).

  33. Gem says:

    It would be GOUDA for me to win this giveaway…!!! Thanks Suzanne πŸ™‚

  34. Sandra in SC says:

    Please enter me in the drawing!!!! I really want to learn to make cheese. Thanks!!!

  35. Lisa Twombly says:

    Yup, I want it. Thanks for all you do Suzanne!

  36. Denise says:

    I would love to try making my own cheese! Please enter me in the drawing :wave:

  37. Nichole says:

    Yes, I’d love to win ! I have an older thrift store copy of Ricki Carroll’s book but don’t have the supplies and have been too intimidated to jump in. Thanks for your posts…you make it seem so do-able !

  38. Sharon says:

    I’d love to win this giveaway..Gouda pick me please! Sharon

  39. Krista says:

    I really want to make cheese. Please enter me!

  40. Pete says:

    Oh, YES! I would really like to win one of these!!

  41. prayingpup says:

    I too am wanting to learn to make cheese. I just don’t have the equipment. Please enter me. Thanks!

  42. margiesbooboo says:

    Please enter me in the drawing!

  43. judydee says:

    Yes, please enter me in the drawing. Have been making mozzarella, and I need to challenge myself to go the next step. You make it look possible.

  44. Janet Parisi says:

    I would love to win the cheesemaking supply giveaway. I just started making cheese and it would be great to have. By the way, Beautiful Gouda!
    Janet Parisi

  45. Lauren says:

    :snuggle: We just started getting raw milk from some friends and I can’t wait to try making cheese! I’m starting this week with goat’s milk (from my in-laws goats) and with EASY farmer’s cheese to build my confidence. I could really use the New England Cheesemaking kit to start my cheese experiment!!!

  46. Andrea McCardle says:

    It we be so great to be able to make my own cheese!! Of course, we dont have a dairy cow, but I might even try to make it using milk from one of our Black Angus cows as an experiment, since they are all about to calve. I love being able to make my own food and meet the animals it comes from.

  47. Deb says:

    Oh I’d love to win the cheese package. I was planning on buying some of that stuff, but have to put it off, cause we just got another cow yesterday and it was a little more expensive so had to use the money I had planned for cheese supplies. In a month or two I should be able to get more, but that would get me started again. πŸ™‚

    Since we had the calf and had to have our good milker adopt it so she had plenty to eat we weren’t getting much milk…so solved that problem with another cow. LOL I think we better stop at what we have now for a while…if hubby wants more he can pray we have some girls from them…like our last calf was. LOL Our new one is due in June…so we will see if she gives us another girl for a milker, or a boy for our freezer. πŸ™‚

    The next step is a cheese cave…if I can figure out where to put it, and find one for cheap somewhere. πŸ™‚

    I also dream of your nice pretty cheese press…although do love the one my Daddy made me too. I guess if I had both and a cheese cave…and several cows in milk I could REALLY go to town on making some hard cheese, so we had plenty to see us through the leaner milk times! *giggle*

  48. Deb says:

    woo hoo :shimmy: a Cheese Give-a-way :snoopy:

    Thank You Suzanne!

  49. Tanya Miller says:

    I want it!!! This past week I made yogurt for the first time… my chickens love the whey… I wanna make cheese next- this would be the perfect win for me!!! :heart: Thanks!! :chicken: :chicken:

  50. Traci says:

    Oh…please pick me. I have the cow and the goats, but no cheese yet. I have been “afraid” of cheesemaking. I’ve got some cheesemaking supplies and actually plenty of time, just need the “shove” to attempt it. Thanks for your inspirations!!!!

  51. Kathi says:

    Me me me!!! I am just waiting for my goats to kid in March to start learning to make hard cheeses – I hope to be milking *8* goats by hand so I’ll have plenty of cheese-making material!

  52. debbie says:

    I want it! I want the cheese package! You have inspired me to attempt cheese πŸ™‚

  53. Rebecca says:

    Beautiful Gouda! Congratulations. I can’t wait to read how it turns out after aging.

  54. Carol Radtke says:

    Suzanne, you are such an inspiration. I so need to get me a dairy cow. Right now, I have goats. I have perfected mozz but need to move on to other cheeses. This kit would be perfect. my goats are due to kid starting in February so the milk will be flowing and I’ll need to be making cheese. This kit would be perfect… I want one!

  55. Lisabeth Olson says:

    Suzanne, you are such a wealth of knowledge! You treat everyone like they are your best friend, no matter who they are. I am very blessed to be a part of the Suzanne McMinn Blog family. You answered my questions I asked yesterday in today’s post. Thank you
    I’d love to have a kit. Thank you ahead.

