Cheesemaking Giveaway

by Daisy on 07/12/2012

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Some months ago, I wanted to try out the cheese press I built.

I found a great site for supplies and super-specific, descriptive tutorials/recipes with LOTS of photos, New England Cheesemaking Supply Company.

I made their colby cheese, which turned out so good, by the way.  Aside from having lots of pans to wash, it was actually easy to make my own hard cheese.  I was amazed.  Even the kids liked it.

I think the best part for me, next to slicing into the wax and serving it, tasting it, was simply holding the waxed cheese in my hand, turning it over, marveling at it. Patting it. It felt so good, smooth and perfect and solid. Small pleasures are the best, right?

I was very excited when the folks at New England Cheesmaking Company got in touch and offered to sponsor a product giveaway for our readers.

Not everyone has a press for hard cheeses, and not everyone is going to be in the mood for making their own mozzarella, but who can resist:

Mild Yogurt

Fromage Blanc


Creme fraiche


Creamy Yogurt


Sour Cream?

Not moi, for certain sure.

We’re giving away the first three to one winner and the last four to another winner.  Now that may not be entirely fair, but we have seven items and that’s the way the dairy cultures, amigos.  We may make you play rock, paper, scissors to see who gets what.

These are all direct set, easy to use cultures and they each come as a 5-pk.

To enter to win, comment on this post and tell us your favorite dairy product.

I know. Tough one, isn’t it? Making you work for it.


{ 35 comments… read them below or add one }

stacy July 14, 2012 at 3:37 pm

Congrats on the cheese, There is nothing better than fresh made cheese .

Pat July 14, 2012 at 4:01 pm

Right now I am on a cottage cheese kick. Cottage cheese with fresh peaches, cranberries is good too.

Leah Carelli July 14, 2012 at 4:12 pm

I love all dairy! My favorites are a tie between a glass of cold, fresh milk or fresh mozerella. My favorite dish is caprese-tomato, mozerella, basil and EVOL. I actually made my first homemade cheese by following the recipe on this site. All it takes is milk, vinegar and a little bit of time!

Kathy July 14, 2012 at 4:47 pm

My favorite dairy product is buttermilk BUT yogurt,cheese and butter are definitely
close contenders.

Nancy Brokaw Gerchak July 14, 2012 at 7:31 pm

I’ve pleaded with mu husband to make me a cheese press….he can’t seem to find time. I put together a makeshift, rather shabby-looking one…can with holes in it, plastic lid with a (sanitized) rock on it…oh I’m too embarrassed to describe it, but it made the most lovely semi-hard cheese. I used the calf Rennet I found at a brewing supply store. (We make wine also from our fruit trees and grape vines). The cheese is heavenly, light, lightly salted, and scrumptious with fresh Tabouli, or just eaten with my home-made, dutch oven sourdough bread and sliced ripe heirloom tomatoes from a garden I learned to build on your website. My press is messy and not pretty, so you know I would LOVE to have a nice one, but can’t really afford to buy the commercial ones. So now you have my entry. Thanks for the CHANCE to win, whether I do or not!
Happy Trails, friends!

Linda July 14, 2012 at 7:41 pm

MMM Buttermilk pancakes are AWESOME. I really love the extra flavor of buttermilk in baking.

Kelly July 14, 2012 at 7:59 pm

I make a gallon of yogurt at a time, but still have never tried cheese! I think I have Ricki’s book too : ). Good for you that you made that Colby; cheese is expensive!

Naomi July 14, 2012 at 8:05 pm

All dairy is wonderful, it’s difficult to choose just one. I love cream cheese (not the strained curds that some call cream cheese) and sour cream, especially if it’s Daisy. I actually had some raw cream go sour once, and it was delicious! I love buttermilk and kefir (or fresh whey) for making the fluffiest whole grain breads.

Nancy July 14, 2012 at 8:45 pm

I would love to find some good old fashioned unpasteurized Buttermilk from grass-fed only cows. I grew up on that and raw milk. The difference between that and pasteurized store-bought buttermilk is like night and day. Yes, it makes all baked goodies extra fluffy! I used it in my sourdough and Rye breads for a delightfully different taste. I miss it a lot….sigh.

Juli July 14, 2012 at 8:47 pm

My favorite dairy product: it’s a tie between ten-year-old cheddar, and homemade cream cheese (cultured, yay! and not just manufactured under high pressure like the store stuff) mixed with basil . . . ahh.

Kathy T July 14, 2012 at 9:31 pm

This week my favorite dairy item is sour cream.

Laura S. July 14, 2012 at 9:32 pm

We love all things dairy! I always have at least 3 kinds of cheeses as well as a 3lb tub of sour cream. Thanks for the chance!

LT July 14, 2012 at 9:33 pm


javalady July 14, 2012 at 10:22 pm

My favorite dairy product ? Oh gosh.. a tie between Greek Yogurt and Kefir. I also love to make fresh whipped cream and creme’ fraiche.

