Its been a dream, a passion, ok lets be real, an obsession in our family to be able to make really good homemade cheese. I come from a dairy rich country, New Zealand, where cheese and milk is really good quality, and for the most part fairly affordable. So coming to north america were "american" plastic cheese is the norm is extremely disappointing.
Eating cheese that is any good in Canada and you will need a small line of credit just to keep up, especially at the rate that we eat it. So making it, is really one of the only ways we can really guarantee what we are eating. Over this summer we mastered Mozzarella. Served with Niwas grown tomatoes, and basil, drizzled with balsamic reduction... it was heaven on a plate.
Yesterday thanks to the great people at the New England Cheese Making Supply Company , which I learnt about after reading Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver, (Can you imagine lying on a 2 inch mattress in rural India dreaming about the first home grown asparagus of the season?) we decided to jump in and give it a whirl.
So yesterday the parcel arrived. Everything we will need to make Cheddar, Monterey Jack, Mozzarella, Feta, Kefir and Goats Cheese, which is going to be our main cheese come February when Poppy gives birth!
So today is no longer known as Thursday, but cheddar day. Apparently its going to take about 2 months to be ready, so come February first, (about the same time the Goats milk will start flowing) we will be ready and waiting to bite into our first Niwas Cheddar Cheese...