  56. suzanne sumien says:

    Beautiful Gouda! I’m inspired. I’d love a chance to win the kit.
    Thanks! Suzanne

  57. Leah's Mom says:

    Enjoying your cheesemaking journey! Please enter me for the drawing!

  58. Rose says:

    You are getting to be quite the cheese maker. I’ll bet your family is happy. Would love to learn how to do this too. Thanks for the opportunity.

  59. proudmary says:

    :hungry: I would like to enter the cheese give-away.

  60. stephanie says:

    Oh, fun! I visited New England Cheesemaking earlier this week and left you a comment there, too. I’d love to try cheesemaking. πŸ™‚

  61. Heidi says:

    Gouda is a family favorite here. I’m anxious to find out how yours turns out after aging.

    Please enter me in the drawing.

  62. Pam says:

    Gotta love your gouda. I am sure the Louvre will be calling you soon. Just say “no”. πŸ™‚ Pick me for the drawing!

  63. Deni says:

    The cheese is beautiful. I want that cheesemaking kit! I will go right along with my New Year’s resolution of trying new things!

  64. windspiritwhimsies says:

    What wonderful cheeses! Love reading about your adventures in cheesemaking! Would love to give it a go! Please enter me in the giveaway-thanks! :cowsleep:

  65. Aaron Thomas says:

    I really would love the package. You make it sound so easy! Who knows where I would age my cheese, but you first have to learn to make it.

  66. Martha in KS says:

    I would SO like to learn to make cheese, so please enter me in the contest!

  67. Debbie says:

    I have to come out of lurkdom to enter this contest! On the advice of your columns, I ordered the mozzarella-making kit from NE Cheesmaking for my husband’s birthday last month. He LOVES it!I know he would like to be able to advance to making cheddar, jack, and…gouda! Please pick us!
    I love your blog, I come here every morning to start my day with a smile!

  68. Naomi says:

    i want to learn how to make cheese,i want in

  69. Kellee says:

    Oh oh! Count me in! I know exactly where I can get my milk (until I get my own little Jersey girl)! I am a cheese freak, I can eat a package of cheese within 2 days. It gets to be quiet the expensive eating habit! :cowsleep:

  70. Suzanne Gonzalez says:

    It’s all GOUDA! Hope I’m the lucky random winner of the starter kit! :sheep:

  71. Wendy says:

    I LOVE cheese, what better way than to make it yourself. Put me in for the giveaway. Thanks Suzanne.

  72. carmeno says:

    Beautiful end result. I just started attempting to make cheese (yesterday). My mozzarella turned out to be cream cheese, but it tastes great. I decided to try the whey, since there was so much of it, put in a bit of sugar and strangely enough it tasted just like coconut water. My daughter and son-in-law came over and I gave them some, both told me the same thing, so at least that was not wasted. I would love to win the package because as you can see I need help bad. I will be making gouda, which I love, eventually if I can ever get mozzarella that’s not quite as creamy. For now, I’ll just be jealous of yours. (Oh, and I tried artisan bread a week ago, with much better results.) Love your site.

  73. Mabe says:

    We too wish to walk the path of the chicken lady and cheese goddess in training!
    Please enter us in the drawing!
    And Gouda Luck to all!

    Warm regards, Fergus and Mable of Bare naked Honey Farm

  74. annabel52 says:

    I love your cheese making adventures. I want to make cheese!!!Please enter me in the drawing so I can make cheese.

  75. Lacey says:

    Please enter me.

  76. Faith says:

    Please enter me for the drawing!

  77. Angelina Haley says:

    I would love to be entered to win the cheesemaking starter kit. This is on my learning to do list :eating: Please enter me in the give away please, thanks so much!

  78. I Wanna Farm says:

    I would love this!

  79. Emily Pearce says:

    I’d love to try hard cheeses! Please enter me, thanks!

  80. Mrs. Weeb says:

    Oh Pick me! Pick me!! *furiously waving hand*

  81. sam says:

    The more I read about you cheese making adventures; the more I really want to give it a shot.

  82. CD says:

    I would love this kit! Please enter me in the giveaway.

  83. Renee says:

    Please enter me. Thanks!!

  84. Jeanne says:

    oooh! Pick me, pick me! I’ve only made mozzarella so far (the introductory easy cheese) and would love to try some more adventurous ones. Love the New England Cheesemaking company!

  85. Kristen says:

    Please enter me? I’d so love to win! :purpleflower:

  86. Teri says:

    would love a chance to win the cheese package!

  87. Debbie R says:

    That is a very pretty cheese. Can’t wait to see how it comes out. I would love to try making some of my own!

  88. andrea says:

    I was just about to order a wheel of gouda, but would MUCH rather give it a try myself. Thanks for the giveaway!