Cindi Hancock July 14, 2012 at 10:39 pm

My favorite dairy is cottage cheese. If I had to name a second it would be sour cream.

Pat July 14, 2012 at 10:45 pm

I dearly love all things dairy. Never a day passes that I don’t drink milk, eat cheese, (my favorite being sharp cheddar) or use sour cream, cream cheese or cottage cheese in my meals every single day. I know they are healthy for my family, and honestly could not survive without them. I serve cheese with crackers or fruit and it doesn’t last long around here. My kids, grand kids and friends all know where the cheese is kept. I have made cottage cheese before and would love to learn to make other cheeses as well. Thanks for the opportunity to enter the giveaway!

Marla July 14, 2012 at 11:46 pm

I love plain milk in my coffee and I love yogurt ( I make mine on top of the food dehydrator) and I like kefir but it has to be in a smoothie (with fresh mint to compliment the taste) but my favourite cheese. I would love to learn to make that soft cheese. my hubby eats that Vache que rit a lot so any soft cheeese would be a hit in our house

Kristin July 15, 2012 at 8:26 am

Fresh mozzarella, mmmmmmmmm!

With tomatoes from my garden, of course.

Maria July 15, 2012 at 8:31 am

OOOh! I’ve been wanting to try making my own cheese. My favorite product is the smoked applewood cheddar I just bought. Yummy!

Kat July 15, 2012 at 9:24 am

How did you make your cheese press? Would love to know…and anyone else out there in cyberspace who wants to chime in….much appreciated.

Daisy July 15, 2012 at 9:35 am

Kat–I sort of made it up. Hopefully someday I will perfect it and put a plan on the site. The New England Cheesemaking Co. has a plan for sale, but I haven’t made that one myself. I’m sure it’s great.

Sabiha July 15, 2012 at 11:10 am

I love cheese. My new favourite is called halooumi cheese found in Middle Eastern grocery stores. A tad bit too salty for my taste but sooo delicious…I like to fry a few slices in a skillet and serve with eggs (sunny side up), along with some fresh bread, olives and maybe a mango milk/yogurt smoothie….mmmmmm, the perfect brunch!

Linda July 15, 2012 at 11:47 am

I would love to start making my own cheeses. We just moved to a rural New England area from the midwest and I am getting back into making and doing things myself. Fresh mozzarella is my favorite. There is nothing better than just picked tomatoes and fresh mozzarella with some balsamic vinagrette on it for lunch!

Darlene Judd July 15, 2012 at 2:03 pm

I tasted some homemade cheese yesterday made from raw milk. It had to be the best tasting cheese I’ve ever had. It’s worth learning how to make homemade cheese.

Linda July 15, 2012 at 2:57 pm

Choose just one? Love sharp cheddar cheese. And Feta. And Parmesan. Actually, I always have at least half a dozen different cheeses in my fridge for eating/cooking. Oh, and drink and use lots of milk. Of course, there’s cream for cooking with and making fresh whipped cream (and in my tea when I feel extravagant); sour cream for eating on top of everything and baking with; buttermilk is wonderful in baked goods; yogurt is so tasty and who can resist it in a smoothie; cream cheese is so versatile…..Oh wait, I was supposed to choose just one. Guess I got carried away! ;-D

Jennifier Westrich July 15, 2012 at 3:49 pm

I love farmers cheese and sharp cheddar… and of course homemade ice cream!!

Gennelle July 15, 2012 at 5:08 pm

Glad your cheese making was a success! I love cheese and recently bought a white cheddar with fenugreek in it, it was divine, definitely a new favorite! I could eat that all day!

rene bennett July 15, 2012 at 6:10 pm

Love making fresh mozzarella. Have also been making farmhouse cheddar and Gouda.

Anna Snooglerat July 15, 2012 at 7:59 pm

Milk, cheese, cottage cheese, ice cream! I love it all!

Sabiha July 15, 2012 at 8:55 pm

You guys are awesome.

Doreen July 16, 2012 at 7:18 am

Fresh Mozzarella! Love a little basil with it.

Christiane July 16, 2012 at 8:12 am

although I’m not a huge dairy fan for the most part, I do love any type of cheese. I could make an entire meal of a cheese plate. (and I may have)

John July 16, 2012 at 10:21 pm

Love your site!!! The best cheese ever is Muenster cheese!!! Delicioso!

Lydia July 17, 2012 at 9:24 am

Kefir made with raw milk that I get from the greatest farm ever! Sometimes I strain my finished kefir in a coffee filter, and make “pretend cheese”. It is good on crackers.

laura July 17, 2012 at 3:37 pm

cheese, cheese and more cheese!! congrats on your cheese, so exciting!! would love to make my own tooooo

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