My First Cheddar

I finally cracked open my first farmhouse cheddar that I made 3 months ago (used the recipe from Home Cheese Making: Recipes for 75 Delicious Cheeses). I used beeswax from our hive to wax it and raw milk from the local farm for the cheese. I don't have a cheese press so I used a bowl on top of a plate and workout weights (hence the bowl shaped cheese). It's quite sharp and dry, which I really like. Next time I'm going to try to cut the curds a differently so the cheese is a little softer, although I like my cheese sharp and dry so maybe not. The wax was too thin, but I didn't have enough to make it thicker, I had to pour it over the cheese because I didn't have enough to dip. Hopefully next year I will.


  • Denise McArthur 5y

    wow, this is really cool. I like my cheese sharp and dry too.
  • Ami 5y

    So neat! I love sharp dry cheese- when we had goats we did soft goat cheeses but that was awhile ago.
  • Alfonso -Poncho- Alarcon 5y


    Saludos desde (Greetings from) Monterrey MX
  • Barb 5y

    This looks like one very fine cheddar. Hats off to you!
  • mikescottnz 5y

    Bravo a wonderful gmo free home production.
  • Tiffany 5y

    Yum! Was it hard to make?
  • Chiot's Run 5y

    Not really, I think it gets easier the more you do it. I make quick mozzarella all the time and lemon cheese.
  • giulia gasparro 5y

    Please add this great work in:
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  • Michelle Takacs 5y

    amazing...this is so cool...
  • Chiot's Run 5y

    Guiliagas, sorry but this photo was taken with no artificial light, the light in the photo is from my sliding glass door in the dining room.
  • lepacoco 5y

    Looks wonderful!

    Amazing picture too.
  • chocolatecakegirl 5y

    OMG! did u do this cheese ! looks are amazing :)
  • L. Z. 4y

    Looks amazing! Yuuuuuuuuuum!
  • markr82 4y

    awesome, looks great. thanks for sharing and the description.

    Seen next to a fellow photo of the group "urban homesteading". (?)
  • Debby Marin 4y

    Fantastic! Makes me want a big ole bite!
  • mikescottnz 4y

    PSGR or 'Physicians and Scientists for Global Responsibility'
    Subject:Fresh (Raw) Milk Discussion paper

    Ray and Jenny have long supported the GE free NZ movement. Hope you can help.
    Please circulate. Apologies if a duplicate. J.A
    Ray & Jenny R .Monday, November 21, 2011 11:41 AM
    Subject: Fresh Milk Discussion paper

    Hi there, I am sending this email to you in the belief that you may be interested in the current MAF (Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries) discussion paper about raw milk and its availability. My apologies if you have received this from multiple sources.

    MAF have said they want to hear from the public on this issue, so NOW is your best chance to have a voice. Below is an email with some links and information. I recommend that you read the MAF Discussion document and go to Ian & Deb’s website as it has some very good info' along with examples and actual submissions.

    You don’t have to say much, just a couple of sentences, or a full and concise submission. The important thing is having a say.

    Whether that is about NOT being restricted to 6 litres per day,(as stated in the document) or asking for the opportunity to have your pre -ordered supplies delivered to a suitable drop off point, with the appropriate codes of practice in place. Or asking that priority be given to ensuring the milk is antibiotic free etc. What ever is on your mind.

    My suggestion about the 6 litre limit is to say something like, - wanting the ability to purchase and collect direct from the farmer, enough for your families needs for a week or fortnight, or what ever it might be, as some make butter and cheese which requires more than 6 litres of drinking milk.

    Your submission has to be in by 5 December 2011.



    Hi all

    Sorry if you've already got this from somebody else, but we think it's so important we wanted everybody to have a chance to see it. Please pass it on to anyone else who may be interested.

    MAF have released a discussion document about a proposed new bill to legislate our right to access raw milk. They state that they have no intention to stop raw milk being available, but they do want to close up any loopholes that allow us to access it anywhere other than the farm gate. For most people, that will severely limit their ability to source natural milk.

    We have just posted our new website about natural milk, and how to make a submission on this document.

    If you haven't already made a submission to MAF please get one in before Dec 5 in order to protect our rights to obtain this health food.

    "If the consumers do not speak up and tell MAF what they want, they will assume that consumers do not want to be able to buy raw milk and essentially it will be unavailable to most" ˆ Ben Warren

    On the site we discuss the health benefits of milk in its natural state. By this we mean natural, unprocessed, organic, full-fat milk. We do not recommend the consumption of milk that is pasteurised, homogenised, low fat, ultra heat treated, skimmed, dried, or non organic.

    Often referred to as "raw milk", sometimes as "real milk" this is milk as it has been consumed for many thousands of years, and still is in most parts of the world. New Zealand (along with Australia and Canada) is one of a very small number of countries that restrict the sale of natural milk products.

    At this point - November 2011 - in NZ, the important issue is to make submissions to MAF in order to protect our supplies of raw milk. Submissions need to be made before the 5th December.

    The document we are making submissions on is available for download here:

    Ian & Deb

    Ian Gregson & Deb Gully
    Wellington Chapter
    Weston A Price Foundation

    12 Queens Drive
    Wellington 6022
    New Zealand

    Ph 04 934 6366
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  • hardworkinghippy 3y

    Wow - well done !

    It looks really good - send me a slice - just to taste..... ;-)
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