  89. Glenie says:

    I would love to learn to make my own cheese. Winning this would give me the big shove in that direction that I have been needing.

  90. Robyn says:

    I looooove cheese…one of my favorite foods. What a great prize. I would love to win :happyfeet:

  91. Melissa says:

    I would love to expand my cheese making horizons. Please enter me to win the kit!

  92. Craig says:

    I like cheese. Please enter me in the contest…

  93. cindyintexas says:

    Still pondering if I want to try making cheese. I don’t have my own cow, but have access to raw whole milk from an area farm. Have the cheese making book from NECheeseCo. I think my biggest challenge would be keeping a round of cheese at 50 degrees for 3 months since I live in South Texas, and what about the high humidity?…..

  94. Elaine says:

    I would love this prize. My cheeses are hit and miss. My first successful cheese was a colby. I think that is a washed cheese as well. Every thing I have is homemade so I would love a professional set.

  95. Jeannie says:

    Wow…Making ones own cheese…interesting… We have lost so many skills that were used not so long ago…
    I have never made cheese of any kind… I think it would be challenging to try…
    It would be the waiting that would get me…
    Enter me, If I win, My daughters and I could learn together/

  96. Sean Lally says:

    Wow! Late entry here. Awesome post. Never made gouda would love to try!

  97. Danielle says:

    Ooooh, I could probably never make a Gouda look so good but I would love to try. Maybe if I had that cheese making kit πŸ˜€

    I would love to win such a prize. Sign me up! πŸ™‚

    P.S I love reading your monthly cheese challenges. So cool.

  98. farmershae says:

    Would love to win this!! I can’t tell my husband that we can make Gouda though, I’m sure I would come home to milk on the ceiling!

  99. Gretchen says:

    I am so enjoying this website and the inspiration to be found here — such a gift in the middle of winter! Perhaps I will be more than inspired and MAKE SOME CHEESE this year. Thank you, Suzanne.

  100. lauren says:

    Please enter me in the contest, Ive made riccota and love it!!! πŸ™‚

  101. Jody Balconi says:

    I would love to learn how to do this !! :sheepjump:

  102. Jane Lehmer says:

    Ooooooh this would be so fun! Thank you Suzanne and New England Cheesemaking super heroes!!

  103. Tracy says:

    Please enter me in the contest

  104. Rosemeri says:

    I would really love to have this kit. I want to learn to make cheese at home. Thanks.

  105. Amy H says:

    Yummy Gouda sounds so good, I want to make it! Sign me up for the giveaway, I’m having visions of making Gouda now:-))

  106. lavenderblue says:

    That is a beautiful cheese! Ever since you posted about doing baby cheeses, I’ve been thinking maybe, just maybe, I could take a gamble with store bought milk and make some cheese at home. See, I’m cheap and don’t want to waste milk and supplies if the batch didn’t turn out. But a small batch, well, maybe I could…

    See, I love the thought of all this homesteading stuff, just not the cost incurred to a city dweller. This kit would be a wonderful, wonderful thing. Please enter me.

    P.S. “This is my cow.” HaH!

  107. Kristina Apodaca says:

    Oh I really really really want to win this one.

  108. Isabel says:

    Pick me, pick me! πŸ™‚

  109. Casey says:

    I would LOVE to win this. I was just on their website yesterday looking at supplies. Cheese making is something I have wanted to try but never had the nerve to do. Your posts make it seem doable. Thanks for sharing your experiences with us! πŸ™‚

  110. EightPondFarm says:

    Please enter me in the contest. Your cheeses are looking so very professional.

  111. April says:

    I would love to win this package. After reading your blog, I now want to make my own.

  112. Jeanne says:

    Oh, count me in for the give-away! I’d love to try making my own cheese.

  113. Jenny Sterling says:

    Add me to the drawing, thank you! Great post!

  114. Naor says:

    Can I join in the fun and win the contest? Gouda is one of my favorite cheeses, especially when made with goat milk and that is not that easy to find here. Hmmm…. anyone know of any sources of goat milk for purchase?

  115. Kathryn T says:

    Would love to try cheesemaking. Please enter me in the drawing.

  116. Kari says:

    OMG – you are a woman after my own heart! I love cheese, and love Gouda the most. I’d love to enter in the drawing seeing as I can’t afford all the ingredients to make that scrumptious cheese!

  117. DebrafromMD says:

    Oh, now that Christmas is over, I want to try cheese making. I could use this prize package.

  118. Laura Pintor says:

    I have wanted to make cheese for a few years! Please enter my name, and I thank you! Laura

  119. Lisa Warren says:

    I want to make cheese as well, from my tiny kitchen in DC! Please enter me into the drawing.

