Learn to Make Cheese

Making cheese is like combining good chemistry and art.

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Cheese Making

When two skills combine they can result in something spectacular. It all starts with a passion and respect for chemistry.

Our cheese making workshop is most comprehensive class. Participants will work through making; farm cheese, chevre, cheddar, brie and mozzarella.

We have staged the cheese making process in various steps so you can work through making complete products in 3.5 to 4 hours in one day.

Cheese Class Structure

All classes review cheese making terminology and include actual hands on in:

• Inoculating the milk
• Curding the cheese
• Hooping Cheese
• Draining Cheese
• Stretching Mozzarella

In our basic classes we teach the process of making cheese and we stretch Mozzarella.

In each class we will start from the beginning and discuss; culture, rennet, lactic acid cheeses, clean brake, curding, draining whey and salting techniques.

Cheese Classes Include

  • Snacking on a wonderful cheese platter
  • Farm Lunch
  • Touring the farm
  • Reviewing best cheese making practices
  • Hands on skill building in making cheese
  • Depending on the season feeding baby goats
  • Cheese for sale after the class

Upcoming Cheese Classes

21 Apr 2018

Intro Cheese Class

Start out with our Introductory class and learn about culture, rennet, lactic acid cheeses, clean brake, curding, draining whey and salting techniques.

To Be Determined

Advanced Cheese Class

Advanced cheese class focuses on making goudas, cheddars and romano. These are referred to was washed cheeses, aged cheeses or cooked curd cheeses. Other advanced making cheese classes will focus on the finishing processes of making artisan cheeses.  The majority of the curriculum is focused on making bries, blues and learning how to wash cheeses and brining cheeses.

Important Information

Cautionary Rules for Learners

Faucets have extremely hot water 160 F degrees. Please turn on the cold water when using hot water. The hot water is required to sanitize equipment.
Bring clothes that you do not mind getting dirty or even torn as this is a working farm. Sometimes the goats like to nibble on jackets.
Hand washing is essential while working with cheese and working on the farm.
Cleanliness protects our goats! When you arrive you are expected to wash your hands prior to petting the goats and before leaving the farm. We have a sink in the red barn for washing your hands. Please let us know if you have been visiting other farms or animals. We have a special cleanser for shoes to reduce bacteria and viral transmission. Goats and other animals are susceptible to various viruses and bacteria and can become sick. To reduce this risk we all must wash our hands and shoes.
Old Windmill Dairy is  a non smoking environment. Please do not smoke while on the farm.
Be careful with equipment. We use stainless steel heavy equipment. This equipment can be very heavy and dangerous to work around.

Please bring a cooler for your cheese purchases.
Please do not bring your pets as our working dogs perceive pets as a threat to the animals on the farm.
There are no refunds once the class is purchased. You may gift your purchase to another person and change dates if availability allows.

Other Guidelines

Please bring a cooler for your cheese purchases.
Please do not bring your pets as our working dogs perceive pets as a threat to the animals on the farm.
There are no refunds once the class is purchased. You may gift your purchase to another person and change dates if availability allows.