  120. Diane Hall says:

    Would love to win this and start learning how to make cheese. What a wonderful contest

  121. Lynda says:

    I would love to win this great give away….I so want to start making cheese…gives me a great reason to buy a cow!

  122. Debi says:

    Excellent post! I would love to make my own cheese!

  123. Melanie says:

    well Cheese kit ME also.. I enjoy your blog a great deal and have fun getting my friends hooked on it.

  124. drucillajoy says:

    so fascinating…I’d just love to win…Thanks!

  125. LisaAJB says:

    I’m toying with the idea of having my own cow and chickens. I’ve been interested in making my own cheese, but it feels fake if I’m using store bought milk. I am interested in winning the prize. Thanks!

  126. Barbara says:

    Hoping for the prize! Would love to make cheese!

  127. Darla says:

    Oh I would love to be able to make my own cheese. Yes Yes I want it. :snoopy:

  128. Luann says:

    Please enter me…..And to think you were afraid of Goulda’s…lol…I think I would be too. Cheese making appears a little complicated but if you follow the steps and make sure your thermometer is accurate all will be goood….

  129. Nancy Stickler says:

    Wahoo! A new adventure!! I’d LOVE to win!

  130. Valerie says:

    I would love to make cheese. Please enter me in the contest. Yum, I can taste Gouda now…

  131. Carmen at Old House Kitchen says:

    I am SO ready to start my cheese making adventure! Hook me up, Suzanne! :snoopy:

  132. chxbeeschz says:

    I especially appreciate the pictures…. for the visual person, and always look forward to reading about your ventures.
    Keep up the good work!

  133. Kelly says:

    Oh! I want the Cheese making kit! Pick me, pick me! I love your blog. You are such an inspiration. I’ve been looking at cheese making supplies for some time and haven’t made a commitment to any yet, but we REALLY want to try making our own cheese and hopefully with our own milk from our own cow someday! (I AM going to make my own soap this year!)

  134. Sue Ann says:

    After 73 years, would love to start learning something new. Enter me in the contest.

  135. marymac says:

    I would surely love to win , so I can try my hand at cheese making!!

  136. Shelly says:

    Yes Please sign me up. :snoopy: Babies are due end of march I can’t wait to start milking again!!

  137. Hollie Mailhiot says:

    I would love to win this prize. I can’t wait to see my name in print.

  138. John says:

    Please sign me up.

  139. CraftyK says:

    Beautiful cheese! Please enter me in the giveaway. Thanks!

  140. Sheila says:

    That gouda looks delicious. I want one , enter me in the drawing please :).

  141. Jim Lapekas says:

    Sign me up please.
    Just found your blog–very interesting, and, inspiring.

  142. Sal says:

    Oh yeah….I do want the New England Cheese making package. Cheese making is so far removed from what I would normally attempt, I think I just might win this package and ~make cheese~ !! Thanks for all the giveaways you sponsor. Sal

  143. Lisa Cummings says:

    I want one!

  144. Turtle Mom says:

    Of course I want to win! I would love to learn to make cheese!

  145. Zusiqu says:

    Please enter me in the giveaway. It would be fun to try something new!

  146. miletafarm says:

    I’d love to win this!

  147. KLabmom says:

    I am enjoying your cheesemaking posts so much! Thank you for sharing your experiences with us πŸ™‚ Please enter me into the drawing!

  148. Gen-IL Homesteader says:

    Please enter my name, with thanks to you and New England Cheesemaking! (BTW, that cheese looks beautiful!!!)

  149. Marla says:

    What do I need to do differently for goat milk? Please enter me into the drawing.

  150. Rhonda says:

    Oh wow.. I have read your posts with rapt attention and a bit of awe.. and although it fills me with a bit of trepidation, the idea excites me as well…. so…. Enter me please!

  151. Lindsay says:

    That cheese looks soooo good (makes me want to make some of my own homemade hamburger helper)! Please enter me in the giveaway!

  152. beverly says:

    Please enter me in the drawing.

  153. Sandy MacDonald says:

    The cheese challenge is a great idea. I’ll follow with interest – reading first and making my own cheese later.
    Please enter me in the contest, too.

  154. Lucy says:

    Maybe this time I’ll get lucky. Please enter me in the drawing.

    Keeping my fingers crossed….

  155. mygirls01 says:

    I would love to win this one!! enter me please!

  156. Melissa M says:

    I sure would like to have this!!

  157. Cathy Sis says:

    The Cheese looks beautiful. I have EF sheep and would love to try this when they freshen in a month.

  158. tabbimama says:

    yes I would like to make Gouda. Very much. Thank you.

  159. Jill says:

    I want to make a beautiful crack-free Gouda too! and I’d like to be entered into the drawing! Thanks for all you do to inspire!

  160. Teresa says:

    This would be great! Please & thank you

  161. Tina Manley says:

    I would love, love, love to have the cheese making starter kit. Then I would have a reason to get a cow!

  162. Ramona says:

    I love any kind of cheese. I worked for a cheese farm just up the road from me for a few years. One of my main jobs was to wipe off any mold and dip the cheese into the red wax. I enjoyed the whole cheese making process. Please put me in the drawing.
    MN Mona

  163. Lisa says:

    I’ve been making Mozzarella, Ricotta, cottage, fromage blanc, yogurt and buttermilk all from some wonderful local raw milk (a friend with a cow!)but have been really wanting to try my hand at a pressed cheese. You have made it look so easy I think I will try this Gouda, especially if I win the cheesemaking kit, so please enter me in the contest!

  164. brianna says:

    i would love to be entered for this!

  165. Cheryl says:

    I am dying to make cheese, your posts have been extraordinarily motivating:) My fingers are crossed, I would LOVE to have this set!

  166. janicecauley says:

    Suzanne, you make it look so easy! I would love to be the winner of the cheesemaking equipment.

  167. Carol H. says:

    I can’t wait for my goats to kid and start producing again, so I can make cheese! Enter me please!

  168. Vicki says:

    I would love to learn how to make cheese! And I can’t afford to buy supplies right now, so a giveaway would be great.

  169. Patricialynn says:

    My new husband is a cheese lover – ironically, the only cheese he’s not fond of is cheddar, which is my favorite! I’d love to be able to make all the cheeses he loves.

    Please sign me up for the drawing!

  170. Ginny says:

    Gouda is one of my favorite cheeses! I look forward to “experimenting” after learning from “Got Gouda.”

    And I would love to win the giveaway too.

  171. Laura Barta says:

    Thanks for writing about your gouda experience. I’m doing adventures in cheesemaking as well. I’m on a tear right now having made chevre, manchego, cheese curds and mystot all in the last week. I’d love to have the extra supplies for future adventures.

  172. Teresa in GA says:

    I would love a cheese making kit.
    Sounds wonderful. We’ve only tried the mozzarella.
    Add my name please!

  173. gramj1 says:

    I have always wanted to try washed curd cheeses and the kit would help. Great job on going outside the box and trying something new. Please put me in for the drawing.

  174. whaledancer says:

    Well, I don’t need this as much as the folks who have cows or goats, but I’d still like to try cheesemaking. If I win, I promise to give my kitchen a good scrub-down, so I’ll be ready to go.

    How do you hold the milk at 90 degrees for an hour?

  175. Diana Thornton says:

    Omigosh, would love to try this!
    Enter my name into the drawing please :snoopy:

  176. Kelly A says:

    I would love to win! My husband is skeptical of me spending money on things Ive never tried before.

  177. Amy Cook in WI says:

    Would love to win…love reading your blogs about cheesmaking, winning this give-a-way will give me the push to try it myself!

  178. Michelle says:

    :hungry: Please enter me for a chance to win!

  179. Tea4too0 says:

    Please enter me in the contest. I have made cream cheese, and really enjoyed the process. Thanks for the guided tours.

  180. Teresa says:

    Oh I love this post, great info. I am just starting making cheese and the supplies would be great! Thanks!!!

  181. Amy Nicewonger says:

    I would love to win the package. My monterey jack is happily ripening in its wax in the basement. Gouda will be my next one to try as well.


  182. Ann says:

    I have never made cheese, but would love to try!

  183. Rebecca says:

    I would love, love, love LOOOOOOVE to try my hand at gouda. Who would I have to pretty-please ask nicely to sub veggie rennet in case I’m the big winner?


  184. David says:

    Hook me up. Looks so fun.

  185. Jennifer Mellett says:

    Yes I would love to win. I love making goat cheese mostly. I want to try other types as well.

  186. Susan Reina says:

    I would love to win! I have Ricki’s book and received a mozzarella and ricotta kit for Christmas. I’d love to try making some hard cheeses! Thanks for the chance and for your great posts!

  187. Shar says:

    You’re doing AWESOME! I’m really enjoying the cheesemaking posts and fantastic pics that your are sharing with them! Thanks for doing this!

    I’d love to be in the drawing too!

  188. Brent says:

    Thanks for making it sound possible. I guess I need a cheese kit too! Are you brave enough to keep some for 2 years (aged Gouda being my absolute fave)?

  189. valiant4truth says:

    Hello. I want the giveaway! I was just reading your website, and am so encouraged by it. I have been shying away from trying anything harder than yogurt and mozarella, but am going to jump into with both feet now. Hey, if you can do it, I can do it! The cheese cave thing was scaring me the most. Don’t have time to build anything, getting a second (or third) hand refridgerator seems like a really good idea. I wasn’t sure if you could do it that way. Thank you for your website.

  190. Shadi Tahvildar-Zadeh says:

    More power to your elbow!
    I’m a cheesemaker from NJ, where it is illegal to sell raw milk πŸ™
    I’ve made bries and roqueforts, but not gouda yet. I’d like to try!
    Gouda, it’s good for you, duh!
    I want the giveaway too.

  191. dhauck67 says:

    I love making cheese. Just started to make my first batch of mozarella cheese. Gouda is my next project. Thanks for this detailed information. I will try this next week and follow your directions.
    Thanks again!

  192. dhauck67 says:

    I would like to win this starter kit! Gouda is my favorite cheese but did not have a chance to make it yet!

  193. dhauck67 says:

    I love making cheese. Just started to make my first batch of mozarella cheese. Gouda is my next project. Thanks for this detailed information. I will try this next week and follow your directions.
    I would like to get the starter kit!

  194. Sarah K says:

    That cheese looks awesome. I can’t wait to start making cheese. Please enter me in the contest. Thanks!

  195. Jen in ID says:

    Ohhh, I love gouda!! I’ve only tried making mozzarella & want to learn to make more. Please enter me in the drawing!

  196. Clifford says:

    What a headstart into cheesemaking that would be.

  197. Lisa Liscomb says:

    I’d love to win this package. I need something to do with all my extra milk in the refrig!

  198. Joanne M. says:

    Your Gouda looks absolutely marvelous. The directions and photos are outstanding. I would definately consider myself a novice when it comes to artisian cheese making but having said that I would highly recommend everyone learn the process. The end product is always more satisfying then anything found on a store shelf. I would love to win your kit so that I can share the cheese making experience with family and friends. Best of luck to everyone who enters.

  199. Eileen says:

    Hi! I love your description and recipe for making Gouda cheese. But I don’t have access to fresh cow’s milk. I have a few dairy goats. Can goats’ milk be used to make Gouda? Or would ultra-pasteurized cows’ milk from the grocery store work?

    • Suzanne McMinn says:

      Eileen (and others who have asked), I don’t know the instructions to make gouda from goat milk. You CAN use milk from the store. Add diluted calcium chloride. (A link for info on using calcium chloride to aid in setting storebought milk is in the post.)

  200. RaShell S says:

    Oh Fun! I just completed Day 2 of a 2 day cheese making class. I made Gouda in class! πŸ™‚ Just today! πŸ™‚ FUN! Thank you for the entry into the drawing!

  201. The Briarpatch says:

    Me, Me, Me. Please choose me. I’m ready to begin my career in cheese making.
    Janice P

  202. Lesa says:

    I have been wanting to try cheesemaking for some time. I would love to win the cheesemaking kit!

  203. dawn says:

    Of course I want it! I want to be brave and try to make cheese!

  204. Carrie A. says:

    My husband and I are looking into getting enough land to have a cow, I loved reading your milking description! I am just getting started in cheesemaking, and would love to be entered!

  205. Jennifer says:

    I would love to learn how to make cheese. Please enter me.

  206. Dwayne Wright says:

    cheese is my life and i would love this
    great job on the gouda
    it is one of my favorite cheeses

  207. Brenda says:

    Please enter me in the drawing. I want to start making my own cheeses and would love to win this free kit.

  208. ElizaRed says:

    Put my name in for the cheesemaking package….

  209. Linda G says:

    I would love to win the cheese package. I have been following your cheese making saga with trepidation since I am scared of the whole process. Seeing your progress makes me believe I might be able to do this also.

  210. Tisha says:

    Beautiful cheese! Would love to win the kit so I can try too! Thanks.

  211. gaye ray says:

    Would love the kit, I wanna make Gouda!

  212. Erin Miller says:

    gouda does sound interesting to make, I just need some milk and a babysitter so I can try it! I would like to win the giveaway for the kit, Ive never won a giveaway before.

  213. VAfarmer says:

    I’d love to be entered for the kit! I have some supplies but am learning quickly that I want more more more! Congrats on a beautiful GOUDA!

  214. Sandra daniels says:

    In it to win it!

  215. Laurie Hamar says:

    Would love a kit, thanks for the chance.

  216. Chris Bredenkamp says:

    Yes – I hope to win that wonderful Cheesemaking goodie bag! Pick me!

  217. Ruth says:

    I’ll bite–I’d like to learn more about making cheese so could you enter me in the drawing too? We now live in a little bitty town and it’s hard to find interesting cheese that isn’t a horrible price! I do have a question about your Gouda–do you know if anyone makes a goat cheese Gouda? Is it even possible? Any ideas on how it would taste?

  218. janet mcmillan says:

    want it.

  219. Roxanne says:

    Enter me in the contest, I would love to learn to make cheese.

  220. Carol B says:

    I want it! And thank you for the great and informative blog. Also need to thank New England Cheesemaking so expect to mosey on to visit their site. I only hope this doesn’t lead me to my own milk cow.

  221. Howard says:

    I want in too. πŸ™‚

    I looooooooove this blog. I’ve been reading tons of it for the past few days since I found it googling for a cheese making blog.

  222. Darlene in North Ga says:

    OH, I’d love to win. I haven’t made cheese in a LONG, LONG time. And it was only soft cheeses that I made.

  223. edgewaterfarm says:

    Winning this would definitely put me closer to my goal of learning how to make cheese this year! Pick me!!! Pick me!!! Please????

  224. theresea says:

    Gouda job!! I read the Mooseletter and love reading about your adventures in cheese making. Please put me for the drawing.

  225. Marta says:

    I love your blog!! Please enter me in to win the cheese kit.

  226. Cherie says:

    Your blog has introduced me to cheesemaking. I would love to learn. Enter me.

  227. Karen White says:

    I would love to start cheese making and this kit could be the inspiration that gets me off my duff! Thanks for the opportunity! karen

  228. Kellie Green says:

    I would love this!

  229. mylittlesoapbox says:

    I love your cheese post they encourage me to become brave and give it a go. I’m at the beginning so I’d love to have a boost with a package of goodies.

  230. Sharon says:

    I would absolutely love to win the Cheese Making Package. Love the detailed instructions that you posted. Love, Love, Love your blog.

  231. Nikki says:

    Please enter me too!
    Thank you.

  232. Patty says:

    I would love this. I’ve made vinegar cheese with goats milk, but I would like to try this type of cheese making.

  233. Melissa Stoltzfus says:

    I have always wanted to make cheese! Please enter me in your contest. Thanks!

  234. Kristen A says:

    I would love this! Please enter me.

  235. Marinel Kelley says:

    Cheese making is next on my list of things to learn. I have 2 grand kids that just love cheese!

  236. ibrew4u says:

    Love your ingenuity. My homebrew equipment is quickly becoming my cheese gear.
    Do you have a schedule of cheeses for your challenge? I’d love to follow along with you, then hold my cheese up to the computer and see if it looks like yours.
    Please put my name in the hat for the give away.

  237. alyce shane says:

    I don’t think I have ever tried Gouda, but it looks WONDERFUL!!! I have 5 nannies due to kid starting January 29th and my big plans are to start cheese making with them. I got the book “Goats Produce Too! The Udder Real Thing Volume II” by Mary Jane Toth and have been playing with store bought milk making Cider Vinegar Queso Blanco. FUN!!! I squeal like a teenager when the curds form! My husband is in the process of constructing a cheese press out of coffee cans. Hope it works!


  238. David Hasiba says:

    I loved the article. Just getting started with cheese making and love Gouda, but all the recipes have scared me for the same reason as you, the washing.
    You make me want to run out getting what I need and try it now. My only problem is that I live and St Petersburg Florida and I wonder how I will keep the cheese at 50 degrees.

    Thank you for the awe inspiring tale.


  239. emily says:

    I would LOVE this!

  240. Tricia Olvera says:

    I would love a chance to win! I am hoping that cheese making will be my next big adenture. You are so inspiring.

  241. Angie T says:

    I would love to win this…not for me but for my friend. She has the time, animals :moo: , and inclination to do all the cool stuff you do Suzanne! She has just started making cheese and I know she would love it!
    I just hope she would share the finished product! :hungry: πŸ˜†

  242. Mark Garner says:

    I would love to win the cheese kit!

  243. Barbie says:

    Thanks for another chance to win the cheese making kit!! I am so inspired by all that you do Suzanne, especially cheese making. I am ready to start making cheese!!

  244. Beth Brown says:

    Count me in!!
    Beth – oneoldgoat

  245. Julie says:

    Suzanne you are such an inspiration! We moved to the country as you did, are renovating our 100+yr old farmhouse my greatgrandfather built and are loving it! A simpler way of life is indeed a treasure and home, in whatever stage of completion it is, is truly where my heart is! On the list for me is a homemade pizza oven and to make my own cheeses would be the best! This starter kit would let me get experiementing and tune my skills beforehand! Also, the kids LOVE cheese, and sending them homemade cheese as snacks would be heavenly!

  246. Tammy F. says:

    Just started making cheese and would love to win this!

  247. Tammy/psmflowerlady says:

    What a lovely offer. Please enter my name for drawing. Thanks for making it available and the links to the supplier website – it looks AWESOME! Tammy

  248. Wanda H. says:

    Please enter me in your drawing. I made your velveeta cheese last
    week and today I’m making Jack cheese. I just purchased a young
    Jersey and can hardly wait to get started.

  249. Heather C says:

    Love Gouda! Mine turned out, but might be a little spongy, not sure how it should be though.

  250. Margaret Diggs says:

    Four years ago I would not have dreamed of making my own cheese, How life changes, my husband is very adventerous and will try anything and encourages me to try new ideas. This is one he and I have been talking about, Sure hope I win but whether I do or not, I will soon be making cheese!

  251. Kristina Radel says:

    Awesome!! I’d Love to try this out!! I’ve already got the book!!

  252. Adam says:

    I’d love to try this out!! Cool Beans!!

  253. Kristina says:

    I’ve already got the book! Would love to try this out.

  254. Christina Leonhardt says:

    I would love to try and make Gouda, sounds “gouda” to this lil’ dutch girl, count me in, pick me, pick me……PLease

  255. mommafox says:

    No time like now to start making cheese. Include me in the drawing.

  256. Beth Ritzman says:

    I’m so glad my mother turned me on to this blog! I’ve really enjoyed learning about canning, keeping animals, and cheesemaking…all things I’ve wanted to learn.
    I’d love to win the starter set!


  257. Mary from Baton Rouge says:

    Your cheese looks delicious Suzanne! Count me in for the give away!

  258. Roxane Kain says:

    I would like to be entered into the drawing for the Cheesemaking Supplies. I am just beginning in cheesemaking and this would be wonderful. I need all the help I can get. Thank You

  259. Amanda KB says:

    Hooray for Gouda! Having home-size packets of culture for different cheeses is the best thing ever. Well, next to your wonderful picture posts of the process. Love your site!

  260. Grant Geiger says:

    COOL!!! You make it look so easy to make cheese. I will have to give it a try.

  261. Leah's Mom says:

    Your cheese looks great!!!

    I sometimes have a hard time wanting to cut into mine after the aging because I don’t want them to go so quickly!!!

    Please sign me up for the drawing too.

  262. Elizabeth says:

    Please sign me up for the drawing! My mom and I would love to win!

  263. Chuck says:

    I’d love to win this for my wife. She loves making cheese so sign me up!

  264. Elizabeth says:

    Please sign me up for the drawing. My mom makes cheese and I’ve been learning too. We’re enjoying the blog.


  265. Katie says:

    Please enter me into the contest as well!!! Your blog is one of my faves!!

  266. Joan Galbi says:

    OK, I want to try my hand at Gouda too. I hope that I can win the drawing from New England cheese making company.

    Joan Galbi
    [email protected]

  267. Laura Mills says:

    You make it look easy! I would like a chance to win the cheese making equipment. Thank you.

  268. Sheila says:

    I’m not sure if I asked to be entered or not , if I did already I’m sorry :/ , if I didn’t I would like to be entered into the drawing please :).

  269. George Fitzgerald says:

    I’m jealous. I don’t have a good press yet and my gouda comes out lopsided. Congratulations on making the step into washed curds.

  270. Amy says:

    I’m a little (a lot) terrified of cheesemaking. However, my sister has shown interest in it. So I will win this and give it to her and let her do it and then she can teach me! Sounds like a plan!

  271. Janis Miller says:

    That Gouda looks so delicious. I would love to try making it. I am thinking of how great some homemade Gouda would taste on my homemade whole grain rye bread. YUM! Please enter me in the contest and thank you for the opportunity! πŸ™‚

  272. Susan says:

    What a gorgeous gouda! I covet your cheese press, too.
    I made my first wheel of gouda in August and can’t wait to taste it!
    Thanks for entering me in the drawing.

  273. Becky says:

    I’d love to win this prize! I’ve tried making mozzarella a couple of times, with no success – I’m going to get some different milk and try again. But I love Gouda …

  274. Suzanne McMinn says:

    This giveaway is closed to entry. The winning comment number is #82, CD.

  275. Ramona says:

    Luv the step by step instructions.

  276. Brenda says:

    Hi Suzanne,
    I just made Gouda (from this same recipe – from Ricki’s book) last week. It turned out so smooth and wonderful looking too! It’s currently in my cheese cave being turned on schedule.
    I’d like to attempt to “smoke” it so we will have smoked gouda. Kind of afraid to try, but if I don’t, we wont know! Keep your fingers crossed!

  277. Kathy says:

    Oh I am such a CHEESEHEAD!!!!! I would love to be entered in your giveaway and win it so I could turn everyone I know into CHEESEHEADS too!!!!Gotta have one of thosse presses too! Love your Blog, so much fun and so much info. GREAT!

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